The Toyota Hilux has been around for a while. From generation to generation it has earned a reputation for being tough, innovative and reliable.
As Autocar writer Doug Revolta says… “the Hilux has lost none of its go any-where, over-anything ability.”
So, what are the noticeable changes? Well, the far superior automatic gearbox and transmission is the biggest one. As you shift through the gears, everything feels much smoother and normal, especially transitioning down to lower speeds at the traffic lights. The jerkiness which plagued the older models has been addressed effectively. The steering is also much better.
The interior is similar to what you’d see in a modern SUV; Bluetooth phone connectivity can be managed from the steering wheel, along with heaps of other integrated technology. The safety features are mighty impressive too with reverse camera, cruise control, 7 air bags, daytime running lamps, electronic stability control. There is also a trailer sway control and the tilt and reach adjustment also go a long way too. Which Car reckons the “Hilux dashboard is more like a passenger car than a commercial vehicle.” That doesn’t impact on the overall feel of it though and in this instance, simplicity is a good thing. Everything is well marked and user friendly.
Lift the bonnet up and you’ll find an impressive 2.8L, 4-cylinder Diesel engine. The fuel economy is reasonably good, with all models of the Hilux coming in under 10L/100km; the best model is 7.3L/100km.
Like it’s predecessors, the Hilux is built tough and responds well to off-road conditions. The chassis is robust enough to accommodate heavier loads, while the engine has no trouble hauling the weight either. It is much quieter with a heavy load than its competitors, even though some of the other ones are more powerful (think the Dodge Ram). In the tray itself, the Hilux can carry up to 740kg and still be road legal.
While the Hilux is for the most part a reliable and decent vehicle, there are one or two drawbacks. Many reviewers have said the seats in the double cab models aren’t as wide or as as the Ranger and Amarok seats. The design has also copped some criticism, with some reviewers saying the next model needs to move past a “workaday appearance.”
True to its spirit, the Hilux is a ute through and through. Most of the 4WD models are just as home off road as they are on road. The long-travel rear suspension and electronic traction control make it very useful.
Compared to what Crump and Scotty drove in the 1980’s, there’s definitely a lot to love about the modern Toyota Hilux.
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