Ford Ranger 2017, Volkswagen Amarok 2017, Holden Commodore 2017, Kia Stinger 2017, Subaru Forester 2017, Volkswagen Tiguan 2017, Ford Mustang 2017, Holden Colorado 2017, Isuzu D-MAX 2017, Toyota HiLux 2017, Mitsubishi Triton 2017

Top 5 comparisons of 2017

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at your favourite comparisons from this year.

5. Ford Ranger XLT v Volkswagen Amarok V6 Highline

"The space between working ute and family SUV is getting greyer."

The humble ute became Australia's vehicle of choice last year, and the trend continued through 2017 - the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger are set to finish first and second on the sales charts this year.

Here, we take a look at two 'lifestyle utes' in the Ford Ranger XLT and Volkswagen Amarok V6 Highline.

Read the full comparison here.

4. Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline: 1/4 mile and 0-100km/h

"We lined up both cars over a stretch of road at the Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC)to measure 0-100km/h and 1/4 mile times."

It may not be the full comparison - you can read that here - but the acceleration face-off between the Kia Stinger 330Si and Holden Commodore SS-V Redline was one of our most-read articles of its type this year.

Were you surprised by the results? Watch the video and read the original piece here.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSi Highline R-Line v Subaru Forester XT Premium

"You’ve decided you need a mid-sized crossover. But at the same time, you don’t want some boring econobox with snooze-worthy performance."

They may not be the most popular models in their segment, but the Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Tiguan are well-known, and more dynamic than some of their peers.

Here, we compare the top-spec versions of each with their most powerful engine options.

Read the full comparison here.

2. Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline: Track Test

"Now it’s time to sort the men from the boys, and find out which of our two sub-$60k rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered muscle cars should rightfully be crowned the victor: the Ford or the Holden."

Before the Stinger came along, another player was trying to steal the affordable performance car crown from the Holden Commodore - the Ford Mustang GT.

Reigniting the age-old Ford vs Holden rivalry, our comparison was segmented into road and track tests - with the latter earning second spot on our most-viewed list for the year.

Who came out on top? You can read the full comparo here.

1. Ute comparison: Amarok v Colorado v D-Max v HiLux v Ranger v Triton

"Here it is: our budget dual-cab ute mega test."

As we've already said, utes are becoming increasingly popular in the Australian market, to the point where the top two sellers in the country are of load-luggers.

So, we decided to do another 'Mega Test' this year, comprising of diesel dual-cab utes priced around the $50,000 mark.

Six utes, five judges, one winner - read the full comparison and watch the video here.

Which comparison was your favourite this year?

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