Photography By Offroad ImagesIf you’re in the market for a new 4WD you might be asking yourself whether a ute or wagon will be better suited to your needs. When making your choice, there are a couple of questions that you need to ask yourself. Firstly, you need to identify how you plan on using your 4WD in order to better determine the specific vehicle requirements needed, ie: petrol vs diesel, touring vs hardcore and ultimately ute vs wagon.

To make your decision making process easier, the team over at 4WD Action have put together a list of pros and cons for both utes and wagons. Check it out below.


• Utes obviously don’t carry as much weight when empty. Less glass and body panels.
• Utes can be seen as a great touring vehicle because of the amount of space available. Plus, at the end of the day there’s no need to scrub and clean, just put a hose to it!
• The physical properties of your typical ute means it has a large rear overhang. So if you’re keen on doing some serious wheeling, this could be a problem when you scrape your exhaust coming down on those rock ledges.
• Everyone’s got a mate with a ute – you know what happens when you buy a ute. Every man and his dog will ask you to give them a hand when moving!


• Wagons are typically the 4WD of choice when you’re touring, especially with kids. They’ll make it that much easier on you if you don’t have to stop every hour because the kids in the back are getting restless. These days the ergonomics in the rear passenger seats are only ever improving.
• Security – No need to keep an eye on your tonneau cover growing legs and walking away. With a wagon you’ll feel as safe as houses knowing the only way for those with sticky fingers to get in is to break glass.
• Wagons are heavier on the back end which adds traction over the rear wheels.
• Wagons have less overhang behind the rear wheels, giving greater clearance when entering and exiting climbs or descents.
• When you’re moving things you don’t want to smell, a wagon may not be the best option as it’s in the cab with you. This is where the ute comes into its own.
• Wagons are more top heavy meaning they can be more likely to roll when driving on extreme angles.

Once you’ve got your 4WD choice sorted make sure that you head over to our website to check out the entire range of Mickey Thompson Tires. There’s nothing better than a new rig kitted up with some legendary Mickey Thompson boots.


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