2021 Toyota HiLux Review
The comprehensive Toyota HiLux review
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- Critic reviews
- Get a better deal on a Toyota HiLux
- How does the Toyota HiLux compare with its peers?
- Toyota HiLux ute pricing
- Engine and transmission
- Toyota HiLux transmission
- Car reviewers' impressions of the Toyota HiLux engine and gearbox combo
- Toyota HiLux engine and transmission statistics
- Toyota HiLux fuel efficiency
- Interior and features
- Toyota HiLux safety and driver assists
- Toyota HiLux interior and comfort features
- Toyota HiLux exterior styling features
- Compare some options to finance a Toyota Hilux
- Compare car insurance products side-by-side and get quotes
|Car Advice||82%||"Which is why the updated Toyota HiLux has received a few more mod cons, uprated power, a fresh look, and more comfortable, locally-tuned suspension.."||Read more|
|CarsGuide||79%||"The revised and revamped 2021 HiLux has seen a number of visual changes for some variants, while inside there's new technology that brings the Toyota ute up to standard against its contemporaries. Yes, it finally has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, volume and tuning knobs on the touchscreen and a digital speedo."||Read more|
|Motoring||78%||""For 2020, the Toyota HiLux SR5, the most popular variant in the range, scores new front-end styling, more power from its 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, improvements to its ride and handling, and a much-needed infotainment revamp in an attempt to keep it at the pointy end of a very busy ute market.""||Read more|
|Performance Drive||No rating||"For the 2021 model Toyota has made a few significant changes, a few minor ones, and left some things the way they were. In that sense it's not a major all-new model changeover, but a typically-Toyota product evolution. We get the sense this is a company that makes incremental updates to important areas, albeit launching a fairly substantial foundation with each generation."||Read more|
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How does the Toyota HiLux compare with its peers?
A comprehensive review of the Toyota HiLux ute
Toyota HiLux ute pricing
The HiLux is available in a mind-boggling number of body and transmission configurations. HiLuxes come as either a single, extra or double-cabs, with cab-chassis or pick-up tub variants after that. Then, there's the option of Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) or Four Wheel Drive (4WD). Next, buyers have to decide between a 2.7-litre petrol, a 2.4-litre diesel or a 2.8-litre diesel engine. Finally, you have to pick either a manual or automatic transmission. There are two manual gearboxes (one with five and one with six gears) and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Add to all that, some models are available as low-riding utes, while others are Hi-Riders.
WorkMate serves as the entry-point to the HiLux range. Aptly named, the WorkMate is the most hard-wearing and utilitarian HiLux, making it ideal for tradies.
You can buy a WorkMate Hilux from $29,850 driveaway. For the money, you'll get an honest work ute, with 16-inch steel wheels (or 17-inch steelies on Hi-Rider 4x2s and 4x4 models), plus A/C, an 8-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, there's remote keyless entry, power windows, power-adjustable side mirrors, a 4.2-inch display for the driver, steering wheel-mounted controls and all-weather floor mats. On pick-up models, there's a reversing camera.
Other safety features include: Toyota Safety Sense which has High-Speed Active Cruise Control (ACC), Pre-Collision Safety System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert and Road Sign Assist. The WorkMate has 7 SRS airbags and a 5-star ANCAP safety rating (from 2019).
Next up, we have the SR HiLux, which starts from $48,195 driveaway. Toyota says this model has more grunt and class. Features include 17-inch steel wheels, a rear diff lock (on 4x4 models), premium fabric seats, an air-conditioned cooler box, 6 speakers (on double-cabs) and a Power Mode Switch. You can think of it as a more powerful work ute, with a few more passenger comforts.
These utes also have body-colour front bumpers, and 4x4 models have side steps.
You can buy the SR5 as an Extra or Double Cab. Toyota charges from $58,967 driveaway for these models.
For the extra outlay, you do get more tech and goodies. First, there's 18-inch alloy wheels and a chrome-step rear bumper, with matching door handles. These models also have LED front fog lamps, DRLs and headlamps. Additionally, SR5 HiLuxes get privacy glass. Internally, you have automatic cruise control, satellite navigation and digital radio (DAB). Pick-up variants have front and rear clearance sonar for parking. There's also a factory stainless steel sports bar and a tow bar. SR5s also have floor carpeting.
