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 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

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

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


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

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?