Cruiser is a fine pick
I amconsidering an FJ Cruiser. I am a keen four-wheel driver and have owned a Toyota Prado which I was very happy with. My use for the car will be weekend four-wheel driving and weekly commuting. I’d be very interested in your view on the Cruiser, and my second option is a Nissan Patrol 2011 3.0 turbo diesel.
The FJ is a Prado under the skin so, provided you like the looks, it will be fine for your needs. It is definitely better than the Patrol. BLINKERS OFF I want to voice my disgust at your constant Ford bashing in the Carsguide. In all my time reading this section of the paper I have never heard you say a decent word about any Ford product. I bet you would would put an EH Holden up against an FG GTP and the verdict would be with the Holden. Take off the blinkers. Any other motoring magazine puts the XR6 way ahead of the poor SV6 but typically you put your belief in the Holden once more. You have permission to print this and, you never know, you may get plenty of other Ford fans venting their anger.
David Taylor Perhaps you missed the stories on the Ford Fiesta and Mondeo, which we rate as best in class, or the Focus, which was a finalist for our Car of the Year award. There is lots of disturbing news about Ford Australia but we try to be upbeat, like breaking news of the massive cash injection from Detroit in January. As for the XR6, the turbo is great but the basic car is not as sweet to drive as the SV6. FUSION SNEAK PEEK I have just read your article on the Ford Fusion race car. On holidays on January, I was driving from Sydney to the Central Coast when I pulled up beside a left-hand drive car with a Ford badge and some gadgets on the roof and rear. It was badged Ford Fusion, and had a sign saying ‘‘vehicle under evaluation’’. I tried to get a couple of photos but the driver seemed unhappy with me doing that. Is this the replacement for the Falcon? Have you had a test drive?
John Berger, email
Ford Australia has a lot of vehicles on its evaluation fleet and this is one. We have yet to drive the new Fusion, which will also be badged as a Mondeo and is an all-new global product. It promises to SOME CIVIC PRIDE I work for the local Honda dealership, so it is from that perspective that I write, not to condemn or complain about your opinions, but from the fact that you’re being critical and condemn the new Civic even before you have had a chance to preview or drive it. Can you please stick to the facts rather than judging it prematurely? If, after having driven it, you have an unbiased opinion maybe you can share it then with your readers, myself included.
Carl Di Giovine, email
We have seen the new Civic at global motor shows and been deeply worried about the downgrading in quality of the new car, something you can see and feel. The Civic has also been dropped from the list of recommended cars by the influential Consumer Reports in the US, another worry. Then, when we interviewed company president and CEO Takanobu Ito, he admitted Honda had not done enough on the car. We are very much looking forward to driving it but we remain concerned.