The new Toyota Hilux has come on leaps and bounds from its predecessor in both form and function. It is classier, more comfortable and nicer to drive than ever before, while the loadbay is wider and its payload capacity is improved. Yet it still retains the legendary rugged durability that makes the Hilux so famous around the world.
The interior is far more attractive than before, with a design that looks like it came straight out of the Toyota Auris and not a commercial vehicle. There’s good space for four adults, too, although top-spec models with all the toys don’t come cheap.
The Hilux still uses tough leaf springs, so the ride can be bouncy and it shimmys over big bumps, but it’s almost a match for the Mitsubishi L200 in terms of the driving experience. Avoid the automatic gearbox, though, and it’s a shame that UK buyers can’t yet spec the larger diesel engine for ultimate pulling power.
The Toyota Hilux can almost be considered an institution. Over 18 million have been sold since its first introduction in 1968. It’s hugely popular in Africa, the Middle East and other locations where weather conditions and terrain are difficult and unforgiving. In the harshest environments, the Hilux has forged its reputation for unbreakable reliability, toughness and off-road ability.
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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class comes in CL550 4MATIC, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG models. The CL550 is powered by a 4.6L bi-turbo V8 engine that makes 429 horsepower. The CL600 comes with a 5.5L bi-turbo V12 that makes 510 horsepower. The CL63 AMG features an impressive 536-horsepower 5.5L V8 and the CL65 AMG comes with a 6.0L bi-turbo V12 that makes an astonishing 621 horsepower. On the CL63, an optional AMG Performance Package boosts the engine’s output to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft and makes that the choice for any who plan to bring this big luxury coupe out for track time.