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Replacing ‘old reliable’? Three of the best new cars equivalent to popular old models

In a world where we’re spoiled for choice when buying just about anything, finding the right thing for us among millions is a daunting task. This is why some of us prefer freedom from choice when it comes to life’s biggest investments, like our cars. Buying a car is a long-term investment in convenience and comfort, and Aussies aren’t too quick to trade in: the average age of a car on Australian roads is 10. 

By the time we’re ready to buy a new car, the model we love may look drastically different – or not even be available at all. If you’re loyal to your beloved make and model but struggling to find the best new cars like it on today’s market, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top suggestions for like-for-like replacements for some old favourite cars.

Best new car like Ford Territory: Ford Ranger

If you loved your Ford Territory, we think the Ford Ranger will make for a great replacement. The Territory was discontinued in Australia in 2016 when Ford ceased local manufacturing operations, ending its 12-year run as one of the country’s most popular SUVs.

With its seven seats, diesel engine and a recent raft of tweaks including reverse wheel drive, the Everest is Ford’s new family-friendly adventure car. 

Best new car like Hyundai Accent: Hyundai Venue

Light cars are losing popularity in Australia, and replacing beloved hatchbacks like the Hyundai Accent is getting harder as the market segment shrinks. Though previously a steady competitor for models like the Suzuki Swift, the Accent was discontinued in 2019 – and no direct replacement was announced.

We are pleased to say the wait is over. A little different to the classic hatchback, the Hyundai Venue is compact, affordable and loaded with great safety, infotainment and driver assistance features, making it a perfect replacement for the old Accent.

Best new cars like Land Rover Freelander → Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Land Rover Freelander was a popular entry-level off-road vehicle for almost 20 years until production ended in 2014. Thankfully, only a year later, Land Rover released the Discovery Sport in its place. There are a few differences: it’s a bit more luxurious, a bit more refined, and a bit more stylish. But make no mistake – the Discovery Sport is still a seriously tough off-road vehicle and a good replacement for your beloved old Freelander.


If you’re selling your car for the best new car equivalent, we’ll help you get it ready for a smooth and successful sale! Drop into your local Express Lube Auto Service Centre and we’ll handle the rest.

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