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    Articles by Marcus Craft

    Marcus Craft

    Marcus Craft

    Editor - Adventure

    Raised by dingoes and, later, nuns, Marcus (aka ‘Crafty’) had his first taste of adventure as a cheeky toddler on family 4WD trips to secret fishing spots near Bundaberg, Queensland. He has since worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Australia, London and Cape Town and has been an automotive journalist for 18 years.

    This bloke has driven and camped throughout much of Australia – for work and play – and has written yarns for pretty much every mag you can think of.

    The former editor of 4X4 Australia magazine, Marcus is one of the country’s most respected vehicle reviewers and off-road adventure travel writers.

    Fancy owning a brand-new ute that looks a lot like a Land Rover...Read more

    When I was a kid – back in the Stone Age – we relied on an ice-packed...Read more

    This is the Ford Transit Custom Sport 320L double cab in van (DCiV). As well as its load space, this van has a total of five seats in its cabin, so it has cargo- and passenger-carrying capability. But how does it perform towing an almost 1800kg cherry picker? Read on.Read more

    Having consistent access to reliable power while you’re off-grid...Read more

    We’ve reviewed numerous camper-trailers here at CarsGuide and...Read more

    The Ford Transit is a light commercial vehicle that has always had a good reputation as a work van. The Custom Sport 320S* is a nice looking variant in the Transit line-up that builds on the range's rep. (* In this case, the ‘320’ stands for 3200kg gross vehicle mass (GVM) – even though this...Read more

    My reluctance (inability?) to cook anything other than a bloody good...Read more

    Auxiliary power is crucial if you’re heading off-road for a 4x4 camping...Read more

    It’s time for anyone interested in a new Isuzu MU-X to get ready for...Read more

    The Ford Transit Custom Sport 320L double cab in van (DCiV) has a load space, but also a total of five seats inside (two upfront and three in the second row). But how does it perform with a decent load onboard? Read on. Read more about the Ford Transit 2020 review: 350L LWB FWD Van GVM test Explore...Read more
    The new-generation Ram 1500, designated the DT Series, has arrived. This...Read more
    The Ford Transit van has cemented its reputation as a go-to work van for small businesses and company fleets, and the Custom Sport variant adds to that rep. In 320S* panel van guise it’s a nice-looking short-wheelbase van obviously set up for work duties, but offering enhanced drivability. (* In...Read more
    The new Isuzu D-Max has impressed many: it’s well-built, very comfortable as a daily driver, very capable as a weekend off-road tourer and it’s packed with driver-assist tech. We’re testing it over a few months to see how it performs day to day, week to week, and in a variety of situations: family...Read more
    The new Subaru Outback is very much like previous generations of the SUV/wagon in that it supposedly gives owners the opportunity to explore a little bit further afield even if they spend the lion’s share of their time on city and suburban streets. But this time the Outback has more onboard...Read more
    The Mercedes-Benz Vito van range has this year benefited from safety and multi-media upgrades, as well as design alterations, which are aimed at making these work vehicles even more appealing to buyers in what is a hotly contested market. But those improvements have brought a price increase across...Read more
    The Navara Pro-4X is the all-new range-topping variant in Nissan’s 2021 ute line-up. As part of a 2000-kilometre, multi-day test, I drove the Pro-4X from Sydney to an outback location about 900 kilometres north-west of Sydney as part of a more-than 2000km city-to-red-dirt-and-back adventure. The...Read more
    The Nissan Navara has never garnered the same fanatical support as its rival the Toyota HiLux continues to attract but, nevertheless, it has quietly built a solid reputation and fanbase among ute lovers throughout the country. In recent years, Nissan’s cycle of tweaks and updates to its D23 series...Read more
    Few vehicles can compete with the Suzuki Jimny in terms of pure dialled-in driver bliss straight from the showroom and out onto the dirt. This little Zook exists in the rarified air of a vehicular realm only otherwise occupied by the likes of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon , Toyota 70 Series and Land...Read more
    The Nissan Navara has always been a comfortably reasonable ute* that’s never neared the sales heights or popularity of the Toyota HiLux or Ford Ranger, but it has, nonetheless, attracted plenty of passionate fans (#navlife anyone?). (*Before all of you Nav enthusiasts get offended by my opening...Read more