2017/18 Toyota HiLux Review

Toyota HiLux
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Critic reviews

WebsiteRatingNotable quotes
Car Showroom80%"The Hilux does its best to be the best ute for all people, and with no less than 31 possible body style combinations, it certainly positions itself well to do just that."Read more
The Hilux does its best to be the best ute for all people, and with no less than 31 possible body style combinations, it certainly positions itself well to do just that. " Read more
WhichCar80%" The HiLux is very good off-road, and tows very well. Toyota’s remote-area service is second to none."Read more
"The HiLux is very good off-road, and tows very well. Toyota’s remote-area service is second to none." Read more
Chasing Cars70%"Australia’s best-selling ‘car’ lacks the punch of its big-engine rivals."Read more
"Australia’s best-selling ‘car’ lacks the punch of its big-engine rivals." Read more

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The complete Toyota HiLux review

Toyota HiLux Pricing

When buying a HiLux, you’re paying in part for its reputation. Driveaway prices start at $26,400 for the rear-wheel drive, 2.7L petrol, baseline WorkMate single cab chassis model. The top of the range SR5 4x4 dual cab ute with a 2.8-litre diesel automatic costs $61,441.

Prices shown include 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third-party insurance (CTP), dealer charges, stamp duty and non-metallic paint. Figures shown are for postcode 2000.

Single Cab Chassis

DX 4x4RX 4x2 RX 4x4
2.3L Diesel 120kW Manual – $38,0422.3L Diesel 120kW Manual – $31,8622.3L Diesel 120kW Manual – $39,072 (Optional Auto $41,647)

Single-cab

WorkMate 4x2 chassisWorkMate 4x4 chassisSR 4x4 chassis
2.7L petrol manual $26,4002.4L diesel manual $43.2132.8L diesel manual – $45,708
2.7L petrol automatic $28,460 2.4L diesel $30,678
2.8L diesel manual – $47,776  

Extra-cab

WorkMate 4x4 chassisSR 4x2 Hi-Rider pick-upSR 4x4 cab chassis
2.4L diesel automatic – Unavailable2.8L diesel automatic $45,1782.8L diesel manual – Unavailable
  2.8L diesel automatic – Unavailable

Double-cab 4x2

2.7L petrol automatic – $36,709

WorkMate pick-upSR Hi-Rider pick-upSR5 Hi-Rider pick-up
2.7L petrol manual – $34,6492.8L diesel manual – $44,1482.8L diesel automatic – $54,616
2.8L diesel automatic – $46,208 
2.4L diesel manual – $38,048  
2.4L diesel automatic – $43,713  

Double-Cab 4x4

WorkMate cab chassisWorkMate pick-upSR cab chassisSR pick-UpSR5 pick-up
2.4L diesel automatic – $51,6512.4L diesel manual – $48,3662.8L diesel manual – $52,2462.8L diesel manual – $51,0662.8L diesel manual – $59,341
 2.4L diesel automatic – $50,4662.8L diesel automatic – $54,3462.8L diesel automatic – $53,1662.8L diesel automatic – $61,441

Overview

The HiLux is not only Australia's best-selling ute, it’s the best-selling vehicle overall. Toyota has a rock-solid reputation for building an unbreakable, capable 4x4 that’ll work hard for its keep.

With that said, this isn’t the best ute currently on the market. For that bragging right, you should look towards the Volkswagen Amarok or Ford Ranger.

Reviewers generally agreed the HiLux falls down slightly with its lower power outputs and less fuel-efficient engine fitments, as well as a relatively high-price. You are definitely paying a premium for the HiLux name.

