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Isuzu I-Venture Club tackles the Victorian High Country

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Isuzu I-Venture Club tackles the Victorian High Country

Endless sweeping views across mountain ridges that reveal a sea of green as far as the eye can see. Crystal-clear streams snaking along valley floors. Towering eucalypts both alive and long since ravaged by bushfires, standing like ghosts stretching towards the heavens...

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2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Kakadu towing review

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Kakadu towing review

In 2017, the Toyota Prado was the biggest-selling large SUV in Australia, with nearly 16,000 finding new homes. Its off-roading abilities are legendary. The Prado sits comfortably in the LandCruiser family, and that badge alone leaves 4WD tracks in a quivering mess. However, most are bought simply as a vehicle to drop off or pick up the kids at school...

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$84,490

Touring the Hunter Valley in the Bentley Bentayga Diesel

Touring the Hunter Valley in the Bentley Bentayga Diesel

The Hunter Valley is mere hours away from Sydney and home to over 150 wine cellar doors offering everything from Sémillon to local Hunter Shiraz and everything in between. It is a popular location, easy to get to from Sydney, which only adds to its appeal. And there's the never-ending cavalcade of cars in all shapes and sizes that frequent the roads in and around the area...

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$335,000

2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack review
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2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack review

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack presents an attractive alternative to the flood of SUVs on our roads today. But does its road presence match the chops of its off-road ability?


Surfing safari in the 2017 Nissan Patrol Ti

Surfing safari in the 2017 Nissan Patrol Ti

When I conjure up images of Nissan Patrols, I imagine them alongside Toyota LandCruisers of old, expanding the boundaries of our great island nation every which way. As I was growing up, they were almost mentioned in the same sentence and were the only options for serious off-roaders. The Patrol's appearance was boxy, functional and unashamedly agricultural...


2017 Holden Trailblazer LTZ review: Towing

2017 Holden Trailblazer LTZ review: Towing

When it comes to making a decision on what type of car to buy, price, comfort, ability and 'fit for purpose' are paramount. That last category, is why the affordable family tow wagons segment is now considerably busy...


Chasing Jewfish in the Isuzu D-MAX
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Chasing Jewfish in the Isuzu D-MAX

Jewfish are one of the most iconic fish on the east coast of Australia and can be notoriously difficult to catch. They inhabit a wide range of habitats and can be found offshore and in coastal estuaries, but there’s nothing quite like catching them off the beach or rocky coastal headlands. It’s a challenge like no other...


Hitting the beach in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Hitting the beach in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Let's be up front about this – you simply cannot question the pedigree of the Jeep Wrangler, whose legend began in 1940 when the original four-wheel drive prototype was delivered to the U.S. Army. That first car was the grandfather of the Wrangler we still see on our roads today...


Across the Simpson Desert in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

Across the Simpson Desert in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

An endless expanse of red dirt, shrubs and low trees fold away into the distance. Occasionally, you see a small ridge line of brighter, redder dirt, brilliantly red rocks while the odd cow chews some cud as you whistle past on the heavily corrugated road. Welcome to the expansive Simpson Desert, a largely flat landscape of, well, not very much...


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline long-term review, report four: off-road weekend

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline long-term review, report four: off-road weekend

I slide into the dark coloured Volkswagen Tiguan under a cobalt blue sky and head as quickly as possible out of Sydney, doing my best to avoid the never-ending snake-like peak hour traffic rolling ever forward at the mind boggling speed of 12km/hour. It pays to have a comfortable car in Sydney and I'm thankful the Tiguan is just that, with a sturdy sports-esque manually adjusted cloth seat that has just the right amount of support...


2017 Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo review: Weekend away

2017 Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo review: Weekend away

Campervans are very popular, not only as a way to move things from place to place while keeping them dry, but intrepid travellers have found all manner of ways to convert them into manageable mobile homes. If you're looking for that versatility off the showroom floor and can do without the extra row of seats in the van, then the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity could well be worth a look...


2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute long-term review, report four: towing

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute long-term review, report four: towing

You may be more likely to see a horse float or heavy machinery on a trailer behind a 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute, but we thought we’d buck the trend and tow a big, brand new boat. The LandCruiser cab-chassis has a maximum braked towing capacity of 3500 kilograms which, on paper, doesn't out-rate a dual-cab Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado or Isuzu D-Max...


2017 Ford Everest Trend RWD tow test

2017 Ford Everest Trend RWD tow test

I have never owned a Ford, but the Ford Everest went a long way to changing my mind about the Blue Oval. On paper, the Everest appeared to be a capable four-wheel drive option with an engine that afforded some towing ability. That's a big tick. Last year, Ford added a rear-wheel-drive option to the Everest range, and recently it added the Sync 3 infotainment system across the range...


Towing with the 2017 Ram Laramie 2500

Towing with the 2017 Ram Laramie 2500

These days, it's not uncommon to see dual-cab utes towing all manner of large trailers. Horse floats, cars and boats are common as flies in some parts of this great land of ours. This is their bread and butter, but with all that weight, you have to wonder how the engine copes long term and that's precisely where the American tank-like 2017 Ram Laramie 2500 comes into its own...


Off-roading with Navman Drive Duo SUV

Off-roading with Navman Drive Duo SUV

In the world of vehicle mapping technologies, aftermarket suppliers such as Navman are operating in a very competitive market, not only competing against GPS units fitted as standard in many new vehicles, but also now against smartphone GPS applications. Finding a unique position in the competitive marketplace is key, and the Navman Drive Duo SUV does that by combining a navigation tool and in-car dash-cam in one...


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