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Joshua Dowling

Joshua Dowling

National Motoring Editor

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2021 Honda CR-V VTi-X review
  • Long list of standard features; Power-operated tailgate; Full-size spare wheel and tyre; Roomy cabin and massive cargo hold; Metallic paint no extra cost; Perky and economical 1.5 turbo engine
  • Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-zone warning are not available at any price; Service intervals are short at 10,000km; Capped-price service costs a touch on the high side; No digital radio or auto-dimming rear-view mirror on this model grade

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8.1 / 10

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2021 Honda CR-V VTi-X review

The Honda CR-V has had a midlife facelift and a model realignment. This could be the pick of the revised range.

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2021 Ford Ranger caught on camera in new spy photos – report

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2021 GWM Ute from $33,990 to $40,990 drive-away – UPDATE

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Exclusive: Tesla sales in Australia revealed, up 16 per cent in 2020

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2021 Ford Ranger ‘Junior’ breaks cover in Mexico, no plans for Australia 

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Look at this Froot Loop! Driver eating breakfast cereal busted by mobile phone detection camera

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Toyota LandCruiser showroom blackout until 300 Series arrives

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Australian Toyota GR Yaris TV ad pulled after a tiny skid on private property

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