TEST DRIVE

Mazda CX-5 Takami is Worth Getting to Know

It’s not new, but it’s a bit understated and flies under the radar, so when you add the trim designation ‘Takami’ after CX-5, you lose most people right there. Which is a bit of a shame really, because when Mazda dropped the Turbocharged 2.5 litre SkyactivT motor into the CX-5, they...

A Masterpiece of Technology – Mazda’s CX30

Most times when we get a new vehicle to drive, the first thing we start to think about is where we can take it to get it off the tarseal. Ute, SUV, or full-size 4WD, that’s always the plan. The new Mazda CX30 GTX has been a little different. Doing a bit of advance reading on the CX30, the...

Getting Right Off-Road in Mitsubishis’ Pajero Sport

On the weekend of the announcement of the imminent demise of the Pajero, it seemed a bit poignant to be out testing the Pajero Sport that will inherit the title of King of the Mitsubishi SUV Range. It’s not quite a full-size four-wheel drive in today’s terms, but it is bigger than the...

First Impressions: New Defender

Today is the day. The media blackout has lifted, the all-new Land-Rover Defender is here in New Zealand, and available for test drives. It is just a stunning piece of machinery, and its DNA is obviously Land Rover. Sometimes you just want something so bad it hurts! I had the privilege of...

OFF-ROADING IN MITSUBISHI’S NEW PLUG-IN HYBRID OUTLANDER

Let’s just come right out at the beginning, and admit we had a ball with the Outlander PHEV. We went into this test a bit blind, we don’t get to drive many hybrids, possibly because there haven’t been many available here. So, we didn’t have expectations really, more anticipation. That...

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Adventure Beckons

I still recall my first experience in an Outlander. We used it as a ‘support car’ at an early Mamaku Winch Challenge, and though it looked wildly out of place, it did its job really well. And that’s what I thought about the latest iteration of Mitsubishi’s mid-size SUV. Not that it looked...

Mitsubishi Triton VRX

It’s been described as looking a bit like a “transformer” and it’s looks have certainly transformed its personal style, from a meek and mild company vehicle, into a bit of a head turner tough guy. With most of that style change occurring from the cab forward, maybe it’s more like a...