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Test drives and in-depth reviews of some of the most popular new cars currently on the market today.

2018 Mazda CX-8 Sport Review

 What is it? Mazda already has an SUV in each segment of the market and the Mazda CX-8 fills a niche in its line up. Created mainly for the Japanese domestic market where the CX-8 is positioned as Mazda’s flagship SUV, as the CX-9 isn’t offered in Japanese showrooms, Mazda …

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2018 Holden Commodore Calais 2.0L Turbo Review

What is it? The new ZB generation Holden Commodore is the first fully imported model that replaces the locally produced VF Series. It represents the biggest change in the nameplate’s 40-year history, with the previous sedan body style switched to a liftback design, the rear-wheel drive layout replaced with front- …

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2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T Review

The Isuzu D-Max has always been a formidable contender in the dual-cab ute space, with Australia being Isuzu’s number one export market. But while it’s always sold well, it’s never quite been able to match the numbers of the household-name Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, both of which, along with …

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2018 Lexus LS 500 and LS 500h Review

The year was 1983. The top brass of Toyota Motor Corporation were gathering in the board room at the company’s global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan. In the tensed meeting room, a challenge was issued by founder Eiji Toyoda. It’s called “Flagship One” and the goal was simple – to …

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Review – 5 reasons it’s better than the old one

The Hyundai Tucson, which consistently remains in Australia’s top 10 best-sellers, has undergone a makeover for the 2019 model year, with its latest incarnation bringing sharper looks and a longer list of standard kit, along with an improved diesel drivetrain. To highlight these subtle but welcome differences, we brought together …

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2018 Volvo XC40 vs Jaguar E-Pace Comparison Review

It will likely come as no surprise to you that small SUVs are making the biggest impression on new car buyers right now. While SUVs as a whole account for over 40 per cent of new car sales in Australia, the small SUV segment is the fastest growing in the …

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2018 Land Rover Discovery SD4 HSE Luxury Review

When it comes to iconic off-roaders, three names quickly pop up – Jeep Wrangler, Toyota LandCruiser and Land Rover Discovery. While all three will get you in and out of the bush in one piece, only one will get you around town in style, more so in its more recent …

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2018 Mazda6 2.5T GT Review – gets better with age

  With SUVs now becoming the vehicle of choice for most families, there’s never been a better time to get into a traditional mid-sized sedan. You see, in order to tempt increasingly rare buyers out of the urban monstrosities, carmakers are throwing everything they have into the humble sedan, which …

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2018 Toyota Hilux Rogue Review

Making sense of the Toyota Hilux range used to be as simple as getting wet at the beach. You had the affordable and frugal Workmate, the mid range SR and the top of the line SR5. However now there’s twice as many to choose from with three additional grades fleshing …

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2018 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Review

In a world of electrification, hybrid drive and downsizing, one car remains an icon for none of those. Carbon emissions and fuel efficiency are words it does not understand. And it chokes on good manners. The Ford Mustang is still unmistakably, unashamedly a Mustang. Amen to that. For 2018, Ford …

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2018 Jaguar F-Pace 25t R-Sport Review – the sweet spot

  It’s been nearly two years since Jaguar’s first-ever SUV burst onto the scene and cements itself as the brand’s best-selling model thanks to its attractive styling and car-aping dynamics. But not one to rest on its laurels, Jaguar has made running changes to the F-Pace for the 2018 model …

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander Review – luxury mile muncher

While the Hyundai Santa Fe has always been a worthy contender and a popular buy in the seven-seater segment, the company’s largest offering had started to feel its age as of late, with interior and exterior styling that owed heavily to the previous generation of Hyundai’s cars. A new model …

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