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2013 Toyota Aurion Prodigy review

I bought my Aurion Prodigy late 2017 because I wanted something Australian built. I ruled out Ford because the Falcon was so dated, and ruled out Holden because of its Alloytec V6, so that left me with the Aurion. I decided to take one for a test drive, and took it on some open country roads and immediately I was like a kid in a candy store...

2018 Toyota C-HR (2WD) review

So, my wife and I had been in the market looking for a new car for quite a while. She wanted an SUV, while I wanted something smaller. She won. I remember when the Toyota C-HR was released in Australia, I found the design extremely interesting. We took it for a test drive sometime in September and I really loved the way the car drove...

2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport (Hybrid) review

I write from the perspective of an Uber driver. I have been driving a 2016 Corolla Hybrid for the past year, and decided to take a look at the new 2019 model that was launched last week. I was able to take the car for a short test drive around the Gosford area north of Sydney. The test drive included some regular city streets as well as a freeway section...

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...