2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X manual review

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The price of admission is a not inconsiderable $61,690 plus on-road costs for the as-tested six-speed manual. Add a six-speed auto and you’ll need to hand over an extra $2000 and another $580 for metallic or pearl paint, like the Crystal Pearl of this particular example.

For perspective, the HiLux Rogue, which does without the exterior add-ons but is the same inside though auto-only, starts from $61,690, or a ‘regular’ SR5 from $54,440.

Cross the road to your local Ford dealer and you’ll find the list price of a Ranger Wildtrak kicks off at $59,590 (before the updated version arrived later this year), but that’s before adding a bullbar, light bar, or any of the Rugged X protection parts.

Alternatively, you could tough-truck your own HiLux with accessories from Old Man Emu, Opposite Lock, ARB, Iron Man or TJM. But at $7250 more than an SR5, the Rugged X starts to look like decent value, as you won’t buy too many accessories for that kind of spend if you go high-end aftermarket.

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