A white vanIf Australia could have a national vehicle, it would be the Ute. Also called utility coupes, Utes became a symbol of the country’s natural ruggedness and its people’s hard work. But it always faces a tough battle with the vans.

When compared according to various criteria, which one do you think deserves to win?


Prices of vehicles can vary depending on many factors, including the design and the dealer. Excluding insurance and finance charges, a Ute can be more expensive than a van. Toyota Hilux, for example, may cost more than $55,000. The Ford Transit models, which are some of the most popular vans, can have a suggested retail price of $37,000.


Both of them are safe as far as crashes are concerned, but vans can secure your items from the get-go since you do not have to place them on an open back. They are not exposed to outdoor elements and theft. That does not mean, however, you cannot do something with a Ute. A lift off service for the body can secure your load and give you more space.


There are different ways to interpret capacity. If you’re talking about passengers, theoretically, you can fit more people into the van. The most you can accommodate in a Hilux is five. Utes, however, have the towing strength and ability. Moreover, if you’re just carrying adults, you can have an entire team on the back.


Utes win this department for two reasons. One, it is much easier for you to take them off-road. In fact, it is not unusual for many Aussies to drive the vehicle to work from Mondays to Fridays and to an adventure during the weekends.

In addition, there is almost no limit to what you can do on the back of the Utes. That is why Aussies love it. They can throw in anything at the back, get to work and go home afterwards. History also tells us that it is supposed to carry farm animals on Mondays.

Which one is the winner? The better question is which one do you want? Hopefully, you have a clear idea which vehicle deserves your attention.