Driven: Xtreme Toyotas built for the desert
Arctic Trucks – who made the vehicle Top Gear took to the North Pole – have built some new ones. And these are for sand…
Posted: 11 Apr 2012
"This is the probably the best off-road vehicle, but it takes the longest to learn how to get the most from it. The big storage means this is a great expedition car, and it's built with one purpose - to be tough."
Thankfully, the dunes' spines melt into bowls. On the flatter stuff, our Hilux isn't anywhere near as yielding as the FJ. But there's enough kit to distract from its functional parentage - leather seats, USB ports, air-con, sat-nav - but a calming sense of solidity from the scrub-clean dashboard plastic and upright windscreen. You get the feeling that if you were to tumble wheel over roof down a dune, you may well survive.