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2005 Toyota Caldina GT-Four review

You’re probably looking at the title and the photo and saying to yourself, "Wait that's not a Celica" and you would be right. This is, in fact, a Toyota Caldina GT-Four. Unfortunately there was no model option for the Caldina on CarAdvice’s dropdown menus. (Editor's note: Alas, our data is restricted to models officially offered in Australia...

2016 Toyota 86 GTS Review

I bought this car nearly 3 years ago as my trusty family XR8 had completed its family duties and it was time to buy Dad something that he’d coveted for a while now. Some might call it a mid-life crisis, but I’m now having more fun with my car in my late forties, than I ever did in my late teens. For me, I have always enjoyed driving...

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...