Toyota Hilux picks up ‘used van hero’ award12 October 2016

Toyota’s Hilux pick-up has been named ‘used van hero’ for October by Glass’s, which described the truck as “the perfect buy”.

Each month, Glass’s commercial vehicle editors select the model they believe offers outstanding value, quality and ability.

Andy Picton, senior commercial vehicle editor, says: “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 pick-up 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 only downside, he says, is the 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.”

The ideal buy, according to Glass’s, is a Hilux Invincible 4x4 3.0 D-4D 171bhp double cab pick-up on a 12 plate, which would cost around £11,500 plus VAT.

Laura Cork

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