OzRoamer 2016 SUV under $45,000 Award

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The small sized SUV market segment has seen prodigious growth over the last few years and has most manufacturers represented. Most of the offerings in this segment are AWD SUV’s with Jeep about the only manufacturer offering a genuine 4WD option.

So we have selected what we believe to be the best offerings in the sub $45,000 segment and come up with 5 alternatives. These represent a good cross mixture of design philosophy, market appeal and capability. Some of these finalists are sure to prompt discussion but as we have always said, opinions are everywhere and none are usually right.

The Fiat 500X Lounge is an interesting choice being uber trendy with its style and street appeal obvious but backs it up with surprising driveability. The Honda HRV resurrects an older model version from the late 80’s i think. Honda was ahead of its time with the original HRV but here they are again with their modern version.

The Mazda CX3 follows on from the outstanding success of the CX5 with its middle of the road, do nothing wrong approach. The Subaru Forester has been around for a long time, has been very successful and keeps getting better. The surprise inclusion is the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. The normal Renegade is a little bland but the Trailhawk changes the Renegades personality totally.

So there you are, 5 selected options, only one winner. To Find out the winner


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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.