A cool feature on the SR5 is a 220v accessory socket, which could be used for charging batteries or working portable lights for brief periods.
For the Rogue, you'll have to pay from $74,932 driveaway. For the extra outlay, you'll get model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels, a 9-speaker premium JBL sound system, wheel-arch mouldings, a marine-spec carpet tub liner, a motorised roller cover with a remote lock, external handles in satin black, a tow ball and tongue, trailer wiring, leather-accented interior upholstery, plus heated front seats and 8-way power-adjustment for the driver's seat.
This top of the line HiLux costs $75,962 driveaway and, as its name suggests, is designed to tackle harsh off-roading. Consequently, this model comes with 17-inch alloys with chunky tyres, an LED light bar, spread beam driving lights, body side-mouldings, rock rails, a black sports bar with attachment points, heavy-duty rear bumper, a winch-compatible steel front bullbar with a bash plate, front and rear recovery points, a tub tray with protection for the tailgate, a snorkel and all-weather floor mats front and rear (like lower-spec HiLuxes).
Click on the price to compare HiLux finance options.
|2.7-litre petrol, RWD, single-cab chassis, 5-speed manual, low-rider: $29,850|
2.7-litre petrol, RWD, single-cab chassis, 6-speed auto, low-rider: $31,910
2.4-litre diesel, RWD, single-cab chassis, 6-speed manual: $35,406
2.7-litre petrol, RWD, double-cab pick-up, 5-speed manual, low-rider: $37,729
2.7-litre petrol, RWD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed manual, low-rider: $39,789
2.4-litre diesel, 4WD, single-cab chassis, 6-speed manual: $46,414
2.4-litre diesel, 4WD, extra-cab chassis, 6-speed auto: $53,050
2.4-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab chassis, 6-speed auto: $55,203
|2.8-litre diesel, RWD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed manual: $48,195|
2.8-litre diesel, RWD, extra-cab chassis, 6-speed automatic: $49,205
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, single-cab chassis, 6-speed manual: $49,577
2.8-litre diesel, RWD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed automatic: $50,255
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, single-cab chassis, 6-speed auto: $51,637
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, extra-cab chassis, 6-speed manual: $54,110
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed manual: $55,179
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, extra-cab chassis, 6-speed auto: $56,170
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab chassis, 6-speed manual: $56,459
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed automatic: $57,392
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab chassis, 6-speed automatic: $58,672
|2.8-litre diesel, RWD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed automatic: $58,967|
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed manual: $63,326
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, extra-cab pick-up, 6-speed automatic: $63,818
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed automatic: $65,386
2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab chassis, 6-speed automatic: $66,666
|2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed automatic: $74,932||2.8-litre diesel, 4WD, double-cab pick-up, 6-speed automatic: $75,962|
The only No Cost Option paint is Glacier White.
Other paint colours include:
- Silver Sky ($618)
- Graphite ($618)
- Eclipse Black ($618)
- Nebula Blue ($618)
- Crystal Pearl (SR5 and up: $618)
- Saturn Blue (Rogue and up: $618)
- Feverish Red (Rogue and up: $618)
- Oxide Brown (Rogue and up: $618)
OverviewWith the HiLux, Toyota does appear to listen to customer feedback. The general view of the panel of motoring experts seemed to be that this was the best HiLux yet, representing a marked (but not ground-breaking) improvement over the pre-facelift version. That's reflected in the 2021 HiLux only just receiving smartphone links, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It seems Toyota needs to play catch-up with the rest of the class, but they're working to their own schedule. The HiLux is almost always the best-selling vehicle outright in Australia, no doubt because of Toyota's excellent reputation and engineering approach. The new look proved polarising, some liking the new-front end, with others only having a lukewarm response.
|Car Advice||"Overall, the Toyota HiLux SR5 has received numerous welcome refinements and improvements to keep it fresh among newer competition."|
|CarsGuide||"The Toyota HiLux range has seen a few worthwhile improvements - the increased grunt in 2.8L models, the range-wide infotainment upgrade, and refinements to the drive experience are all good to keep this ute at the top of most ute buyers' shopping lists."|
|Motoring||"The changes to the 2021 Toyota HiLux are welcome and, if anything, probably should have been introduced with the current eighth-generation first launched back in 2015. In any case, the updates give the HiLux a renewed shot at its competition."|
|Performance Drive||"It's a typically-Toyota product evolution. All of the best bits are retained and only the important bits are changed. The HiLux was already a great all-rounder, but, in our opinion, it lacked grunt and lacked in-car tech. These areas have now been fully rectified, and some bonus work has been done to the ride and handling."|
Engine and transmission
For the HiLux, Toyota installs one of three engines. There's a 2.7-litre petrol, a 2.4-litre turbo diesel and a more powerful 2.8-litre turbo diesel.
