The Toyota HiLux has long had a reputation for being one of the toughest utes on the market – and with this, the eighth-generation model, the brand says it has made the unbreakable HiLux even more unbreakable.

With six years and 650,000km of hardcore development testing in Australia, the HiLux is said to have taken a step forward from its record-selling predecessor.

Now, the fact the old HiLux broke all sorts of records in terms of sales in Australia meant Toyota could have rested on its laurels and done as little as possible to get the updated model over the line.

But they didn’t. In fact, in 2009 the company was part-way through the development of the new model when they tore up the plans in 2011 and started again because it wasn’t pushing the boundaries enough.

As a result there have been big changes.

An all-new frame and platform, new suspension, some new engines and upgraded transmissions, upgraded brakes and, for those who like to get off the beaten track – according to Toyota that’s everyone who buys a HiLux – there’s upgraded underbody protection.

The model we have here is the bulk seller – the SR5 dual-cab – and aside from obviously looking more stylish, the changes around the truck are pretty huge.

At the front there are LED headlights and a completely new look, and along the side the wheel arches are nicely sculpted. At the rear, the tub is bigger than before – most notably it’s considerably wider, but still can’t fit a pallet.

HiLux can now tow the benchmark 3-and-a-half tonnes, but only with the manual gearbox – the auto model can “only” tow 3.2 tonnes.

Inside the changes are, as you might expect, massive.

The interior is completely new, and in a first for the ute segment every model has a touchscreen media system. In the SR5 you get satellite navigation and digital radio, too.

The company has put quite a bit of thought in to the storage inside the cabin, and there’s even a cooler box that can store two 600mL bottles. There are also lots of storage spots for cups and bottles in the front.

The back seat has been improved in terms of space and comfort, according to the brand. I’ll check that out soon, but first we should hit the road.

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Comments

    • Fernando Aparece
      Fernando Aparece

      i love hilux concoest4x4MT 2019

      about 3 months ago
    • ChefVenture Indonesia
      ChefVenture Indonesia

      its not tru, i bought revo hilux 2019 in indonesia, only 4 months all under the cabin, kopel, axle, etc are rusted

      about 4 months ago
    • Muhummed YOUSSEF
      Muhummed YOUSSEF

      TBH I do not regret spending 60k on my sr5 in the same blue colour because its a beast no wonder why they call it unbreakable.

      about 5 months ago
    • WenzEnuf
      WenzEnuf

      Good lord, what is this world coming to. All these new pickups are becoming granny wagons. Where have all the real men gone. Who in their right mind would take such an expensive vehicle off roading.

      about 7 months ago
    • John Thorold
      John Thorold

      Do they have self drive??

      about 7 months ago
    • Jimmy Flores
      Jimmy Flores

      HiLux vs. Ranger Raptor

      about 8 months ago
    • Putin The Great
      Putin The Great

      If ISIS are buying it,I will.

      about 8 months ago
    • Mr. 464
      Mr. 464

      It should take fortuner design where it should look like the big truck ..
      Where as ford rapter has got that design but its not best as hilux.
      It should be more tup..even in design

      about 8 months ago
    • live loud
      live loud

      So scary when dick heads do car reviews not one word on the tragic DP filter problems still ongoing and Toyota refuses to address this information jumping into limp home mode very regularly and as for the suspension it is almost identical to the previous assessor this is the result of dick head car reviews as said by John Cadogan he is a dick head

      about 9 months ago
    • CarAdvice.com
      CarAdvice.com In reply to live loud

      Fake news.

      about 9 months ago
    • John Smith
      John Smith

      Dpf are shit on these always blowing smoke

      about 9 months ago
    • Ihsanullah Safi
      Ihsanullah Safi

      It is realy good

      about 9 months ago
    • Dominic chevalier
      Dominic chevalier

      Too many electronics and IFS Be out bush for a week and it will die.

      about 10 months ago
    • Yasine Douaidi
      Yasine Douaidi

      روعة الهايليكس 😍😍

      about 10 months ago
    • Cosmos Daniel
      Cosmos Daniel

      The hilux Toyota pickup need a much greater cc in engine for diesels a 4.0 /4.5 /4.9 cc 4 cylinder turbo and gasoline engines a V 6 4.0/320 HP or V6. 3.5 400 HP with twin turbos.differential locks system with high and low range six speed automatic or eight speed manual gearbox.

      about 10 months ago
    • Fation Tahiri
      Fation Tahiri

      2018 Greece ❤🌐

      about 11 months ago
    • Fation Tahiri
      Fation Tahiri

      2018 TOYOTA 4X4 ❤🌐

      about 11 months ago
    • ryan ry
      ryan ry

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BkToGG5ld3F/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=dxfxx2p0umop

      about 11 months ago
    • Edin cosalija
      Edin cosalija

      Kkvn

      about 11 months ago
    • Slowmotion
      Slowmotion

      https://youtu.be/uGYoJCHrMYY

      about 1 year ago
    • Jacob Wilson
      Jacob Wilson

      Where about's in Victoria is this offroad course?

      about 1 year ago
    • Scott Vaj
      Scott Vaj

      Had the chance to be in one of these in the rainforest hills of French Guiana. Would love to see these in the USA.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jaco Oosthuizen
      Jaco Oosthuizen

      3LITRE D4d is what made toyota so popular and hopefully this engine can be rock solid otherwise the other utes far outdoes the hilux in other features

      about 1 year ago
    • Valayar Checkpost
      Valayar Checkpost

      Fellow YouTubers, please buy me one of these.

      about 1 year ago
    • lil nips
      lil nips

      I need some clear opinions on which is better; the Hilux or the Ranger...

      (No fkin Ford/Toyota cock suckers.)

      about 1 year ago
    • Jun Maranon
      Jun Maranon

      Why u use Fortuner Mags

      about 1 year ago
    • Mirnes Kaltak
      Mirnes Kaltak

      Ive seen few of the new ones smoking o the freeways

      about 1 year ago
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      Ayaz Vigo4u

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      about 1 year ago
    • Steve L
      Steve L

      Shopping bag hooks.
      Wtf?

      about 1 year ago
    • Jackson Lethborg
      Jackson Lethborg

      Who was driving

      about 1 year ago
    • WOODY
      WOODY

      You do a back seat test with no one in front of you 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

      about 1 year ago