COMMON UTE QUESTIONS

Looking for a new ute but not sure where to start? Check out these FAQ’s. 

What is a ute?

The term ute is actually an abbreviation of “utility” and is a commonly used term in Australia to describe vehicles that can carry 2-5 passengers up front and have a flat cargo tray in the rear. Designed to carry heavy loads, many modern day utes now provide high levels of safety, technology, and passenger comfort, making them capable both on the worksite and on the weekend.

4x2 vs 4x4 – Which is best for me?

Generally, if you are using your ute for regular on road driving, a 4x2 is all you would need, however if you’re planning on using your vehicle for off road camping trips or beach driving then a 4x4 ute is the best choice.

Are there different types of utes?

Although the ute came from humble beginnings with just a two-person cabin and a cargo tray on the back, there are now many ute configurations to choose from. Based on your requirements the options include cabin sizes (2-5 seats), drivetrains (4x4, 4x2), fuel types (diesel, petrol) and varying interior comfort levels.

Why are utes so popular in Australia?

Utes have always been popular in Australia due to their toughness and durability. They’ve continued to grow in popularity due to their increasing ability to be fit for purpose and fit for life, offering the benefits of a traditional ute as well as providing the premium comfort, safety and technology features you’d expect in a passenger vehicle.

Are utes safe?

The utes of today are light years away from their older counterparts. When selecting a ute, always look for one with the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating. An array of modern safety features including front and side airbags, an anti-lock braking system and traction control generally come standard with most utes. Additional features such as reversing cameras/sensors and knee airbags are available for selection on some models.  

What are the benefits of a dual cab ute?

Dual cab utes have grown in popularity over the years due to their versatility and increased comfort, safety, technology and flexibility. A dual cab ute has the benefit of a comfortable SUV-like interior with space for five occupants, whilst also offering benefits of a ute’s carrying and towing capacities.

Are utes good for families?

Many dual cab utes offer all the features of a passenger or SUV vehicle, making them an excellent choice for families. They have all of the comforts of a passenger vehicle with comfortable steering and suspension, enough room for five occupants (including child restraint anchor points) and safety features such as airbags and reversing cameras. The ‘boot’ space or tray is large with enough space to throw in the toys or camping gear.

How much can a ute carry?

Ute’s are loved for their versatility and their ability to carry a range of items for work or play. Inside the cabin most utes can carry from two up to five occupants. Outside the interior space there is the rear tray, with many modern day utes being able to carry a tonne of payload. Don’t forget utes are also great for towing. Vehicle towing capacity varies amongst manufacturers, however 3500kg braked is the standard towing capacity for most Australian utes. Additionally, genuine accessories such as roof racks allow for more storage on the roof providing another way to carry more in your ute.

How much does it cost to own a ute?

Outside the usual running costs of registration and insurance, it’s important to take into account other factors such as maintenance and fuel economy.
Ute maintenance/servicing costs can vary considerably between brands and models. Some utes will need to be serviced as often as 10,000 kilometres whilst others will only require servicing every 20,000 kilometres.
The fuel economy also affects the cost of running a ute, which can vary depending on your choice of transmission, engine and drivetrain (2WD/4WD).