THE WIN­NER IS

4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

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.

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