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The Best Commercial and 4WD Vehicles in Australia

Updated: Jun 3

Commercial vehicles and 4WDs are gaining popularity on Australian roads, with the country's diverse terrain making it ideal for four-wheel drive enthusiasts.

While many 4WDs are used for leisure, a significant number serve essential roles in off-road tasks such as power and communication equipment maintenance. Additionally, they are indispensable in the Outback for agricultural, mining, and construction work.

New vehicle buyers often seek the best of both worlds by choosing 4x4 off-road pickup trucks that offer car-like performance in urban settings and rugged capabilities for outdoor adventures. If you're considering a new commercial vehicle that's versatile enough for city driving, highway cruising, and off-road escapades, a 4x4 like the GMC Denali is an excellent choice.

The GMC Denali is designed for both work and play, featuring superior ride height, excellent road handling, strong towing capacity, and off-road capabilities. Its luxurious interiors ensure comfortable driving around town, while ample cargo space and towing power make it ideal for family adventures. The Denali stands out as one of the best 4WDs Australia has to offer.

What is the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

AWD vs. 4WD - both drive trains can send power to all four wheels at the one time. AWD vehicles do this automatically, whereas a 4WD gives the driver more control over where the power is sent. Learn the difference and find out which is best for you.


Four-wheel drives are made for the extreme, designed to send torque to all four wheels. 4WD are tougher, more robust and provide more control when up against rugged terrain and difficult driving conditions. 


All-wheel drive systems constantly monitor the conditions and sends power and torque to each wheel individually for traction control best suited to the environment at any given time.


While all 4x4 vehicles have a 4WD system, not all 4WD vehicles are 4x4. 4x4 refers directly to the number of wheels on any given vehicle and how many of them can be powered at the one time.

Do I need a 4x4 to go off-road?

You can take both a 4WD and an AWD off-road with ease. 4WDs are generally built for better control and grip in tougher conditions, rock crawling and mudding. That’s not to say AWD won’t perform well in lighter off-road conditions, gravel paths, icy tracks and firm beach sand. It’s important to know your drive modes before heading off-road.

Different Terrain, Different Techniques

Depending on where you go there are different things to consider when you’re getting off-road. Check the terrain ahead and employ the right driving technique for the conditions.


Reducing tire pressure increases traction and prevents your tires from sinking into the sand. As you increase your speed your tires will float higher above the sand and require less engine effort to maintain momentum.

Water Wading

Check your vehicle’s maximum water wading depth. Open your windows fully in case of emergency and enter the crossing in first or second gear, keeping your speed steady to maintain momentum.


If you’re driving diesel, be sure to fill your tank with alpine-mix fuel to prevent the fuel system from freezing under the conditions. Some states in Australia require drivers to carry chains at all times when driving in the snow, check the restriction before you head up the mountain.

Rock crawl

Know your vehicle’s ground clearance before you head over large rocks and boulders. Maintain momentum by driving at a consistent speed and your vehicles Terrain Management System to ensure that you have the right amount of power and torque being sent across all four wheels for the conditions.


Most 4WD’s have Hill Descent Control which uses the braking system to take you downhill at a fixed pace, with adequate traction and torque, so you can focus on steering.

Ensuring you have a smooth start when you’re approaching a steep incline.

Mud & Ruts

Make sure your tires are up to scratch before heading off-road in muddy conditions. Lowering the pressure allows for better traction and grip on the slippery terrain.

Whatever you choose, make sure it aligns with your specific requirements and preferences.

In need of more information or have specific questions? We are here to help.

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