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Perhaps the best thing about Toyota trucks is their ability provides all the necessary truck elements while still feeling like a car.

That’s not to say the Toyota Hilux truck is anything less than capable. It truly stands apart in the truck world as a good-looking and more than functional entry in the truck category. But there’s something else – it’s attractive and comfortable too.

Long the domain of the farmer and tradesman, the Toyota Hilux has evolved into a truck that just as easily takes the businessman to work as well.

The new incarnation offers an array of engine sizes, from a 2.7 litre 4 cylinder to a solid 4.0 litre V6. All are smooth and quiet. Take it off road, or down the freeway and your ride will be smooth and largely bump-free. There is a wide array of choices when outfitting your Hilux, an optional 5-speed automatic among them.

Inside, this beast offers a sense of quiet refinement, or as much refinement as one can expect in a truck. Most riders say it’s just as comfortable as any Toyota, but with the extra oomph that comes from riding higher and taller than you do in other Toyotas.

This Toyota offers fancy door trims, as many cup and bottle holders as you might need for that long work day, and an agreeable and easy-to-read dash.

Perhaps best of all, this interior offers many of the upgrades we have come to expect in our sedans, but here the truck offers them in abundance. From a MP3-ready stereo system to leather-trimmed interior, the element of “car” is there, though in the body of this most capable truck. The 15-inch alloy wheels add a sporty touch.