Holden was without a car-based ute for a few years before a utility version of the VG-generation Commodore debuted in 1990. Its donor car has ensured the Holden Ute has continued to deliver ride comfort, refinement and steering ability beyond that of dual-cab and cab-chassis utes that employ more primitive suspensions. V6 and V8 engines were also shared with the Commodore and the fastest version, called the Maloo, was produced by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV). The Holden Ute was never better than in its final (VF) iteration, and the end of local manufacturing in 2017 was truly a time to lament the passing of an Australian icon.
Better ride and handling than a dual-cab ute
Rapid performance of V8 model
Reliability has improved over the years
An Australian icon
Windscreen pillar can obstruct vision
V8 engines consume plenty of fuel
Doesn't have load capacity of workhorse-style utes
No longer in production
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.