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Drive Life : January 21st 2011
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Average road manners Handy load space Gutsy diesel engine Good safety features Drive recommends In a battle of the wagons, the Prado is very tempting. It's roomier, more refined and more comfortable than the Pathfinder and its long-distance focus makes it near unbeatable for the kind of adventures Frank has in mind. The biggest issue with the Toyota is that it doesn't come cheap. If this is an issue, and you can live with a little less space, then the Pathfinder will do a similar job. The Triton? It's not a wagon and could drive better but its handy load space, competitive back seat, strong safety and adventure-friendly abilities make it a viable alternative. Consider, too, the potential savings from its long warranty and you might just think it's worth a punt. The dilemma Frank is looking for something that will deal with day-to-day driving as well as tow his 2000-kilogram boat with ease on fishing trips with his mates. He's considering a used Nissan Navara, Pathfinder or Toyota Prado, all in diesel-auto form. He's leaning towards a wagon and the Pathfinder because he'll be able to get a younger vehicle but is worried its rear legroom might not be up to the job. Is he on the right track, or is there something else he should consider? The budget is up to $45,000. The shortlist Serious towing over big distances requires serious muscle, so Frank is right to be shortlisting heavy-duty four-wheel-drives such as the Navara/Pathfinder and Prado over more city-oriented alternatives. I'm not sure, though, he really needs to look at both Nissans because, in essence, they're the same core package, only the Pathfinder has the wagon body Frank wants. This makes it hard to see where the Navara fits into this contest. And even if he's tempted by a twin-cab with a tray on the back, there is a better option. 2006- Mitsubishi Triton dual-cab 4WD The Triton doesn't have everything its way against a Navara but if you must have a twin- cab 4WD ute, it's the one to go for. It's one of the better performers on sand and its back-seat space and comfort is vastly superior. A gutsy 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine, class-leading safety (including curtain airbags and, from 2009, stability control) and five-year warranty add to its appeal. The Mitsubishi, however, is disappointingly wobbly to drive, with flat, unsupportive front seats. Its maximum towing capacity, which jumped from 2500 kilograms to 2700 kilograms in 2009, isn't a match the Nissan, either. 2005-10 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder, like its Navara sibling, received changes in 2010, headlined by gutsier 2.5-litre, four-cylinder and all-new V6 turbo diesel engines but these improved models will stretch Frank's budget. Even in original form, though, the Nissan has a versatile seven-seat cabin, competitive safety, strong performance and a formidable 3000-kilogram towing capacity. It's a strong off-road performer, too, and more manageable than a Prado because of its smaller size. The downside, though, is disappointingly cramped rear accommodation. And while you wouldn't call the Nissan a bad drive after sampling the others, its road manners and refinement aren't state-of-the-art. 2003-09 Toyota Prado The Prado is a tough nut, with supreme off-road abilities and features such as twin fuel tanks that make it perfectly suited to long-distance duties. It also packs plenty of comfort, refinement and seating for eight and -- if you get a post-2007 update model -- competitive performance and economy from the 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine. The Toyota, though, is a lumbering beast to drive, lacks user-friendliness inside and the 2500-kilogram maximum towing capacity is respectable rather than amazing. You'll also need to target at least an upper-level VX if you want curtain airbags and stability control. Toyotas are expensive new and hold their value better than most rivals, so you might have to opt for an older model or chose one with more kilometres on the clock. Cameron McGavin For more buying advice, go to drive.com.au/what-car.
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