Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the de facto pick-up truck. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Hilux range. 

Background

Brand-new pickup trucks are a rare event. The latest Toyota Hilux is the first all-new variant in 12 years, and downsizes to a 2.4-litre engine. It's got big boots to fill; the Hilux is the best-selling one-tonne pickup truck of all time, racking up more than 18 million sales since its '68 debut.

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60sec road test

Despite its bulk, the Hilux isn't intimidating to drive. The high bonnet doesn't spoil all-round visibility and the comfy, easily adjustable driver's seat can accommodate drivers of most shapes and sizes. A new 7in touchscreen display sits in the dashboard, and is straightforward enough to use, if not the most responsive of systems – you’ll need to give it a good prod to get a reaction.

The old, popular 3.0-litre brute of an engine is gone - in Europe the new Hilux is available only with a 2.4-litre diesel engine, while the rest of the world gets the option of a more powerful 2.8-litre unit. The smaller lump offers 148bhp and 295lb ft, which is actually more torque than the outgoing 3.0-litre. It's smooth enough and not too noisy, although some owner-operators might crave the extra torque of VW's Amarok V6 and Ford’s five-cyl 3.2-litre Ranger. And the Hilux really does feel slow... It does have a handy 3.5-tonne towing capacity, however, and one of the largest load bays of all the double-cab pickups on the market - although the max payload of 1110kg isn't spectacular.

Toyota Hilux interior

Handling is tidy enough, despite the trad leaf-spring arrangement at the rear, and the latest Hilux is a full 20% stiffer torsionally than its predecessor, which helps. It's just as brilliant off-road, with generous approach and departure angles, electronically controlled 4WD and limited-slip differentials.

The eighth-generation Hilux is still one of the best 'proper' pickups out there - despite increasing competition.

The one we’d buy

Invincible versions are pricey, but hold their value

The one we’d avoid like the plague

Too early to call it

Rivals to consider

Ford Ranger, Mercedes-Benz X-classMitsubishi L200, Nissan Navara

For

Proven heritage, 3.5-tonne towing capacity

Against

Not the cheapest, the most efficient, the fastest or the most comfortable pickup out there

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