New Ute

The Tucson manages about the same as the ix35 in economy and standard mode but I can achieve 13L in sport mode.
Slightly bigger footprint and a bit heavier, probably the same engine.
Mine is the Active X 2WD, I know yours was the AWD Highlander.
The Elite was OK but the sunroof made it undriveable with the amount of room the sunroof takes up, being 195cm I have that problem with a lot of cars.

iX35 went back to being called the Touson.

Elite & Highlander are the other way around.

I had the Elite AWD 2L Diesel 6 speed auto, the Highlander has Sunroof/Moonroof, electric heated seats & I think the passenger seat was electric as well.
Sunroof is useless in FNQ, Moonnroof is just somewhere else to leak, electric heated seats are a total waste of time 99.7% of the year in FNQ, who cares about the passenger’s seat?

@Cliff-Rogers said in New Ute:

iX35 went back to being called the Touson.

Elite & Highlander are the other way around.

I had the Elite AWD 2L Diesel 6 speed auto, the Highlander has Sunroof/Moonroof, electric heated seats & I think the passenger seat was electric as well.
Sunroof is useless in FNQ, Moonnroof is just somewhere else to leak, electric heated seats are a total waste of time 99.7% of the year in FNQ, who cares about the passenger’s seat?

@Cliff-Rogers said in New Ute:

iX35 went back to being called the Touson.

Not quite, Tucson (the new one) is a bit longer, bit wider and has a slightly larger cargo area, one of the women at work has one and you can see the difference when you put them side by side.
Heated seats would be nice in winter as the leather is bloody cold, and one thing I dislike with all Hyundai’s is the bloody skinny steering wheel, I put a cover on both of them to build them up a bit so I don’t dig my fingernails into my palms.
That is really my only grizzle.

I bet you can’t go out & buy a new iX35, the Touson replaced it.

You should also put a new RAV4 beside an old one & a new Hilux beside an old one, try a new Xtrail beside an old one, they are all bigger/longer.

I remember when the Corolla and the Camry were small cars, they just grew and were replaced with a new era of small cars like the Echo and Yaris.
The new Fiat 500 is not 500cc like the old ones, the Mini is quite big.
I worry about Hummers getting bigger, I don’t want one but they take up a lot of road, bit like the owners ego.
I had a Suzuki LJ80, 800cc of brute power, took us 4 days to get to Lightning Ridge, you arrived with a sore back, did it two days in my 1982 2.2L diesel Hilux, bit more comfortable too although it did not have power steering and aircon was an option.
I read a lot of reviews on the Tucson before I bought it and the general consensus was 2WD is fine for most conditions and AWD if you spend a lot of time on dirt roads which I know you do

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AWD suites us as we have about 4Kms of very narrow bitumen on the road into our place from the highway, when you pass an oncoming car you have to put 2 wheels off the bitumen, in the wet season the side of the road becomes dangerous, particularly if it has been raining so long that the cow lanes turn to slush & the farmers use the road to bring the cows in for milking. Sometimes it gets so you can’t see where the bitumen is in one great big long red mess.

Looks good.

No bull bar?

I am surprised given the amount of macropods you run into.

Welcome back Jack… does time fly when you’re having fun?

@enter-username said in New Ute:

Looks good.
No bull bar?
I am surprised given the amount of macropods you run into.

You’ll see it Sunday.

I hit a roo in 1983 (?) buggered up Easter, missed out on getting to a wedding, (not mine) a right fuck up.
Then had a bull bar on every car for more than 15 years & the only one I hit after that was on the side of the car.
Gave up on the bull bar, (12 years ago) since then I have hit 3 in the front & 2 in the side, only one put the car off the road.

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Never hit a roo but managed to get a rather large wombat in a landcruiser which tipped it on its side and fold the front wheel underneath the body, bloody wombat walked away.
Got a large stag in a work landcruiser in the high country, got him on the tray and had it butchered, most of the meat was good and the buggered bits the dogs got.

Donged a couple of roos gently in the side of the car, was passenger in a Morris 1100 when a horse did the same, worst ever was a pig full on (near Yalleroi) in the 80’s. Took out the radiator in the brand new Kingswood I was delivering to Avis in Longreach. It was that incident and having lots of mates with bent roo bars that convinced me that they were a waste of time - often the cost of straightening them and repairing the panel they’d leaned back on, and the subframe too was more than if there’d been no bar.

So Zillions of miles between T’ville and Longreach and in the Downs country later, I just take it stupidly easy at dusk and dawn, preferably in a cafe somewhere. Nearly hit an emu once - that was a challenge 'cause the rotten thing just charged at the space between the lights.

Never had a roo bar on any of my cars. I don’t like them as they obstruct view and are dangerous to pedestrians. I’ve only hit 1 roo that it would have made any difference and that was not a big ding. We have about 100 roos living on my property so are exposed to plenty of them. I’ve been hit on the bonnet and the side of the car when my car was essentially stationary and the roos had slammed into the car. Very frustrating and expensive to fix the little dings that result.

Gina wanted a bar to go scrub bashing on rural properties for sale, the genuine one was about $3.5K & didn’t have any side protection so if you pushed your way into scrub, you get scratches down the side.
The ARB one does have it but the Toyota sales people made enough noise about using non-genuine stuff & voiding warranty & voiding Australian Standards that we just didn’t bother.
Fuck it, if somebody wants to sell their property, they should make it accessible & somebody who wants to buy it & look at the inaccessible parts, let them bring the scrub basher or the drone.

Emus are stupid great chooks, they’ll run alongside you and then change direction so that you hit them. Had one take out the mudguard & headlight of an Inter ute. Had to despatch the chook with an axe.

@cliff-rogers said in New Ute:

Gina wanted a bar to go scrub bashing on rural properties for sale, the genuine one was about $3.5K & didn’t have any side protection

'Cause they have to be air bag friendly - read “trigger the airbag” if they get nudged…

Yup, I understand that, that is one of the reasons why we don’t have one, that & the extra $3.5K & the insurance premium, goes up, not down if you have it. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Isn’t Toyota currently running an ad for the Hilux which is all about fitting after market accessories pre purchase?

I had most of the accessories I wanted fitted to my Amarok before I bought it.
That way they are covered by VW warranty.

Only some things are covered.
There are dealers making offers with ARB stuff but the dealers we spoke to were pushing the genuine bull bar.

Which are most probably rebadged ARB anyway and twice the price.
We got a ‘genuine’ Nissan towhitch until a bimbo decided to take off at a roundabout before we did and bent the bloody thing, the panelbeater showed me the Hayman Reece genuine Nissan hitch that she bent

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