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Small or compact four-door SUVs have found favour with those who might usually climb into a hatch but, for whatever reasons, are now looking to a vehicle with the ability, actual or otherwise, of being sporty and even a little bit outdoorsy. The reality is most of these vehicles will spend their...Read more
The V6 X-Class is big, bold and bloody expensive – and it has segment-topping safety tech– but its price-tag swiftly climbs above more than $80,000 when you start adding one of the many optional extras and is it really worth that much beyond the cache of the badge? Really? Sure, the bigger engine...Read more
The idea of a Tesla that can tow sounds about as likely as a supermodel with an astrophysics degree, who also enters the wood-chopping competition at the Easter Show. The EV brand has blazed a trail for every other mainstream and premium car manufacturer to jump on the electric bandwagon , and...Read more
Compact SUVs are marketed as fresh, fun and capable of a few cheeky off-the-bitumen adventures – but are they really able to get you to your campsite? Especially the 2WD variants? Hyundai's Kona is at the forefront of a continuing wave of compact SUVs . We took a 2WD top-spec Highlander out bush to...Read more
The term SUV (sports utility vehicle) is a vague catch-all bunch of words. It has US origins and we Aussies now use it to describe any car marketed as an adventure-type go-anywhere vehicle. The problem is not all vehicles advertised as SUVs are capable of going much further than the wet-grass...Read more
Let me fess up to you straight away: I don't do a lot of towing. And when I say I don't do a lot, I mean I don't do it at all. Like a trip to the dentist and audience participation in theatre restaurants, I've somehow successfully avoided it for my entire 44 years on the planet. Until now. It's all...Read more
The small SUV segment of the Australian car market is chock-a-block with vehicles – and Mazda has carved out its own niche in the crossover SUV realm with its popular CX-3 range. The Akari Luxury Edition (LE) is the line-up’s top-shelf model. It’s front-wheel drive, perky, a tad squeezy inside and...Read more
When you live in the heart of Australia’s largest city, it can be easy to...Read more
Of the Aussie market’s quiet-achieving utes, in terms of sales, there are several, but few of those are as value- or feature-packed as the Mitsubishi Triton. Never truly spectacular in the past but always rather steadfast and reliable, the Triton has now had a substantial ‘reimagining’ with...Read more
The Land Cruiser Troop Carrier has been around for donkey's years - it's part of Toyota's legendary 70 Series range – but it was last refreshed in 2016 as part of the line-up's rejuvenation at the time. Its 4WDing heritage is undeniable and this tourer's status as a solid bush-tourer is further...Read more
The new-generation Suzuki Jimny has been 20 years in the making and it’s finally here. (Cue much rejoicing from Zook fanatics.) It has big expectations to meet in that it needs to retain the off-road capability and undeniable fun factor of previous versions, but somehow at the same time embrace the...Read more
Big life choices. They’re a large part of what separates one person from another, and usually also what separates people from their money. Say you had a cool $47,000 on hand, for example. One person might spend that money on a 2019 Golf GTi. Another, significantly different person, might spend it...Read more
After a two-year absence from our shores, SsangYong has re-launched in the Australian market with a four-model line-up, sharp drive-away pricing, a seven-year warranty on everything and a no-nonsense commitment to offer next-level customer service. The company’s flagship large SUV , the Rexton , is...Read more
Like any successful product, the Ford Everest has its fans and its haters. And the introduction of the 2.0-litre twin-turbo option to the range appeared to enrage those who take against smaller-capacity engines, a lot of them on principle only. Well, we want to see if any of that engine-bashing...Read more
The Landcruiser 80 Series was released in 1990, to claims that it would be the benchmark 4WD of the 1990s. Certainly, fit and finish was superb and the coil-sprung, full-time-4WD 80 Series at last caught up with Rover and overtook Nissan’s coil-sprung Patrol, but the first 80 Series was a Richard...Read more
Once upon a time Queensland was the home of Aussie camper-trailer manufacturing and companies, such as Lifestyle Camper Trailers, were pumping out camper after camper to happy customers. But then came the imports and the price that people were willing to pay for the product dropped very quickly...Read more
Over the past 12 months, some of the most significant names in camper-trailers have fallen victim to their own success. Ultimate Campers, one of the most interesting and (previously) desirable camping products was placed in voluntary administration and bailed out, while Kimberley Kampers, always...Read more
Avan, the company, is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of caravans and campers and the distinctly shaped Avan, the camper-trailer, is an iconic design that’s been in Australia nearly three decades. Given that longevity, we wanted to see if there is merit in such a bizarrely shaped van, and...Read more
For off-road adventurers, having the flexibility to be able to tow your camper-trailer off the beaten track, out bush and along a beach, opens up a whole new realm of fun and possibility – and that's why Jayco's Outback versions of the company's mainstream camper range have a growing legion of fans...Read more