• Proven reliability; service network; street cred; technology;
  • Four-speed auto for diesel; no telescopic steering wheel adjustment; towing capacity; relatively expensive

7 / 10

2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review

The Toyota HiLux continues to dominate ute sales in Australia despite the arrival of newer – and mostly superior – rivals.

The Toyota HiLux was at least updated in 2011 to keep it fresher as it faces its growing list of competitors.

It was back in 1968 when the Toyota HiLux came into existence and not until 1979 that it even got a 4WD system. So it’s been through the past 43 years of improvement that the HiLux has earned its reputation as a proper, unbreakable workhorse or practical family vehicle.

As of today over 14 million Toyota HiLux vehicles have been sold worldwide, of which a staggering 700,000 have come to Australia (1/20). It’s no wonder then, that the HiLux remains the dominant player in its category and one of the best-selling vehicles in Australia in general.

Nonetheless, times are changing and despite its indisputable credentials, growing competition from cheap Chinese utes, a relentless effort by Volkswagen’s Amarok, the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 has meant that Toyota has had to respond.

To give it a more competitive advantage, the updated seventh-generation Toyota HiLux has got its share of new features. From the outside everything from the A-pillar forward has been updated (new bonnet, grille, headlamps and front bumper) and the rear gets new combination lamps (for pick-up models).

2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review

The real story however is the added value and price reductions to the new model range, with all 21 Toyota HiLux 4×4 variants gaining between $1960 and $8340 better value. 4×2 buyers also benefit with a host of new features and modest or no price gains, which Toyota says has enhanced value by up to $1640.

To begin our Toyota HiLux review, we set out to test drive the updated HiLux around a challenging four-wheel drive course about 30 minutes out of Townsville. Although the majority of Toyota HiLux 4x4s sold to private buyers will never see dirt, the ability to perform off-road is crucial in the upkeep of HiLux’s tough and robust reputation.

Here is thing about 4×4 utes: the vast majority of them (Great Wall excluded) can perform pretty much any basic to moderate off-roading required. When Volkswagen launched the Amarok, we embarked on an extensive 4WD course that proved the Amarok as being more than capable of overcoming some seriously tough terrain. The same story applies to the Nissan Navara and other Japanese utes. The Toyota HiLux is pretty much the same; it’s excellent off-road and has no problems conquering anything it would ever realistically need to. You can read our Toyota HiLux off-road review for more info.

Compared with the Volkswagen Amarok, the Toyota HiLux is definitely more agricultural. The Amarok’s overall refinement is a level above the popular Japanese ute, but there is a reason for this. While the Europeans have focused heavily on technology and features, Toyota has kept the proven formula of the bulletproof HiLux pretty much untouched.

2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review

For example, you simply press a button to put an Amarok into 4×4 low range and you can do this even when the vehicle is moving. As for the HiLux, you need to stop, engage neutral and then use a manual low-high gear lever to achieve the same result.

The Amarok makes do with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 120kW (at 4000rpm) and 400Nm of torque (1500-2500rpm). Meanwhile, the 3.0-litre diesel powering the HiLux is only marginally better with 126kW (3600rpm) and 343Nm of torque (1400-3400rpm). You can see from these figures the difference in the technology applied.

What you can’t see, however, is Toyota’s insistence to continue to build a product that has proven its credentials over the last four decades. While it’s still far too early to discuss the Amarok’s long term durability (even though early reports are very positive), the reason Toyota has stuck with its proven system is to keep things simple and the HiLux’s unbreakable reliability a continuing reality.

The reason Toyota Australia has been so successful with the HiLux and other off-road-capable vehicles is not so much that they are significantly better than their Japanese or European counterparts, more that the brand has stuck behind its product by establishing an enormous supply and parts chain across the vast continent that is Australia.

2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review

You can be assured that if something was to go wrong with your 3.0-litre turbodiesel Toyota engine (a rarity) in the middle of Australia, the closest Toyota dealership (and there are 258 of them) will have the necessary part or expertise to you in an unbelievably quick time. The same cannot be said with confidence about its major rivals. So while the Amarok and the soon-to-be-released new Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 are no doubt more technologically advanced, the HiLux remains a proven unit.

This is not the say the HiLux is technologically inept – far from it. The 2012 updated models have gained a significant amount of new features that have been on the wish list for some time. Anti-skid brakes and a new audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity plus USB is now standard even on the very base model WorkMate variants (which are now offered in Single Cab cab chassis and Double Cab pick-up body styles for the first time).

HiLux SR 4×2 models gain cruise control for manual transmissions and have their seat, steering wheel and door trim upgraded. A limited-slip differential has also been added to all V6 petrol models (previously optional). 4×4 models gain the above and also include sports-style front seats and side and curtain-shield airbags.

Go for the range-topping Toyota HiLux SR5 4×2 and automatic air-conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights and a 6.1-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system are all new features. Double Cab V6 petrol 4×4 models also gain vehicle stability control (ESC), traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.

2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review

There are now 35 different HiLux variants (up from 32), so the updated range caters to almost every need. Toyota’s dominance in fleet sales remains unchallenged but it aims to lift its marketshare with private buyers in the turbodiesel sector. New variants, lower prices and added value is the strategy for Toyota going forward.

During the 400km+ drive program from Townsville out to Hervey Bay and beyond, we found the HiLux’s interior to be pleasant and robust. It doesn’t feel as upmarket as the Amarok’s but it’s on par with its Japanese rivals. Apart from lack of telescopic steering adjustment, it has features such as steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls that are not available even on the range-topping Amarok Ultimate.

The front seats are supportive and the suspension is cruisy for city and long highway drives. Sit in the back of a dual cab HiLux and you’ll realise it actually has more legroom than a Camry. Given the box-shaped cabin, there is plenty of space for four adults to fit comfortably.

Once we got comfortable in the cabin, it was time for our drive up a mountainous range to reach Townsville’s Hidden Valley Cabins.

On normal roads the HiLux behaves well, is easy to manoeuvre and power delivery is smooth and consistent in the two variants we tested (4.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel). Get on a bit of dirt and the nanny controls do tend to kick in a bit more than we were expecting (even with weight in the tray to keep the rear grounded).

2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review

The 3.0-litre diesel is available with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, while the 4.0-litre petrol has the same manual choice but gains an extra gear for the automatic.

The diesel automatic does tend to feel a little sluggish in its torque delivery – as you get up to speed, it’s begging for an additional gear. The manual gearbox delivers better acceleration and is a breeze to use. Nonetheless, the majority of buyers are likely to stick with an automatic gearbox for convenience.

Although adequate for day-to-day driving, both petrol and diesel variants could certainly do with more go. At the very least, we would have really liked to see a range-topping halo model (remember the TRD HiLux?). To give you some perspective, the more expensive Nissan Navara ST-550 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel driven through a seven-speed automatic that delivers substantially more power and torque (170kW and 550Nm).

One of the more consistent complaints about the HiLux was its 2250kg towing capacity, which has been upgraded to 2500kg. Its main competition can easily outdo this with the Navara and Triton managing 3000kg and the Amarok 2800kg.

Toyota Australia says the issue of increasing towing capacity has been raised with Japan, with the chief engineer of the new HiLux program visiting Australia three times this year alone to better understand local market needs.

2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review
2013 Toyota HiLux Review

Safety remains a point of concern for the Toyota HiLux 4×2 range, with no standard side or curtain-shield airbags on offer. It’s only on the 4×4 SR and above variants that the life-saving technology is added as standard equipement. In comparison, all Amarok variants come standard with a full compliment of airbags and safety features.

There is no doubt that the vast majority of fleets will still pick the HiLux as the vehicle of choice. The real question is whether or not Toyota can convince private buyers to stick with the brand. While the Amarok struggles given the lack of an automatic option, research suggests that Toyota’s job of getting new buyers into a HiLux is not as difficult as it may seem, with the company claiming HiLux has an unprompted awareness of above 50 per cent and desirability of above 60 per cent (with no other competitor even near 30 per cent)

The Toyota HiLux is more than likely to remain the dominant ute in our market for the foreseeable future, however, only time will tell if it can fend off the growing list of advancing competitors.

For pricing, more photos and a breakout of features per HiLux variant, look here: 2012 Toyota HiLux Pricing, Specifications & Gallery

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  • FrugalOne


    LOL at the cow licking the mirror!

    This now looks like a GreatWall from the front!

    • farmer

      Our cows are the ones hat clean our utes. They get licked everyday its a ritual

    • Wopenka

      lol it sure does look like a great wall.. x240 to be specific

    • Torque

      I’d like to see you milk that “cow” genius. Second thoughts maybe you would.

  • farmer

    As stated, more power and an extra gear in the auto would of put the ‘gut-lux’ up with the rest. Whats so hard about putting the Prado engine and gearbox in it?

