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The Advertiser - Motoring - - WHICH CAR? - TOY­OTA RAV4 CRUISER MAZDA CX-5 MIT­SUBISHI OUT­LANDER

well as rear vents. The sev­en­speed dual-clutch auto is to­tally up to date. Hi- tech driver as­sis­tance fea­tures are only on the range-top­ping High­lander 2.4 petrol and CVT driv­e­train gives de­cent per­for­mance and econ­omy. Its mul­ti­me­dia con­trols re­main among the most dif­fi­cult to master. Looks great inside and out. To­tally re­li­able, solid, big­ger than you think, goes re­ally well with the 2.5 petrol though likes a drink. New styling looks OK, it rates well for emis­sions but the high-end safety kit comes at ex­tra cost. You could splash out more for the up­spec Cruiser (pic­tured).

THE VER­DICT

If I was buy­ing one, it would be hard to go past the CX-5.

I own a Mazda and it’s bul­let­proof and an ex­cel­lent car. Bi­ased … yes.

The Tuc­son would be right up there, too. You’ll pay more for mod­els with dual-zone cli­mate con­trol but it will be worth it — try be­fore you buy and you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate why.

Ex­cel­lent Ja­pane­se­built job with ef­fi­cient SkyAc­tiv tech to re­duce thirst and emis­sions. The petrol 2.5 al­most makes the torquey, more eco­nom­i­cal diesel re­dun­dant. Add $1200 for the worth­while safety pack. Safe, strik­ingly good look­ing, with plenty of kit and ex­cel­lent re­sale: the CX-5 is a short-lister.

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