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A $50,000 4X4 UTE COMPARISON: RANGER VS BT-50

It’s XTR versus XLS – and the gloves are off.   In terms of sales, it’s a David versus Goliath battle. Despite the fact that these two vehicles share so much, the Ford sells almost four Rangers to every BT-50. Why? Many say it’s just an aesthetic thing: The Ranger’s gruff, F-Truck inspired masculinity is much more appealing …

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Can Nissan rescue the Navara with MKII?

From snapping chassis’ to the suspension issues plaguing the NP300, is the new Series 2 NP300 enough to claw back sales, and bring back the solid workhorse name that the Navara has fought to make for itself? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When Nissan announced the NP300 Navara we were all, frankly, rather …

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Mitsubishi Triton GLS Double-cab review

The Triton is one of the best-value options for the pragmatic ute buyer, but it has to work hard against some sharp competition. We give one a solid on-road and off-road test, to see how it stacks up.   ON-ROAD Daily driving the Triton is a positive and painless experience. Suspension is nicely tuned, with the typical firmness …

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Should I buy a Great Wall ute?

The all-new Steed is a move in the right direction for the Chinese brand… but it isn’t without its problems. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE We Australians are a bit of a xenophobic bunch, both historically and contemporarily. Let’s not get into nitty-gritty political details here, aside from the fact that when I …

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New vehicle news: Land Rover Discovery Pricing released

Starting from $65K The 2017 Land Rover Discovery looks to be a pretty special beast, evolving the already advanced Discovery 4 to even greater heights. Like the early Disco 3 models, these will come in a cheap, cloth interior and coil-sprung ‘S’ variant – starting at only $65,960. You’ll have to wait a few months after launch for …

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REVIEWED: Kelly Campers Glenrowan II

… Ned would be proud Thunder, lightning and heavy rain did not deter my enthusiasm for checking out the new Kelly Camper. It’s smart, innovative and could be bulletproof… although I didn’t test it for that.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   The first thing that you will notice is that the …

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New vehicle news: Triton Updates

Keen on a Mitsubishi Triton? You’re best-off waiting on up-spec’d MY17 models, or bargaining hard on leftover 2016 stock. GLS and Exceed models get a new 7-in touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a leather steering wheel and some styling changes. GLX and GLX+ reversing camera standard, as well as Bridgestone Dueler A/T …

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Reviewed: Jurgens TuffTrax

Jurgens challenged us to try and break their new off-road camper. Challenge accepted!   A lot of trailer manufacturers these days market their campers and vans as ‘off-road’ capable. The problem is – what do they classify as ‘off-road’? Some play it straight and design their frames and suspension to handle pretty much anything your 4X4 can. Others …

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Road Test – 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series

Some BIG changes breathe new life into a rugged old legend   The product planning, design and engineering team at Toyota Australia deserves a massive pat on the back. Somehow, amongst a sea of high-volume, global selling Corollas, RAV4s and hybrids, they managed to get the relatively tiny volume 70 Series LandCruiser back onto the drawing board.   …

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BRUTALLY REFINED

Pining for the days where 4X4s were tough and shorts were short?  Iveco has you covered.   Forget brand allegiance for a minute. Forget about the cool builds you’ve seen in magazines. Forget about the undoubtedly hilarious stickers of Calvin relieving himself on someone else’s brand of 4X4. Forget it all for just one minute and imagine. Imagine …

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FACTORY-PIMPED 2017 HOLDEN COLORADO

Refined, redesigned, rebuilt. Is Holden’s new Australian designed and engineered truck a HiLux killer?   The Holden Colorado is well known for its solid off-road ability, yet less than stellar comfort and refinement levels. Being invited to the launch of the newest chapter in Holden’s 4X4 utility saga I was hoping to see an update in refinement and …

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CUSTOM FJ CRUISER

Off-road Perfection takes time and a plan according to the lucky owner of this FJ Cruiser…   For images and to read this in our online magazine, CLICK HERE.   Building a 4X4 is best done with hindsight in mind. It’s only through experiences and failures that we’re able to decide not only what works and what doesn’t, …

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BIG VAN, LITTLE VAN

Half the size, a quarter the engine capacity and more than three times cheaper. But can the pint-size Suzuki Jimny keep up with the legendary Toyota Troop Carrier when the going gets tough? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   I can hear people typing away angrily as I write this, ‘why would you …

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REVIEW: ISUZU MU-X

We take the Isuzu MU-X off-road for a spin and find out if an SUV built by a truck company makes any sort of sense whatsoever… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   The Isuzu MU-X is proving an increasingly popular choice with everyone from grey nomads to young …

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ANZAC LEGENDS: THE LAND ROVER PERENTIE

To commemorate ANZAC Day, we road-tested two very different Land Rover Perenties… and have the bruises to prove it!   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   It was about about 10am, and I was driving through the western suburbs of Sydney in an Ex-Army Land Rover Perentie. The …

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EARTHCRUISER – AUSTRALIA’S BEST TOURING 4X4?

