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2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report five – off-road

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2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report five – off-road

As we made clear in our load-lugging piece on the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute, the thing is a beast when it comes to getting away from the blacktop...

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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report three – Infotainment

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report three – Infotainment

Our 2017 Mazda 2 Neo long-termer certainly has a lot of strengths, including its cute looks, zippy drivetrain, and its comfortable driving experience. However, one major drawback  of the entry-level model is its infotainment system – or lack of. Unlike higher-spec versions of the little hatch and sedan, the Neo grade misses out on Mazda's MZD Connect infotainment system, which incorporates a 7...

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$16,990

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report four – towing

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report four – towing

You may be more likely to see a horse float or heavy machinery on a trailer behind a 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute, but we thought we’d buck the trend and tow a big, brand new boat. The LandCruiser cab-chassis has a maximum braked towing capacity of 3500 kilograms which, on paper, doesn't out-rate a dual-cab Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado or Isuzu D-Max...

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$66,490

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report five – engine, gearbox and efficiency
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2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report five – engine, gearbox and efficiency

Five months with a car in your personal garage pretty much tells you everything you need to know about its foibles and individual characteristics. That’s even more the case when the vehicle in question encourages you to drive it as often as we drove the 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX – as I’ve written in previous updates, my partner and I tend to favour the Ignis above just about every other test vehicle...


2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long term report two – The daily grind

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long term report two – The daily grind

It's been a month now since we took delivery of our 2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long termer, and for this update we're going to focus on one of the most important jobs a city-sized car will ever do – the #DailyGrind. While that term can mean many things to different people, the daily commute for the average person is the trip to and from work, which the little 'Soul Red' Mazda 2 has been tasked with just about every day since it arrived...

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$16,990

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report two – interior space and comfort

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report two – interior space and comfort

Our long-term Volkswagen Tiguan has already proved its mettle as a city-focused medium SUV in many ways, which we’ll detail in later instalments. Here, though, the focus is on the Tiguan’s utilitarian interior. The 132TSI Comfortline model we have in our garage sits in the middle of the Tiguan range and will set you back around $41K before on-road costs...

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$41,490

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report four – around town practicality
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2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report four – around town practicality

Those of you wondering whether I like micro cars should probably know that I own a late first-gen Smart Fortwo – yes, I’m a little partial to the idea of a useful city car. That could be part of the reason I ended up as custodian of the 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX… We’ve had the Smart for nearly three years now, and on a weekend, it almost always gets used more than any big dollar press car...


2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report three – off-roading
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2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report three – off-roading

The last time we checked in with our 2017 Holden Colorado Z71, it was getting kitted-out for off-road adventures. Now, we didn’t go all-out throwing the full ARB catalogue at it just yet – but as I’m sure you’ll agree, it does look the part. So, it can talk the talk, but now it’s time to put its extra kit into practice off the beaten track...


2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report three – country driving

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report three – country driving

I’ve warmed like a late Spring afternoon to the 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX, our long-termer tester that seems to have spent most of CarAdvice’s custodianship in co-conspirator Trent Nikolic’s pocket – perhaps literally – outside of the rare opportunity to occasionally “take her around the block”. Brief impressions, then, but good ones...

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$18,990

2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report four – the track day

2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report four – the track day

Our long-term 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback has been with us for three months. And what better way to celebrate than by hitting the race track…...

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$57,490

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review long-term report three – load lugging

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review long-term report three – load lugging

Sometimes you have to load in a lot of stuff. It could be a large volume of stuff, or a big mass of stuff. Either way, the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute is made for it. We wanted to find out just how well our 79 Series cab-chassis dealt with stuff, so we, er, stuffed it with a few different things. First up was a pallet of ballast from our mates over at Crown Forklifts...

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$66,490

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report two – infotainment
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2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report two – infotainment

Now, you’d think that providing infotainment that works, is just as crucial as providing that infotainment system in the first place? Sadly, after a few weeks behind the wheel of our long-term 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX, it seems Suzuki hasn’t quite gotten this crucial element right. The specifications would indicate reason to rejoice – especially given the sub 20k starting price...


2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report two – day-to-day driving

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report two – day-to-day driving

The 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute isn’t made for urban driving. It isn’t supposed to spend time in traffic. No. Just, no. That was the conclusion I came to after spending some quality time in the driver’s seat of the big workhorse four-wheel-drive ute travelling from my place in the lower Blue Mountains to the CarAdvice Sydney office in McMahons Point...

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$66,490

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report one – Introduction

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report one – Introduction

My #firstcar! Well, sort of. Here's the latest addition to CarAdvice's long term fleet: the 2017 Mazda 2 Neo, finished in the Japanese company's signature Soul Red paint. Starting at $14,990 before on-road costs, our tester is equipped with the optional six-speed automatic transmission ($2000), and the aforementioned special paint ($300), bringing the as-tested price to $17,290 plus ORCs...

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$16,990

Company Car: 2017 Abarth 595 long-term report one – introduction

Company Car: 2017 Abarth 595 long-term report one – introduction

We've put passion before prudence and purchased an Italian car, a red 2017 Abarth 595. James introduces the latest addition to the CarAdvice stable.

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$27,500

2017 Volvo S90 D4 review: Long-term report three – infotainment
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2017 Volvo S90 D4 review: Long-term report three – infotainment

Rolling into the third instalment of our 2017 Volvo S90 D4 Momentum long-term review, 'owner' Mike Costello has tapped me to assess Volvo's new-generation Sensus infotainment system. For some, availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with the system might be all that needs saying...


2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report three – the road trip

2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report three – the road trip

Two months down with our 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback long-termer, and it's time for a holiday... Road trip!

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$57,490

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report one – introduction

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report one – introduction

The all-new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, launched in the second half of last year, has established a new benchmark in the hotly-contested medium SUV segment. The Tiguan is by no means the bestseller in the segment – that honour belongs to Mazda’s CX-5 – but at CarAdvice, we reckon the Tiguan is the pick of the medium SUV bunch...

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$41,490

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series single-cab ute review: Long-term report one – introduction

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series single-cab ute review: Long-term report one – introduction

There’s a lot of talk about expensive utes nowadays, with dual-cab examples from Ford and VW pushing upwards of $70,000. But forget those dual-cab dreamers, ladies and gents, because this is the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute – one of the most expensive workhorse trucks around...

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$66,490

2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report two – first impressions

2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report two – first impressions

One month in, and ‘Old Yeller’ – our Triple Yellow 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback long-termer – has been well and truly introduced to all and sundry in and around the CarAdvice Melbourne office...

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$57,490