    But as you say, when it comes to reliability you cant beat them. We have an SR and SR5 with 200,000 on them and never a problem.

    • Alex

      Clutches are a bit soft, but they are like tyres, you just change them to something that suits the owner once worn out. Just disappointed that in our fleet we don’t get more than 100,000kms from a clutch with highway driving, compared to the Navaras we had before which all had 275,000km and more when they were sold and still had original clutches.

      I’d still take the Lux as a work horse and fleet car over the others, as mentioned, dealer network, reputation, and resale are king here. Something that no technology or fancy interiors will compensate for.

      • Sumpguard

        My navara had it’s clutch replaced twice under warranty (d40).

        • TED

          sounds like a typical D4o

      • Simo

        I have two mates that have had the same problems with the clutch… One’s towin’ like a tradie (cuz he is one) the other just “kicking about”. The Tradie has gone through 3 clutches, the other one just the one… Maybe Toyo’ should look at that… sorry, but two out two doesn’t look good.

  • http://ACA Shane

    Senario … Longreach … middle of summer dreanced in heat and humidity. Dry season resulting in alot of dust and dirt. Load-up the tray of a VW Amarok and a Toyota Hilux with 500kg’s of weight followed by 1 ton of towing capacity (campervan).

    Set-out on a 5000km Aussie outback return journey visiting the most remote, arid, hot, humid, dusty and challenging conditions of Oz – history considered … what would you ‘honestly’ be confident will return with ‘no’ or ‘minimal’ mechanical intervention …

    • Howie

      Only one way to find out:)

    • Alex

      Nissan Patrol CRD Auto…

      • Mark Anderson

        Exactly Alex, Nissan’s 3L turbo diesel is the poster child for reliability……. (TIC)

        • Devil’s Advocate

          The shorter dipstick seemed to work ok though.

    • John

       Hilux  (or Nissan but definitely a far second)

  • Grr

    I think Toyota Zzz Zzz zZ zzzzzzzz ……

    • Howie

      Most people would go for toyota, as they have the best reputation. But the cars will run on their mechanics at Longreach, not reputation, and I think it would be an excellent test for the Amarok.

      • me-all-day

        Reliable? Sure – they are so underpowered nothing in the driveline is ever stressed.
        Seems to me Toyota’s mechanical engineers are simply lazy or underfunded by the accounting department.

        • Rick

           Yeah yeah that’s why they are the most popular ute on the market in many countries including Australia, with people who do real work for a living. That’s why if you go out bush in Australia or Africa around 3 out of every 4 cars driven are Toyotas.  As for power you should read a few reviews.  The Hilux kills most other utes in a 1Km sprint because it achieves it’s power so quickly with minimal stress. (I also know it does from practcial experience) While you are still looking at your paper specs the light bulb goes on.  Ohhh  I need 4500rpm in my Nissan to get maximum power. (That’s not a healthy setup for a diesel.  High revs to squeeze power) The Toyota is achieving optimum at 2000rpm without breaking sweat.  By the way.  How much power do you need? It does the job and it does it perfectly.  The rest is all hype.

  • camaro

    this is just a facelift not a new generation.

  • Grady

    On the minesite where I work we drive these through the bush and onto the dirt tracks all day and they cop a fair deal of abuse from the frequent use and rough environment and yet they just keep going. We seem to have more issues with the rodeos then the hilux utes. The only issue is after 30,000km the clutch seems to get a little tight and the cabin rattles are more noticeable but other than that they just never die.

  • David

    I have to correct your review – the WorkMate has been available as a cab chassis and dual cab ute for many years now. The difference with this update is that WorkMate is now available with a diesel and 4×4 (previously it was only available with 2.7L four). Also why is Toyota still using a manual gear lever for the 4×4 system? Switches/dials have been around since the 90s for that purpose. Get with the times Toyota. At least they are now using LED tail-lights which is a nice touch (I’m not aware of any other ute that has them).

    • AB

      I prefer a manual lever for the transfer case.
      I like being able to ‘feel’ the 4wd system engaging and the lever gives you a good idea of whats going on underneath.
      A few button/dial systems I have used refuse to engage 4WD straight away when switched over, which is just flat out annoying!
      A button/dial gives you absolutely no feedback as to whats going on with the transfer case

      • Jesse

        Ditto. Much prefer a proper mechanical engagement. Although I read somewhere the new hiluxs just have a leaver connected to electrics anyways. Last one I drove didn’t feel like It but I never tried pulling it apart.

