Malcolm Flynn road tests and reviews the Toyota HiLux with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch.

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The arrival of a new HiLux is much more important than the launch of a new Commodore or Falcon these days, and this one's the first all-new model in a decade.

During this past decade, all the big brands have had a jolly good crack at toppling the light commercial ute king, and although it's still the best-seller, utes like the Ranger, BT-50, Amarok and the new Navara and Triton have left the HiLux feeling a bit old.

Toyota has spent the best part of these ten years developing the new eighth-generation HiLux from the ground up.

So while it may look a bit like the old one, the chassis, body, diesel engines and transmissions are all new.

The stronger frame is made of thicker steel, with redesigned double wishbone suspension up front, and longer and wider spread leaf springs in the back to improve everything from load carrying to stability, ride quality and off-road articulation.

The wheelbase is the same, but the body is longer, wider and lower, with more clearance for off-roading.

Toyota's Australian engineers had a bigger hand than ever in its development too, spending six years toughening up the suspension, tyres, undercarriage and electricals for us and the toughest environments in the world.

It may be tougher, but the interior is more car-like than ever, with a standard touchscreen and reach adjustment for the steering for the first time. The materials are still tough though, so it hasn't gone soft.

In the dual cabs, the back seat doesn't feel any roomier, but the cushions are more comfortable, and the folding base is now split 60/40.

There's 31 different variants to choose from, 12 of which are two wheel drive, 19 of which are four wheel drive, and you can choose between single or extra cab, or the popular dual cab, and each is available with either a cab chassis or pickup tray.

The HiLux is the first in its segment to get a standard reversing camera across all pickup models, and it's optional on the cab chassis.

However, you can't get the forward collision alert or adaptive cruise control that's now available on the Ranger.

The petrol 2.7 litre and V6 drivetrains have been revised to improve efficiency, but the new 2.4 and 2.8-litre diesels are the ones that we've really been hanging out for.

The 2.4-litre makes similar figures to the old 3.0-litre, and the 2.8-litre brings the HiLux in line with its closest rivals.

Both new transmissions are six speed units on the four wheel drives, and fuel efficiency has improved across the board.

We've only driven the four-wheel drive dual cab for now and comfort, handling and performance have all improved, but we only drove it with a 200 kilo load in the tray so can't judge its unladen ride just yet.

Even with the load on board, the top-spec SR5 isn't quite as compliant as the Ranger Wildtrak, so it's not quite a new segment benchmark.

The new diesels are much smoother and more quiet than before, and a smaller turbo helps them to be more responsive.

The steering is still hydraulic, but it's more direct and requires less effort than before, and feels more like a car to steer than a truck.

The max tow rating finally matches the 3.5 tonne segment benchmark for four wheel drive manuals with the big diesel, and it easily managed highway speeds with a 2.7 tonne van during our test.

Four wheel drive and low range selection is now by a dash knob instead of a stick, SR5s get hill descent control for the first time, and SR and SR5s come with a rear diff lock.

Overall the new HiLux has fixed all our big criticisms of the old model. It doesn't really move the game forward aside from the standard reversing camera on pickups, but it lives up to all our expectations of a modern light commercial ute.

Toyota's ground-up approach has made the new HiLux easily the best ever, and the best suited to Australian conditions. Whether it's once again the best ute you can buy will have to wait for a back to back comparo, but you're not likely to be disappointed.


    • The Prophecy Cat
      The Prophecy Cat

      Such a let down. Ranger has everything I want and need but no leather or the colours I want in the dual cab Wildtrak.

      The Hilux has the looks I want but less power and... If I want a 3500kg tow capacity I have to get the manual detuned to make less power because the gearbox can't handle 450nm?

      about 1 year ago
    • Meek Acumen
      Meek Acumen In reply to The Prophecy Cat

      the towage capacity should be the least of your concerns. The new hilux are riddled with problems. my 2016 hilux has already had 4 warranty issued repaired and replaced and now on the 5th visit it is undrivable and sitting at the dealership. The "mechanics" at the dealership cannot solve the dust particle filter problem which has now caused injector problems. All this and i have not even driven the car over 20,000kms yet.
      Dont waste your money with the new hilux.

      about 1 year ago
    • Fred Kinanga
      Fred Kinanga

      Is there a big difference between the 2.4 and 2.8 litre in terms of power.?

      about 2 years ago
    • The Prophecy Cat
      The Prophecy Cat In reply to Fred Kinanga

