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Holden Acadia v Mazda CX-9 v Toyota Kluger comparison

Seven-seat SUVs are fast becoming Australia’s must-have family utility tool. Station wagons are passé, and the flexibility to add two extra passengers at a moment’s notice is a lure too strong to ignore...

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2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.0 4x4 auto review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.0 4x4 auto review

Aussies don’t like small engines – at least not in big, tough work utes – so is the new 2.0-litre Ford Ranger hammering the nails in its own coffin? Not just yet it seems.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 coupe review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 coupe review

Everything old is new again, and in the case of the Mercedes-AMG E53, the inline six-cylinder engine makes a triumphant return as the supporting act to the brand’s V8 superstars.


2018 Mazda CX-8 Sport FWD review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Mazda CX-8 Sport FWD review

Mazda’s bet-hedging large-SUV policy sees it park two distinct family truckers alongside each other in showrooms, with the CX-8 appealing to diesel fans for whom the petrol CX-9 just won’t do.


Detroit motor show: 10 of the worst concepts from history
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Detroit motor show: 10 of the worst concepts from history

The 2019 Detroit motor show didn’t deliver any concepts to send the world recoiling in horror, but its track record hasn’t always been clean. As a counterpoint to some of the best over the last 20 years, we’ve also dug up a few of the less agreeable stars to grace the Detroit stage...


2018 Peugeot 3008 Active review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Peugeot 3008 Active review

Sharply tailored and a little bit different from the rest of the medium-SUV herd, Peugeot’s 3008 Active provides an intriguing alternative to its less vibrant opposition.


Detroit motor show: 10 past concepts we wish made production
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Detroit motor show: 10 past concepts we wish made production

With head offices for Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler, Detroit is to America’s motor industry as Nashville is to country music. It's the homeroom of companies that once laid claim to being industry influencers, so it shouldn't be surprising to hear the Detroit motor show is a whopper. Or at least it used to be. Four new concept cars were officially unveiled at the 2019 show...


2018 Nismo GT-R v Porsche 911 GT3 Touring comparison
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2018 Nismo GT-R v Porsche 911 GT3 Touring comparison

If you placed me in a room with a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package and a Nissan GT-R Nismo and ordered me to pick just one to live with for the rest of my days, without first letting me drive them, I’d make a terrible decision. Before these two ultimate tourers even arrived at CarAdvice’s Melbourne office, I had a sneaking suspicion I was going to be on Team Nissan...


2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium diesel review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium diesel review

Less common than they once were just a few years ago, compact diesel SUVs still have a place in Australia, and Kia stakes its claim with the updated Sportage diesel.


Toyota Mark X GRMN edition returns as a Japan-only taunt
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Toyota Mark X GRMN edition returns as a Japan-only taunt

Toyota has unveiled the latest work of its Gazoo Racing performance division, in the shape of the Mark X GRMN sedan at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the Mark X, though – confined to the Japanese market, this almost Camry-sized sedan fills in for past Toyota mainstays like the Cressida and Chaser nameplates which have come and gone over the years...


2019 BMW X3 M40i review
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2019 BMW X3 M40i review

The 2019 BMW X3 M40i gets its gym gear on and starts stretching, giving buyers a warm-up in preparation for a badder X3 M later this year. Unlike a gym selfie however, the X3 M40i packs in some genuine ability.


2018 Mini Cooper S Countryman review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Mini Cooper S Countryman review

Brand mismatches are the new normal. Mini makes cars that aren’t small, in the same way Porsche makes models that aren't dedicated sports cars. Does that make them any less valid? In the case of the Mini Cooper S Countryman, not one little bit.


Burnin' rubber: Track testing Bridgestone's all-new Potenza S007A at Phillip Island

Burnin' rubber: Track testing Bridgestone's all-new Potenza S007A at Phillip Island

Enthusiasts may obsess over them, but for the average motorist the black rubber rings under each corner of their car probably don’t occupy much thought until it comes time to replace them, and then it’s just another out-of-pocket inconvenience. Bridgestone is aware of this...


2019 Alpine A110 review: Sports car as daily driver
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2019 Alpine A110 review: Sports car as daily driver

Can a relatively rare, ultimately focussed mid-engined coupe designed to make short work of race tracks on a regular basis be any kind of daily drive? Masochists might say yes, but what about everyone else?

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2019 Jeep Wrangler handed devastating 1 Star Euro NCAP result
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2019 Jeep Wrangler handed devastating 1 Star Euro NCAP result

The all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler has been given a stinging one-star safety rating in the latest round of assessments from independent body, Euro NCAP. The fourth-generation JL Wrangler, revealed earlier this year, was already out of the running for a five-star rating due to its lack of autonomous emergency braking at launch...