Toyota Rogue Ute – A rose by any other name?

Car companies are giving their top of the range utilities names such as Warrior, Wild Trak, Pro-4X.  Toyota has the Rugged X and now a model called The Rogue.

2020 Toyota HiLux Rogue.

But one dictionary defines rogue as a dishonest or disreputable person, or as an elephant or a large animal that lives away from the herd because of its savage and destructive behaviour.

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Well the Rogue does feature dark new designs for its 18-inch wheels, rear bumper and tailgate.

In fairness to Toyota, the word rogue has, in some dictionaries a meaning more mischievous than malicious. The lovable rogue.

2020 Toyota HiLux Rogue.

The Rogue is a good ute with a fair bit of bling. We drove it through a new housing development and felt that it would be less likely to be driven by the tradespersons constructing the quality houses and more likely driven by the people who will live in the buildings.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto