What Car? says...

The Toyota Hilux used to be a rare sight anywhere except on a building site or farm – and for good reason. While it was very capable off road and had legendary reliability, the pick-up (and its rivals) used to be slow, unrefined and uncomfortable on the road.

Today, though, pick-ups are an increasingly popular alternative to large SUVs. Improvements to how they drive have helped broaden their appeal, but we suspect the tax savings available to company car users are an even more powerful incentive.

There are also multiple engines – from a 2.4-litre diesel with 148bhp to a more potent 201bhp 2.8-litre diesel. Both can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

So how does the Toyota Hilux compare with its equally rugged pick-up rivals, notably the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and Ssangyong Musso? Over the next few pages of this review, we'll rate its performance and handling, interior quality, running costs and more to help you decide whether it's the right one for you.

Once you've decided which pick-up meets your needs, we can help you find the best leasing deals through the free What Car? Leasing section. We can also help you save thousands off the price of most new makes and models of car if you search our free What Car? New Car Buying service.