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What is a Ute in Australia?

In 1933, a Gippsland farmer’s wife wrote a letter to Ford Australia, asking: “Can you build me a vehicle that we can use to go to church on Sunday, without getting wet, and that my husband can use to take the pigs to market on Monday?” Lew Bandt, who was then a young designer at …

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What is the most reliable 4×4 ute?

Dual cab utes are a true Aussie favourite. And for a good reason. When you picture a dual cab ute, a few things immediately spring to mind: rugged, reliable, powerful, refined, and, above all else, a real workhorse. These days, the very best dual-cab utes include all of these features that we have come to …

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What is the best second-hand ute to buy?

SUVs may well be the family car of the 21st century, but for some families, the typical ‘soft-road’ SUV just doesn’t cut the mustard. What these families need is a hard-core commercial vehicle with some extra seats – a vehicle that will take at least four people to a holiday destination while towing a caravan …

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Why did Holden shut down?

Everyone and no one is right about the closure of car assembly manufacturing in Australia. Everyone knows closure could have been avoided, though at a considerable ongoing financial cost to the taxpayer for co-investment with the car manufacturers. And everyone also knows that the benefit to the economy of retaining these manufacturers could outweigh the …

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What engine is a Barra?

Haltech’s Scott Hilzinger walks us through the Barra’s history and development, which actually started back in the 1960s. “The Barra 6 was manufactured in Australia between 2002 and 2016 in Victoria, at the Geelong Engine Plant,” Hilzinger explains. The name “Barra” is actually the shortening of the name of a fish, much like “‘ Cuda” …

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Why are utes so expensive?

Utes used to be a popular choice of vehicle for farmers and tradespeople due to their payload, size and reliability. However, these features alone no longer cut the mustard with today’s consumers now demanding a multi-functional vehicle. As is the case with most vehicles, utes these days are arriving fully equipped with the same level …

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Are cars cheap in Australia?

Australia is a big, beautiful country with vast, expansive spaces and not a lot of people. It is flat, arid land, with peculiar rock formations and strange, dangerous wildlife. The outback stretches for mile after mile, baking under blue skies and bright sun. Australia is an absolutely stunning country with plenty to see and do. …

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Why is Tesla so expensive in Australia?

Tesla arrived in the market not long after the i-MiEV was consigned to history. Initially, Tesla dipped a toe in the water with its high-performance Roadster. Very few of the sporty electric vehicles sold here, but the manufacturer was encouraged by the local consumer interest in electric vehicles. Subsequently, Tesla launched the Model S – …

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What’s better: HiLux or Ranger?

Seasoned motoring pundits have lost a lot of sleep over the years trying to figure out why utes have become so popular. It was only a decade ago when a ute’s main brief was to lug tradies and their gear to worksites or to tow a trailer. While those functions remain, five-star ANCAP safety ratings, …

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Why is the 1994 Toyota Supra banned?

After two decades off the market in the US, the Toyota Supra has been in the headlines more and moreover the past few years. And for a good reason; not only are collectors starting to push the prices higher on clean examples from the 1990s but Toyota has spent that past five years stoking enthusiasts’ …

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Are Utes safe?

Buying a safe ute is one of the most important purchases we make, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Whether you plan to buy a new or used ute, make safety a high priority and do your homework. Compare the van’s safety features and star rating to other ute’s to see which one …

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Is Bugattis illegal in the US?

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the governing body in the United States responsible for determining what defines a vehicle as being “safe.” Safe for its passengers, safe for other drivers on the road, safe for the environment and safe for the economy. In protecting all of those assets of American life, …

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Is a ute a car or truck?

Utes, a mainstay of Aussie car culture since we invented the bloody things back in the 1930s, is set to disappear from local showrooms replaced instead, by those most American of things, the truck, or to give them their correct nomenclature, the ‘pickup’ truck. And this has if you believe the multitude of social media …

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Did Australia invent the ute?

