Toyota: 2015 Prius v review

September 25th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

If you love having kids but also caring for the environment, the Toyota Prius v is worth checking out. With seven seats and a fuel economy the envy of many much smaller cars (4.4 litres per 100km combined is quoted) it’s a practical and less guilty alternative to buying a lumbering SUV or even a large station wagon. Continue reading “Toyota: 2015 Prius v review” »

Toyota: 2015 Corolla GX station wagon

September 22nd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

A hippie chick once told me she lived her life without expectations and I told her that was rubbish because everyone has expectations – you expect you can walk over your lawn without falling into a pit of sharpened bamboo spears, for example. Having expectations frees us from uncertainty and constant worry. Continue reading “Toyota: 2015 Corolla GX station wagon” »

Toyota: 2015 GT86 review

September 14th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

Effectively a rear-wheel drive two-seater (well, it’s an ‘emergency’ four-seater) you could argue the GT86 only competes with the Mazda MX-5 in its price bracket. If you had another ten grand the BMW 125i looks like a good bet. Continue reading “Toyota: 2015 GT86 review” »

Toyota: 2014 Yaris ZR and GX hatches review

November 17th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

This pair of Yaris – maybe that’s Yarii – are set to wage war on the urban landscape, giving potential punters a budget option or a ‘fries-with-that’ option in the small car segment. As far as price goes, there’s $5000 between them: the GX starts at a wallet-caressing $24,990, while the ZR with the optional sat nav and SUNA package adds garnish and spices for $29,990. If you’re happy with a manual then you can get the GX for $22,990. Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Yaris ZR and GX hatches review” »

Toyota: 2014 Hilux Edge 4×2 TD

September 30th, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

The limited edition Toyota Hilux Edge is without a doubt, the full size toolbox on wheels, or as I’d like to refer to it, a useful 5.26 metre length of 4×2.

Seen here in Velocity Red, several hand and power tool brands would want this as their team colour,  although you can also choose from Glacier White, the usual Charcoal Grey, and Ink, as in Black.

Many would see it as the glossed up Tradie’s vehicle of choice, however in New Zealand it wears the crown of the ultimate Utility and it’s a top seller to boot.

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Toyota: 2014 Corolla GX and ZR sedan review

July 22nd, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

Buying a Corolla is a bit like buying Cadbury’s chocolate: it’s not flash, but it’s dependable. And you know that it’s going to make you fat if use it too much. It achieves its purpose with a minimum of fuss and with the knowledge you paid a fair price.

While the GX is milk chocolate (a little plain, but fills the gap nevertheless), the ZR is a dark, minty block with a slightly silkier texture. It’s still not the kind of chilli and kaffir leaf-infused chocolate that you’d buy in an upmarket boutique, but it does come with a fancier wrapper and more cocoa solids.

Buying a car often comes down to taste: it’s a rocky road to try to please everyone. So if you’re going to remove the wrapper on one of these Corollas, which one is it going to be? Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Corolla GX and ZR sedan review” »

Toyota: 2014 Hiace ZX automatic review

July 15th, 2014 by Robert Barry

Earlier this year Toyota announced a series of cosmetic interior and exteriors updates for the 2014 Hiace range as well as a mildly retuned suspension package for better road comfort and handling.

So we decided it was time to review one of the most popular vans on New Zealand roads.

Delivery vans are mobile offices, and more than ever they need to be as well-equipped as a passenger car, if not better, and they also need to be more car-like to drive, given that the working day has gotten longer and more and more hours are spent behind the steering wheel. Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Hiace ZX automatic review” »

Toyota: 2014 Hilux V6 SR5 review

May 22nd, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

toyota-hilux-sr5-2014-frontSome 38 years ago the Hilux was unleashed onto New Zealand’s roads. Today, there are as many variants of the 2014 model as there are the days of Christmas: Double cab or single cab, four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, petrol or diesel, wellside or chassis, manual or automatic, special TRD edition or one of the standard range? So, should Santa replace Rudolph and Blitzen with a Hilux to tow his sleigh? Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Hilux V6 SR5 review” »

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