THE WINNER IS
ALL four Canning contenders did the trip easily, without so much as a flat tyre. But some did it more capably and comfortably than others.
If you want a set-and-forget off-roader that will tackle the Canning without the need for extra fuel capacity, look no further than the Prado. That 150-litre tank alone makes it a winner out here, although you pay for it.
The Fortuner is tough and capable, but smaller than its rivals. Some extra work controlling the suspension would make it a better device over this sort of terrain.
The MU-X was our biggest surprise, but only once the going got rough. It’s not as convincing on-road, which is a major consideration when getting to wherever it is you want to explore.
The Everest’s excellent 4WD system and grunty engine set the groundwork for what is a classy, well adapted off-roader. Throw in great suspension tuning and a comfortable body and it amounts to a Prado-beating package, even in the heat of the outback.