2013 Toyota Hilux DOUBLE CAB PICKUP
With the increase in sales of pick-ups to buyers who use them as a lifestyle accessory, looks have become a more significant factor with modern vehicles of this kind. This one used to need a bit of dressing up before it was ready to assume any real kind of High Street cred but thanks to a package of aesthetic changes that saw a comprehensive re-style from the A-pillar forwards, the face lifted post-2013 sixth generation Hilux model was able to stand out a little more. The bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper all got re-styled in an attempt to create a little more overtaking presence.
As with most pick-ups, there’s the choice of either single or double cab models, plus a compromise ‘Extra cab’ option offering two rear seats for occasional use. Since nearly 70% of buyers choose the Double Cab, that’s the variant we’re focusing on here, offering a standard of rear seat room that Toyota claims is as much as you’d find in an upper-medium class car. We’re not sure about that, but we do like the way that the rear bench can flip up to offer extra storage space, keeping valuable things like tools away from prying eyes. It’s unfortunate though, that the center rear seat passenger doesn’t get a full three-point seat belt.