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Testing the durability of the 89s Toyota Hilux

The first of a 100,000 part series. How durable is a diesel Hilux? Let’s put it under the most ABSURD tests and find out.


Toyota’s best-selling vehicle is long-running. Toyota Corolla, but second is Toyota’s resilient pickup the Hilux that’s been sold for over 50 years.

No matter where you are in the world, you’ll likely find one moving up to a ton of cargo down a dusty lane.

In the process, it’s turned into a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde vehicle.

On the one hand, it’s the basic indestructible commercial vehicle that thousands of businesses rely on every day.

On the other, it’s become a well-specced weekend leisure vehicle. And in some cases, it’s a bit of both!

So why did this unassuming vehicle get a place of honor at the Top Gear studio, and what other successful vehicles have been born out of this long-running pickup?…continue reading

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