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Driving the Hakone Turnpike and some of Japan’s finest touge roads

Mates of mine who live in Japan tell me driving enthusiasts have an almost spiritual connection with the legendary Hakone Turnpike – or Mazda Turnpike as it is now known. That’s regardless of whether you're a local or an import to the land of the rising sun like they are...

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2016 Toyota Camry RZ Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Camry RZ Review

In one of the last Australian-built versions of the Camry we'll see, the RZ is a sportier take on the platform, with only 1100 examples to be built. Does the limited-edition status make it worthwhile?

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Six features of new cars that make parenting easier

Six features of new cars that make parenting easier

Children and cars can be a stressful combination - and it doesn't seem to matter whether you're heading off on a long-distance trip or ducking out for what should be a quick trip to the shops. Some days, being a parent is challenging and anything that makes your day a little easier is much appreciated...


2016 Toyota Kluger GXL AWD Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Kluger GXL AWD Review

The 2016 Toyota Kluger still leads the seven-seat urban SUV sales charts, but with the arrival of the new Mazda CX-9, does Toyota need to lift its game to stay on top?

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2016 Toyota 86 Style at Fuji Speedway
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2016 Toyota 86 Style at Fuji Speedway

Read the full article here. Having attended the 2015 Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway, I think I have some idea what I’m in for as we head once again to the legendary track in the foothills of Mount Fuji for the 2016 Toyota 86 Style event. As a former owner of two AE86 Sprinters, I’m pretty excited to finally have a close look at some JDM examples in the flesh...


2016 Toyota Prius Review: Long-term report two
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Prius Review: Long-term report two

Long-term report two on our 2016 Toyota Prius sees Matt Campbell head from Sydney to Melbourne.

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2016 Toyota 86 Style at Fuji Speedway

2016 Toyota 86 Style at Fuji Speedway

Having attended the 2015 Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway, I think I have some idea what I’m in for as we head once again to the legendary track in the foothills of Mount Fuji for the 2016 Toyota 86 Style event. As a former owner of two AE86 Sprinters, I’m pretty excited to finally have a close look at some JDM examples in the flesh...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 5
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 5

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ recall: almost every car to come in for power-steering fix - UPDATE
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Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ recall: almost every car to come in for power-steering fix - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article originally noted the Toyota recall only. Subaru details have now also been added. It's a bittersweet week for Toyota. Having only just wrapped up the first media drive of its refreshed 86 coupe, the company is now preparing to recall almost every example sold in Australia...


2017 Toyota 86 Track Review
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2017 Toyota 86 Track Review

Read the full article here There aren't too many dramatic changes with the 2017 Toyota 86 – rather it’s a mid-life facelift (or refresh in manufacturer terms) for a vehicle that’s already been around for nearly five years. First launched locally in 2012, the 86 has been a supremely popular vehicle – a fact mirrored around the world – so you can understand Toyota’s reluctance to make sweeping, wholesale changes...


2017 Toyota 86 Track Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Toyota 86 Track Review

Having been with us since 2012, the Toyota 86 now gets a refresh for 2017, but the changes are subtle rather than broad. All aimed at making a sharp instrument even sharper.


2017 Toyota 86: inside and out, what's changed?
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2017 Toyota 86: inside and out, what's changed?

While the styling and feature changes for the 2017 Toyota 86 are undoubtedly light-on, they are nevertheless noticeable. Externally, the most heavily revised is the top-spec GTS model, but there have been some adjustments made across both models, both inside and out...


Toyota engineering boss says Supra name the favourite for coming sports car
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Toyota engineering boss says Supra name the favourite for coming sports car

Toyota’s upcoming sports car is widely anticipated to revive the Supra nameplate, and while not locked in, the company’s chief engineer says he - and his colleagues - like to see that happen. Speaking with CarAdvice at the international media drive for the facelifted Toyota 86 range, Tetsuya Tada, the company’s global chief engineer, said he wants the upcoming sports car – co-developed with BMW – to be named Supra...


Toyota 86 in Australia: the numbers so far
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Toyota 86 in Australia: the numbers so far

The facelifted 2017 Toyota 86 (above) will hit Australia in November, but before it arrives, there’s some interesting trivia to be gleaned by looking at the sales figures for the model that has been with us since 2012. Since its launch way-back-when, the 86's total sales tally in Australia is 17,236 units...


2016 Toyota HiAce update for Australia brings Euro 5 diesel upgrade
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2016 Toyota HiAce update for Australia brings Euro 5 diesel upgrade

The Toyota HiAce range has been updated this week, including a Euro 5-compliant diesel engine, new variants and small price increases across the line-up. Headlining the updates is the improved urban fuel economy for the revised 3.0-litre turbo-diesel, which has been recalibrated to meet Euro 5 emissions standards...


Drifting: How do you drift and can anyone do it?
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Drifting: How do you drift and can anyone do it?

Read the full article here. Since the Toyota 86 launched back in 2012, interest in the smokey sport of drifting has only grown. And why wouldn’t it? The sight, the sound, the smell – it’s a spectacle. But how do you actually drift? And can anyone do it?    ...


Drifting: How do you drift and can anyone do it?

Drifting: How do you drift and can anyone do it?

If you're a regular CarAdvice reader, you might already know about my passion for all things sideways. But how do you actually drift? And can anyone do it? To find out, we headed to Victoria’s Driver Education Centre of Australia (DECA) in Shepparton with two standard Toyota 86s, two experienced driving instructors with a passion for drifting, and two drivers who have never tried drifting in their lives...

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Toyota Supra firming for 2018 launch - report
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Toyota Supra firming for 2018 launch - report

The long-awaited successor to the Toyota Supra is looking good to hit the road as soon as 2018 - or 'as late as 2018', depending on how long you've been waiting - according to a new report out of the UK. A fortnight ago it was reported that Toyota’s upcoming performance flagship will be powered by a BMW engine paired with a Toyota-developed hybrid system...


2016 Toyota Camry Atara SX Review
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2016 Toyota Camry Atara SX Review

Read the full review here There has been a lot said about the demise of the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore, but Australia will also say goodbye to another Aussie-built sedan icon – the Toyota Camry. With its final full-range update having just hit showroom floors, we thought we’d find out if the locally-made Camry is going out on a high note...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...