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Top five 4x4 comparisons of 2018

By Tristan Tancredi, 24 Dec 2018 4x4 Comparisons

Top five 4x4 comparisons of 2018 feature

Bigger, more expensive wagons are what our readers liked most in 2018.

YOU clicked and we counted the most viewed 4x4 comparisons of 2018.

With some big players on the 4x4 scene debuting throughout the year – X-Class and Ranger Raptor, to name a few – it was a busy year lining them up against their rivals on off-road dirt.

The article that drew the most eyeballs was our comparison of the Toyota Land Cruiser Sahara 200 Series, Nissan Y62 Patrol Ti-L and the all-new Land Rover Discovery TD6 HSE. The LC200 Sahara might cost a few pennies more, but is the petrol-powered Patrol or technically sophisticated Disco better value? 

Hot on its heels was our write-up of when the all-new X-Class X250d fronted up to its rivals – Ranger Wildtrak, Hilux Rugged X and Amarok Core Plus – in the Northern Flinders Ranges. After thousands of outback kilometres, which premium dual-cab stood taller than the rest? 

The thriftier MU-X and Pajero Sport – both wagons built from utes – have found a niche in the booming 4x4 segment and they’re similarly priced, with the Paj Sport marginally undercutting the MU-X. Their head-to-head battle was the third most popular article of the year. 

It seems people were eager to learn which mid-size Toyota got the nod when we lined the Prado up against the Fortuner. The Fortuner is considerable cheaper, but is the Prado considerably better? 

It’s no surprise that our SportsCat versus Raptor piece makes this list. The pre-enhanced showroom stunners are the show-stealers in their respective brand’s garages, but which one is more mind-blowing (or mind-boggling)? A fast, dusty, outback road is the terrain of choice.