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The Verdict
BOTH these utes start on the high side of $60K, and by the time you get them on the road there won’t be much change from $70K. So, how does the new D-Max X-Terrain shape up against an established benchmark like the Ford Ranger Wildtrak? Looked at fro
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Radio Active
THE purpose of CB radios as a communications device hasn’t really changed much over the years, but the radios themselves have evolved. The two radios in my old LandCruiser partly shows this evolution, as one was an old AM/477meg dual-band jobby and t
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Single Use Only
THE traditional 4x4 ute or pickup, depending on which side your bread is buttered, was always a single cab-chassis. The perfect tool for getting you and your offsider, plus a load of whatever you’re hauling, to wherever you wanted to go. Over the yea
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As Good As New
I HAVE been running a set of MSA canvas seat covers on a Navara for the last eight years. The seat covers were fitted at 35,000km and have amassed more than 150,000km of abuse without ever being removed. The time had come to move the Navara on and re
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A Closer Look
New-to-the-range 18-inch ROH Trophy 4x4 wheels are sheathed in LT275/70R Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ P3s. ARB Intensity LEDs adorn the ARB bullbar, with a Warn winch and panel to access the winch remote control connector. One of the side toolboxes house
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Making Musso Memories
ANOTHER month of Victorian lockdowns has meant another month of us not being able to go far in our Musso XLV. In fact, we still haven’t had to put any fuel in it. While we haven’t been able to put the Musso to much use it has been interesting to read
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The Young Gun
FOR MOST of us, our first 4x4 vehicle is a memorable one. Memorable to us for all the adventures and stories it brought, but in the grand scheme of things, usually not memorable to anyone else. Your first 4x4 or your first car is usually an older, mo
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Readers’ Rigs
WEB: WHICHCAR.COM.AU/READERRIGS FACEBOOK: @4X4AUS Gear includes Ironman 4x4 bar work; Ironman 4x4 spotties and winch; TJM Wedgetail snorkel; BFG A/T tyres; Outback Armour suspension; UHF; Rhino-Rack Pioneer platform; Decked drawer system; and a tub r
4x4 Magazine Australia1 min cititeNature
Sand Blasting
SLAP on the singlets, sunscreen and thongs, folks, as summer is just around the corner. And if you’re one of the many people who prefer to chase sun and surf during the warmer months – via a decent sand track, of course – then you’re no doubt aware A
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Mechanical Beauty
IN THE last 18 months the Moon Tours ‘dirty ol’ Hilux’, as we affectionately call the little Toyota, has clocked up a pretty gruelling 39,000km which has included a couple of crossings of the Simpson Desert, a few weekends at Land Cruiser Park, easy
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Utes For All Occasions
THE 4X4 ute tsunami continues to plough on with the mid-size ‘one-tonne’ utes continuing to dominate the local new-car sales market, even in poor times. All-new and refreshed models from Isuzu, Mazda and Toyota will push this trend through the last m
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A Closer Look
35-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers M/Ts are regarded as a ‘do-it-all’ tyre with three-ply side walls and thick rubber construction. Crammed at the front of the roof rack platform are recovery tracks, a light bar and a solar panel. The engine gulps air thr
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The Score
Australia’s Ultimate New Car Comparison Site whichcar.com.au THE 2021 Isuzu D-MAX has met ANCAP's stringent new criteria for 2020, with the Japanese dual-cab awarded a five-star safety rating. Praised by ANCAP as re-establishing "the safety benchmark
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Check Out Our Website
VISITORS to our digital space will know our homepage resides at whichcar.com.au/4x4australia. Tune in for up-to-date news stories, in-depth new-car analysis and insane custom write-ups. We’ll also tick more travel items off our bucket-list, and conti
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Moreton And Stradbroke Islands, Qld
WHILE you’re touring southeast Queensland, it’d be remiss not to lower your tyre pressures once more and tackle a few more of the beautiful islands in the region. Moreton and North Stradbroke (Straddie) Islands are two sand jewels that offer great of
