Smooth beats rough but you can have either.
Ford Territory TX petrol
MANY in this category major on off-roadability, but the Tezza shines on tarmac. It kicks off its Gold Star Value Awards campaign with a tantalisingly low entry price – the TX wears a $37,490 sticker – and although it’s on the thirsty side (10.2L/100km), it’s happy on regular 91-octane petrol. It’s also among the least costly to insure in class – about $990 per year – and boasts a 12-month service interval.
The Territory, in updated and facelifted 2015 form, remains a great buy despite having been on sale for more than a decade. And if your big wagon will mainly live on the road, the Ford is a better bet than most 4x4s.
Mitsubishi Pajero GLX diesel
SOMETHING of a serial Gold Star Value Awards podium finisher, the Pajero brings fundamental strengths such as an affordable purchase price, generous five-year warranty and decent economy (8.4L/100km).
Mazda CX-9 Classic
THE big Mazda wagon is more SUV than bush-basher. Relatively thirsty V6 stops it from climbing higher than third, but the CX-9 is backed by an appealingly low entry price, stout resale and a long service interval.
|Large SUV/4WD||Ford Territory TX 4.0i auto RWD||Mitsubishi Pajero GLX DiD man||Mazda CX-9 Classic|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||10.2||8.4||11|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||91||D||91|
|Three-year fuel cost||$5822||$5077||$6279|
|Redbook resale (%)||55.6||60.1||60.0|
|AAMI insurance premium||$989||$1169||$1096|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||12|