2022 Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max Comparsion: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Apr 14, 2022

The platform siblings go head-to-head.

In this article...

  1. The truck wars rages on
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max: The truck wars rages on

As of 2022, the Philippine pickup truck market segment has plenty of choices for would-be buyers. This means that the local pickup truck wars rages on.

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For Mazda, it offers the new BT-50, which it released last year. The truck comes with plenty of high-tech features, and a sleek but macho exterior look.

On the Isuzu side, there’s the D-Max. It was also released back in 2021, and like the competition, it has plenty of gadgets for convenience, comfort, and safety.

Do note though, the current Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max both use the same platform. They even use the same engine. So this begs the question, is there anything that makes one better over the other?

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Let’s find out by comparing the specs of the top-spec BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT against the specs of the top-spec D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT.

Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max: Exterior

To begin, let’s compare dimensions. For the Mazda BT-50, it has a length of 5,280mm, a width of 1,870mm, and a height of 1,810mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 3,125mm, and a ground clearance of 237mm.

A picture of the Mazda BT-50

The Mazda BT-50

The Isuzu D-Max meanwhile, is 5,277mm long, 1,880mm wide, and 1,810mm in height. Its wheelbase spans 3,125mm, and it has a ground clearance of 240 mm.

Mazda BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Dimensions

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT

5,280mm

Length

5,277mm

1,870mm

Width

1,880mm

1,810mm

Height

1,810mm

3,125mm

Wheelbase length

3,125mm

237mm

Ground clearance

240mm

2,600

Curb weight

2,600mm

To sum it up, the differences between the two in terms of size are marginal at best. The BT-50 is 3mm longer, while the D-Max is 10mm wider. Both trucks even come with an identical curb weight of 2,600 kg.

As for exterior equipment, the top-spec BT-50 has LED headlamps, while the top-of-the-line D-Max has bi-LED headlamps. Both come with an auto on/off function, and automatic high beam controls.

A picture of the Isuzu D-Max parked in the middle of a park.

The Isuzu D-Max

Furthermore, both trucks also have LED taillights, power folding side mirrors with turn signal side repeaters, front fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, a bedliner, roof rails, as well as side steps. Both also come with 18-inch alloy wheels.

Mazda BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Exterior Equipment

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT

LED w/ auto on/off

Headlights

LED w/ auto on/off

With

Daytime running lights

With

LED

Turn signal lights

LED

LED

Taillights

LED

With

Front fog lamps

With

With

Roof rails

With

18-inch

Wheel size

18-inch

Alloy

Wheel type

Alloy

With

Bedliner

With

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Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max: Interior

Inside, both the BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT and the D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT can comfortably seat up to five occupants. Both pickup truck models also come with dark-themed interiors, a split-folding second row, a dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system, and leather wrapped steering wheels with tilt and telescopic adjustment. Both also have leather-wrapped seats, which are colored brown on both models.

Mazda BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Interior Equipment

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT

Leather

Seat material

Leather

Electronic

Driver’s seat adjustment

Electronic

Tilt and Telescopic

Steering wheel adjustment

Tilt and Telescopic

Dual-zone automatic

Air-conditioning type

Dual-zone automatic

Push button

Ignition

Push button

5

Seating capacity

5

Moreover, both trucks' front seats are electronically adjustable. Also present on these two competing models is a push-to-start button, a digital trip computer and analog gauge cluster, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 12-volt charging port, as well as several USB charging ports.

A picture of the interior of the BT-50

A peek inside the BT-50

For entertainment, the top-spec BT-50 is kitted out with a 9-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity. It is then linked to an eight-piece speaker system.

Meanwhile, the top-spec D-Max is equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. It also gets an eight-piece speaker system.

A picture of the interior of the Isuzu D-Max.

Inside the D-Max LS-E

To this end, the BT-50's headunit is slightly smaller, but it does get a wireless function for its Apple CarPlay. The D-Max in turn gets the usual, wired Apple CarPlay.