In an age where proposed new cars are subjected to the dreaded business-case assessment, feasibility studies from every department from engineering to marketing and even secret consumer styling clinics, it seems outrageous that a single letter from a ticked-off farmer’s wife could have set in motion the chain of events that led to the mighty …

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Can you buy a ute in the US?

Most American’s, including us, are jealous of some of the GM cars offered by Holden across the pond even though the brand is no longer available. The Commodore frontend is a hot-swap here in the States, and this conversion can usually be found on select GM vehicles at car shows. While this swap is fairly …

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Are Nissan Patrols good?

The Nissan Patrol is tried, tested and proven to be a reliable, capable and comfortable off-road people mover. For decades, it has had a rock-solid reputation to tackle the toughest of terrains with its petrol-powered V8 certainly having the power to keep going. Add that to the all-round, independent suspension for a smooth ride and …

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Are Nissan Navaras any good?

As good as it was, time waits for no man (or 4×4). So with impeccable timing, Nissan has brought its third-generation Navara, the NP300 to the forefront. Considering that there are refreshed versions of the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Volkswagen Amarok and Mitsubishi L200 all entering the market, the Nissan has some stiff competition. However, …

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Which is the most reliable pickup truck?

Whether it’s tackling your weekend chores or keeping up with your daily grind, pickup trucks offer the versatility and strength you need to stay productive both around the home and at the job site. With midsize, full-size, and heavy-duty options available, you can choose your cab size and bed length to suit your crew and …

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Which is better, Hilux or Navara?

When it comes to pickup trucks, Toyota has history on its side. It’s been making its Hilux pickup for more than fifty years. And over that time, it’s gained something of a reputation for being one of the most capable all-terrain vehicles out there. The Hilux was famously put through its paces in an early …

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Why is Hilux the best?

AUSTRALIANS have always loved a ute, right back to the 1930s and Ford Australia’s first coupe utility. But the one we love the most these days is Toyota’s HiLux, our top-selling vehicle of any type. In 2017 the HiLux broke its previous record with 47,093 rolling out of showrooms across the country; its success helps …

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What goes wrong with Toyota Hilux?

Toyota Hilux – the name synonymous with ‘Unbreakable’ and one of Australia’s best-selling vehicles. The seventh-generation of the Hilux arrived in Australia at the start of 2005, powered by a 2.7-litre, a 4-litre petrol engine or the more popular 3-litre diesel engine, and was available in a number of body styles including the single and …

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What is the best pick up vehicle in the Philippines?

Although there are numerous pick-up truck offerings in the Philippine market today, a lot of considerations must be taken into account when selecting which is the best for you and your family, or your business. There are still pick-up trucks being offered for commercial use, which usually come with Spartan-like interiors, manual transmissions (MT) and …

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Why is the Toyota Hilux banned in the US?

Ever been on an overseas trip, say, to Australia, and watched a sweet 4WD Mazda or Mitsubishi or Toyota Hilux pickup roll by, all muddled-up and snorkled, and thought, “Why the hell can’t I get that little truck in the US?” Or maybe you dipped your toe into the mid-size pickup market, only to realize …

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What is the best Toyota HiLux engine?

The Hilux has competed in such motorsport events as the Dakar Rally with a significant measure of success. Not only that but the Hilux proved to be so ruggedly dependable that it even had a war named after it; the Chadian-Libyan war of 1987 became colloquially known as the “Toyota War” because the Hilux became …

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How much is a new Toyota HiLux sr5?

The perennially popular Toyota HiLux SR5 surprised judges this year with a narrow victory over its Ford Ranger XLT arch-rival. Since the ute category’s inclusion in Australia’s Best Cars programs back in 2013, the Ranger has virtually made it its own, only succumbing once before in 2015 to the eighth-generation HiLux. Keeping the two sales …

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Are Isuzu engines reliable?

Isuzu is a brand known for its diesel engines as well as tough pickups, versatile SUVs, and reliable trucks. The said products enabled this Japanese automaker to be one of the most popular car brands globally. It stood the test of time by believing in what it wants to achieve and by constantly finding ways …

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What engine is in the Isuzu mux?

