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2014 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL (4x4) review

My Prado is a great all rounder and while it doesn't set the world on fire in any one area, it can do almost anything. I bought a runout 3.0-litre one after the great run we got out of my wife's 120 series (seven years,never missed a beat). I tow a 5.5 metre boat and do a 130km commute to work and it still averages 9.5 L/100km...

2016 Toyota RAV4 GXL (4x4) review

I travelled recently to New Zealand for a road trip with my partner. We were after something economical, powerful and spacious. Not always three things that come hand-in-hand. I took my chances and hired a brand new (few thousand km) RAV4 GXL petrol AWD. We racked up 6000km in four weeks driving all through New Zealand from snow to rain to fog and being that it was a hire car, it got tested well...

2012 Toyota Camry Altise review

Since acquiring my Camry in January 2013, I have been most pleased with the consistent reliability (battery and tyres included). The service intervals carried out at the price set by Toyota and the local dealer services have been carried out to high standard. The transmission has just had an independent service and the health there is fantastic...

2016 Toyota Kluger Grande (4x4) Review

We have just upgraded from our old 2004 Kluger CVX to a new Kluger 4x4 Grande, so in comparison there is a huge difference. The Grande handles well around town and eats up the country miles in comfort even on dirt roads. As with all Toyotas, the Kluger is well known for its reliability. Our 2004 Kluger never missed a beat in 12 years and around 220,000km...

2016 Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL (4x4) Review

I bought this vehicle after reading every review I could find on these kinds of cars; the Everest, Disco4, Pajero Exceed (former owner 2009), Trailblazer and Isuzu. The Prado is a good car, and I am very happy with it so I thought I'd write more about the perceived merits/ demerits in this car compared to the others that I have seen on countless reviews...

2006 Toyota HiLux SR5 Review

The high-spec SR5 looks staunch with big roll bars and chrome trim. Mine's in silver. It's a big truck, and handles like a truck! I love the simplicity of my 2006 model. There are no chimes or annoying bells, and the quiet engine is very easy to work on and maintain. I don't like the plastic headlights, but I'll upgrade these to LED soon...

2004 Toyota Corolla Ascent Review

Corollas are not fun cars. Gone are the days of the free-revving twin cam SX Seca and Sportivo. The average buyer are either fleet companies or the elderly. So why did I buy a Corolla wagon? I'm not a fleet company, I'm not elderly and I'm not one of those Tradie's who loads little wagons to the bump stops...

2002 Toyota HiLux SR5 (4x4) Review

When I see advertisements of the latest dual-cab utes (that's 'trucks' to Holden and Ford ad gurus), I take it as fact that if you don't tow a jetski/skidsteer/bull to market at least every weekend, you might as well hand in your man license and let your mum tow 3.5 ton on your behalf...

2014 Toyota 86 GTS Review

The Toyota 86 is a well known sports car that everybody seems to love. It looks good, it has a very sporty stance, and is very sleek. Driving past people, heads turn. But thats only on the outside. On the inside, it is a very different story. The engine is very flat down low and in mid range. To get anything out of it, you have to rev it to near its redline to feel it actually work...

2015 Toyota Corolla Rz Review

Most journalism these days comes from enthusiasm about performance rather than an independent view of the overall car itself. Most reviews comparing a Corolla to other brands, the Corolla never wins, but guess which sells the most? It's the Corolla and there is a bloody good reason why...

2005 Toyota Prius i-Tech Hybrid Review

We bought her in 2007 with 30,000 km. We sold her in 2016 with 310,000 Km and she never missed a beat! Sure, they aren't a WRX , but that's not their mission. Brilliant Toyota reliability means even now the new owner will get many years of economical trouble free motoring? I bought a 2009 Prius I tech and gave the 2005 to the wife...