Over the course of almost five decades, the Hilux has helped Toyota to establish itself as a champion of durable off-road vehicles. And with global sales in excess of 13 million, this is a pickup that can be found everywhere from the frozen north to the deserts of Africa.
Single-, extra- and double-cab versions of the Hilux are available today, with power coming from either 2.5 litre or 3.0 litre diesel engines. With fuel economy of almost 39mpg achievable, this pickup can be inexpensive to run while still providing the pulling power needed to make light work of commercial duties.
Air conditioning, a touchscreen infotainment system and heated door mirrors are all things that are featured on this range, belying the fact that the Hilux is rougher and tougher than almost every other pickup on the planet. And the large number of used models which are still going strong is testament to this fact.
Offshoots like the Hilux Invincible X, which is the current flagship model, up the ante with leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels and a selection of metallic paint options to make the exterior stand out in a construction environment.
The Proace is Toyota’s latest panel van that benefits from rear doors that open a full 180 degrees for ease of access as well as air conditioning, a CD player with aux inputs and a spacious and comfortable cab.
Standard safety features include ABS and brake assist as well as daytime running lights and fog lamps up front. Meanwhile, vehicle stability control (VSC) keeps the Proace in check even if the conditions on the road are a little slipperier than usual.
Payloads of up to 1200kg can be accommodated by the Proace, with multiple wheelbase set-ups and load heights available depending on what you require. And with load volumes ranging from five to seven cubic metres, this is a competitive range with a lot to offer when compared with models from European manufacturers.
The Hiace is Toyota’s older panel van variant. It was originally available to buy new in the UK but has since been taken off the market and ultimately replaced by the Proace, its far more modern sibling.
You can still buy used Hiace vans, most of which will represent good value for money and benefit from Toyota’s impeccable reputation for reliability. Later models offer room for up to three in the cab along with power steering, sliding side doors and a low loading sill so that heavier items can be moved in and out with ease.
Other models which are no longer offered in the UK but can be procured used include the Toyota Dyna, which offers a versatile platform on which tipper and dropside bodies are usually mounted. Conversions to add a box body to this model are also common.