ProsConsNotable quote
CarsGuide
  • Extensive model range
  • Strong drivetrains
  • Easy to drive
  • Not as well equipped as some rivals
  • Harsh ride
  • Not the best payload capacity
“To say that Toyota is really hitting its stride with HiLux sales is like suggesting that Steve Smith is in reasonable form, or that Lionel Messi is quite good at football.”
WhichCar
  • Built tough
  • Good off-road
  • Huge model range
  • Sparse equipment for money
“The new-generation Toyota HiLux has a smooth diesel engine and comes in more varieties than any other ute….The HiLux is very good off-road, and tows very well. Toyota’s remote-area service is second to none.”
Motoring
  • High resale price
  • Five-star safety rating
  • Well-sized
  • No Apple CarPlay
  • No active driver assists
  • Lacking power and torque
  • Average fuel consumption
“The truth is the HiLux is starting to feel the heat in this company. The expensive purchase price, ageing interior traits and agricultural drivetrain are rightfully overlooked by some buyers, but cannot be underestimated in this instance.”
CarAdvice
  • Off-road and towing abilities better than ever
  • Refined diesel engine
  • Less fuel-efficient than rivals
  • Clunky infotainment system
  • Poor unladen ride
“The Toyota HiLux is by no means perfect and in SR5 guise it isn’t cheap either. What it is though, is incredibly capable and effortless.”
Pros/Cons
CarsGuide
  • Extensive model range
  • Strong drivetrains
  • Easy to drive
  • Not as well equipped as some rivals
  • Harsh ride
  • Not the best payload capacity
“To say that Toyota is really hitting its stride with HiLux sales is like suggesting that Steve Smith is in reasonable form, or that Lionel Messi is quite good at football.”
WhichCar
  • Built tough
  • Good off-road
  • Huge model range
  • Sparse equipment for money
“The Navara offers great motorway manners and impressive refinement, and is best as a ute-in-a-suit rather than a workhorse (in double-cab guise, at least).”
Motoring
  • High resale price
  • Five-star safety rating
  • Well-sized
  • No Apple CarPlay
  • No active driver assists
  • Lacking power and torque
  • Average fuel consumption
“The truth is the HiLux is starting to feel the heat in this company. The expensive purchase price, ageing interior traits and agricultural drivetrain are rightfully overlooked by some buyers, but cannot be underestimated in this instance.”
CarAdvice
  • Off-road and towing abilities better than ever
  • Refined diesel engine
  • Less fuel-efficient than rivals
  • Clunky infotainment system
  • Poor unladen ride
“The Toyota HiLux is by no means perfect and in SR5 guise it isn’t cheap either. What it is though, is incredibly capable and effortless.”

Engine and performance

Toyota sells the HiLux with three engine options. For bog standard, rear-wheel drive WorkMate utes, Toyota offers a 2.7-litre petrol, with 245Nm of torque and a decent 122kW at 5,200 rpm. The petrol engine appears to be underpowered by modern standards but it’s cheaper than the lowest-priced diesel HiLux.

Moving up the range, Toyota has developed two oiler options. The first has a displacement of 2.4 litres, providing 400Nm when mated to the auto box and 110kW. This engine is the most fuel-efficient of the range. The HiLux is available with a more pokey 2.8-litre diesel, which produces 450Nm of torque and a reasonable, if not groundbreaking,130kW.

The 2.8-litre diesel is also fitted to the Toyota Fortuner and also the Prado. Reviewers found it to be an excellent engine, though it doesn’t offer as much power or torque as other power plants in its class.

The HiLux is available with three gearboxes too. There’s a five-gear manual for the lower-end WorkMate models. There’s also the option to fit a six-speed manual, as well as a six-speed auto.

Journalists noted how smooth the automatic swapped cogs, almost seamlessly. The auto box mated with the diesels also increases the maximum torque available, though you’ll burn through more fuel. Frustratingly, opting for the 2.8 diesel automatic which should tow like a train, actually lowers the maximum towing capacity to 3,200kg.

Engine typeDirect injection, 16-valve with chain-driven double overhead cam, single or twin turbocharger/sDrivetrain4x2 or 4x4
Engine size/displacementPetrol: 4-cylinder petrol, 16-valve DOHC with dual VVT-i
Diesel: 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC
Drivetrain4x2 or 4x4
Engine size/displacement (cm3)Petrol: 2,694
Diesel: 2,393 or 2,755
Fuel typeUnleaded or diesel
CylindersInline 4Fuel tank capacity80 litres
Max. torque (Nm@rpm)Petrol: 245 @ 4,000
2.4 Diesel: 400@1,600-2,000 automatic
2.8 Diesel: 450@1,600-2,400 automatic
Fuel consumption – combined petrol / diesel11.1L/100km / 7.1L/100km
Max. power (kW@rpm)Petrol: 122 @ 5,200
2.4 Diesel: 110 @ 3,400
2.8 Diesel: 130 @ 3,400
Combined CO2 emissions petrol / diesel259g/km / 203g/km
AccelerationEmissions standardEuro 6
Top speedN/ASecurityEngine immobiliser
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual or
6-speed automatic
Towing capacity (braked/unbraked)Up to 3500kg/750kg
Engine typePetrol: 4-cylinder petrol, 16-valve DOHC with dual VVT-i
Diesel: 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC
Drivetrain4x2 or 4x4
Engine size/displacement (cm3)Petrol: 2,694
Diesel: 2,393 or 2,755
Fuel typeUnleaded or diesel
CylindersInline 4
Fuel tank capacity80 litres
Max. torque (Nm@rpm)Petrol: 245 @ 4,000
2.4 Diesel: 400@1,600-2,000 automatic
2.8 Diesel: 450@1,600-2,400 automatic
Fuel consumption – combined petrol / diesel11.1L/100km / 7.1L/100km
Max. power (kW@rpm)Petrol: 122 @ 5,200
2.4 Diesel: 110 @ 3,400
2.8 Diesel: 130 @ 3,400
Combined CO2 emissions petrol / diesel259g/km / 203g/km
AccelerationN/A
Emissions standardEuro 6
Top speedN/A
SecurityEngine immobiliser
Transmission5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
Towing capacity (braked/unbraked)Up to 3500kg/750kg

