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2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport review

Well, the time to upgrade my beloved Holden Cruze had come. A couple of issues with my Cruze allowed me to scrap Holden from the consideration. In the end, I had three cars I was seriously interested in: Hyundai i30 Toyota Corolla Mazda 3 Funnily enough, they were the best three selling cars at the time, so I thought it didn’t really matter what I chose, because they were all very good cars...

2008 Toyota Corolla Conquest review

My Australian motoring experience started early one morning at Kingsford Smith Airport in a rented BA Ford Falcon XR6. I remember my wife looking at the purple (ish) car with its added aerodynamic features and then back at me with an “Ooookay”, a bit of a pause and then with her best newly-found Australian accent, “Let’s go, mate!”...

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba (2WD) review

Firstly, I want to get out of the way why I purchased this car. I wanted something that looked good, had good fuel economy, comfortable, and a good list of equipment and safety features. For my current job I needed an 'SUV' with a decent-sized boot, and as a 20-year-old single male, I didn't want anything too big, e.g. RAV4/CR-V...

2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid review

I had never thought I would buy a hybrid of any sort, especially coming from a 2016 VW Golf with a small capacity turbo-charged engine, I had just about promised myself I would always want something with a turbo. However times changed, and I wanted to upgrade to a much larger vehicle. Originally, I first looked at the top spec Camry SL in 2...

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...