One of the perks of my job is I get to drive a number of different hire cars and pool cars. This gives me a chance to sample cars in the real world rather than just a 5 minute jaunt around the block. So I thought Iâ€™d give a few sentence on some of the cars Iâ€™ve driven lately. My perspective is Iâ€™m on the look-out for our next fam car, which I will buy second hand (few years old). Toyota Klewger (spelled Kluger) 2wd. Just like an Aurion that has discovered meat pies. Thatâ€™s actually a little harsh because in many respects it is superior to the Aurion. You are left in no doubt, however, it is a front wheel drive and, as such, I would buy the 4wd version even though Iâ€™m not into that scene. Surprisingly good on fuel. Toyota Tarago. Toyota bland and a van. Toyota bland and a van. Sorry I canâ€™t get past that. Holden Rodeo â€œcrewcabâ€. Donâ€™t kid yourself, this is a work ute. It is harsh on anything but the smoothest surface. Like all crewcabs itâ€™s not as practical as you imagine. If you are going to buy one as a fam car you should know it is not going to be a pleasant experience. BF Falcon. Just like a BA only better. The BA is a good car with faults. The faults are much less obvious on the BF. It also feels like a more taut car all round. If you are after a Falc, get one of these over a BA. Their unjust devaluation makes them a good buy a few years old. BF XR6 (NZ)/BA XR6. After the BF drive I was left wondering why you would bother with the XR6 over the XT. I do remember thinking the BA XR6 I drove a few years ago was noticeably sportier than the XT. So Iâ€™m a bit confused. I guess youâ€™ll have to try for yourself. If you want a manual the decision will be made for you. You may also fair better with the XR6 on resale. Holden Statesman (WL I think). I was keen to try and open minded about this car as I wouldnâ€™t mind my next car being a bit plusher on the inside. I was left wondering why anyone would pay more than about $5k over a standard commodore. It is definitely not a European standard luxury car. Toyota Prardow (spelled Prado). I was pleasantly surprised by this car. It drove like a sedan with only mild understeer. It was comfortable enough and had a good engine (diesel)/gearbox package. The only disappointment was the fuel economy. I would have expected better form a diesel driven mainly on country roads. I was about the same as the petrol Klewger and that was driven much more in traffic. VX commodore (executive). Imagine a VS that doesnâ€™t sound like it is going to throw a piston through an engine casing. That is about it. To me the VS series never improved over its life span and I always found the original too sloppy. Subaru Liberty Wagon. Heavy and gutless down low. Asthmatic up high. Maybe the turbo models make sense, but the NA models donâ€™t (I drove an Outback for a week and it was the same). FG XR6. Australian car companies have been claiming European quality cars since the mid 80s. This is first car Iâ€™ve driven where it is true. I havenâ€™t driven the latest series of Commodore. A bit harsh for fam use, but thatâ€™s about right for a sports sedan. Toyota Aurion. This car is proof there is a limit to how much torque you can put through the front wheels of a car. It is genuinely dangerous. Itâ€™s a shame, because this is the best engine/gearbox package Iâ€™ve driven (for urban purposes). Itâ€™s the first Auto Iâ€™ve driven where I couldnâ€™t see why youâ€™d want a manual. None-the-less the car is a dog. Bland Toyota in all other respects. Iâ€™m sure there is one or two I have forgotten. If you want me to expand on any of these let me know.