Mazda BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

On-board tech

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT

9-inch touchscreen

Infotainment system

10.1-inch touchscreen

Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB

Connectivity options

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB

8

# of speakers

8

With

Power-folding side mirror

With

With

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

With

With

Rain-sensing wipers

With

Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, both the top-spec BT-50 and the top-spec D-Max both use a 3.0-liter inline-4 turbodiesel engine. On these two models, the said engine has an identical output of 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.

A picture of the Mazda BT-50's engine bay.

Check out the BT-50's engine bay

Both also use a six-speed automatic gearbox with a gear lever manual mode. Both models also use a 4x4 drivetrain with multiple manual modes.

The BT-50 and D-Max also use similar suspension systems. For the front, they both use a double wishbone type suspension. Their rears then use a leaf-spring type suspension. Both trucks then use front disc brakes and rear drum brakes.

The only difference between the two is the fact that the automatic transmission version of the D-Max LS-E does not get a differential lock. Only the manual gearbox version of the LS trim does.

A picture of the Isuzu D-Max's engine.

The D-Max's engine

On the flip-side, the BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT comes standard with a rear differential lock.

Specs

Mazda BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT

Engine

Inline-4 turbodiesel

Inline-4 turbodiesel

Displacement

3.0-liters

3.0-liters

Transmission

Six-speed automatic

Six-speed automatic

Horsepower

187 horsepower

187 horsepower

Torque

450 Nm

450 Nm

Drivetrain

4x4

4x4

Differential lock

With

None

Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max: Safety

Both trucks come with the standard safety equipment that you’d expect from a modern vehicle. Both have electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, traction control, ISOFIX child seat anchors, a parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, an engine immobilizer, a walk-away auto lock function, and a security alarm.

For driver assist features, both also get adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision warning. The D-Max does get a post-crash multi-collision braking system and a pedal mis-application mitigation system, both of which aren’t present on the Mazda model.

Lastly, both trucks also come standard with seven airbags.

Mazda BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Safety equipment

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT

7

Airbags

7

With

Anti-lock braking w/ EBD

With

With

Reverse camera

With

Adaptive

Cruise control

Adaptive

With

Hill-start assist

With

With

Hill-descent control

With

With

Stability control

With

With

Traction control

With

With

ISOFIX child seat tethers

With

With

Lane departure warning

With

With

Blind-spot detection

With

With

Engine immobilizer

With

With

Security alarm

With

With

Emergency braking

With


Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max: Price

Mazda BT-50 Variants

Price

BT-50 3.0 4x2 MT

Php 1,390,000

BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Php 1,430,000

BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Php 1,790,000

Isuzu D-Max Variants

Price

D-Max Single Cab 1.9 4x2 MT

Php 857,000

D-Max LT 1.9 4x2 MT

Php 987,000

D-Max RZ4E 1.9 LS 4x2 MT

Php 1,219,000

D-Max LT 3.0 4x4 MT

Php 1,288,000

D-Max RZ4E 1.9 LS 4x2 AT

Php 1,309,000

D-Max LS 3.0 4x2 MT

Php 1,320,000

D-Max LS-A 3.0 4x2 AT

Php 1,390,000

D-Max LS 3.0 4x4 MT

Php 1,630,000

D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT

Php 1,825,000

Mazda BT-50 vs Isuzu D-Max: Conclusion

To conclude, both the BT-50 and D-Max are high-tech pickup trucks that will provide their owners with the utmost comfort and practicality.

A picture of the side and rear of the Mazda BT-50

A rear-quarter view of the BT-50

The D-Max however, does have some safety systems that are not present on the BT-50. In turn, the BT-50 is arguably more capable off-road since it does come with a differential lock, which isn’t present on the D-Max.

Style-wise though, we’ll leave it up to you to pick the better-looking vehicle. Also, if you are indeed in the market of a pickup truck, then we urge you to give each of these a good ol’ test drive.

A picture of the rear of the Isuzu D-Max

The D-Max from the rear

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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