Which used Toyota Hilux pick-up should I buy?
The engine choice is already taken care of here, so you’ll just have to make your mind up about whether to go manual or automatic. The auto might give you better control in off road conditions, but is very slushy and makes the Hilux even slower. On balance, we’d go for the surprisingly slick six-speed manual instead. It’ll also cost less to run thanks to better fuel economy.
Most examples on the used market are the more practical double cab, which sacrifices bed length for a bigger and more practical body with four independently opening doors. The extra cab has to make do with smaller, rear hinged doors that require you to open the front ones first, and provides rather marginal rear legroom. The single cab has no rear seats, but offers the biggest load bed of the Hilux range.
Of the various models available we’d suggest avoiding entry-level Active and mid-range Icon and go for a higher spec Invincible model, mainly because it’ll come with extra safety tech for the full five-star euro NCAP rating. You’ll also get much better LED lights that will be useful at night. The leather seats of the Invincible X doesn’t turn the Hilux into a luxury vehicle, so isn’t worth paying extra for.