What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?
SUV, if you want to go out of the city, or take day trips to beaches or into the mountains of Sogeri. - May 2019
SUVs are probably best, but you don't need 4x4 in town. Outside you do, because roads are not paved outside of the capital. You may be able to drive for two hours outside of the city, so it's not like there are that many places to visit. Also, many women (myself included) do not feel safe driving here due to security reasons, especially with children in the back. You can use the Embassy's motor pool for a fee. - Jun 2016
Sedans are most common. Road conditions are good. You do not need 4WD unless you plan to buy and tow a motor boat, or live outside of Port Moresby. You can only go a short distance in two directions from Port Moresby, towards Crystal Rapids (past the airport about an hour) or a half hour north up the coast to the beach. Japanese cars are common. Smash resistant window film (3M) can be sourced in country, but bullet proof windows would need to be imported. - Jun 2008