2016 Toyota Hilux vs Ford Ranger – Offroad & Review

In terms of sales, Toyota and Ford have been locked in a battle for the top of the charts with the Hilux and Ranger, a feat which was impressive for the Hilux given that it was essentially 10 years old.

It has finally been replaced and we gathered together the new 2016 Toyota Hilux 4×4 and facelifted 2015 Ford Ranger together for a head to head review.

We took the bakkies offroad at Klipbokkop, a legendary 4×4 testing facility in the Western Cape for this comparison.

Read our massive comparative test between the Hilux, Ranger, Isuzu KB and VW Amarok here:

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33 thoughts on “2016 Toyota Hilux vs Ford Ranger – Offroad & Review

  1. Hilux sucks … I am an Ford fan and I really want a Ranger … but the problem still stands that the Amarok is just humiliating Toyota and ford … just as Ford and Toyota catch up with the Amarok. .. VW announces the 3.0 v6 TDI Amarok … German engineering wil always be best

  2. Nice review.
    I test drove both on the weekend. I found the hilux drove more like a car and the ranger more like a truck.
    Both great vehicles but i would give it to the hilux for styling and the stereo is much clearer and more powerful than the Ranger.

  3. Toyota will forever be the best truck ford ranger is just the truck of this year that's all Hilux is the best through and through fords suck ass here in nz they get stuck in the grass 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  4. Ford Ranger sucks! Why? it is because of their after sales parts & service. You might be happy on the first grab of their vehicles but on the long run, you will get frustrated. Parts are so lucratively costly and not maintenance friendly on the FORD. I'll give you an example which are part of many downside of FORD. American cars sucks!
    Ex. The sidemirror lens if it is broken, will you agree to replace entire assembly costing you to buy $US600 or just replace the lens which cost $50? Which do you prefer? FORD, they will asked to replace the whole assembly while Toyota will only replace the lens.

    If you are annoyed on the lock / unlock beef, you can reprogrammed to silence the beep for lock / unlock. Do you want know how to programmed it? Just let me know I will help you.

  5. I forgot to add, the tray on my brand new Hilux started to rust out after 3 months from delivery – it had dozens of rust spots about 2-4mm wide that just started to appear all over the inside and on parts of the outside of the tray (I am not a tradesman so carried no metallic or sharp objects in the tray that could have scratched it). Toyota New Zealand had to replace the entire tray free of charge.

  6. The Hilux "holding value" is in my experience largely a myth yet it is a claim made constantly by Toyota pundits and salesmen in New Zealand. I paid NZ$ 44,500 for my base model Hilux in August 2013 – brand new, delivery kms on the clock. I sold it privately in Dec 2014 for $31,000 after it having been on the market for 4 months. It was in mint condition. So I lost NZ$13,500 in 16 months or 30%. And I struggled to sell it after 4 months of advertising it. It was not sought after, nor did it "hold its value" in my opinion.

  7. The minute he said "no more mucking about with a lever" to engage 4×4 I had a mini thromby. What the hell is so difficult about moving a lever? In my experience the freakin button can take longer to engage 4×4 than "mucking about with a lever." Has the world gone mad?! Rant over…. Sorry. Having said that, I actually really enjoyed the review. Very nice.

  8. as much as like the Ford but I just bought a 2016 hilux and that was because of the resale value is so high for Toyota . and also this one replaced my old 1998 hilux. I know it's a huge gap bit these cars last long time and are really tough .

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