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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...

2013 Toyota HiLux Workmate Review

2013 Toyota Hilux TGN16R 2.7 Litre five speed manual transmission single cab chassis August 18, 2016. A three year old vehicle.... The Bad Bits, I generously rate the (expletive deleted) manual gearbox with a score of 2/10 for overall performance. It is often hard / very hard to downshift, it is sticky and is very easy to grate, grind or crunch gears on normal upshifts or downshifts...

2016 Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL (4x4) Review

In the UK we get the Active, which closely matches the GXL. I have been running mine for 3 months and very pleased with the economy (6l-8l/100km) depending how I use it. Using it on the farm it is better than my previous two Land Rover Discoveries (like the time I was idling and the engine let go at 25,000 miles...

2016 Toyota Kluger GX (4x4) Review

Point to note before I start this review, I don't own the Kluger that I’m writing about, however I've spent 9 days living with one due to renting the vehicle. From the outside it looks okay, certainly not standout good looks that’s for sure, but it’s not the ugliest thing running around either...