Is there anything interesting about its design?
The 2018 Toyota HiLux refresh was hardly a mid-life update - very little has changed since this generation HiLux went on sale in 2015, but the new 17-inch alloy wheels give the SR+ a point of difference over the SR. Personally, I prefer the black steelies of the SR.
As mentioned above, the SR+ (as with the SR and WorkMate variants below it on the totem pole) doesn’t have the smooth-sided tub of the SR5 version, and those twin handles literally double the amount of effort required to open and close the tailgate, but for what reason?
There’s a rear window protection rail that doubles as a rack, which is handy considering the tub size of the HiLux dual-cab (and most dual-cab utes, for that matter) is not overly useful when it comes to transporting lengthy items. The tray measures 1569mm long, 1645mm wide (1109mm between the arches, too small for an Aussie pallet) and 481mm deep. SR+ doesn’t get a tub-liner, either.
The SR+ model’s black plastic grille and side-steps, combined with its halogen headlights, certainly demarcate this as a lower-range offering. Those new rims aren’t fooling anyone into thinking this is an SR5 or SR5+, both of which get the streamline style-side tub, a chrome roll-bar, chrome grille and LED headlights.