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How reliable is the Isuzu D Max?

Nov 21

The Isuzu D-Max is the number 1 best-selling truck and car of the year in Thailand, with over 18,000 units sold in September 2022. This truck accounts for over 57 percent of the market share in the pickup segment.


With the increasing popularity of D-Max, we can easily assume that it has many happy users. But is this truck really reliable?


We have listed here 4 proofs that the Isuzu D-Max is a reliable truck:


1. Huge number of standard safety equipment on all models


You can tell a reliable truck when it keeps the user's safety as its top priority. The Isuzu D-Max is packed with much standard safety equipment on all the models. In the European market, the Isuzu D-Max is considered one of the safest pickup trucks available, according to Euro NCAP. You can also say the same for the Isuzu D-Max trucks that were manufactured in Thailand.


Every Isuzu D-MAX includes safety features that work automatically and independently to protect its passengers. Every D-Max model is fitted with Isuzu's Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS) technology. With state-of-the-art cameras and sensors, it allows drivers to easily monitor the surroundings.


Other safety features on the D-Max include the following:


  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Forward collision warning
  • Post-Collision Braking
  • Turn Assist With AEB
  • Mis-Acceleration Mitigation
  • Driver Attention Assist
  • Lane driving features such as Departure Prevention and Warning and Emergency Lane Keeping
  • Parking safety features such as reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors
  • Traffic safety features such as adaptive cruise control
  • Passive safety features that include eight airbags and impact-absorbing chassis

While the D-MAX has many features that can help you avoid accidents it also offers a range of passive features just in case an accident will happen. With its reliable safety feature, you can enjoy a safer ride.


2. Versatile truck with off-road capability


The D-Max is not only reliable for city driving, but you can also take it with you for offroading or Overlanding. The stiff but impact-absorbing chassis and durable rear suspension that enhances axle articulation make it a reliable truck for navigating bumpy, rocky, and muddy roads. Later models come with a lockable rear differential and the 4WD system engages more quickly, a feature you may find useful on your cross-country excursions.



Furthermore, the D-Max also comes with features such as hill start assist and hill descent control (will not work if diff-lock is activated). If you forget to switch it off when you rejoin the road, the locker is automatically disabled when you reach a certain speed.


The off-road capability of the D-Max can breeze through any road situation. 


3. Powerful performance


The Isuzu D Max model range isn't far behind its rivals regarding overall performance. While it's not #1 when it comes to engine power, the D-Max produces a massive 140kW of power and 450 Nm of torque, enough to drive you uphill or downhill, under any road condition. The Isuzu engine is built to withstand high pressure and temperatures and is hard-wearing and very reliable.


Moreover, the D-Max (depending on the model) can also tow up to 3.5 tons of loads. Its extra durable truck-based chassis gives you the ability to load almost anything that fits.

It's undeniable that the Isuzu D-Max is a reliable vehicle, and this is one of the reasons why it became a top-selling truck in the country. However, a used car is only as reliable as its overall condition. That is why if you plan on getting a second-hand D-Max, make sure to do your part in thoroughly inspecting and test-driving the unit before making your purchase decision. Most importantly, buy only from a reputable dealer.