      Fred kinanga 50nm

      about 1 year ago
    • Ryan P
      Ryan P

      I drove the 4.0l V6 SR5....power on tap! and that was in "normal mode" i didn't even try the sports mode.

      about 2 years ago
    • Bj Buckley
      Bj Buckley

      bloody ugly

      about 3 years ago
    • Justice1973 Right Of Law
      Justice1973 Right Of Law In reply to Bj Buckley

      Bj Buckley you ckearly have tge 1982 model

      about 2 years ago
    • thehotsung8701A

      fuck the usa, i want this truck so bad.

      about 3 years ago
    • Venolia Aphane
      Venolia Aphane

      I lake to do test drive on a toyota hulux revo

      about 3 years ago
    • Dr. Hammer
      Dr. Hammer

      Wish Toyota would bring this truck to the US market with the great diesel engine options.

      about 3 years ago
    • David Ramirez
      David Ramirez

      Ive noticed this Hilux 2.4L has 102 HP@3600... compared to 134@3400 for the Isuzu DMAX and 190@3500 for the new Nissan Frontier... does this significantly affect the toyota's performance when towing loads? Im thinking about buying one, but this small fact is the only one that had me thinking it twice... can you help me out? and... on the video, when you towed the 2.7 ton load, was that with the 2.4L version or the 2.9L? thanks!!!

      about 3 years ago
    • Ben Johnson
      Ben Johnson

      I bought one last week, I'm loving the pull off and overtaking speeds of the 2.4 diesel engine.

      about 3 years ago
    • Arvinda Mohammed
      Arvinda Mohammed In reply to Ben Johnson

      How much u paid for it

      about 1 month ago
    • Zsolt Lukács
      Zsolt Lukács

      2016 hilux......

      about 3 years ago
    • ozwasp

      Push button 4wd systems are crap - they should've stuck with the gear lever

      about 3 years ago
    • mohdabdulbashir. zakaria
      mohdabdulbashir. zakaria

      can we say navara the only pick most family friendly on term of passenger comfort since it used coil sprinh

      about 3 years ago
    • Bebot Yu
      Bebot Yu

      Hilux is still the King of Ute's and the best in terms of durability, quality and reliability.

      about 3 years ago
    • Jaybee Burr
      Jaybee Burr In reply to Bebot Yu

      Bebot spot on enough said.

      about 1 year ago
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      about 3 years ago
    • Bulletman7


      about 3 years ago
    • humby lucky
      humby lucky


      about 3 years ago
    • Greg O'Brien
      Greg O'Brien

      Have they improved the interior lighting? My mk6 sr5 has one light in the middle of the roof that hardly lights anything up, also does it stay on for a while after you get in? Also does it have any puddle lights on the sr5. Thanks

      about 3 years ago
    • ty guiney
      ty guiney

      tò expensive for the specs, please do an unbiased review. how can a st np300 be 10k cheaper than a sr5 with the same equipment.

      about 3 years ago
    • The Prophecy Cat
      The Prophecy Cat In reply to ty guiney

      Lol. Because in 10 years the Nissan is worth a bag of chips. Bad design, bad build quality, bad reliability, can't take a load, can't tow.

      about 1 year ago
    • Hass Chapman
      Hass Chapman In reply to ty guiney

      Because it has vague steering and coil springs?

      about 2 years ago
    • Pancho

      Beautiful ute inside!

      about 3 years ago
    • Sara Miloudi
      Sara Miloudi In reply to Pancho

      Pancho نخ

      about 1 year ago
    • Minh Tuan
      Minh Tuan

      Toyota Hilux 2015 :)

      about 3 years ago
    • Cedmon Allan
      Cedmon Allan

      hey buddy your wheel is like to split

      about 3 years ago
    • ramcd00642

      One huge mistake you and other reviewers make on the Hilux and other brands of similar vehicles is that it's not a "truck"

      about 3 years ago
    • Kuchirikato
      Kuchirikato In reply to ramcd00642

      I agree with you. They wouldn't cry about driving a ute if they have ever driven a real truck.

      about 3 years ago
    • zenith nardin
      zenith nardin

      why you don't say nothing about Isuzu dmax ?

      about 3 years ago
    • Adam Smith
      Adam Smith

      Can you share what is the underbody protection like in the new Hilux double cab diesel models if you checked it?

      about 4 years ago
    • CarsGuide
      CarsGuide In reply to Adam Smith

      +Adam Smith Hi Adam - the new model's underbody protection was developed locally, and is is 40 per cent thicker to make it three times stronger, with 30 per cent more coverage.

      about 4 years ago