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Articles by Marcus Craft

Marcus Craft

Marcus Craft

Editor - Adventure

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.

If you're in the market for a mid-sized SUV then chances are your research has included at least more than a cursory glance at the Honda CR-V. We tested a Honda CR-V VTi L7 for a week of real-world duties, which included a mix of driving, with some very light dirt tracks thrown in to see how this...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

Do you need to register a caravan in Australia? Yes, bloody oath, of...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

If you’re having a tough time trying to find your dream motorhome or...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 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 LDV T60 remains a crucial part of the new wave of Chinese-built utes...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

Excitement about the British-built Land Rover Defender lookalike, the...Read more

Fancy owning a brand-new ute that looks a lot like a Land Rover...Read more

When I was a kid – back in the Stone Age – we relied on an ice-packed...Read more

This is the Ford Transit Custom Sport 320L double cab in van (DCiV). As well as its load space, this van has a total of five seats in its cabin, so it has cargo- and passenger-carrying capability. But how does it perform towing an almost 1800kg cherry picker? Read on. Explore the Transit Custom...Read more

Having consistent access to reliable power while you’re off-grid...Read more