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1963 Holden EJ Special review

I had a desire for a long time to buy a classic old Holden – we've always been a Holden family. I came home from the hospital as a baby in the back of an FE, grew up in the back of a HR, and learned to drive in the HR and a VB. Fords were bad, just on principle, regardless of any actual merit. Viewing the rise in old Holden prices with alarm, I did lots of online research...

2016 Holden Barina RS review

The RS Barina is definitely a cool little car. The 1.4-litre turbo engine has a lot of balls to it, especially with the six-speed manual gearbox. I personally believe this little combo certainly helps, as I have been able to overtake a car in sixth gear effortlessly. The handling and suspension are very good as well – it's not your average Barina...

2017 Holden Astra LT review

I purchased my 2017 Holden Astra LT Sportwagon in November 2017. It replaced a 2013 Mitsubishi ASX Aspire diesel. I sold the SUV because of the service costs associated with the vehicle, plus its rather agricultural ride and the fact it wasn't particularly frugal or practical for my need for an urban runabout. What can I say? I was a me-too SUV buyer...

2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Black Edition review

Aussie rear-wheel-drive Commodores are not long for this world, which is a huge shame because the latest and greatest Commodore is truly world class. Yes, the model tested here is not the cracking Redline with that mighty LS3 V8 and viscous exhaust, but with drive-away pricing for the SV6 Black Edition of $37K back in 2017, this perhaps was the pick for the 'everyday' Australian...

2005 Holden Calais review

I bought the 2005 Holden Calais as it was advertised on Carsales for $6500 and it was perfect in every way: leather seats, cruise control, climate control and paddle-shift auto, and just looked awesome. But I talked the guy down to $4500..

2018 Holden Trailblazer Z71 (4x4) review

I have had my Trailblazer for about two months now, and have so far been very happy with it. I bought it for daily driving and towing, and it’s been outstanding for both. It tows my old Kombi on a car trailer effortlessly, and also gets up and goes very well when I want it to. The interior plastics feel a little average for the level of car, but the seats are comfortable enough and the interior looks good...

2004 Holden Statesman V6 review

  I think the Statesman is such an underrated car. It's a fantastic car to own. Very spacious, comfortable and reliable. There's a huge amount of rear leg room, but the VQ–VS series are good because they are a bit smaller than the ones that followed, so they're easier to get into tight parking spots...

2013 Holden Commodore SS review

As a basic variant of the hero performance car, the base SS is a good solid introduction into the segment. Well appointed from factory and with good performance, the SS is a great base for those who can’t afford or justify the upper-spec models like the SSV. The 6.0-litre is a solid engine with plenty of power out of the box, while offering plenty to those who prefer to tweak it in search of some more fun...

1972 Holden Torana GTR XU-1 review

I bought it because I owned a GTR XU-1 Torana 27 years ago and sold it. It has been the biggest regret in my life selling it. Thankfully a good friend bought it and still owns it today. I like that it is an Australian icon and tribute to the greatest driver of all time, Mr Peter Brock. I love the stickers on the outside and the smell of the leather on the inside...

2016 Holden Ute SS V Redline review

I've had my ute since 2016 and covered 12,000km in the first eight months. The ute is used primarily as my 'to and from the office' transport, and being in regional Victoria, it's great fun. Firstly, the specifications. An SSV Redline, Jungle Green, six-speed manual. The ute is powered by the LS3 6.2-litre V8 – a huge leap. But more on that later...

2015 Holden Malibu CDX review

  A Note from the Editor: A stock image has been supplied with this review. Surprisingly, the Malibu turns out to be a good mid-size vehicle that can honestly boast all the bells and whistles as standard inclusions. A good ride, performance, economy and styling, with massive boot space, as standard...