Thanks for the responses so far guys. I think based on the rear leg room and ride comfort, the hilux might be the way to go for me.
323_wagon_dude, thanks for the heads up I'll be in touch when I'm about ready (still working out all the finances).
LH, the frontier might be an option if it were just me alone but because whatever I get will also be used as a family vehicle I think the hilux might be better suited to me.
I have read some of the other threads with ppl talking about the WLT engines in the Ford and Mazda, though I haven't come across anyone personally who has had the problem I think it is better to err on the side of caution and not take that chance.
I don't know if any of you can relate to this but I'm a bit "vertically challenged"
so how are the seat adjustments in the hilux for shorter drivers to be able to see over the bonnet? I guess after I test drive a few I'll know but I was just curious and I really hate sitting on a cushion for better visability.