The Toyota Tarago has been an Australian institution. Families across the country have relied on it for more than 36 years to move the tribe about from anywhere between soccer training or summer holidays up north. But this week we’ve learned Toyota has decided to kill off this superb van by the end of the year.
The Tarago arrived way before SUV’s took over and I’m sure many may even shed a tear at the news. It will be replaced by some blinged up thing called the Granvia. But as is always the case, life must go on. So what are we left with, what van can step up to the plate and replace this important icon.
Here’s five suggestions straight from the EFTM Motoring Editor!
The Kia Carnival
The Carnival surpassed the Tarago ages ago in terms of not just sales but performance. With a starting price of $42,490 and seven-year unlimited kilometre warranty it’s a solid contender. Keep in mind you can cram eight humans into this one. Plus as Kia like to remind us “The Kia Carnival SLi Diesel has been voted Australia’s Best Family Wagon two years in the running.”
The Honda Odyssey
This is another sliding door van that may fill a void with prices kicking off at $33,400. To quote Honda “From bundles of joy to beloved grandparents, the Honda Odyssey ensures enjoyment for all.”
The Volkswagen Multivan
This is basically a 2019 take on the Combi Van. It’s not cheap with prices kicking off at $52,990 driveaway. The marketing line VW rolls out says “Flexibility comes standard. Offering a versatile cabin space for up to seven people, you can configure your Multivan to bend to your particular needs.”
This grey import special was made between 1997 and 2014. If you scour the web you’re bound to find this luxurious but butt ugly van on sale from $10,000 to $26,000. Good luck with claiming on any alleged warranty.
You know what, stuff those other brands and stick with the brand that did it best. Go and get a HR licence and buy this 22-seat beauty.
Chris was EFTM’s Motoring Editor for many years, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.
He has now left EFTM, and writes freelance and runs his own Facebook Page “Bowen’s Garage”