Impressive fuel economy from Isuzu D-Max


As readers will know I picked up an Isuzu D-Max LS Double cab from Southern Autos in the week before Christmas.

The good folk there had even put some Whaleoil logos on the front doors and on the rear gate. The tank was also full.

Yesterday was the day I needed to fill it up again. That is 19 days without filling up. It was also 780km since I picked up the ute.

I’m impressed. That was a mixture of city and motorway driving as well.

I’m pretty sure on a long trip I reckon it would get close to 1000kms without a fill. The tank takes 76 litres. 

According to the manufacturers specifications the D-Max is capable of the following performance:


Mine has an automatic transmission, so the second set of figures are the one to look at.

As you can see I was between the Extra Urban and Combined specifications…so that is pretty good.

The truck drives well, and is a reasonable sized unit. The LS doesn’t have all the fruit that the LS-T has, but is extremely functional and comfortable.

My son is 6’5″ and he can easily sit in the rear seat behind me without too much discomfort.

I will blog about the other specs later, but for now, after my first fuel stop I have to say I’m impressed.

As an aside I popped in to see Mark Mitchell yesterday afternoon and he has a Holden Colorado…for all intents and purposes this is exactly the same vehicle…I’m serious…it is…right down to the mirrors, the dash, the storage spaces, and dash layout.

So far after nearly three weeks I am quietly impressed with the Isuzu D-Max.

Go and see the folks at Southern Autos and check out your vehicle needs, they will look after you.

They don’t just sell Isuzu and their sister site is a Ford dealership as well. Both new and used cars are available, and make sure you tell them you read about them here.

Southern Autos

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