The new engine from Isuzu, which can be found under the hood of the D-MAX pick-up and the mu-X SUV, is truly interesting. It’s tiny by the standards of the class but has the performance not only to keep pace with the competition but lead.  How did Isuzu perform this feat of automotive engineering and …

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What is the top of the range Isuzu mux?

The MU-X is an under-rated member of the burgeoning group of ute-based four-wheel-drive wagons, a rival to the likes of the Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Holden Trailblazer with which it shares its fundamental underpinnings. The MU-X looks like it means business, and that it can handle almost anything. That’s what …

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Which is better, Dmax or Hilux?

Pick-ups are a great piece of engineering; they are strong, have the complementing rugged appearance and are fun to drive. Gone are those days, when a pick-up was considered dull, a 40+-year-old centric vehicle with basic functionalities and high load capacity. With the change in time, the auto industry has changed the aura around these …

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Which is better, mux or Fortuner?

Two Japanese car brands, known for their highly reliable products, go head-on against each other. On one side it is Toyota, a brand that is considered premium and known for its quality, reliability while Isuzu is known for the same in global markets and is yet to make a mark in India. Both are rivals …

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What is the best small truck?

There were few options for those looking for a small truck five or six years ago. But today, many competitors populate the space, as automakers have realized that lots of consumers are looking for something smaller and less expensive than a full-size truck. Fortunately, today’s small pickup trucks are more capable than ever. Keep reading …

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Why do we need trucks?

We’ve all been in that situation, haven’t we? You’re driving along the road, often in a hurry to get somewhere, and up ahead, you see a truck. So now you have to slow down, and at times, finding a suitable place to overtake that truck can prove a challenge and a test of your patience. …

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Who is the largest truck manufacturer in the world?

The truck industry is highly complex and not that simple as people might generally think it to be. In order to deliver success, trucking needs to put into a lot of expenses, resources and must be determined all the time to deliver success. Knowing that there are some good heavy automobile companies around who made …

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What are the different types of trucks?

Trucks are some of the strongest vehicles in existence because they are built for moving the heaviest things ever built or ever born. Whether it’s livestock, boats, machinery, equipment, or produce, if it has to go by road, it’s going by truck. Trucks are even made to transport entire hauls of hard drives between Amazon …

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How many gears does a truck have?

A tractor-trailer fully loaded can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That’s 40 tons. In fact, that is the legal weight limit in the U.S. The weight includes the truck and trailer as well as all the cargo carried by the unit. When you weigh that much, it takes a long time to slow down and …

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Who is the biggest trucking company in the world?

The biggest trucking companies in the world are the unsung heroes of our modern-day world. Logistics nowadays, or put simply – the flow of things from point A to point B – is a booming, complex business which slowly grows larger and more influential. After all, we are getting more and more used to sitting …

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How much does a Tesla truck cost?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just unveiled the company’s first electric pickup truck, also known as Cybertruck, at an event in Los Angeles, California. The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles of range, respectively. And it will start at $39,900, Musk said. The truck won’t be rolling off …

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What is the best truck to buy?

Trucks have evolved from being vehicles used only for the transportation of cargo and heavy materials. What Is The Best Truck Brands is the most used word among car enthusiasts today. You would find a good number of persons in the United States who own a truck just for personal use. This is due to …

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What used trucks to avoid?

What used trucks to avoid? Pickup trucks are becoming more and more refined by the day, and they seem to distance themselves from their traditional purposes. In turn, they’re also becoming more and more expensive, which leaves prospective truck shoppers with limited options. That’s probably the main reason why most pickup truck buyers now look …

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How much do truck tires cost?

Consumer Reports research shows that price is the primary factor for tire shoppers. But it’s just as important to consider how long a tire is expected to last so that you can understand the total cost of ownership over the life of your tires. This comes through loud and clear in our testing. In our …

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Why did Holden fail in Australia?