Toyota 2.7-litre petrol
The 2.7-litre petrol (2TR-FE) puts out 122kW at 5,200rpm and 245Nm at 4,000rpm. It has a capacity of 2,694cc. This engine is naturally-aspirated, it has no turbo or supercharger. The block is reserved for lower-end, workhorse spec models. With this engine, you can choose either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an automatic 6-speed transmission.
Toyota 2.4-litre turbo diesel
The 2GD-FTV 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine is installed into some of the WorkMate-grade HiLuxes. This diesel engine, with its turbocharger, puts out less power than the petrol, but crucially it is more accessible at a lower rate of revs, 3,400rpm to be exact. Torque is rated much higher, at 400Nm, across a wider range of 1,600-2,000rpm.
Partnering the 2.4-litre diesel is either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota 2.8-litre turbo diesel
If you need more power and torque, then the 2.8-litre turbo diesel is the engine to go for. The 2.8, codenamed 1GD-FTV, has a capacity of 2,755cc and generates 150kW @ 3,400rpm. Torque, for a manual-equipped 2.8 HiLux, is 420Nm between 1,400 and 3,400rpm, while an automatic-fitted model will handle 500Nm, between 1,600 and 2,800rpm.
Toyota HiLux transmission
You can purchase a HiLux with one of the three transmissions, a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.
Car reviewers' impressions of the Toyota HiLux engine and gearbox combo
We couldn't find any reviews of petrol model-equipped HiLuxes for the 2021 year. That is also the least fuel-efficient engine on offer in the HiLux.
Most of the reviewers drove HiLuxes with 2.8-litre turbo diesels.
One of the testers noticed that it seemed quieter than before when the engine was running. They also picked up on the definite feeling of extra power and torque, which reportedly kicks in earlier. However, that same tester preferred Ford's 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel as fitted to the main HiLux rival, the Ranger. And the often-repeated comment about the Amarok V6 being the best was also uttered.
Another tester backed up the sentiment that the power increase is discernible. It responds, apparently, with haste. That same motoring expert felt the automatic now lingered in the optimal rev range to extract the most out of the 2.8-litre engine. These findings were backed up by comments from another source that the HiLux's engine is now more polished than ever before. It was described as the silkiest-running engine in its class.
Conversely, one journalist stated that they couldn't observe any differences, admitting they'd need to try the older iteration and the updated model consecutively.
In terms of the transmission, one tester who had driven both an SR5 and a WorkMate, with automatics, remarked the control module on the higher-end HiLux seemed to shift with more vigour. Meanwhile, they stated the WorkMate, whether laden or empty, was more easy-going. Another added to the consensus that the 6-speed auto was a decent transmission when they stated it shifted cogs cleanly and smoothly, right when you want it to. A solitary journalist divulged that their press car was always changing gears to build speed, but they acknowledged this was necessary and the performance benefited as a result.
