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Top 5 Cars For The Great Central Rd

What’s best for out here? I take the Toyota WorkMate…that is… when I’m going off-track with the locals. It is simply the best, put it in 3rd gear and go all day. It’s bare, it’s simple and it’s not that smooth but I love it. Drive the Workmate to Woolies (1400km return) and it’s loud, expensive and uncomfortable. The question I’m answering here is… what are my top 5 cars for comfort and stability on the Great Central Road? These cars are very close to stock with only simple upgrades such as driving lights, bull bars and roof racks. All are under 80,000km.

Toyota Hilux Ute

Yep a ute! I can’t give you a logical answer to why the ute with limited load has given me the most pleasure driving. It is also the oldest car in the list. It has coil front end and leaf rear. It revs low and hardly moves on the road. Perhaps it’s the low centre of gravity when compared to the bigger cars mentioned in this list. All round feels like you could drive it forever.

 

200 Series Toyota LandCruiser

With all its technology in traction control, vehicle stability control and the big V8, it still got piped at the post by the Hilux. It is a great car to drive. In the cockpit it is a far more comfortable car. It moved a bit more on the road than the Hilux and I just felt as if things could go pear shaped quicker then in the Hilux.

 

150 Series Toyota Prado

From this point down  in the list there is not much between the cars. Toyota Prado whilst not as nice to drive as the LandCruiser, is smaller and can make it easier to avoid those bad spots in the road. It has all the creature comforts as its big brother however I think the big V8 is a noticeable difference when you put your foot down.

 

Isuzu Dmax

Not only did this ute take me by surprise in how well it handled the road, it was also really cheap on fuel. Now the Dmax I drove did have aftermarket shocks on it so I’m not sure if these improved the handling greatly. The Dmax also had a few rattles in it at only 30,000km.

 

Nissan Patrol

The Nissan could have rated higher in my list. The running gear on the Nissans I believe is great. I personally just feel the car built around the running gear lacks some polish. For example the doors shake a lot the windows rattle in the doors all the way down to the clip that holds the centre console lid down. Interior could be refined.

 

This article was originally posted by Your Trip Right.

Comments 5

  1. Sam

    I almost completely agree with you but third and fourth place I would give to RAV 4 and Camry with small lift and all-terrain tires.
    What a feeling? Simple workmate without unnecessary things like power windows or mirrors. Less chance for something to go wrong and those practical vinyl seats that are easy to clean. Just be carefull if wearing shorts and workmate is not in a shade.

    1. Sam

      CORRECTION. I mean fourth and fifth place. Can’t leave Patrol on the list with those shaky doors and windows and who knows what else.

  2. Robert Armbruster

    Don’t really know. I would never own a 200 series cruiser, too big and thirsty. I have a 2010 BT50 and simply love the machine.

  3. Stephen Donnelly

    The Nisan GU 3L (with a few engine mods) with perform better than almost anything in the outback.
    Mine travel the hard track in the Vic high country every year, has cover the outback in NSW, been across the Simpson (east to west) three times and I have seem all the other vehicles not make it across the Simpson in 2016, the muddy year.
    My truck Mack a lot of noise on corrigation but is very quite when off them.

    I can do all that using much less fuel than many other trucks

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