The Toyota Hilux is one of the most rugged vehicles built by Toyota and it features a very versatile character. Thanks to its strong built quality, the Hilux has anything it needs to tackle the heaviest works without whining. The Hilux has a long history behind and it was especially appreciated for its bullet proof build quality and the famous Japanese reliability.
While the pickup truck’s segment is highly competitive, the Hilux has some aces hidden in its sleeve which help it to deal pretty well with its rivals. The vehicle is available with a choice of 2, 5 litre or 3.0 litre diesel engines witch develop 144 hp or 171 hp, respectively. The engines are married to manual or automatic transmissions depending on the model.
The latest generation Toyota Hilux comes with an imposing design. The rugged character of the vehicle is underline by its high ground clearance and the heavy duty wheels.
The front fascia features a big and imposing radiator grille which is decorated with a few horizontal stripes and bares the Toyota badge in its center. Besides the modern radiator grilled, the truck is also fitted with two streamlined huge headlights. The big bumper is nicely integrated into the overall design and is fitted with a generous air intake and round fog lamps.
The Hilux also comes with strong, muscular lines which sweep through to the rear accentuating its length. In profile, the Toyota Hilux’s features a clean bodywork which is enhanced by a new front and rear wing design which incorporates a strong, rearward-flowing character line adding a sense of movement to the entire vehicle.
The superior trim levels offer extra features that include over-fender flares, sports bars,privacy glass, power-adjustable chrome mirrors and tough side-steps.
Hop inside and you’ll find a pretty nice place to be in. Toyota had always come with cozy interiors, and despite the utilitarian character of the vehicle, you are treated surprisingly well.
On the other hand, the Hilux isn’t blessed with high-end interior materials, but this is the common treatment offered for this type of vehicles. Instead, you won’t complain about the build quality as almost everything is well fitted. Though, a closer look could reveal a few details which were left behind and needed more attention.
The Hilux is fitted with a horizontal centre instrument cluster which is clearly divided into two sections. The upper part incorporates Toyota’s 6.1" touch screen multimedia unit, while the lower part houses new designs for both manual and automatic air-conditioning controls.
The steering wheel’s design isn’t something to rave about, but it feels great to hold and incorporates grade-differentiated switchgear for increased comfort.
The driving position isn’t the most comfortable you will find around, because the seats are devoid of height adjustments and the steering wheel moves only up and down.
Needless to say that you won’t have any complains about the all-around visibility which is top notch thanks to the thin A pillars, the panoramic windshield and the plate sized door mirrors.
The Toyota Hilux is pretty well kitted too and comes with standard air-conditioning, powered windows, remote central locking and a CD player with MP3 compatibility. At the superior trim levels you’ll find electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, velour rather than cloth upholstery and satellite-navigation.
Engines and performance
The Toyota Hilux is offered with two engine options including 2.5 liter and 3.0 liter units, both available with either 2WD or 4WD configurations. The 2.5 liter unit develops 144 hp, while the 3.0 engine churns out a maximum output of 171hp. Moreover, thanks to the adoption of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), both 2.5 D-4D and 3.0 D-4D engines are EURO V compliant.
The 144 unit never feels underpowered and can deal with big payloads without too much fuss. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 14.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 170 km/h with an average fuel consumption of 7.3 l /100 km.
Compared to the old generation Hilux, the new 2.5 liter units benefit from a 24 hp increase in power. This power increase has been achieved through the adoption of a DC motor-actuated, variable nozzle vane-type turbocharger and the use of new injectors. The engine is also equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler which optimizes EGR gas temperature to improve emissions performance.
The 3.0 D-4D engine develops 171 hp and can go from 0 -100 kmph in 12.1 seconds. Keep your foot planted on the go pedal and you’ll hit a maximum speed of up to 170 kmph, while the average fuel consumption is rated at 8.6 l/100 km.
Both powertrains benefit from high torque output across a wide engine speed range. The 2.5 D-4D is generating 343 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm, while the 3.0 litre engine reaches the peak torque between 1,400-3,400 rpm.
Toyota Hilux Engines Specifications
|2.5 l||144@ 3600||343@2000|
Ride and handling
The Toyota Hilux features double wishbone coil-spring front suspension with a ball-joint mounted stabiliser bar and special valve structure on the shock absorber that responds to the surface of the road. The rear suspension is a combination of leaf spring and twin-tube shock absorbers, engineered to minimise the effects of a heavy load.
While the firm suspension gives decent body control when tackling corners and the steering offers a proper feel, the downside is a bumpy that is far from being comfortable.
The Toyota Hilux has anything it needs to stack up against its competition without problems. The exterior design is as rugged as it can be and the build quality is also strong, making the vehicle fairly reliable. The cabin is also pretty comfortable given the utilitarian nature of the truck and it’s also fitted with a host of useful technologies which will make your life on board safer and easier.
The new engines are a big improvement over the previous units and receive good marks in the fuel economy and towing abilities departments. You also won’t complain about the vehicle’s handling and stability. Though, you won’t like the harsh ride which sends every bump of the road in the cabin.