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2017 is almost over. It’s time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren’t taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we’re taking the chance to look back at your favourite reviews of this year.
5. Toyota C-HR review
“If the oddball Nissan Juke was the proverbial canary down the mineshaft, the Toyota C-HR serves as this analogy’s cautious human coming up carefully from behind” – Mike Costello
The C-HR has been an important model for Toyota, entering the hotly-contested small SUV segment and previewing a bold new design direction for the brand.
We love the high-quality cabin and sporty dynamics, though it could use a little more oomph.
Our Australian launch review back in February was the fifth most popular review this year – and you can read it here.
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4. Toyota LandCruiser 200 GXL
“The LandCruiser has always been the company’s flagship off-roader. The 200 Series is a monster though, and too big for the city, so we headed for its natural environment – the Aussie bush” – Trent Nikolic.
Australians love an SUV, and in the case of the Toyota LandCruiser, it’s almost the default choice for buyers needing something capable of going off the beaten track and towing anything short of a house.
Here, Trent takes a look at the GXL grade with the burly 200kW/650Nm 4.2-litre turbo-diesel V8. Read the full review here.
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3. Audi RS3 review
“The latest iteration of Audi’s giant-killing RS3 is the quickest car in its class and we put it to the test on one of the most spectacular roads on the planet – in the Dhofar Mountains of Oman” – Tony Crawford.
With 294kW and 480Nm from its 2.5-litre five-pot, the RS3 is capable of storming from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds – something only exotic supercars were capable of 10 years ago.
Our beloved founder Tony Crawford attended the international launch drive 1300km out of Dubai. Read the full review here.
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2. Kia Stinger review
“We finally drive the most anticipated car of 2017, the Kia Stinger, and it doesn’t disappoint one bit” – Alborz Fallah.
Since it was revealed at the Detroit motor show, the Kia Stinger has captured the attention of the globe, and consistently sends commenters mad on the CarAdvice website.
It’s the company’s first proper effort at a genuine sports sedan, and it’s a good thing.
Before it arrived on our shores though – and in our garage as a company-owned car – our other founder Alborz Fallah flew to the Nurburgring to take the Stinger for its first international press drive.
Read the full review and watch the video here.
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1. Ford Ranger XLT review
Aaaaand to number one:
“The 2017 Ford Ranger XLT is better than ever” – Mike Costello.
Between the Ranger and arch-rival Toyota HiLux, Australians have bought more of these two utes than any other car on sale.
While the Toyota took out the crown for the nation’s most popular vehicle in 2016 – and looks set to do it again this year – the Ford has taken out top spot in the monthly standings on a number of occasions.
It makes sense then, that our most-read review of 2017 was for one of the country’s most popular vehicles – published on 1 January, no less.
Read the full review here.
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Listen to the CarAdvice team discuss the Top 5 lists of 2017, and catch more like this at caradvice.com/podcast.