There can be only one.
Inside the February edition of 4X4 Australia – on magazine stands now – six of the nation’s best four-wheel drives battle it out in the highlands and lowlands for ultimate victory: the 4X4 Of The Year award.
On the shortlist for 4X4OTY 2015 were the Toyota Prado, Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota Fortuner, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux and Ford Everest.
Our expert panel of judges punished the 4x4s for days on some of the best tracks in the Victorian High Country, as well as Melbourne’s premier 4x4 proving ground, judging each vehicle’s value for money, innovation, durability, bushability and practicality.
To see which vehicle won and why, drop in to the newsagent and grab a copy of the mag.
Also inside, we take the new Pajero Sport and new Navara workhorse range for a spin, we look at a stretched custom 79 Series Land Cruiser, and we get high in a beasty Unimog U430 and a 6x6 Zetros.
In the meantime, here’s more of what’s inside:
Mitsubishi has ditched the Challenger for an all-new Pajero Sport to compete in the 4x4 wagon segment.
NEW NAVARAS SPRUNG
Nissan’s new Navara NP300 ‘workhorse’ variants are spring-loaded with options designed to appeal to commercial and fleet buyers.
It’s not every day you find a Land Cruiser that leaves you speechless. But this VDJ79 is not your everyday Land Cruiser.
When you are chasing adventure in outback Australia, you have to take the good with the bad. If you can do this, you’re guaranteed a great adventure. A kitted-out Mazda BT-50 will help, too.
Outback legend Jol Fleming has opened up a new track connecting the northern Simpson Desert’s Hay River Track with the western Queensland town of Bedourie.
These two Nissan Patrols aren’t yellow when it comes to heading bush with a belly full of snakes.
FOLLOW THE SUN
In the Murray-Sunset National Park there’s an east-west track that offers solitude, history and sandy four-wheel drive tracks.
With great power come great responsibilities. Almost nothing can stand in the way of super-tough blood-brothers: the Mercedes-Benz U430 and 6x6 Zetros.
At the dawn of the motoring age, adventurers Harry Dutton and Murray Aunger drove a 19kW Talbot through the heart of Australia, from north to south. We follow their tracks.