Since we are in the Japanese section, my only experience would be with Toyotas. My first 4x4 was an old FJ40 and loved it. 3 speed gear box and a top speed of 45mph but tough beyond measure. For work in Africa I driven a long list of Troop carriers, 60/70 series and hilux's. I took out a cow in Zimbawe with the 60 series...and later a mazda pickup in a front end collision...that truck was also really tough. The hilux's were great but just a bit too lightly built for daily use on African roads. Tended to rattle apart if used on corrugated roads regularly.
The only reason I avoid Toyota's now is the rather annoying philosophy they have had for the past 20 years of subtely changing components every model year. Where I can fit a water pump on any model of Land rover from the early 80's to mid 1990's, Toyota changes everything slightly for each model year. Having run fleets of Toyotas with the rugged 1HZ engine, I can tell you this is extremely annoying that components for a 1995 often wont fit on a 1996. Makes finding parts in the bush alot more challenging as well. I could rant on about Toyota as a company but I think this will do...
"We've got a date with Destiny...and she's ordered the lobster!"