4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

WE COM­PARED the Colorado to the Hilux back in our Oc­to­ber edi­tion and you can read the test on our web­site, but as we had just taken de­liv­ery of our new long-term Hilux the week of this test we took it along for the ride.

Our car can’t be di­rectly com­pared with these two as it has a man­ual gear­box and is loaded with ex­tras, but a few things are ob­vi­ous when you drive them back-to-back.

The Hilux SR5 feels the bet­ter qual­ity car in­side with su­pe­rior fit, fin­ish and re­fine­ment. It rides firmer thanks to its stiffer sus­pen­sion, but that proved its value when we loaded them all up for the tow test last month.

Even though the man­ual Hilux has less torque than the equiv­a­lent auto (and both the Ranger and Colorado) it feels more sprightly thanks to the di­rect drive and no par­a­sitic loss through a torque con­verter. The SR5’S man­ual is clever, too.

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