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2006 Toyota Corolla Ascent Seca review

In the last six months, my wife and I traded our 11-year-old white automatic ex-rental Toyota Corolla Ascent and upgraded to a much nicer (and car enthusiast aligned) manual Mazda 3 SP25 GT sedan in Soul Red. Obviously, loving the new car and will write a review once I have done 5000km on the clock, but today's review is all about the trusty old Corolla...

2013 Toyota 86 GTS review

The 86. Hachi-roku. The car keyboard warriors love to hate. It burst into the world as the poor man’s Porsche motoring journalists had been waiting for. That’s how I like to think of it. For less money than most hot hatches, you can have a two-door, RWD sports car that’s cheap to run and an absolute hoot to drive...

2017 Toyota HiLux Workmate (4x4) review

My Toyota HiLux WorkMate 4x4 dual-cab is best described as unexceptionally capable. Now, I must qualify this review firstly, I didn't buy this car – it was chosen by the bean counters on price, reputation and perceived reliability. Of the previous fleet vehicles used by the business, the HiLuxes had the least issues, if any, compared to previous Mazdas, Fords and Nissans...

2017 Toyota Camry Altise review

At some point, every motoring enthusiast has experienced the discomfort of being stuck behind a Camry driver. That maddening pain of being held back by someone completely oblivious to their surroundings, meandering through traffic (and life) slowly but surely as others (and life) pass them (and now you) by...

1993 Toyota Corolla RV Seca review

I suspect that, from the earliest of times, we’ve always viewed the past as being far better than it actually was. Speaking for myself, I’ve found the older I get, the faster, stronger and better behaved I was when I was young. In researching this, I came across this quote about 'modern youths': “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise...

2016 Toyota Fortuner Crusade review

It's a quiet work day back in October 2015, my phone is buzzing in my pocket, so I pull it out and glance at the caller ID – the wife, better answer quick. Before I can even get out the word 'hello', I get "I've won a car!" yelled down the line. I manage to get out a 'what?' before I get the details from the wife. "I won a raffle and I've won a Toyota Fortuner...

1998 Toyota Starlet Life review

There's something to be said about simplicity. In a world of ever-increasing gadgets and complexity, it's a surprising breath of fresh air to step into a car with almost none of the mod-cons. The 1998 Toyota Starlet (manual) is just that – simple and refreshing...

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara (4x4) review

One month after purchasing our brand-new LandCruiser 200 Series Sahara, we hitched a caravan and embarked on a four-week trip from Melbourne to the Red Centre. The Sahara was amazing in the way it towed the three-tonne caravan. It was both the towing ease and, more importantly, the weight of the Sahara itself that kept the caravan very stable in every situation...

2017 Toyota Camry RZ SE review

I purchased my 2017 Camry RZ due to the pure fact that it’s a lot of car for $30,000, and the zero per cent finance that the Australian-built Camrys were selling with was a drawcard that turned out to be too good to resist. It looks sporty, and I get a few people looking at me as I drive past (which is odd as it is a Camry)...

2001 Toyota Corolla Conquest Seca review

I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla and have owned it 17 years now. I have never had one single problem with it. I bought this car because of Toyota’s reliable reputation, it was a very nice-looking car back in 2001, and due to its compact size. I had owned a couple of Toyotas in the past and knew that they were good and reliable cars...

2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Sport review

I took delivery of my new Camry in March. It replaced a 2010 Honda Accord Euro that I loved, and I considered many other cars, including the previous Camry SL, Corolla ZR sedan, and Mazda 3 and 6 sedans. I didn’t think any of them matched up to the Euro, and I would have loved it if Honda had the new version available locally, but as it didn’t, I had to get another option...