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2013 Australia’s Best Cars – Best Large Car under $60k – Holden Commodore SV6 – test and review

It's a big call but the Holden Commodore VFcould well be the best car ever made in Australia.

It was this 'ultimate evolution' that elevatedthe VF to the winner's rostrum for the first time.

An improvement over previous generationCommodores in just about every area.

Holden's 210kW, 350Nm 3.

6-litre V6 is a responsiveunit, particularly when paired with a six-speed auto that shows improved kick-down responseand shift smoothness.

And for an electric power steering system, the VF has one of thebest, being speed sensitive, nicely weighted and in full communication with the driver.

The SV6 boasts big brothers', the SS and SS-V,FE2 suspension.

Set firm, it endows the SV6 with a handling competency that belies a carof this size.

Standard equipment includes Auto Park Assist(which autonomously steers the vehicle into parallel or reverse parking positions), Bluetoothphone and audio streaming, USB and AUX inputs, auto lights, voice recognition and dual-zoneclimate control.

But it's not just creature comforts and practicalitems – safety is paramount, with six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS and tractioncontrol fitted.

In the great tradition of the Aussie familycar, Holden's Commodore VF is very much complete.

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2013 Australia’s Best Cars – Best Large Car over $60k – Lexus GS 350 F Sport – test and review

The GS350 F Sport has two very different dimensions.

Around town the F Sport displays impeccable road manners as you would expect from a luxurycar.

Cocooned from the hustle and bustle of theoutside world you feel instantly at home.

Class-leading ergonomics that has everythingfalling nicely to hand.

Leaving the boardroom and the city behind,this once mild mannered city dweller turns into a bend-loving beast.

Powered by a 233kW 3.

5L direct injection V6that delivers a racy induction snarl when provoked, the GS350 tempts you to explorethe dynamic abilities of the chassis and will satisfy all but the most hard-core sportscar drivers.

In a category where the standard featureslists can be short and the options list longer than your arm, often adding considerably tothe sticker price of the car, the Lexus shines through with most of the desirable optionsalready ticked.

Back-to-back wins in the face of new and upgradedmodels from the premium European brands proves Lexus has what it takes to get on shoppinglist of the most demanding buyers.

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