There has been an explosion in the 7 seat genuine 4WD market segment over the last few years. Previously the domain of the Prado and Pajero with Landcruiser and Challenger thrown in. Now it seems that if a manufacturer has a Ute they are basing a 7 seater on that Ute.
The $60,000 – $80,000 segment is starting to get expensive and buyers want the best of both worlds. Family capability, luxury SUV like characteristics and genuine 4WD ability.
This year we have a previous winner in the Toyota Fortuner Crusade along with another multiple winner in the Pajero Exceed. The Pajero is really starting to show its age but remains strongly competitive.
Along side these we have the Landcruiser Prado GXL which is probably the best value for money in the Prado range and Fords aspiring Everest Trend based on the successful Ranger Ute.
These four vehicles stand out from the competition and are the contenders .
Remember we aren’t swayed by other publications or manufacturers in our decision and you may be surprised that our winner is different to other recent announcements.