  It’s raining. But, I couldn’t give two hoots. I’m snuggled up in bed under the breeze of a fan, and I’ve just reached across to grab a cold beverage from the fridge. If it gets a bit chilly, I can turn the heater on. Or if I’m peckish, I can cook up some tucker without a sweat. …

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4X4 REVIEW: IVECO DAILY

If you’re looking for a truck that can tow pretty much anything, carry a heap of gear and tackle just about any track in the country from stock, you should be looking at more than just ’Cruisers and Patrols.   OK, so you want a large 4X4 vehicle that can handle everything you can throw at it. You’re …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: THE NAKED UTE REVEALED

Over the past few weeks you’ve probably seen the ads for The Naked Ute popping up on the telly and your social media feed. Speculation over just what vehicle The Naked Ute actually is has been flowing freely, with people guessing everything from Ranger to HiLux to BT-50 with even a few Great Walls getting thrown in there. As …

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The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

So it turns out America is getting yet another ridiculously cool vehicle that looks tailor-made for Aussie conditions, yet we’re stuck with the NP300 Navara. Come on Nissan Australia, lift your game! In case you haven’t heard of the Nissan Titan, it’s the ute that Nissan America sell to compete with the full-size trucks like the Ford F250, …

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JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON

Love `em or hate `em, you can’t deny that a Wrangler makes a fantastic base from which to build an off-road tourer.   To many off-roaders the Jeep brand remains a mystery. There seems to be a divide between those that love them and those that dislike them in equal measure. Whatever side of the fence you find …

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PAJERO SPORT: FIRST DRIVE

Four wheel drivers of Australia, we have good news. There’s another serious touring 4X4 on the market. Mitsubishi has had a long and storied history in the off-road scene. The Pajero was one of the first vehicles to marry serious off-road capability with family-friendly dynamics at an affordable price, and today there are many owners who are on …

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THE NEW NISSAN NAVARA

FOR THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE The Navara has seemingly always been content with being number two in the four-wheel drive dual cab ute scene, but the brand new 2016 Navara NP300 is a clear statement that they’re gunning for the top spot. Exterior: I’ll be the first to say that looks are subjective, but I don’t think …

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ROAD TESTED TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 76-SERIES WAGON

There are few who would disagree that the LandCruiser 70-Series is one of the last remaining real four-wheel drive vehicles on the market. It’s been in production since 1984, meaning that it’s been around longer than the 40-Series it replaced, and nearly as long its stablemate from Mercedes-Benz, the G-Wagen, which has been around since 1979. The 70-Series …

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WE HIT THE HIGH COUNTRY (IN A NEARLY STOCK PAJERO)

You might not think of the Mitsubishi Pajero as an almighty off-road conquering machine, but you’re in for a shock! I recently had the opportunity get behind the wheel of the Unsealed 4X4 long term test Pajero GLX on a 1,900km round-trip jaunt from Sydney to the High Country. On this action packed week of exploration we traversed …

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THE UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: TOYOTA FJ CRUISER

The FJ Cruiser is a sign that there’s a glimmer of hope for 4X4 enthusiasts within the presumably perfectly organised offices at Toyota’s HQ. The FJ packs almost everything a four-wheel driver could want; twin fuel tanks, washable floors, impressive approach, departure, and break-over angles, and even a rear locker. The suspension is pretty good too, and the …

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COMP TRUCK VS. TOMCAR VS. DEFENDER

Designed for the rigour of military and defence use in Israel, manufactured and modified for use in Australia; the Tomcar was built as a tool for farmers, miners, or anyone that needs to reliably transport loads across rough terrain. But the specs aren’t promising – a CVT transmission, fully independent suspension and 2X4 – it’s more like a …

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THE UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: 2014 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90

The latest incarnation of the Defender might be the best – ever. It’s powerful, comfortable, fuel efficient, and beautiful – in a Margaret Thatcher kind of way. Close your eyes and imagine a four-wheel drive cruising down an empty, barren outback track. The sun is setting behind the dust cloud as the sky erupts into a fierce orange …

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UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: 2014 SUZUKI JIMNY

Most modern four-wheel drives are actually quite terrible at being a four-wheel drive. They’re big, luxurious, expensive and you most certainly wouldn’t call them economical. Which is funny, because the four-wheel drive was invented as a utility tool; the vehiclular equivalent of a Swiss army knife. These days the four-wheel drive is more like a smartphone, and a …