Thank you to Gowans Toyota, Devonport and Burnie
Much of the first week in the TasTalks Fortuner was spent in and around town.
The high ride height provides a commanding driving position but you never feel like you're sitting 'on top of' the Fortuner. It's much more cosseting and comfortable, with brilliant seats.
Wide door mirrors and standard reversing camera in all models makes parking a breeze - the Fortuner is narrower and shorter than a Prado or Kluger and just seems to fit easily.
On bitumen the ride and handling are both outstanding, with anti-roll bars working well to keep the Fortuner planted even on fast sweeping but uneven bends, soaking up bumps like more expensive Euros often don't.
Toyota's Fortuner is an easy car to drive with light precise steering, effortless torque from the turbo-diesel and a very quiet, tasteful cabin with all the modern creature comforts you could want.
But as you know, I've been hanging to get the TasTalks Fortuner onto the dirt - which happened on the weekend.
On Saturday I went back to the tracks around Hollybank that had defeated me in my hatch-back last year.
No such worries in the Fortuner, which didn't flinch at even the toughest sections, strewn with rocks and corrugations. This Tassie-tough Toyota even tells you the road you're on is rubbish!
Thanks to Gowans Toyota
Sunday saw another dirt road trip - this time to the ski fields of Ben Lomond.
Turning onto the unsealed section I seamlessly slipped the Fortuner into 4WD HI mode and this amazing car transforms again.
The grip and stability of the Fortuner on very ordinary surfaces borders on epic, the ride and handling so secure and solid you have to check you're still on the dirt, it's just so smooth and refined.
The switchbacks at Jacob's Ladder were no problem in either direction and potholes may as well not exist, such is the ease with which the Fortuner handles any kind of track that looks vaguely like a road.
Thanks to Gowans Toyota. West view from Jacob's Ladder.
To say I'm impressed with the TasTalks Fortuner is an understatement. Toyota's local design and engineering teams have worked wonders with the suspension and ride settings.
Don't let the serious 4WD credentials of the HiLux-based Fortuner deter you, this car is incredibly comfortable and luxurious to drive on any kind of road, sealed or otherwise, in town or in the bush.
Check out the new Toyota Fortuner at Gowans Toyota at Devonport or Burnie.
It may well be the perfect car for Tasmanian roads - all of them.
Tas Talks Fortuner Thanks to Gowans Toyota Devonport and Burnie