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Looking for a new work horse? RACV’s annual Car Running Costs survey compares the cheapest 4x2 and 4x4 utes to own and run in 2022.
The Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger have been the two top-selling cars in Australia since 2017. The Hilux has largely hogged the podium since 2015, after it knocked its sibling, the Toyota Corolla, off the top spot.
Along with the Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max, light commercial vehicles have been steadily gaining popularity over the past decade, now representing nearly a quarter of all new car sales in Australia.
RACV’s annual Car Running Costs Survey has compared 14 of the highest-selling 4x2, 4x4, crew and dual cab utes to reveal the ownership costs of Australia’s most popular pick-ups.
To do this, the survey takes into account purchase price, loan repayments, fuel consumption, tyres, servicing and on-road costs – including insurance, registration and auto club membership – averaged out over a five-year period.
If you’re keen on a ute, expect it to set you back about $1,602.01 in costs per month. A 4x2 will be slightly more affordable at $1,499.75, about $200 less per month than a 4x4.
Loan repayments make up about 67 per cent of a ute’s ongoing costs, while fuel is responsible for 13 per cent, combined on-road costs (insurance, registration and auto club membership) account for 16 per cent, and servicing and tyres add up to just four per cent.