Pickup truck comparo: Hilux Conquest vs Isuzu D-Max Boondock
As the second bestselling model in 2019, the new Hilux has a lot of expectations to live up to, and gets some stiff competition from the likes of the Isuzu D-Max Boondock.
Suffice to say, both the top-of-the-line Hilux Conquest and D-Max Boondock are two of a pickup buyer’s best choices. We pit these two beastly off-roaders against one another and take our pick as to which one deserves your hard-earned money more.
The Isuzu D-Max Boondock looks ready to take on any rough terrain, starting with the tall 247mm ground clearance made possible by a complex suspension system composed of monotube nitrogen charged performance shock absorbers and all-terrain Yokohama Geolandar G015 tires. Blacked-out roof rails, side stepboards, mirror covers, alloy wheels, over fenders, and cargo extender complete the Boondock's beastly appeal. To further distinguish it from the rest of the D-Max line, the model comes with cool-looking light blue line at the front and a special Boondock sticker at its tailgate.
The Hilux Conquest asserts its bolder look over the rest of the lineup, showing more authority on the road with its sporty and refreshing new features such as a new grille design and sports bar, restyled daytime running lights, a bed liner, and 18-inch alloy wheels further amplifying the active lifestyle of the Hilux Conquest owner. A “Conquest” graphic at the rear sides further distinguish it from its Hilux family.
Winner: D-Max Boondock
Inside the D-Max Boondock, an 8-inch multi-information touchscreen display serves as the centerpiece, appearing in an integrated design that unites it with the rest of the cabin's features in seamless fashion. Perforated leather covers the front and back seats, further establishing the cabin's stylish allure. For entertainment, the Boondock provides occupants with a CD/DVD player and AM/FM radio, as well as iPod, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity. Among the Boondock's wide array of safety features include dual SRS airbags, Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, Brake Override System, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and Reverse Sensors with Camera.
The new Hilux Conquest is now equipped with a Smart Key/Entry feature and furnished with a new black interior trim and a 6.5-inch display to go with the Steering Wheel Audio Control. Overall, the Conquest’s cabin is just the same as the next top Hilux variant. In terms of safety, the Conquest 4×4 models get anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution (ABS-EBD), hill-start assist, stability control with traction control, downhill assist, and trailer sway control. Meanwhile, the Conquest 4×2 gets only three airbags along with ABS-EBD. A reverse back-up camera and clearance sensors are also onboard.
Winner: Hilux Conquest
The D-Max Boondock is powered by a Euro 4-compliant 3.0-liter Blue Power diesel engine with intercooler that produces 175hp and 380Nm. There are two gearbox choices on offer: a manual with gear shift indicator and automatic with sequential shift, both of which are six-speed. The D-Max Boondock is available only in 4x4 drive configuration, as opposed to the 4x2 and 4x4 options that its predecessors came in.
The Hilux Conquest is powered by the same fuel-efficient and durable engine used in the current Hilux lineup; a 2.8-liter four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC Variable Nozzle Turbo with Air-cooled Intercooler and a 2.4-liter version of the same engine. Both are befitting for any off road activity. Engine output maxes out at 201hp and 500Nm for the 2.8L and 148hp and 400Nm for the 2.4L. A choice between a 6-speed automatic and 6-speed intelligent manual gearbox ensures all that power reaches either all four wheels (4x4 variants) or rear wheels only (4x2 variants).
Winner: Hilux Conquest
Price and options
The Isuzu D-Max Boondock 4x4 comes in two variants, priced at PHP1.725 million (manual) and PHP1.795 million (automatic). As for color options, these include Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Red Spinel, and Silky Pearl White.
The Hilux Conquest on the other hand, has four different trims, priced as follows:
- CONQUEST 2.8 4x4 A/T: PHP1,850,000
- CONQUEST 2.8 4x4 M/T: PHP1,775,000
- CONQUEST 2.4 4x2 A/T: PHP1,475,000
- CONQUEST 2.4 4x2 M/T: PHP1,400,000
Available in the colors Super White, Grey Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Nebula Blue Metallic, and the Conquest-exclusive Emotional Red, the Hilux Conquest ensures a tougher appearance on the road.
Winner: Hilux Conquest
The Hilux Conquest wins in terms of options and power, but if you’re looking for more muscle and practicality, then it’s the Isuzu D-Max Boondock for you. That said, the D-Max Boondock’s age is to its detriment. Nevertheless, both are known to be reliable pickup brands, so in terms of durability, you can’t really go wrong either way. Feel free to check out the rest of the specs of both pickups here on Carmudi.
Photo/s from TMP, Isuzu PH
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