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2021 Toyota Camry SL Hybrid review

I purchased my 2021 Camry SL Hybrid following a positive experience in a lower spec rental 2020 Camry Ascent Hybrid. I've never been a huge Camry fan as previous generations never did much for me but this generation surprised me with a super comfortable ride, pretty decent handling and great fuel economy with the hybrid drivetrain...

2020 Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL Premium Interior review

A Holden commercial in years past sang about the Australian-ness of that now defunct brand with the catch cry of "football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars." Whilst us Aussies still love a good meat pie, a good game of footie and kangaroos are still occupying our "bush" in very large numbers, another brand of vehicle has well and truly taken over our iconic outback...

2016 Toyota 86 GTS review

86 / BRZ. At its best it's brilliant and an epic amount of fun, and at its worst it's a noisy car that can be tiresome. This is the trade off; the key is figuring out if it will work for you and if you will work for it. Used buying tip: I know they don't line up exactly, but spec-for-spec the 86's are cheaper than the BRZ's for some reason...

2012 Toyota Corolla Levin ZR review

There have been lots of professional car reviews of the Corolla, and not surprisingly, what they say is generally what I’ve experienced. Utterly reliable, affordable to run and delivers middle of the road motoring. Or as the Dog and Lemon Guide put it, the Corolla is ‘a moderately stylish consumer appliance’...

2012 Toyota 86 GT review

NOTE: CarAdvice editorial image used as none provided by the writer After 3 years in an old, beat-up Lancer with no air con, I wanted what every teen wants: A fun, reliable and sporty car with good fuel consumption that won't cost me more than what my part-time job could afford. Enter the Toyota GT86...

2003 Toyota Avalon Conquest Review

NOTE: Library image used as none provided by the author. Having owned four examples of the Toyota Avalon, I can honestly say that a better value family sedan, in this price and year range, you will not find. Comfort is the word that best describes the driving experience of an Avalon. Reliability is the second word that best describes Toyota's answer to the Falcon and Commodore of the early 2000's...

2020 Toyota RAV4 GXLl (AWD) Hybrid review

I never thought I'd see the day. Being a total car nut the thought of owning an SUV, let alone one made by the blandest of bland Toyota, made me shudder. My previous expedition for a family car in 2015 saw me buy a Mazda 6 wagon, with not a single SUV considered. Now it was time to replace my faithful Astra SRi Turbo with another family car...

2020 Toyota GR Yaris review

There have been many truly outstanding car names over the years. Who can forget the Mighty Boy from Suzuki, the Lettuce from Mitsubishi and Great Wall's Wingle, whatever that means. My personal favourite is the Ford Probe. You just know that the car was named after whoever Ford's “Vice President in Charge Of Car Names” was at the time returned from his annual medical, saw the long nose on that Ford/ Mazda creation and immediately knew it had to be called the Probe...

1988 Toyota Landcruiser (4x4) review

Well, 33 years ago at 21 years old I decided I wanted a 4x4 ute. I started looking around, but back then just about everyone in the rural areas was driving a Cruiser, so after a couple of conversations with the car yard fella I drove out with my new HJ 75 Series ute. I honestly felt pretty good driving home until I hit my first hill and cars just started going around me...

2020 Toyota Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid review

Although the CVT noise is a bit intrusive at times, the car is remarkably quiet when cruising. Performance is as brisk as say a VW Jetta but the way the car gathers speed just seems linear rather than stepped. The handling is very good and I guess the weight of the battery pack over the rear wheels helps. Fuel economy in the city is outstanding at 4...

1964 Toyota Crown ute review

A car so rare that I couldn't even select the correct variant in the drop down boxes. The 1964 Toyota Crown ute is a magnet. A magnet for just about every old bloke at every shopping centre or servo. They all seem to know someone that had the sedan or the wagon but didn't know they even made a ute...