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Is the Toyota HiLux or Nissan Navara a better work vehicle?

My 19-year-old son wants to buy a work vehicle. He is looking at the Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara, no more than about six years old. Could you advise which you think is best in terms of safety, reliability, running and servicing costs, as he will be on a humble apprentice’s wage?

I would rank the Hilux marginally better than the Navara, but there’s little to separate them. Both are similar for safety, rated at 4 stars they have the most essential safety gear in terms of airbags and ABS braking, the Hilux gets the nod on reliability, running costs are dependent on which engine you chose, and I would suggest you don’t buy a V6 petrol Hilux as they are thirsty, but the Toyota has capped-price servicing which makes it attractive.

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