That's why it works in third world countries so wellIt's basic and durable and can be repaired by anyoneIt's slow, but reliableIs it the best performing 4x4 in a technical sense, or the most comfortable to drive?You've described the cars and trucks Toyota sold here starting in the 1960s into the middle 1990s. The 1979 to 1995 Pickup was the Hilux (less diesels most years, the only major deficiency) in the rest of the world. These traits are /exactly/ why Toyota did well here (simple, reliable, affordable) and why I think they struggle as they diverge from them. They live from the perception they created back then but are losing core customers created back then (me for example, they have not offering anything compelling for me to replace my 22 year old Hilux). At the core, people here are no different than the rest of the world. I think a D4D Tacoma would sell like crazy and I think a real utility 4Runner or Cruiser would sell well, too. They've taken the Cruiser so far upscale that they sell a few hundred a year into a market that devoured 40, 60 and 80 series, which weren't cheap in their day but nothing like a new 200 series.It's the simplicity and reliability that keep it on Toyota's production list in certain markets where it is appreciated. I don't think it would be here in the U.S.