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1992 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara (4x4) review

Fifteen years ago, I decided to become a bald nomad and that I needed a vehicle to tow a 7.2-metre Euro caravan, which I was in the process of buying. I researched what would be suitable in the four-wheel wheel drive category, and the Toyota 80 series stood out as a super-reliable and capable vehicle, especially the turbo diesel model...

2001 Toyota Celica SX review

At the start of 2020 I had an urge to get a ‘weekend’ car. Something I could have a tinker with and not rely upon for everyday drudgery through traffic. It had to be relatively cheap (around 10 grand), somewhat unique, and something that I could maintain and modify easily without breaking the bank...

2010 Toyota Aurion Sportivo ZR6 review

After about 3 years with my trusty manual 2012 Kia Rio S - which I wrote a review on 2 years ago - and now with a full time job, I decided to satisfy my "Power Craving" and upgraded to a 2010 Toyota Aurion Sportivo ZR6. I bought my Aurion in March 2019 with 135,000 kilometres, and as of February 2020, it currently has 154000km of faultless, right lane driving...

1999 Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL (4x4) review

I always had a strong bias against 4WDs. Having grown up in the country, they were everywhere, so I knew how good they were, but I always thought that they’d be woefully out of place in anywhere more urban than the back of Woop-Woop...

2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport Hybrid review: The rental

I hired a Toyota Corolla GX Hybrid in New Zealand for 8 days. This car is the same spec as an Australian-delivered Ascent Sport Hybrid with the addition of standard sat-nav and DAB. I drove this car all over the South Island of NZ and did nearly 2700km in total. I enjoy researching new cars and I specifically chose this make and model to hire as I wanted to try out the new hybrid powertrain and advanced technology this model offers...

2013 Toyota Camry Altise review

My father recently replaced his trusty Camry with a Land Rover Discovery Sport. He decided to give the Camry to me, and after 6 years of experiencing the car as a passenger, there was something oddly satisfying about the passenger finally becoming the driver... The Camry is great for shopping trips and long cruises with the family, as there is plenty of space for both people and cargo...

2019 Toyota Camry Ascent review: The rental

I recently hired a 2019 Camry Ascent for two weeks and it had only 1500km on the clock. I feel quite comfortable in writing a review considering I also own a 2012 Camry Hybrid H. Good things: If you have owned the previous shape Camry, this is an absolute revelation in terms of quietness and ride. It is extremely supple, and handles bumps very well...

1980 Toyota Corolla CS review

Not everyone wants to have everything done for them. Some people would prefer to add every last ingredient to their spaghetti bolognese, while others prefer to buy a tin of Campbells. Me however, I am the former, which is why I still own my first car which I bought 9 years ago for $800. It's my 1980 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan, with the big block 1...

2003 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara (4x4) review

Once I realised my little 2001 WRX was no longer cutting the mustard as a "family car", I had some very hard and long thinking to do. I needed something bigger. I needed something a little more kid friendly. I needed something that I could still entertain myself and my daughter with on weekends. I needed something that wasn’t boring...

2016 Toyota 86 GTS review

I get some strange looks each week from the new parents as I pull in to drop off or pick up my two little girls from kindergarten. One Dad got out of his SUV (looking a little depressed) and as we walked to drop our kids off he commented to me, "you realize that is not a family car don't you?" (gesturing to my orange 2+2 seater Toyota 86)...

2018 Toyota Corolla Sx (hybrid) review

There's been a lot said and written about the new (2018) Corolla, but 6 months into owning mine I'm seeing many, many more on our roads. It seems obvious that it is winning - and will continue to win - over new buyers or those upgrading from a previous model. I've always loved or "been into" cars and many question why I drive a Corolla now, and why it was the replacement of choice for my Range Rover Evoque...