Facelifts that fail to deliver any visual change whatsoever aren't common, but that's exactly what has happened to the Land Cruiser Prado - unlike the impending upgrade for the big brother 200-Series, there's no new change to the now quite old (last revised in 2013) look.
Built by Subaru with extensive engineering and mechanical input from Toyota, the endeavour that spawned the Toyota 86 and its identical twin, the Subaru BRZ, has been one of the few joint-production success stories of recent motoring history.
A derivative for younger buyers originally kept secret from head office and another with high-end crash avoidance technology are intended to help the Toyota Camry cast off any ''cardigan car'' image and maintain decent sales during the final part of its life.
In one of those odd ironies of life, at the very time Toyota has been promoting the Hilux as New Zealand's top-selling four-wheel-drive utility, a two-wheel-drive variant of the same machine was dispatched to Drivesouth for appraisal.
Petrol power is back on the menu for New Zealand's best-selling and recently facelifted large SUV, the Toyota Landcruiser Prado. David Thomson has been putting it to the test on Otago roads and trails.
Toyota's Land Cruiser 70 has been upgraded, with new safety equipment and a double cab option. David Thomson climbs into the latest version of this no-compromises workhorse to find out what has changed.
Does the latest RAV4 have what it takes to remain a sales success in an increasingly crowded and competitive mid-sized sports utility segment? David Thomson takes the wheel of both diesel and petrol 4WD variants to find out.
The Toyota Camry and Aurion have so much common design and engineering DNA that when a new and much improved version of the former hits the streets, it's a pretty solid bet the updated version of the latter will also impress.