If you’re a North Queenslander, you know that the tropical climate and rugged terrain can present unique challenges for your vehicle. Here are some of the best cars for navigating the region’s roads and weather conditions – prioritising safety, comfort, durability and quality. We’ve tried to vary the options to suit a multitude of lifestyle needs and have not ranked them in terms of preference.
In One Word: Reliability.
The Features: This rugged SUV is built to handle off-road conditions and is known for its durability and practicality. It also has a comfortable and spacious interior, perfect for long road trips and families. The various newer models centre around a combination of luxury and off-roading functions. Notable features that will suit North Queenslanders include: Automatic Terrain adjustments ‘tuned for Australian conditions’ alongside ‘stabilisers during on-road cornering and freeing movement for rugged off-roading’ (GXL model and above). However, even if you’re not going for the very latest model, all of Toyota’s Land Cruisers will give you the same standard of performance and reliability. Upgrading just offers more savvy tech to explore.
In One Word: Endurance.
The Features: This ute is a great option for those who need a vehicle that can handle heavy loads and rough terrain. It also has a high ground clearance, which is ideal for navigating flood-prone areas. The newer Ranger models are also equipped with ‘lifestyle accessories’ that are suited for those who like to drive off-road or in unique conditions. These include Air Compressor Kits and Digital Tyre Inflators. The width and tyre size for the Ranger has also been increased to ensure that you can take this car wherever you need to go, no matter the conditions.
In One Word: Versatility.
The Features: The Subaru is perfect for those who want a car that can handle sealed and dirt roads. It has an all-wheel drive and a high ground clearance, which makes it great for exploring the region’s many trails and beaches. People who have owned a Subaru comment on how spacious and luxurious the interior is; it’s made for long road trips and houses plenty of equipment/luggage. The height and feel of the car itself make it easy to see around you and orientate yourself, prioritising your safety whether you’re in the city or regional areas.
In a Word: Adventure.
The Features: This SUV is built for off-road trips and has a powerful engine and advanced four-wheel drive system. It also has a comfortable and spacious interior that can seat up to seven people, making it perfect for families. The balance between safety and fun is key in this car; you can trust in the dexterity of its build but also feel like it has all the security systems in place to ensure that your trip is as smooth as possible, including state-of-the-art airbags.
In a Word: Slick.
The Features: This compact SUV is a great option for those who want a car that is easy to manoeuvre and park in the city. It also has a high ground clearance and all-wheel drive, which makes it great for navigating wet and muddy roads. Frankly, the car is also the kind you feel pretty great about driving down a busy street in. It’s perfect for those without large families or those who live in more built-up areas in North Queensland. You really do get the best of both worlds with a great aesthetic and the practicality of still being higher up on the road than a sedan and all the safety of driving in an SUV.
When choosing a car for North Queensland, consider your specific needs and the type of terrain you’ll be driving on. All-wheel drive and a high ground clearance are important features to look for, as well as a car known for its safety and functionality. Additionally, having a car with exemplary air-conditioning is a must in the tropical climate, especially to avoid heat damage to your car’s interior.
It’s also worth noting that you should check with the local government for any specific laws regarding vehicle equipment and safety for the area; for example, if you are planning on doing some off-roading, you will want to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with the proper gear. Check with the RACQ for rules and regulations on off-roading & roadworthy vehicles. Haven’t you seen your favourite pick for the best North Queensland vehicle?
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