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2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport v Toyota Fortuner comparison: Off-road

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2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport v Toyota Fortuner comparison: Off-road

4WDers are a bit spoiled for choice these days. Along with traditional big 4WD wagons and the huge array of 4WD utes available, buyers can also look at a segment in between: 4WD wagons based on utes...

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2020 Toyota Fortuner v Mitsubishi Pajero Sport comparison: ON ROAD
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2020 Toyota Fortuner v Mitsubishi Pajero Sport comparison: ON ROAD

Which recently updated and 4x4-capable family wagon is the pick?


Project Cars: 2001 Land Rover Defender 130

Project Cars: 2001 Land Rover Defender 130

The CarAdvice team reveals what's hidden away in their sheds and backyards awaiting some TLC.


Trakka releases Jabiru J2M off-road motorhome
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Trakka releases Jabiru J2M off-road motorhome

Australian off-road camping specialist Trakka has released a shorter variant of its Jabiru motorhome called the J2M and based on the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. The Trakka Jabiru range already comes in a variety of wheelbases, layouts, and the choice of either two or four-wheel drive. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van – on which the Trakka Jabiru J2M is based – has a 3...


Volkswagen Amarok 580S limited-edition coming soon
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Volkswagen Amarok 580S limited-edition coming soon

Volkswagen has released pricing for its new limited-edition Amarok V6 580S, with 200 examples coming to Australia from $70,990 plus on-road costs. That pegs the Volkswagen Amarok 580S between the Amarok V6 Highline ($64,990 plus on-road costs) and the range-topping Amarok V6 Ultimate ($72,790 plus on-road costs)...


2020 Toyota Fortuner Crusade review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2020 Toyota Fortuner Crusade review

Despite being Toyota's lowest-selling 4x4 or SUV, the Fortuner is a solid, off-road-capable family wagon. And in 2020, it's now safer.

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$58,290

Off-road specs comparison: Land Rover Defender 110 v Jeep Wrangler Rubicon v Toyota LandCruiser 76
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Off-road specs comparison: Land Rover Defender 110 v Jeep Wrangler Rubicon v Toyota LandCruiser 76

We can't do this comparison 'in the flesh' just yet, but that's not going to stop our Off-road Editor from carrying it out in his head.


MG Cyberster concept: two-seat sports car previewed
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MG Cyberster concept: two-seat sports car previewed

MG’s Chinese parent company SAIC has revealed images from its London-based design studio showing a racy, two-seater roadster, called the Cyberster. The images were published on the SAIC Design Advanced London Facebook page – the latest international studio opened by SAIC – with little additional information about the model...


2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: Farewell
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: Farewell

Our final thoughts and conclusions on Kia's big family SUV. Is it the best choice?


The legend of two LandCruisers and a home-made float

The legend of two LandCruisers and a home-made float

There is a small-ish shed in the land behind Norm Needham’s house, which looks unassuming enough from the outside. Step inside however, and you’re greeted not by a workshop, but bunk beds, a couch and a fireplace. Most noticeably, the walls are loaded with 4WDing memorabilia...


Project Cars: 1971 Land Rover Series IIA

Project Cars: 1971 Land Rover Series IIA

The CarAdvice team reveals what's hidden away in their sheds and backyards awaiting some TLC.


Electric ute inspired by Land Rover Defender: Bollinger B2
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Electric ute inspired by Land Rover Defender: Bollinger B2

US electric car start-up Bollinger has revealed the next iteration of the no-frills off-road truck, called the B2 Cab Chassis. Bollinger is calling it a world first as well, being a Class 3 cab chassis with electric power. For reference, a Class 3 truck in the USA has a gross mass of 4,536–6,350 kg, with examples being a Ford F-350 an F-450, as well as the Ram 3500...


2020 Toyota Corolla SX Hybrid sedan review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2020 Toyota Corolla SX Hybrid sedan review

Boasting more space, a bigger boot and Toyota's impressive hybrid driveline, is this SX sedan the pick of the Corolla range?

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$29,735

REVISIT: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon v Toyota LandCruiser v Suzuki Jimny off-road comparison
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REVISIT: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon v Toyota LandCruiser v Suzuki Jimny off-road comparison

Here we have the new 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Suzuki Jimny and Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series 'Troopcarrier'. Which is most capable and our favourite off-road?


Get your 4X4 adventure-ready

Get your 4X4 adventure-ready

If you want to turn your 4WD into an adventure-mobile, you’ll be needing this. It’s a dual battery system, and it’s one of the best modifications you can make.