Like all major disasters, the demise of Holden after 72 years in Australia is the result of a vast number of factors – some of which were out of its control. The problems go way beyond the use of the Commodore name on the imported model after local manufacturing ended in October 2017, or the …

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What will replace Holden in supercars?

Now the sport, currently known as Supercar Racing, faces the enormous challenge of reinventing itself without one of its two key protagonists in the immediate aftermath of General Motors’ decision to kill the Holden brand by the end of 2020. This is a moment in the sport’s history that will define it perhaps more than …

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Why is the s15 banned?

The Silvia was first released in 1964, and it was a sleek, white masterpiece. Nissan has had a long and strong history of producing some great cars. According to Nissan USA, it has had a great history of racing cars as well. But the Nissan Silvia is one of the lesser-known cars that they produced. …

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What is the rarest Holden?

HOLDEN built 2.4 million Commodores between 1978 and 2017. The imported ZB added a mere 11,000 to that total over the past couple of years and will go down in history as one of Holden’s less common mainstream models, but it’s far from being the rarest meat on the barbecue. Factory-supported tuners HDT and HSV …

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Why did Holden shut down?

In 2016, GM ceased local manufacturing in Australia. Two months ago, after dismal sales in 2019, GM announced it would kill the Opel-based Holden Commodore and Astra to focus on Holden-badged trucks and SUVs. And now, Australians are forced to confront GM’s termination of the Holden brand. The 17th of February, 2020, is a day …

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Coyote

Under pressure to produce engines with lower emissions, better economy, more power, and less vibration and harshness, Ford recognized that the classic small-block was at the end of its engineering rope. A new engine was needed to power the iconic pony car. Ford wasted little time developing the modular line of engines. It took a …

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Most Unreliable Pickup Trucks You Need To Avoid

The very reason people buy a pickup truck is that it’s a workhorse. It is supposed to be dependable and reliable, and stay in good working conditions for donkey’s years – supporting its owner in all that it can do. And some pickup trucks are exactly that, sturdy and trustworthy, and meant to last till …

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THE BEST SUVS FOR A ROAD TRIP

With Summer in full swing, you may have the perfect dream road trip in mind. Whether you’re hitting the road with your family, friends, or just by yourself, we’ve got the perfect SUV out there for your road trip. It’s getting to that time of year again where everybody is planning for their summer holidays. …

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Which is better, Navara or Ranger? – Ford Ranger vs. Nissan Navara

Nissan Navara is the vehicle offered in D22 and D40 generation was offered in a two-door truck as well as a four-door truck first presented in 1997. The main market of Nisan Navara is Europe and Asia. In South America and North Central is sold under the name of Nissan Frontier. The Ford Ranger is …

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The 9 Best Ford Ranger Models of All-Time

The Ford Ranger truck is one of the more globally recognizable brands in the world. It traces its roots back to 1958. The truck that we commonly refer to today as the Ranger began in 1983 and has undergone quite a few changes since then. As you can imagine, there are quite a few devoted …

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What’s the best tradie ute? – Best ute for tradies

Gone also are the days where, in a yarn such as this, we could merely suggest all of the entry-level utes in 4×2 guise because they’re generally the cheapest options, and their very basic, hose-out-interiors and no-nonsense approach have been traditionally well suited to those who don’t wear suits to work – but, as we …

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Ford F-150: Model Years to Avoid

The F-150, specifically, was introduced in 1975, and this design went on to be one of the most-sold trucks ever. Its design has gone through numerous iterations and has been upgraded in numerous ways, most recently with the move to an aluminum frame. Ford trucks are among the most popular worldwide, and with good reason. …

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What used trucks to avoid? – Used Pickups To Totally Avoid Forever

Buying a used vehicle can be a great way to save some money, yet to still have a pretty solid car that will serve you for many years to come. That is, only if you choose wisely. Choose poorly, on the other hand, and a used car will end up costing you a lot more …

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What trucks have the least problems? – Most Dependable Pickups