Fuel efficiency

Surprisingly, the HiLux isn’t the most fuel-efficient ute. The petrol engine uses a whopping 11.1L/100km combined. The smaller of the two diesels, at 2.4L displacement, uses around 7.7L/100km and the larger 2.8 diesel glugs through 8.1L/100km.

Take these numbers with a pinch of salt. Real-world economy figures are almost always worse. The automatic gearbox further increases fuel consumption, as do any loads or roof bars and different body style combinations. Compared with other utes in its class, the HiLux is actually one of the least fuel-efficient.

Handling

WFor a ute with leaf springs, journalists said the HiLux rides pretty well. The steering is progressive, not sluggish and imprecise like other utes. Reviewers commented that the ride is firm and solid, feeling secure around corners and on wet roads. However, the firm ride is translated through the seats and into the passengers, which becomes tiring on long drives.

Adding weight into the back helps to settle the leaf springs and the HiLux doesn’t suffer from a bonnet up in the air stance as with the Navara, for example.

The brakes feel responsive with the now-pretty-much standard front disc, rear drum convention.

The HiLux doesn’t really come unstuck in any key areas, doing everything you’d want from a ute and a little more.

Off-road performance

The HiLux is excellent off-road. It has bags of grip, ground clearance and higher-end models have locking diffs plus high/low range 4WD. Toyota also clad the 4WD models with modest underbody protection.

With a maximum wading depth of 700mm and 279mm of ground clearance, it makes water obstacles and rock crawling a breeze. Fortunately, the firm paved-road ride translates into a supple and smooth ride off-road.

Interior and other features

With several body styles available, there’s a HiLux that will suit most drivers. Tradies will love the load-hauling ute double cab, whilst farmers will benefit from the tray-back single cabs.

Trim levels are: WorkMate, the base spec for workhorse utes; the SR which is slightly upgraded and offers long-distance driving comfort; then finally the top of the range SR5 trim. SR5 has all the mod cons.

Much like its rivals, every trim level comes with Bluetooth phone connectivity, voice recognition, cruise control, a touchscreen and steering wheel controls. Unlike its rivals, the HiLux has a reversing camera as standard. There’s a tilt-and-reach adjustable steering column too, which many other utes fail to include, or at least do so only partially.

There are plenty of airbags – seven in fact – protecting all occupants, including those seated in the rear of the double cabs. Electronic Stability Control comes as standard, in addition to a neat Trailer Sway Control feature which prevents drivers towing trailers from getting a swapper on. The HilLux also has a reasonable Electronic Traction Control, though some reviewers found it got in the way on off-road hill climbs.

The interior is well-made, using tough, rugged plastics. One reviewer felt it was as solid as oak. Front passengers have plenty of room, though the rear of the double cab is a bit more snug. On the SR5 model, passengers in the back receive cool air via rear vents.

Toyota has also done an excellent job of reducing cabin noise. Even at high speed, you can hold a conversation with the people behind you which certainly goes a long way to making long journeys less tiring and more enjoyable.

Features

 WorkMateSRSR5
2.4L diesel
2.8L dieselOPTOPT
2.7L petrolOPT
5-speed manual gearbox
6-speed manual gearboxOPT
6-speed automatic transmissionOPTOPT
4-wheel driveOPT
Rear-wheel drive
Chassis cabOPTOPTOPT
Locking rear differential
Reversing camera
Remote keyless entry
Smart entry and start
Underbody protection for transfer box, sump, fuel tank
Standard rear leaf suspension
Multi-reflector headlights
Auto-leveling LED headlight
Chrome exterior trim
Speakers 246
6.1-inch touchscreen
7-inch touchscreen
Built-in satellite navigationOPT
Privacy glass
Side-steps
Premium leather seatsOPT
Stainless steel sports bar
Vinyl flooring
Carpet flooring

Verdict

The HiLux has a wide-reaching reputation that precedes it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Toyota needs to revisit the HiLux to offer more active driving assists, higher engine power outputs and better fuel economy.

It’s frustrating that the 4WD system only works off-road an

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