Each automotive producer has certain types of cars that it perfectly knows how to handle and the Hilux is definitely very high on Toyota's list. It's not easy to design a pickup that looks like it means business, but can also please other kind of eyes, but the Japanese carmaker has done it.
Carmakers have always had a problem with leaving you at the mercy of aftermarket developers when it comes to pickup trucks. We're referring to the various accessories that are fully necessary when you put the vehicle to work and, as we found out when we tested the VW Amarok
, it can be extremely difficult to find high quality parts.
The Hilux we drove was a mix of good and bad from this point of view. Thus, the bullbar up front had no functional role, since it used weak mounts, but the bedliner and the rollbar in the bed were decent and so was the tow hook at the rear.
This is probably the last important revamp the Hilux sees until a new generation arrives, so the designers were generous. Thus, the car doesn't look out of place inside a city, for example. Don't get us wrong, the Hilux facelift doesn't look like a car that can be parked in front of a seven-star hotel during your stay there, but this car comes with a look that really can't be criticized, since it is a perfect expression of "form follows function" but with a touch of personality that earns it respect.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Ah Gentlemen, I see this Toyota here as being loaded with... ahem... assets, it's just that they're not here yet. Do not get me wrong, the Hilux makes a fantastic... platform for my new hunting habits. Excuse for not mentioning this to you until now - I have taken up... ahem dinosaur hunting.
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