Toyota HiLux engine and transmission statistics
|2.7-litre petrol 2TR-FE||2.4-litre diesel 2GD-FTV||2.8-litre diesel 1GD-FTV|
|Engine type||Naturally-aspirated, 16-valve Double Overhead Cam, with Dual VVT-i, Electronic Fuel Injection||Turbocharged 16-valve Double Overhead Cam, fuel injection with common rail||Turbocharged, 16-valve with Double Overhead Cam, fuel injection with common rail|
|Drivetrain||4x2||4x2 or 4x4||4x2 or 4x4|
|Cylinders||Four inline||Four inline||Four inline|
|Fuel tank capacity||80 litres||80 litres||80 litres|
|Max power||122kW at 5,200rpm||110kW at 3,400rpm||157kW at 3,400rpm|
|Max torque||245Nm at 4,000rpm||400Nm at 1,600-2,000rpm||420Nm at 1,400-3,400rpm (manual)|
500Nm @ 1,600-2,800rpm (automatic)
|Fuel consumption (combined, best model)||10.7L/100km (manual, double-cab pick-up))|
10.4L/100km (automatic, double-cab pick-up)
|6.9L/100km (manual, WorkMate double-cab pick-up, RWD)|
7.5L/100km (automatic, WorkMate double-cab pick-up, RWD)
|7.1L/100km (manual, SR double-cab pick-up, RWD)|
7.9L/100km, (automatic, various, 4WD)
|Emissions standard||Euro 5||Euro 5||Euro 5|
|Top speed (km/h)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Transmission||5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic||6-speed manual or automatic||6-speed manual or automatic|
|Towing capacity (unbraked/braked)||750kg/2,500kg||750kg/3,500kg||750kg/3,500kg|
Toyota HiLux fuel efficiency
Here are the respective fuel economy figures for each Toyota HiLux engine.
2.7-litre petrol (2TR-FE)
According to the Green Vehicle Guide, the 2.7-litre petrol engine, when installed in a 4x2 double-cab ute with a 6-speed auto, uses:
- Combined: 10.4L/100km
- Urban: 13.4L/100km
- Extra-urban: 8.6L/100km
We use the Green Vehicle Guide's default 66% urban/33% non-urban driving estimation. Based on this usage, travelling 14,000kms a year would cost approximately $2,026. The same model with a manual gearbox would cost $2,100.
As a cab-chassis, 2-seat model with a 6-speed automatic, a 2.7-litre HiLux will use:
- Combined: 10.9L/100km
- Urban: 13.1L/100km
- Extra-urban: 9.6L/100km
Based on the two-thirds urban/one third non-urban mix above, you'd spend about $2,050 on petrol yearly. A manual-equipped model has higher rates of fuel use, making the estimated fuel costs $2,141.
2.4-litre diesel (2GD-FTV)
The 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel has some of the best fuel economy stats of all the HiLux range.
As a 4x2 double-cab, with the 6-speed manual, the HiLux will use:
- Combined: 6.9L/100km
- Urban: 8 .2L/100km
- Extra-urban: 6.1L/100km
That equates to annual fuel costs of around $1,236. The same model as a 4x4 would cost $1,286. Automatic 2WD models use $1,351, while an auto 4WD takes the cost to $1,401.
2.8-litre diesel (1GD-FTV)
The 2.8-litre turbo diesel has more power and torque, meaning the most fuel-efficient model (6-speed manual, double-cab 4x2) uses:
- Combined: 7.1L/100km
- Urban: 8.5L/100km
- Extra-urban: 6.4L/100km
This model would use an estimated $1,286 in diesel (when driving 14,000kms a year), according to the Green Vehicle Guide. The most-efficient automatic, a 4x2 double-cab has a slightly higher annual fuel cost at $1,341. 4WD HiLuxes use $1,335.
Car manufacturers have to follow strict testing protocols when determining vehicle fuel economy. Because all automotive makers use these tightly controlled standards, you can directly compare brochure figures for different models. However, the tests don't factor in things you'll experience on public roads, such as congested traffic, bad weather, a mechanically-worn vehicle and how much weight you're carrying. It is not uncommon, as a result, to experience different fuel usage to the officially supplied numbers.
How did the Toyota HiLux fare at the hands of motoring journalists, in terms of fuel use?
One reviewer, driving an SR5 double-cab with a 2.8-litre diesel, saw 10.7L/100km, quite a lot higher than the average claim of 7.9L/100km for that particular model. Another journalist recorded a 0.7L/100km higher reading than the official 2.4-litre WorkMate 4x2 hi-rider automatic. They also experienced a 0.4L/100km higher fuel use with an SR5+ (a model that isn't listed on Toyota's website) auto. A third reviewer, who used the same SR5 double-cab tested by the first source (according to the registration plate) wrote that they burned 10.2L/100km, again, higher than the official combined numbers. The HiLux seems to be a little more thirsty than the brochure digits, by a not inconsequential margin.
As you may notice from the pricing and specs, utes aren't solely targeted at tradies and those who need to tow heavy trailers or caravans anymore. Utes are the biggest-selling vehicles because people are buying them to use for both work and leisure.
