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Articles by Marcus Craft

Marcus Craft

Marcus Craft

Contributing Journalist

Raised by dingoes and, later, nuns, Marcus (aka ‘Crafty’) had his first taste of adventure as a cheeky toddler on family 4WD trips to secret fishing spots near Bundaberg, Queensland. He has since worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Australia, London and Cape Town and has been an automotive journalist for 18 years.

This bloke has driven and camped throughout much of Australia – for work and play – and has written yarns for pretty much every mag you can think of.

The former editor of 4X4 Australia magazine, Marcus is one of the country’s most respected vehicle reviewers and off-road adventure travel writers.

What is overdrive on a car?

Overdrive in a vehicle is "an...Read more

What is a heavy vehicle?

A heavy vehicle, as defined in the Heavy...Read more

The new Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series is a modern-ish update of the immensely popular ute workhorse because you can choose one with a 2.8L four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Don’t worry, the 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 and five-speed manual gearbox combination is...Read more
The Kia Sorento S diesel AWD is in the lower spec ranks of the Sorento line-up but it still seems like it would be, on paper at least, an easy vehicle to live with. It’s a seven-seater with updated technology and a boosted features list and while it may not have the plush appeal of those in the...Read more
The Calligraphy is in the upper ranks of the Hyundai Palisade line-up. It’s a big classy-looking SUV inside and out, it’s packed full of features, it has eight seats, and it’s even all-wheel drive , but with a price tag that’s more than $80,000. Is it worth your consideration? Read on. Read more...Read more

The Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series holds a very special place in the...Read more

The Toyota RAV4 is the most popular medium SUV on the Australian market...Read more

Nissan Australia and Melbourne-based vehicle engineering company, Premcar, have very successfully combined forces to create finessed versions of the Navara and Patrol as part of their on-going Warrior program. Premcar has proven it can be entrusted with crucial conversion work, engineering upgrades...Read more

Toyota’s much-anticipated compact LandCruiser, likely badged the FJ,...Read more

What's old is new again. Sure, it's a well-worn saying, but it's used...Read more

Ever since the current Suzuki Jimny was launched here five years ago, Zook enthusiasts have been nagging the company for a five-door version. Well, the arrival of the five-door Jimny XL is proof positive that nagging works. The XL is longer and heavier than the standard Jimny , but it has no...Read more

The Ford Ranger is consistently one of Australia's best-selling utes...Read more

The Wildtrak grade in Ford’s Ranger line-up has attracted plenty of fans over the years and now the wagon version has arrived. The Ford Everest Wildtrak replaces the Sport as the second-most expensive variant in the Everest line-up, under the top-shelf Platinum. At more than $74,000, the Wildtrak...Read more

Camping has changed a fair bit since Banjo Paterson wrote about ol'...Read more

It’s an age-old question that has been casually dropped into...Read more

A new petrol-powered 4WD seems an anomaly in a world seemingly hell-bent on rapidly embracing EVs. However, there’s still room for a traditional off-road vehicle or two – especially those with front and rear diff locks – for the time being, anyway. I tested the Chinese-made GWM (Great Wall Motors)...Read more

What is a light rigid vehicle?

A light rigid vehicle is a vehicle...Read more

What is a E85 Fuel?

E85 is an ethanol-gasoline blend that may...Read more