Australia’s cheapest one-tonne utes for 2020, revealed
Driving Your Dollars survey reveals what it really costs to own and run a ute in 2020.
Australians have fallen in love with one-tonne utes. In fact utes – or pick-ups – are now the second-highest-selling vehicle type behind medium SUVs, according to official sales figures.
While most 4x2 utes are used as work vehicles, a growing number of families are opting for 4x4 utes that double as a practical workhorse and versatile family car. But while they have many positives, RACV’s annual Driving Your Dollars survey reveals that they can be expensive to own and run.
The 2020 survey compares what it costs to own and run 79 of Australia's top-selling cars, taking into account purchase price and loan repayments, fuel costs, servicing, tyres and on-road costs, including registration, insurance and auto-club membership, averaged over a five-year period. It found all-terrain wagons, many of which are based on the same underpinnings as Australia's best-selling utes, are by some margin the most expensive cars to own and run, costing an average $1804.61 per month to own and operate. That's close to double the average monthly cost of owning a small car.
When it comes to utes, 4X2 pick-ups cost an average $1367.26 per month, while their 4X4 siblings cost $1590.56. One manufacturer has the most affordable vehicle in each category - 4X2 utes, 4X4 utes and all-terrain wagons. And that's Mitsubishi.