WHAT IT’S GOT
Two airbags, stability control, cruise control, Bluetooth, USB socket, 12V outlet, snorkel, front and rear diff locks, 16-inch alloy wheels, full-size spare, cloth upholstery, three ashtrays, cigarette lighter.
WHAT IT HASN’T
Airconditioning, automatic transmission, side airbags, curtain airbags, touchscreen infotainment, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, automatic emergency braking, radar cruise, collision alert, lane departure warning/lane keeping, blind-spot monitoring, rear camera, parking sensors.
Servicing costs $2040 over 3 years/60,000km, with intervals of 6 months/10,000km.
WHAT WE LIKED
Smooth, lazy, grunt-laden V8. The reassurance that it can take you just about anywhere and get you back. Easy towing and viable GCM. Suspension works well on rough roads. Great outward vision. Big cargo bay. Cheap servicing. Strong resale values.
WHAT WE DIDN’T
There’s more standard equipment in a $12,990 shopping trolley. All models should have got the five-star ANCAP upgrade. Lap-only belt in the back seat — how do they get away with that? Wants to fall over in tight corners. Vague steering. Weak brakes. Cramped driving position. Wind noise at highway speeds. Short service intervals. No auto option.
ALSO CONSIDER FORD EVEREST TREND $60,990
Ranger-based 4WD wagon outguns the Toyota with a 470Nm 3.2-litre, six-speed auto, all the safety and infotainment tech, five stars from ANCAP and seven seats.
NISSAN Y61 PATROL ST $57,990
Dates from the 1980s and about to become extinct, with the final “Legend Edition” now on sale. Big, cheap, comfortable and a respectable bush truck, too.