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2018 Honda CR-V VTi-L review
  • Beautifully absorbent ride; Handy added seating capacity; Long list of standard equipment
  • Third row too small for regular use; Lacks advanced safety equipment; Pedestrian CVT auto

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7.7 / 10

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2018 Honda CR-V VTi-L review

Identical to a regular CR-V on the outside, with an extra pair of seats loaded up inside, the CR-V VTi-L joins a growing list of medium SUVs with added versatility. Does that make it an ideal family freighter, or only a part-time passenger proposition?

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The automotive name of thrones: Revival of the fittest
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The automotive name of thrones: Revival of the fittest

Cars can play a big part in our lives. As kids on family road trips, back seats turned into torture chambers at the hands of merciless siblings, but as we emerged into adulthood our cars became an open ticket to freedom. Oh, and the back seat moved from a place of misery to one of unbridled joy – but that’s a different story...


2019 Honda HR-V RS review
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2019 Honda HR-V RS review

Controversy rears its head yet again as Honda applies RS badges to another mainstream model, but is image enough to warrant the Honda HR-V’s claim to sporty fame?

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$31,990

The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering
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The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering

Some automotive nameplates transcend boundaries, blur lines, and change perceptions. Others aren’t so lucky – especially those cars hapless enough to be unceremoniously bridled with the badges of a rival brand. Collaborative efforts are an effective way of lowering development costs and shoring up a car’s chance of success, particularly where low volumes or uncertain market forecasts might mean the alternative is no car at all...


2019 Renault Megane RS v Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R comparison
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2019 Renault Megane RS v Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R comparison

Does the perfect hot hatch exist? Is your perfect hot hatch someone else's nightmare ride? The latter scenario is probably more likely, but to put the theory to the test, we’ve pitted the all-new Renault Megane RS280 against the reigning champs from our recent hot hatch mega test...


2019 Mazda MX-5 pricing and specs
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2019 Mazda MX-5 pricing and specs

Mazda has rolled out its 2019 MX-5 updates, adding a more powerful 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, reach-adjustable steering column, and standard reverse camera as star attractions for the iconic roadster range. The MX-5 line-up has been revised with the the majority of 1.5-litre models struck from the Australian range, leaving only the entry-level Roadster with the smaller engine...


2019 Mazda MX-5 review
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2019 Mazda MX-5 review

Mazda has taken a deep dive into the heart of the MX-5 and massaged more power and torque out of its naturally aspirated engine. Though you may not notice any changes from the outside, climb behind the (now reach adjustable wheel) and this latest evolutionary chapter speaks volumes.


2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES review: Quick drive
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES review: Quick drive

Upmarket is in vogue right now, with more mainstream automakers making ‘near premium’ claims of new products. Meanwhile Mitsubishi positions itself as a brand for the people with a new cheaper version of the Eclipse Cross.

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$29,990

The automotive name of thrones: Around the world in 80 cars
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The automotive name of thrones: Around the world in 80 cars

There’s no doubt some car names have become icons unto themselves to the point where they almost overshadow the brands they come from. Take Mustang and Corvette for instance, which have broken the bonds of their Ford and Chevrolet parents and grown into brands of their own...


2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV pricing and specs
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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV pricing and specs

Mitsubishi has rolled out a model year 2019 version of its plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV to face up alongside the regular petrol and diesel versions first announced in August this year. A range restructure sees the previous Outlander PHEV LS model de-specced and rebranded as a new ES variant to line up with newly introduced price leading versions of the ASX and Eclipse Cross...


2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES arrives from $29,990
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES arrives from $29,990

Following its introduction earlier this year, Mitsubishi has expanded the Eclipse Cross family with a new price-leading variant to give the range a more enticing entry point. Priced from $29,990 plus on road costs, the Eclipse Cross ES looks little different from higher specced LS and Exceed versions, but packs in a few key equipment changes...


2019 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and specs
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2019 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and specs

Where other carmakers play up their premium aspirations, Mitsubishi has done the opposite, adding new base level trims to the ASX as part of a model year 2019 refresh. With ASX positioned as the top-seller in the small SUV segment, Mitsubishi has attempted to amp up value as a means of sustaining volume...


2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES review: Quick drive
Rating: 7.410 /10
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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES review: Quick drive

Electrification is the buzz word rocking the automotive world, and premium automakers are falling over themselves to join the race. All the while Mitsubishi has quietly offered plug-in hybrid technology on its Outlander SUV for years.


The automotive name of thrones: Multiple personalities
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The automotive name of thrones: Multiple personalities

Some automotive nameplates transcend boundaries, while others simply do not – or cannot. You might think you’re familiar with a certain car in our local market, but cross into another country and pseudonyms and assumed identities become a way of life for a number of brands. There’s no doubt some car names are irreplaceable...


2018 Mazda 6 Atenza turbo v 2005 Mazda 6 MPS comparison
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2018 Mazda 6 Atenza turbo v 2005 Mazda 6 MPS comparison

I like the idea of new things, new technologies, and new possibilities. But when reality sinks in, I still tend to prefer the experience of old things. That’s not always true, of course. I’m much happier spreading store-bought butter on pre-baked bread than I am churning my own milk and kneading the dough myself. I have to draw the line somewhere...