WHAT’S NEW

Herald Sun - Cars Guide - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

Two airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, cruise con­trol, Blue­tooth, USB socket, 12V out­let, snorkel, front and rear diff locks, 16-inch al­loy wheels, full-size spare, cloth uphol­stery, three ash­trays, cig­a­rette lighter.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Air­con­di­tion­ing, au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, side airbags, cur­tain airbags, touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment, nav­i­ga­tion, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, radar cruise, col­li­sion alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing/lane keep­ing, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cam­era, park­ing sen­sors.

OWN­ER­SHIP

Ser­vic­ing costs $2040 over 3 years/60,000km, with in­ter­vals of 6 months/10,000km.

WHAT WE LIKED

Smooth, lazy, grunt-laden V8. The re­as­sur­ance that it can take you just about any­where and get you back. Easy tow­ing and vi­able GCM. Sus­pen­sion works well on rough roads. Great out­ward vi­sion. Big cargo bay. Cheap ser­vic­ing. Strong re­sale val­ues.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

There’s more stan­dard equip­ment in a $12,990 shop­ping trol­ley. All mod­els should have got the five-star ANCAP up­grade. Lap-only belt in the back seat — how do they get away with that? Wants to fall over in tight cor­ners. Vague steer­ing. Weak brakes. Cramped driv­ing po­si­tion. Wind noise at high­way speeds. Short ser­vice in­ter­vals. No auto op­tion.

ALSO CON­SIDER FORD EVER­EST TREND $60,990

Ranger-based 4WD wagon out­guns the Toy­ota with a 470Nm 3.2-litre, six-speed auto, all the safety and in­fo­tain­ment tech, five stars from ANCAP and seven seats.

NIS­SAN Y61 PA­TROL ST $57,990

Dates from the 1980s and about to be­come ex­tinct, with the fi­nal “Leg­end Edi­tion” now on sale. Big, cheap, com­fort­able and a re­spectable bush truck, too.

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