Today’s trucks feature sleek cabins, comfortable seating, and the latest technology and safety equipment. But are they reliable? Pickup trucks need to do it all: daily driving, off-roading, hauling, and towing (and they need to do it all with ease). Drivers tend to keep them for several years, and high-reliability ratings mean they won’t need …

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What truck lasts the longest? – 10 Trucks That Last the Longest

Does your pickup truck have 200,000 miles on the odometer? What percentage of vehicles just like yours do you think are still on the road? According to a recent study by iSeeCars.com, which studied more than 13 million pre-owned vehicles from model-year 1981 to 2017 sold in the U.S. with more than 200,000 miles on …

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Trucks with the Highest Resale Value

Trucks have long been one of America’s best selling vehicles. They’re built to be reliable, multipurpose, and long-lasting. That means that there are a lot of used trucks out on the road or sitting in someone’s garage or driveway right now. Whether you’re looking to get rid of your truck, or looking to buy one …

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What truck brand sells the most? – 9 of the best-selling trucks

There were about 17.2 million cars and trucks sold last year, according to a report by Kelley Blue Book. The total number of car sales was down 1.8% from 2016, but there was an increase in truck sales. Though there were more SUVs sold than trucks, truck sales made up just over 16% of all …

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What is the cheapest Ute to run? – Five Best Ute deals below

Opting for a vehicle that chews less go-juice also means you’re responsible for lower CO2 emissions, so, congratulations, you’re saving the world. But there’s a problem; unless you drive every one of your potential vehicle purchases for a few hundred kilometres each, over different surfaces, and in a variety of conditions – which, let’s face …

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What is the best truck? – 8 Best Trucks for 2019

Whether it’s tackling your weekend chores or keeping up with your daily grind, pickup trucks offer the versatility and strength you need to stay productive both around the home and at the job site. With midsize, full-size, and heavy-duty options available, you can choose your cab size and bed length to suit your crew and …

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6 Factors When Choosing – Should I buy a Tacoma or Tundra?

Beginning in 1995, the Tacoma replaced the previous pickup that Toyota cleverly dubbed the Toyota Pickup. With a simple moniker like that, it’s probably a good thing that Toyota switched up its naming structure with the introduction of the Tacoma. The Tacoma is considered a midsize truck in comparison to Toyota’s more significant pickup, the …

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Most Fuel Efficient 4×4 Trucks

Driving a 4×4 truck used to mean resigning yourself to big fuel bills, as the most fuel-efficient 4×4 trucks were gas hogs compared to most cars, and even compared to most 4×2 trucks. Truck makers wised up and started to pay attention. They now build lighter trucks with much more efficient engines. Each truck on …

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Most Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars

Fuel efficiency has improved dramatically in recent years, in large part thanks to stricter fuel regulations implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Today, new cars sold in the United States get an average of 24.9 mpg, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Fuel economy is one of the most important factors to consider …

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What is the best second-hand ute to buy?

Best Value-For-Money Second-Hand-Cab Utes   SUVs may well be the family car of the 21st century, but for some families, the typical ‘soft-road’ SUV just doesn’t cut the mustard. What these families need is a hardcore commercial vehicle with some extra seats – a vehicle that will take at least four people to a holiday destination …

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Ford Ranger vs Toyota Hilux: Your choice?

Ford and Toyota have been duking it out with two strong utes. But which is best? Looking at monthly car sales figures, you’ll see that the Toyota HiLux perpetually ranks as the best-selling ute with Australia’s car-buying public. Behind the HiLux sits the Ford Ranger, but the gap is closing every month. The Toyota Hilux …

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Which Ute is most reliable – Top five Most Practical Utes

Using a vehicle every day – driving it, parking it, and packing it with groceries and kids (mostly your own, of course, and sometimes their mates) – you get a real sense of its strengths and weaknesses.  It’s no secret Australians. They are gorging themselves on double-cab utes right now. They have, in effect, replaced …

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