25 March 2022 ·

Toyota Drive Car of the Year results

Toyota's popular Corolla SX is the best first car choice for Australians, with the Toyota Kluger taking the best large SUV spot for active Australian families, according to experts at leading automotive website, drive.com.au.

Corolla SX and Kluger won their respective categories in the 2022 Drive Car of the Year awards. It is the first time Drive has awarded a "best first car" title. Let's take a look at why the Corolla SX took the top spot.

Best First Car Toyota Corolla

Best First Car Toyota Corolla

Drive Comparisons Editor Glenn Butler spelled out the reasons why the Corolla SX - available as a hatch or sedan with petrol or hybrid powertrains - is the ideal choice for those embarking on new-vehicle ownership.

"The Toyota Corolla SX's strong safety portfolio and its combination of low running costs, excellent resale value and affordable insurance premium makes it the best choice for first car buyers," he said.

Best Large SUV Toyota Kluger

Managing editor od Drive.com Trent Nikolic said the new-generation Kluger - launched in Australia mid-last year - won its category for being affordable to own and enjoyable to drive for active Australian families. 

"In typical Toyota fashion, the new-generation Kluger takes an already good car and makes it even better," Mr Nikolic said.

"Inside the Kluger's versatile cabin, there's space and comfort for the family combined with Toyota's usual high standards of quality and durability," he said.

Toyota Vice President Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said "Thousands of growing families are putting Kluger first on their new-vehicle shopping lists due to its sculpted design, broad range of safety features, enhanced driving dynamics and - for the first time in Australia - a hybrid powertrain,".

Best Large SUV Toyota Kluger

Both models are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense driver-assistance technologies including autonomous emergency braking provided by the pre-collision safety system, active cruise control, lane trace assist, road sign assist (certain speed signs) and auto high beam, as well as a reversing camera, seven airbags and blind-spot monitor.

All Toyota vehicles are covered by the five-year Toyota Warranty Advantage7 while Toyota Service Advantage8 offers up to five capped-price services costing just $205 each (Corolla SX) and $250 each (Kluger) with 12-month/15,000km intervals.

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Whether you are looking for your first car or for the next family car, the team at Downtown Toyota would love to help! You can use our online calculator to estimate the value of your existing car, or visit our dealership and we can look over your vehicle. Downtown is your local trusted Toyota dealer Brisbane. We can even help with our fantastic Toyota Access Financing options if you’d like to take care of everything in one spot! Get in touch with us if you have any questions or if you’d like to visit us in-person and hear more about our new car options.