A ute can no longer get away with having poor handling then. People expect more.
How does the HiLux compare to other utes in the market?
It seems the 2021 HiLux is an improvement over previous variants. Without a load in the tray, the locally-tuned suspension is now purportedly softer. One tester stated it was the most supple HiLux ever, while noting that the Ranger does a better job. Along those lines, one journalist wrote that the unladen ride was still lagging behind its rivals. Unsurprisingly, when they chucked in a half tonne load, the ride improved remarkably. That'll be because the heavy-duty suspension of a ute has to support payloads and still carry out all the damping tasks required of all springs and dampers. Another tester described the ride as resolved and reasonably responsive. They agreed the 2021 HiLux showed improvements versus older models.
Steering is described as more polished too, making parking and maneuvering less demanding. By all accounts, the tyres you have on your HiLux will affect how heavy the steering feels, though there is a variable-flow pump installed now for more direct feedback and responsiveness. Overall, at least one reviewer was impressed by the engineering efforts, which they said gave the HiLux more composure. Even body roll was seemingly kept under control, at least by ute standards.
One reviewer probably summed it up best when they said the HiLux was solid all-round, but without ever excelling.
At some point, every HiLux will find itself off-road. Whether it's heading down an unsurfaced road, venturing onto a washed-out track or delivering tools and equipment to a muddy building site, a ute needs to be able to dig in and find traction where grip is scarce.
One of the journalists who did take a HiLux adventuring, described it as a "weapon". They found it straightforward to point the HiLux where they wanted to go. The vehicle ostensibly did a good job of controlling any wheelspin and the steering accounted for the engaging of low-range. They also got to try out Toyota's Hill Descent control (which Toyota brands as Downhill Assist Control) and found it worked well, restricting the HiLux to less than 3kph on steep slopes. However, they did say that if you want to do any serious off-roading, you'd be better ditching the factory-fitted tyres in favour of something with a more all-terrain or mud bias. But that's a common swap for anyone serious about not getting stuck. Another tester stated even on heavily corrugated roads, the HiLux remained even-tempered.
Interior and features
Probably the most commonly applauded inclusion was Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Reviewers also appeared to esteem the large, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen available across the range. Having volume dials and physical buttons seems like a small thing, but when off-roading and getting jostled around, buttons and switches are way easier to operate than a touchscreen. Testers also praised the digital speedo, which is again not exactly trailblazing, but still a nice feature to have.
Safety-wise, you do get more assists than before, but not as many as the Isuzu D-Max, which is class-leading right now. Several reviewers picked up on this, saying the HiLux lacks advanced aids like Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Keep Assistance. One tester lamented the fact that you still can't have a factory rear view camera installed on a cab-chassis model.
The general agreement was that the HiLux wasn't the best passenger cabin in the ute segment either.
The solo USB port was met with pessimism from at least one reviewer, though they did point out that with dual 12V accessory sockets, you could use a USB adapter (or even a dual one) to increase the number of devices you can charge at once. Also notably missing, at least on the SR5, was a driver's vanity mirror.
The rest of the interior is more or less unchanged from the previous generation model. Praise was heaped on the number of storage cubbies and pockets. One of the more useful ones is going to be the under-seat storage on double-cabs. Some comments were made about the interior space not being generously proportioned, especially in the back. In the front, the room is purportedly sufficient. One car reviewer didn't like the driver's seating position adjustment, feeling the Ranger and D-Max both did a better job of catering to their comfort.
Once again, the plastics in the HiLux were summed up as cheap and hard-feeling. However, this is a universal complaint of motoring journalists that is spouted at the mere sight of plastic. One tester said it lacked pizzazz internally, but then again, it is primarily a ute. That said, they did concur the layout was intuitive and easy to use.
Overall, it seems the general opinion was that the HiLux's interior is much improved when compared against the pre-facelift model. However, the changes were described as incremental, more modest and less ground-breaking when held against key competitors.
