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Australian car buyers have a global reputation for choosing the most expensive, high-performance variant of a particular make and model. We're over-represented in the BMW M-world, for instance, and Mercedes-AMG loves us for our willingness to option high and spend big. But, it seems, when it comes...Read more
The latest-generation Land Rover Defender has managed to impress newcomers to the brand and, more importantly, calm the rattled nerves of Landie lovers everywhere who feared the new Defender would be a shadow of its former self. Well, thankfully for all of us, the new Defender may look all modern...Read more
The Toyota Prado has always been well regarded as a touring vehicle – seven seats, big driving range, as well as comfortable and capable on-road and off – but in recent years it has faced stiff competition in the form of the Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Pajero and others of that ilk. And...Read more
Everyone knows the Toyota LandCruiser so rather than go through a potted history of the vehicle, let’s get stuck into this review. The 300 Series line-up has a new engine, more power and torque, and it’s supposedly more efficient, and more comfortable than the 200. The GR Sport is the second-from-...Read more
The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain and the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior are the top-spec variants in their line-ups. The X-Terrain has garnered plenty of fans in the last few years and the Warrior has generated a stack of interest in a short amount of time. The X-Terrain has been updated as part of a range-...Read more
The Pro-4X Warrior is the new top dog in the Nissan Navara line-up. It’s a hard-core 4WD collaboration between Nissan Australia and Melbourne -based vehicle engineering company, Premcar and, as such, has undergone conversion work and added a stack of adventure-ready accessories – more than $9000...Read more
The Land Rover Discovery is a bit of a classic with 4WDers – and while it’s never attracted a massive and passionate fanbase like its hard-core stablemate, the Defender, it’s done okay for itself. There used to be a clear distinction between the Discovery and the Defender. The Discovery was always...Read more
The D-Max X-Terrain is the top-spec variant in Isuzu’s ute range and, as part of a refresh for the entire D-Max range for 2022, this ute has had a few updates. The new X-Terrain, available from December 1, now has a tow bar receiver as standard and a 50kg increase to its Gross Combination Mass, as...Read more
The ultimate showdown between tribes of 4x4 enthusiasts - this comparison will pit the new Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series up against the Land Rover Defender 110 and the Nissan Patrol. That’s right - we’ve got three serious off-road capable four-wheel drive SUVs that we are comparing here, and...Read more
The Cannon X is the top-shelf variant in the GWM Ute line-up and, as such, spearheads the latest Chinese-built charge into the Australian ute market. Is this budget-friendly Great Wall Ute workhorse cheap and cheerful, or just cheap and nasty? Well, it’s no longer so cheap because its price-tag has...Read more
Toyota's 70 Series LandCruiser is an absolute legend in Australia – and to celebrate its 70th anniversary here, Toyota is selling 600 special edition 70 Series single cab, dual cab and wagons. There are no mechanical differences between these special edition vehicles and the standard versions, but...Read more
The current generation Suzuki Jimny JB74 range started off as a budget player, but the prices have risen over the time it has been on sale. No doubt that has something to do with huge demand for the new-generation Jimny , which - anecdotally - can see wait times stretch as long as 16 months. Suzuki...Read more
This is the new-generation Isuzu MU-X, the first substantial upgrade in this vehicle’s history. It has an updated engine, more safety and driver-assist tech, and it can now tow 3.5 tonnes, so it tops its SUV wagon class in terms of load-hauling – on paper, at least. So, does this new MU-X deserve...Read more
The new Isuzu D-Max has impressed many: it’s well-built, very comfortable as a daily driver, very capable as a weekend off-road tourer and it’s packed with driver-assist tech. We’re testing it over a few months to see how it performs day to day, week to week, and in a variety of situations: family...Read more
The new Subaru Outback is very much like previous generations of the SUV/wagon in that it supposedly gives owners the opportunity to explore a little bit further afield even if they spend the lion’s share of their time on city and suburban streets. But this time the Outback has more onboard...Read more
The Navara Pro-4X is the all-new range-topping variant in Nissan’s 2021 ute line-up. As part of a 2000-kilometre, multi-day test, I drove the Pro-4X from Sydney to an outback location about 900 kilometres north-west of Sydney as part of a more-than 2000km city-to-red-dirt-and-back adventure. The...Read more
The Nissan Navara has never garnered the same fanatical support as its rival the Toyota HiLux continues to attract but, nevertheless, it has quietly built a solid reputation and fanbase among ute lovers throughout the country. In recent years, Nissan’s cycle of tweaks and updates to its D23 series...Read more
Few vehicles can compete with the Suzuki Jimny in terms of pure dialled-in driver bliss straight from the showroom and out onto the dirt. This little Zook exists in the rarified air of a vehicular realm only otherwise occupied by the likes of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon , Toyota 70 Series and Land...Read more
The Nissan Navara has always been a comfortably reasonable ute* that’s never neared the sales heights or popularity of the Toyota HiLux or Ford Ranger, but it has, nonetheless, attracted plenty of passionate fans (#navlife anyone?). (*Before all of you Nav enthusiasts get offended by my opening...Read more