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Australian 4WD & SUV Buyer's Guide Issue 26 - September 2015

4WD & SUV Buyer’s Guide purely focuses on the vehicles that are newly available on the Australian market. Each description identifies the car’s weaknesses and its strengths with no-holds barred, as well as detailed tables on prices, standard equipment, the cost of major options, performance, fuel consumption and much more. This Buyer’s Guide also shares with its readers the latest news and happenings from the exciting world of automotive mobility. Helping you choose the 4WD or SUV that works best for you, this magazine is perfect for any car enthusiast.

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2 Issues

in this issue

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welcome to australian 4wd & suv buyers guide .

Given the increasing dominance of SUVs, it seemed just a matter of time before the 4x4 family wagon faded away. However, Ford’s new Everest, the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Challenger should revive the class. They’re all based on onetonner 4x4 utes, so if you fancy a vehicle that’s as adept doing family freighter duties as it is on a punishing outback track with a caravan or camper in tow, these new wagons are worth a look. That said, there is a back to the future element with them too, because they are throwbacks to the pre-SUV era when glorified light trucks with primitive engineering masqueraded as suburban family wagons. I hope you enjoy the magazine and that it helps you to choose the 4WD, SUV or ute that works best for you.…

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JOSHUA DOWLING Australia’s premier motoring journalist, Joshua Dowling joins the Australian 4WD&SUV Buyers Guide roadtesting team this issue. Joshua is the National Motoring Editor of News Corp Australia and a World Car of the Year judge. Renowned for his consumer-first approach and refusal to follow a car company script, Joshua casts his critical eye over two important new models: Ford’s Everest and the Mercedes GLC. You can also find his roadtests on Carsguide.com.au, news stories on news.com.au or read his regular rants on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers for over three decades, John is a previous editor of Overlander magazine, a long-time contributor to Wheels magazine, where he is a Car of the Year judge, and publications in the USA and UK. He lives in Bergamo, Italy. John…

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Our piggybank indicates a 4WD or SUV that we think represents good value for money against the others in its class. It may not necessarily be the cheapest but, taking into account factors such as standard equipment, safety, the way it drives, resale values and quality, it shapes up as a good deal. A capital S indicates a vehicle that scores five stars out of five for occupant protection in ANCAP crash tests and has stability control plus six airbags (including curtain airbags) as standard or as reasonably priced options. You can get full details for individual models, including child protection ratings for some vehicles, at www.ancap.com.au. If you’re after a safe, practical wagon to carry the kids, look for this symbol. We’ve limited its use to vehicles that have an ANCAP…

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• Prices are supplied by manufacturers and do not include on-road charges, which vary from state to state. Note that advertised prices must now include all on-road costs. • The best way to get a good deal on a new car is to do your research, test drive each of your shortlisted cars, then decide exactly the make, model, specification, colour and any options you require. Then you simply get a price from a few dealers on that car. If you have a trade in, you want what is called a changeover price. •Manufacturers change prices regularly and in some cases this will have occurred after our publication deadline. Check current prices and deals at www.carsales.com.au. Redbook future values in each test are average wholesale prices after three years/60,000km and five years/ 100,000km…

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toyota hilux

The long-awaited eighth-generation Toyota HiLux is now on sale. As Murphy would have it, the 2016 HiLux was launched shortly after we went to press. It’s underpinned by a stronger steel ladder frame chassis, with double cab models featuring a 70mm longer and 20mm wider body, also with a slightly lower roofline. Toyota claims greater interior space and a more “natural” seating position in the new HiLux. The range comprises 31 variants in total, with single-, extra- and double-cab styles and three equipment grades: Workmate, SR and SR5. For the first time, the HiLux includes Hi-Rider variants with rear-wheel drive, plus heavy-duty suspension from the four-wheel-drive models. The 4x4 Workmate also makes a reappearance in the line-up. Three engines are offered with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The base turbodiesel is a 2.4-litre four…

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toyota fortuner

As with the Ford Ranger/ Everest relationship, Fortuner is basically a HiLux double-cab ute chassis with a wagon body on top and the load lugger’s rear leaf spring suspension replaced with locally developed coils, five locating links and stabiliser bars at both ends for flatter cornering, better roadholding and a more comfortable ride on our poor roads. The ute’s rear drums are also replaced with discs. Fortuner is offered in three grades — GX, GXL and Crusade — all with the same drivetrain — a 130kW 2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel, as used in the HiLux, with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive operation, the latter in high or low range, with a standard rear differential lock. So, in terms of mechanical specification, Fortuner is a serious bit of off-road gear,…