Toyota HiLux safety and driver assists
|Toyota Safety Sense||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Traction Control (TRC)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Parking sensor||✖️||✖️||Extra-cab and double-cab pick-ups||✔||✔|
|Reversing camera (Pick-ups only)||Double-cab||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Hill-start Assist Control||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Downhill Assist Control (Pick-up models)||✖️||Automatic, double-cab only||✔||✔||✔|
|Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Driver and front passenger seatbelt warning buzzer||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|3-point seatbelt for rear outer seating positions (not on single-cabs)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|3-point seatbelt for rear centre position (double-cab)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Front-door anti-intrusion beams||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Power door locks||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Remote keyless entry||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Heavy-duty suspension and underbody protection (hi-rider)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
Toyota HiLux interior and comfort features
|Standard fabric seats||✔||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️|
|Premium fabric seat||✖️||✔||✔||✖️||✖️|
|Heated front seats||✖️||✖️||Optional on double-cabs||✔||✔|
|8-way power-adjustable driver's seat||✖️||✖️||Optional on double-cabs||✔||✔|
|Premium steering wheel and gear knob||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️||✖️|
|4.2-inch Multi-Information Display (MID)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Chrome interior door handles||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️||✖️|
|Vinyl floor covering||✔||✔||✖️||✖️||✖️|
|Front air-conditioned cooler cubby||✖️||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Basic driver's bucket seat||✔||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️|
|Basic passenger's bucket seat (front)||✔||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️|
|High-grade driver's bucket seat||✖️||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|High-grade front passenger's bucket seat||✖️||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Climate control A/C||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|Vents for rear||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|Power front windows||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Power rear windows (double-cab)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Smart entry and start system||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|220V accessory socket||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|4x4 transfer switch (on 4x4 models)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Manual telescopic and tilt steering column||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Steering wheel controls with telephone and voice recognition||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Steering wheel mounted audio controls||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Power-adjustable mirrors||✔||✔||(with heater)||✔||✔|
|Power accessory socket||1||1||2||N/A||N/A|
|Variable intermittent windscreen wipers||✖️||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Automatic transmission shift interlock||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Automatic headlights on/off||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Large glove box||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Dash cup holders||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Rear armrest cup holders||✖️||Double-cab||Double-cab||✔||✔|
|Centre console box with lid||Auto single-cab and double-cab model||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|8-inch touchscreen display, with AM/FM radio||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Satellite navigation and DAB+||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|Premium JBL® audio system||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
Toyota HiLux exterior styling features
|16-inch steel wheels||4x2 Low-rider||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️|
|17-inch steel wheels||4x2 Hi-rider and 4x4 models||✔||✖️||✖️||✖️|
|17-inch alloy wheels||✖️||Optional||✖️||✖️||✔|
|18-inch alloy wheels||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✖️|
|Body colour front bumper||Hi-rider double-cab||✔||✔||✔||✖️|
|Chrome rear bumper with step||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️||✖️|
|Front LED fog lamps||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✖️|
|Auto-levelling, LED headlamps||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)||✖️||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|Rear access door||Extra-cab 4x4||Extra-cab 4x4||Extra-cab||✖️||✖️|
|LED light bar||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Spread beam driving lights||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Chrome door handles||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️||✖️|
|Stainless steel sports bar||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Body side mouldings||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Wheel arch mouldings||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Functional sports bar with recreational attachment points - black||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Heavy-duty rear bumper||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Marine-grade carpet tub liner||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️|
|Motorised roller cover with anti-jam and remote lock||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️|
|Winch compatible, hoopless steel front bullbar with bash plate||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Front and rear recovery points||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Black tailgate handle||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Satin black door handles||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Tub tray with tailgate protection||✖️||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Satin black mirror scalps||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Tow ball and tongue||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|7-pin flat trailer wiring harness||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
Toyota is a brand with decades of experience building popular, best-selling vehicles. It takes an iterative approach to vehicle development and it seems that motoring journalists really picked up on this. The 2021 HiLux, in their opinion, is definitely better than the one before it. But, it seems that it isn't necessarily the best-available ute on the market. It doesn't offer class-leading safety, for example. That accolade would probably have to go to the all-new Isuzu D-Max. It doesn't deliver the best-in-class ride; many journalists felt the HiLux's nemesis, the Ford Ranger, claimed that trophy. And it's not the cheapest ute on the market.
But, the HiLux is the sum of Toyota's insights and stellar reputation for building reliable and hard-wearing vehicles. And for that, you'll pay a little more. The 2021 HiLux is a well-received Toyota model, as always. You should always drive a HiLux when looking for a ute, to compare others against it.
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