14 Mar 2017

Offroading ute: service body, or tub and canopy?

Utes are now just as popular for offroad touring as wagons, but how best to set one up? OVER THE LAST ten years the ute has come a long way with massively improved safety, on and offroad performance as well as convenience features. Many 4WD shops now work on more

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30 May 2016

2016 Suzuki Vitara RT-S review long term

The Suzuki Vitara is a small SUV with a big history. Follow our weekly updates as we test our 2016 Vitara RT-S over the next three months.

Robert Pepper 13 Read More
24 May 2016

Toyota 86 long term review – update 9 – the harness bar

Safety before speed, and how a harness bar helps. Many people think that the first modifications a car needs for the racetrack involve more power. Wrong, completely wrong. The priority for just about all roadcars – Porsche and Lotus tend to be honourable exceptions – is definitely brakes. Specifically, track/street brake

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Toyota Camry Atara SX
11 Mar 2016

Toyota Camry Atara SX review long-term

The Toyota Camry has been Australia’s best-selling medium car for 22 years. Follow our weekly updates on life with the 2016 Toyota Camry Atara SX.

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10 Mar 2016

Toyota 86 review long term – automatic vs manual – update 8

The automatic Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ. More than just an easy drive. We continue with our occasional updates on life with a Toyota 86.

Robert Pepper 6 Read More
11 Jan 2016

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 7 – track test

The Toyota 86 is one of the few cars designed for motorsports as opposed to just look the part. Three years on, we have a verdict.

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01 Dec 2015

2015 Toyota Corolla ZR review long-term

The Toyota Corolla is undoubtedly Australia’s best-selling car. Follow our weekly updates on life with the 2015 Toyota Corolla ZR review.

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06 Oct 2015

2015 Hyundai i30 Active Series II Diesel review long-term

The Hyundai i30 has become one of Australia’s top-selling vehicles. We’ll find the secrets of its success on our long-term test of the 2015 Hyundai i30.

Robert Pepper 18 Read More
09 Sep 2015

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 6

Broken 86. Fixed 86. I was there, but I didn’t see it.  Busy replying to a post on the Practical Motoring Facebook page, the first I knew of the accident was the jolt.  Not a huge hit, but you can see the damage well enough.  Mrs P was driving, and

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2015 Pajero - Long-term test
24 Jul 2015

2015 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Di-D review long-term

The Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the best-known nameplates in all of motoringdom, but what’s it like to live with? Read our weekly reports on life with the 2015 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Di-D.

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29 May 2015

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander review long-term

The Santa Fe is one of the country’s most popular SUVs, but what’s it like to live with? Read our weekly reports on the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander.

Mark Higgins 13 Read More
23 May 2015

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 5

I think I’ve spent enough times extolling the virtues of the 86, so let’s look at the negatives. Life with the Toyota 86.

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06 Apr 2015

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 4

if you’re going to enjoy any car you need to trust it.   You need to be able to rely on the car to be there when you need it.  Otherwise, plans go awry, people get let down, things don’t get done. Reliability first, fun second.   As my Toyota

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Subaru XV farewell
23 Jan 2015

Subaru XV 2.0i-S farewell

We say goodbye to our long-term Subaru XV 2.0i-S, an SUV big enough for the family yet small enough that you won’t feel like you’re driving a tank.

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Subaru XV long-termer update reveals fit and finish miss
16 Jan 2015

2014 Subaru XV 2.0i-S – long-term update

Out of sight, out of mind… Fitting an ISOFIX childseat to the Subaru XV revealed a small fit and finish miss. Am I being too picky?

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