  • Devil’s Advocate

    Toyota has had to respond? Doesn’t look like much of a response to me. Will still be as trusty as an old axe though….

  • Toyota Guru

    CA says: “Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity plus USB is now standard even on the very base model WorkMate variants”

    BT/USB has been standard on all Hilux variants since mid 2009. This facelift has adopted Toyota’s new audio head units.

    “One of the more consistent complaints about the HiLux has been its 2500kg towing capacity, which remains unchanged despite the other upgrades.”

    The towing capacity was 2,250kg prior to this facelift.

    • http://www.caradvice.com Alborz Fallah

      AFAIK, the addition of bluetooth audio streaming is new
      thanks for pointing out the towing capacity increase. Will correct.

      • Jimsim

        BT/USB Was never standard across the HiLux range. Was generally a dealer option to fit a higher spec headunit that supported BT/USB.

        • Toyota Guru

          Mate what I said was correct, one of the cars at my work is a late 2009 Work Mate, and it has BT streaming and USB.

          Still don’t believe me? Look on carsales under research cars, Oct ’09 onwards specifies the following;

          Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
          Audio – Input for iPod
          Audio – MP3 Decoder
          Bluetooth System

          • Jimsim

            Want a cuddle?

    • Matty B

      Bluetooth Handsfree has been, not Bluetooth Audio Streaming.

      You’re correct about the Towing Capacity.

  • LSD

    now we wait for the re-calls. Toyota arent the most reliable vehicles with 50 million re-calls recently….or close to that!!!

    • Tomas79

      Recalls, and Reliability are two completely different factors…

    • jay

      toyota are not scared to recall cars they will if they believe it is the owners best interest,recently recalled 2003 kluger for master cylinder seal,who else would do that maza engine monts that break no recall forn ball joints that fail brake hoses that snap no recall have a good think about it.secondly toyota recalled vehicles for accelerator issues nasa tested vehicles toyota not at fault some one fitted aftermarket mat jammed pedal cost 300 million dollars but toyota wanted to be sure no vehicle was faulty.

  • David

    Alborz, great article except it keeps getting overlooked that the Amarok doesn’t have curtain airbags.. This is a major oversight on VW’s part, and I can’t believe that they got a 5 star rating. The Hilux gets curtain airbags, so still gets my tick as the most valuable cargo that I carry sit in baby seats in the back seat..

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      The Amarok has driver and front passenger airbag, front side and thorax airbag. I know Thorax airbags are not as effective as curtain airbags, but that’s only in a roll-over situation.

      Have a look here: http://www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au/Safety-Features/Safety-Features-List/Thorax-Airbags-With-Head/

      • http://aca Shane

        What are thorax airbags ? Never heard of ’em before.

      • David

        True, but there aren’t any airbags at all for the back seat passengers.. The Triton, Navara and Hilux all provide curtain airbags for the rear seat passengers (which I’m pretty sure are the Amaroks direct competitors).

  • JD

    yeah but did u notice the middle seat, second row

    correct me if i am wrong, but in the picture it looks like a single lap seat belt

  • LSD

    Isnt it true that not all of these over rated utes get Stability Control ? Isnt that a huge oversight? It would mean that they cant be sold in Victoria wouldnt it?

    • Rex “capey” Nicholls

      Yeah, Stab’ control is pretty standard. It’s for the yob’s that can’t drive. But we’re all awesome right?

  • Cf

    Hilux is what everyone wants to be

  • widdo110

    I live in England and currently own 1 year old Hilux 3.0 double cab ‘Invincible’, which is the name used here for the top of the range.
    I have noticed that in other parts of the world, like Australia and South Africa, the Hilux is less well equipped than here in England. For example, since the 2009 facelift, we have had Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, ABS, Brake Assist, Sports Front Seats, USB and Ipod connectivity, All auto’s have 5 gears and Headlamp ‘pop up’ washers. Also all double cabs are ‘plated’ to tow 2800kg, although the hand book says otherwise,the plate on the N/S ‘C’ pillar says 2800kg.
    I wonder why the European specs are better ?

    • Torque

      Thanks for that,
      Aussies have nearly always received stripped down versions from toyota and others. IMO, only offering some countries poverty pack versions of overseas models these days is not the smartest move.