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Editor Matt Raudonikis Designer Jamie Burgess Staff Journalist Tristan Tancredi Editor-At-Large Ron Moon Road-Test Editor Fraser Stronach Sub-Editor John Panozzo Staff Photographers Ellen Dewar, Alastair Brook Commercial Director Matt Rice (02) 9263
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Fraser Island, Qld
OKAY, let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Fraser Island (or K’gari) is the quintessential Aussie beach for four-wheel drivers, with its postcard-esque stretches of white sand waiting to be disturbed by off-road tyres. In fact, Fraser Isla
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Mazda’s New Bt-50 Is Priced To Sell
Mazda’s latest BT-50 one-tonne ute range went on sale in October with competitive pricing across the range. The 11-variant Mazda BT-50 range includes just three 4x2 models, is double-cab only and is available in four specification levels with a choic
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Dirk Hartog Island, Wa
OFTEN called the Fraser Island of the West Coast, Dirk Hartog Island (DHI) is an isolated paradise named after the Dutch sea captain who discovered the island in 1616. Accessible only via a barge that departs the mainland at Blackies Beach, Steep Poi
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Ford Debuts Raptor-lite Ranger Fx4 Max
INSPIRED by the success of its 4X4OTY-winning Ranger Raptor, Ford Australia has unveiled its Raptor-lite FX4 MAX. Building on the limited-run FX4 revealed earlier this year, Ford has channelled the Raptor to create a bush-ready 4x4 with off-road-tune
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Stockton Beach, Nsw
YOU won’t be the first tourer to be overawed by Stockton Beach’s formidable sand-dune system, which stretches as far as the eye can see. However, much of it is fenced off from the general public. Due to environmental damage parts of the sand-dune sys
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The Heir Apparent
IF THERE’S a gene that predisposes a person to like the original Land Rover Defender, I’m afraid I don’t have it. I appreciate that people are sentimental about these things, but really, the previous Defender was – and still is – the worst car I’d ev
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Portland Dunes, Vic
There’s no better place to dune-hop in Victoria than at Portland Dunes (within the Discovery Bay Coastal Park), located about four hours from Melbourne in the state’s south-west. Well, we say no ‘better’ place, but there aren’t really any other place
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Travel Bulletin
AS SOME state borders open while others remain closed, events that were postponed or in doubt are coming back online, so it’s time to get out and about to enjoy the great land and support the communities. The situation is still fluid and things are c
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Lessons From Lima
WHEN I saw the huge tree strewn across the track, my heart plummeted. I only hoped our vehicle wouldn’t do the same, as it was precariously close to the massive bog hole of mud in front of us. The main track was tantalisingly close, visible barely 50
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The New Defenders
THE new Land Rover Defender has only just lobbed on Australian shores, but the 2021 model will be here soon and bring with it new six-cylinder diesel engines and short-wheelbase Defender 90 models. All of the diesel Defender 110 models that landed in
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Avoiding Sand Traps
WHETHER you’re hitting the beaches or doing the deserts, driving on soft sand requires a certain set of skills if you want to make it over the next dune. Driving on sand can be tricky, and it pays to be prepared. Here’s a list of tips to make your ne
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Benchmarked d-max Vs Ranger
ISUZU Ute Australia calls its new-generation D-MAX a ‘third generation’ model, but that undersells its heritage. It may be the third generation Isuzu ute sold in Australia since the brand launched here in 2008, but it’s the latest in a long line of I
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Metal Mania
THERE are myriad options for the ute owner when it comes to storage, and a canopy is an effective and popular way to keep tools and off-road equipment securely stowed, sorted and protected, from both the weather and prying eyes. They also provide a g
4x4 Magazine Australia5 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Safety First
AT first glance Isuzu’s new D-Max may just look like a revision of the D-Max that’s been around in one form or another since 2012, but in this case appearances are deceptive. The new D-Max represents a full generational change and, importantly, is an
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