CarAdvice today brings you another five expert video reviews from the SUV and Utility segments, rounding out a week of reviews including the light and small segments and the medium and large categories.
We start with the Ford Territory, a vehicle that is due to be replaced in April by a significantly updated model.
The Territory is available from $39,890 to $57,890, although with the new model around two months away you could expect to get considerably better prices from dealers looking to move on the outgoing model.
Territory sales were a highlight for Ford Australia in 2010, with the vehicle up 6.2 percent compared with 2009 to 11,558 units.
Those numbers placed it in third position overall in the medium SUV segment, behind the two offerings from Toyota – the Kluger and the top-selling Prado.
The Prado controls the segment, with a 22.9 percent market share in 2010, although in the first month of 2011, that slipped to 18.4 percent as the Kluger and the Holden Captiva 7 made up ground.
The Prado was Toyota Australia’s fifth-highest-selling vehicle last year, behind Corolla, HiLux, Camry and Yaris. Prado prices range from $55,990 to $88,904.
Dropping down a size is the Mazda CX-7, Mazda Australia’s third-most popular vehicle behind the Mazda2 and Mazda3.
The CX-7 was fourth in the compact SUV market in 2010, behind the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan X-Trail. Mazda sold CX-7s, up 115.5 percent thanks to the introduction of the entry-level Classic and the Diesel Sports variants late in 2009.
CX-7 prices range from $33,990 to $45,990.
Also fighting it out in the compact SUV segment is the Subaru Outback. The Outback is among the minority in the category as it is a wagon rather than a traditional SUV shape.
In 2010, Subaru sold 5766 Outbacks, an increase of 55.2 percent compared with 2009. Outback prices start at $37,990 and range to $48,490 for the 3.6R Premium.
Finally we have the Ford Falcon Ute, the traditional Australian sedan-based workhorse.
The Ute represents great value if getting a Falcon badge is all you care about. The base model Falcon Ute costs $31,095 while the $44,190 six-speed automatic XR6 Turbo offers just about the best bang for your buck available in Australia.
Falcon Ute sales fell away more than 25 percent in 2010 (double the decline of the 4x2 pick-up segment), with just 9,099 sold for the year. Falcon Ute sales trailed the Toyota HiLux and the Holden Utility in 2010, and January 2011 was a similar story.