      • Jesse

        Cause Toyota Australia hate their customers

  • Digger

    How is it that in 2011 Toyota, or any other manufacturer for that matter (Nissan Tiida and RX Navara D40 and STR D22 Dual Cab also spring to mind) can sell a vehicle with a lap only centre rear seat belt? People belt on about airbags and traction control – they are supplementary restraint systems (SRS). How do you decide who you’ll put in the seat with the lap belt, otherwise known as the death belt. Given the wide use of dual cabs as family vehicles, to have a lap only belt in 2011 is near criminal.

  • Sam

    What idiot at Volkswagen said “We will do manual only, thats what we’ll do!”?

    I assume he has been sacked.

    • Wilo

      Was in the paper the other day, Amarok in 2012 is getting an 8 speed auto…

    • Manual ute owner

      Are you incapable of changing gears in a manual? Or is it just too hard. Guess it’s “men” like you responsible for Toyota only making an extra cab 2WD in an auto. It’s really not that hard to drive a manual & I don’t think anyone should be able to get a licence if they can’t drive one.

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    4sp auto still in the diesel! what the?????? Toyota that is very slack!, especially when same engine in the prado has had a 5sp for a number of years already!

  • JJJ

    Everyone need’s to realise that this is only a FACELIFT model!! That is obviously why everything on this model is the same as the previous model, other than a FACELIFT!!

    So stop complaining and realise that the reason this facelifted model has been introduced is purely because Toyota are currently in the works on their Brand new Generation Hilux which will be released around 2014 (maybe earlier or later depending on the sales figure for this facelifted model).

    Since Toyota are currently just waiting and watching its competition closely and seeing what is being released (Colorado, Ranger, Amarok etc..) So by the time these are all released Toyota will be ready with the New Generation Hilux which will blow its competition out of the water.

    • MRL

      There’s simply no way the Toyota IMV2 platform will be coming before 2014, so this is *the* model to see them through for the next three years.

      Also, there’s no new engines earmarked for the IMV2 platform’s release, so they will launch with the existing 3.0L diesel as the range-topper. It’s not until the first minor change for IMV2 (around 2015-6) that we’ll see an improved diesel engine from Toyota.

      As for reliability, that’s gone. the 1KD-FTV 3.0L diesel effectively put an end to the Hilux’s reliability reputation – now it’s lucky to see you through the warranty period, but definitely not anything more.

      • http://aca Shane

        att : MRL – Any suggestion the 1KD-FTV is unreliable and lucky to see you through the warranty period is nothing but an absolute load of utter, shear rot. Infact, your comment couldn’t possibly be any further from the truth. I’m employed by Rio Tinto and exposed to work utes most working days of my life and i whole heartedly disagree with your comment. To read such non-sense is nothing but a desperate expression for what-ever reason you may have and what-ever that may be gives you no right to say something that bears no truth expecially when these ever-reliable, dependable and durable engines prove themselves by the many thousands in the hands of tradies, mines, heavy industries and farmers everyday.

        • MRL

          Oh please, you’re talking about company vehicles that never reach the km’s I quoted. I’m talking from direct experience as an automotive exec in the Hilux’s largest market (Thailand) where over 2.5 Million 1KD-FTV’s have been sold now.

          • hilux_man

             how can you say they don’t do the km’s on a mine in Queensland where my father works a 2010 Hilux has 250 000 km’s on it and not a problem, compared to the Nissan’s they have there also.

      • bert

        That is the biggest load of garbage i have heard this year, my son in law is a Toyota Master Tech and after i told him this rubbish he is still rolling around the floor laughing, WHAT OTHER PORKIES DO YOU HAVE FOR US?

  • http://caradvice BR

    With no 5 speed auto in the diesel Toyota are taking the piss… I predict the end of an era…. I’m due for renewal and I’m going for a Ford Ranger. BTW plenty of Hilux’s break… lots at work blow 2nd gear in the manual.. unbreakable is more of a myth than substance…

    • bert

      ANOTHER LOAD OF RUBBISH just dont try and trade in your ranger in a hurry!

      • Jesse

        Friends gone through 2 gearboxes in his 07 SR 4×4. They do break, but so does everything else.

  • http://aca Shane

    MRL – In case you haven’t noticed (obviously not) but the Australian working environment (and environment in general) exhibits amoung the most challenging, remote, arid, hot, dusty, dirty and humid landscape that can be found anywhere in the world while not forgetting the identical environments of Africa, Middle East and ofcourse the harsh winters of many northern European nations and as i mentioned previously … the 1KD-FTV has undeniably proven it’s robust, reliable, dependable and durable design by the thousands / millions everyday for many years which it why i wholeheartedly and utterly disagree with your comment.

