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2003 Toyota Corolla Sportivo review

Having been a die-hard Toyota LandCruiser owner for many years, driving an exciting performance car seemed like a distant memory, a memory that included Falcon GTs, Valiant Pacers et cetera. To say that I was astonished after driving a Corolla Sportivo VVTL-i for the first time would only be half of the description...

2014 Toyota 86 GT review

I just sold my Toyota 86, and it has turned out to be the cheapest new car I have ever owned – and probably the best driver’s car I have ever had. I purchased a brand-new Toyota 86 GT in February 2015 for $31,500 on the road. Three years and 30,000km later, I have just sold it for $22,500. It has been a privilege to have such a remarkable car as my daily drive for a piddling $3000 a year...

2005 Toyota Corolla Sportivo review

I am the proud owner of a 2005 Toyota Corolla Sportivo. I fell in love with this car after my uncle and aunt bought one new from the factory. At the time I was driving another car (a 1975 Toyota Celica) which is also an awesome car in its own rights. Whilst most Sportivos are not the most sporty of cars (when compared to Ford Focus, WRX or Astra Turbo, that is), they have lots of potential...

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid review

The year 2011. I was looking for a very fuel efficient, reliable and cheap to maintain family car to replace my humble Hyundai Excel that had serviced our family needs for sometime. There were two options on my shortlist – the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Civic Hybrid. I discarded all of the other options (including my then, and still favourite, Holden Commodore)...

2015 Toyota Landcruiser Sahara (4x4) review

Overall, the Landcruiser 200 provides the rugged and robust design Toyota is well known for. The 4.5-litre V8 provides grunt whenever required, perfect for when towing a heavy load, although the turbos give a little lag when punching the accelerator. For the size of the Landcruiser the engine provides relatively economical fuel consumption, whether it be city or highway driving...

2009 Toyota RAV4 CV6 review

I purchased my 2009 Toyota RAV4 some four years ago. It was a car I test drove on a whim while looking around car yards. It is one of those cars that you agree to buy in your head on the test drive because you just don't want to give it back. The 2009 was, for me, a big step up from the previous generation. It's where the RAV4 crossed from fun runabout to something more serious...

2000 Toyota HiAce review

The Toyota HiAce, stalwart van of choice when it comes to tradies, couriers and the self employed for decades. That's not to say that there are not better offerings out there right now, but for the year model we're reviewing (2000 so to say), the Toyota HiAce would be the top pick...

2005 Toyota Corolla Sportivo review

The facelifted 2005 Corolla Sportivo was the final hurrah of not only the Sportivo badge in the Corolla range, but also the 2ZZ-GE engine in the Australian market. I bought the Corolla not long after driving a friend's pre-facelift model where my interest began in these little pocket rockets...

2010 Toyota Aurion Touring SE review

I have a 2010 Touring purchased second-hand in May 2016 for $11,990 with 90,000km on the clock. It now has 11,2000km and is still running perfectly. At the time of purchase, I was considering buying a new Kia Cerato to replace my 2004 Camry Altise. However, sitting in the used car section was the Aurion with far more space and features over the Cerato for $8000 less...

2013 Toyota 86 GTS review

I purchased this car brand-new in 2013 after waiting nearly 12 months. It's funny in hindsight to think that people were speculating about 18 month waiting lists and paying premiums over RRP for one these – such was the hype! I had the reviews to keep me occupied while I waited, and fortunately they were very accurate for the most part...

2003 Toyota LandCruiser GXL (4x4) review

This a totally awesome vehicle. It's excellent for long trips with great comfort and plenty of power. I picked mine up second-hand with 300,000 kms on the clock and she still drives like a new car. It has a had a suspension upgrade as well as a three-inch exhaust. The 1HDFTE is an awesome motor, very reliable and with heaps of grunt...