Now in its eighth-generation, the Hilux was praised for its reliability and durability.
Andy Picton, senior commercial vehicle editor, said: “More than any other commercial vehicle in the world, the Hilux is recognised for the fact that it will just keep going, no matter how much it is abused. For people who place reliability and the ability to drive anywhere above all other considerations, it is the perfect buy.
“Long before Top Gear tried to blow up a Hilux, it was already seen by the market as almost indestructible and the number one pickup for serious use, so residual values tend to be strong. A used example isn’t cheap but then you are buying something that you can almost guarantee will never let you down.”
The Invincible 4×4 3.0 D-4D 171bhp double cab pick-up was awarded ideal buy status on a 12-plate at £11,500 plus VAT although Glass’s warned that standard spec is still relatively basic compared to the competition and advised to pay more and source one with options such sat nav, a load liner, reversing camera and a canopy.
Glass’s Andy Picton added that the only downside tended to be quite high running costs on older examples.
“Official Toyota parts for the Hilux aren’t cheap and the servicing intervals on earlier models are frequent. However, this is part of the price you are paying for its unrivalled durability. There are very few vehicles you can recommend without hesitation but, for the right buyer, the Hilux is one.”