    • MRL

      Fan boys will be fan boys I guess…
      No skin off my back :)

  • NICK

    this is a great car should be praised been tryed and t6ested if they put the V8 deisil out of the 79 series into the hilux it would be a MACHINE still a hell of a lot better than the amarock

  • french

    toyota will smash sales records very soon with this face lift because hilux is the best ute and best looking ute on the road by a clear mile.also their finance at 3.9% is a cracker of a deal.look out for the new model in coming years

    • Jesse

      They don’t offer that finance rate on 31 of the 32 hilux variants. Buy a yaris or hybrid Camry.

    • Zane Hardman

       Face lift, it’s dissapointing, I have a 2006 4×4 and this offers nothing over my old one, waste of time Toyota

  • jay

    hilux biggest seller for a reason try and trade a great wall,mitsubishi,rodeo etc soon forget what you paid for them all cars have good bad points, i work on them for a living most people who don’t buy a hilux do it on price alone not looking at servicing costs and whole of life costs can’t beat the dealer network parts etc

  • random

    Hilux must gain a rear seat 3 point seatbelt in the centre. This is a must for family credibility and hardly a good feature for a fleet workhorse either with resepct to OH&S. It is unforgivable that Toyota continues to drag the chain on this. If you can mount a seatbelt in the roof of the Prado then you’re out of excuses.

  • panda

    I’m sorry but this story sounds like something the horse and sulky people put out when cars started to take off at the turn of the century, yes the horse and sulky were bullet proof as well, but we all know what happened to them, if you don’t move with the times all you will have left is a dead horse Toyota, oh and an unbreakable sulky…
    It wasn’t that long ago that Toyota 4 x 4’s were the leaders now they have to be dragged into the future.

  • Rickrx5

    Any chance of always publishing full on test fuel consumption instead of ADR figures? Please!!!!!
    If you have Thank You, If not please do next time. Thanks again.

  • Jesse

    What the hell is with these ute reviews? Whining about amorok not having auto and making wild claims about the majority of hilux sales likely to be autos. Look at the sales figures and resale figures. There’s 5 times as many manual hiluxs around and they hold their value better cause more people who actually buy utes want manuals. Time to hire some new journos.

  • Tom J

     Toyota or Isuzu ?

    • Zane Hardman


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  • hans

    Stay away from VW.

     I like Vws in general but as a previous owner, I can tell you the spare parts are enormously expensive and not always in stock!

  • Jeremy Q

    Something fishy about some of the reviews.  I went down with my friends to test the new Hilux, Ford Ranger and the Mazda Bt50 yesterday. Two of us liked the Hilux with vnt engine better. It was nicer to drive and had a better growl when pushed.  Only one of us preferred the Ranger. Sometimes it was hard to tell which drove better on the road! 

  • Radhakunda

    hilux is in a world by itself,d best far from d rest

  • Manual driver

    Can the men out there that Toyota assure me are responsible for the decision to only make a V6 extra cab, 2WD only in an automatic please tell me why you want an automatic. Can you not drive a manual? Is it too hard to change gears? I really would like to know. In my 32yrs of driving the only times I have driven an auto is a loan car from a service or the occasional hire car & I hate them. As all the men I know drive manuals I don’t know anyone to ask.

  • Nigelfahey

    Love my Prado , but don’t love the recent injector seal failure !!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hope they have fixed this problem before my new SR5 gets here ……..

  • Zane Hardman

     Yeah, the old world, not ths one

  • V6 ute owner



    My 2001 SR5 has done 1 clutch in 250,000 Ks, might have alot to do with how some blokes can drive!
    Just purchased 2 new 2013 SR5s. We are tradies and we tow all the time.

  • Amoghadasi

    Toyota is reliable? Oh kidding me…. Recalling over 6.5 million vehicles. Just to remind you… Reliable he he he

Toyota HiLux Specs

Car Details
SR (4x4)
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$23,980 - $27,250
Dealer Retail
$24,880 - $29,590
Dealer Trade
$18,900 - $21,800
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
343Nm @  1400rpm
Max. Power
126kW @  3600rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.3L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:2500  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
Rear Tyres
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Live axle, Leaf spring, Gas damper
Standard Features
Sport Seats
Cruise Control, Power Steering
Radio CD with 2 Speakers
Power Mirrors, Side Steps
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Air Conditioning
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Rear Driver Side Chassis
Country of Origin