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Toyota HiLux Review, For Sale, Specs, Colours, Models & Interior

If you had to sum the Toyota HiLux up in one phrase, it'd be 'rugged utility'.

The big ute defines this concept to the extent that you can literally take one through a war zone – and plenty have.

Growing from a small, utilitarian workhorse to a fully featured, dual-purpose vehicle, the HiLux has stuck with the same basic formula since its introduction to the Australian landscape in 1968, adding a choice of petrol and diesel engines, 4x2 and 4x4 drive types and a choice between single, extra and dual cab bodies with either a pickup tray or cab chassis. Although it faces more opposition than ever from almost every competitor, the HiLux is still a byword for reliability and utility.

Current prices range from $23,590 for the HiLux Workmate to $70,750 for the HiLux Rugged X (4X4).

This vehicle is also known as Toyota Pickup (US).

Toyota HiLux Accessories

If you want a 2021 Toyota HiLux, you probably want to accessorise it to suit your particular use case. And if you’re not interested in exploring aftermarket options - maybe you can get a friendly Toyota dealer rep to bundle a bunch of accessories in for a good price - then you will be happy to know there are plenty of things to choose from.

Options range from a steel or alloy bull bar (which is guaranteed to work with the HiLux’s safety systems), nudge bar, winch, bonnet protector, LED light bar, driving lights, snorkel, side rails, recovery points, side steps, tub liner, tonneau cover (hard lid cover or soft), tow bar, weather shields, sports bar, roof rack system, heavy duty rear step bumper, and even a new Tub Step that is mounted to the rear corner of the chassis to help you jump in and out easier. There’s also a clever Bed Slide system, which allows you to roll out your gear from the tub and access it without climbing in.

In the cabin you might want to choose canvas or fabric seat covers, rubber or carpet floor mats, a first aid kit or you might want to secure your tub with a canopy - there are a few different options to choose from.

If you’ve got the need for a cab-chassis ute rather than a pick-up, there is also a range of tray body options available including aluminium or steel, and just remember the choice you make will affect your payload capacity. There's even a new trundle tray option for additional secure storage under the table-top tray.

Toyota HiLux Colours

  • Glacier White
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Sky
  • Graphite
  • Eclipse Black
  • Nebula Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Toyota HiLux Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota HiLux varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $23,590 and going to $70,750 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $23,590 $70,750
2021 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $23,590 $70,750
2020 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $17,000 $69,850
2019 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $15,100 $65,670
2018 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $13,300 $56,650
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Toyota HiLux Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota HiLux here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Which five-speed gearbox models are compatible with my Toyota Hilux's 2Y engine?

    Swapping a five-speed gearbox into an older car or ute is a pretty well-trodden path, partly because it makes all sorts of sense. While older four-speed gearboxes generally have a fourth gear ratio of 1:1, a five-speed is will have an overdriven fifth gear which makes for more relaxed highway-speed driving and, potentially, a fuel saving as the engine won’t be working as hard or turning as fast.

    The Toyota 2Y engine is, I believe, a more or less bolt-up fitment to the 2Y engine in your vehicle. Commonly found in early, rear-drive Celicas, the W50 is definitely strong enough for your application since the 2Y engine in your car probably struggles to make its full 58kW these days. The only catch you might run into is that if you’re running bigger wheels and tyres or your regularly tow a trailer or the vehicle is way down on power, the engine might struggle to pull that taller gearing. At best you might find yourself shifting back and forth pretty regularly in hilly country or when encountering a headwind. But if you do go through with the swap, you’ll find that the W50 has a fifth gear ratio of 0.853:1 which should reduce your engine speed for the same road speed by about 15 per cent.

    Beyond the Toyota E50 gearbox, there’s really no limit to what you can fit if you have the time and money to have the engineering sorted out. That said, anything beefier than the W50 is almost certainly overkill.

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  • What's the better buy, Pajero Sport Exceed or Toyota Fortuner Crusade?

    These two vehicles share a lot of traits both in terms of their engineering and their target market. Both are aimed at the high-end of the mid-sized off-road station-wagon market and both do a pretty good job of offering lots of off-road ability along with the sort of luxury and convenience that many families want. In the case of design and engineering they are both based on utilities (the Mitsubishi Triton and Toyota HiLux respectively) and share the drivelines and front structure with those utes. To make them work as passenger rather than load-carrying vehicles, both the Pajero Sport and Fortuner do away with the utilities’ leaf-sprung rear axle and replace it a coil-sprung unit for greatly enhanced comfort.

    Both vehicles have had their niggling reliability problems, mainly to do with DPF and some EGR problems, but overall, they’re both now old enough for the majority of the bugs to have been ironed out. Perhaps the biggest packaging difference is that the Pajero Sport is a good deal narrower across the cabin than the Toyota, and that matters for families with bigger kids. Both vehicles were facelifted late last year with new tech and mechanical and performance improvements. Both also have seven seats as standard.

    The Mitsubishi is about $4000 cheaper based on RRP than the Toyota, but the final price can vary from dealer to dealer and what state you live in. The best advice is to try each one on for size and maybe even throw in contenders like the Ford Everest as a direct comparison.

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  • What 4WD should I buy for towing?

    To get a vehicle with meaningful (as opposed to a theoretical) towing ability of 2.5 tonnes, you really need to shop for a relatively late-model dual-cab 4X4 ute. The reason for that is that many vehicles that claim a 2.5-tonne limit in the brochure fail to explain that there’s also a Gross Vehicle Combination Mass in play and, by the time you’ve added passengers, gear and a full tank of fuel to the towing vehicle, there might not be much of that GCM to devote to a towed load.

    Going for a vehicle with 3000kg or even 35000kg towing capacity in the first place is a good way to ensure you do accidentally start driving around in an overloaded vehicle with all the legal and insurance connotations that involves.

    A lot of the current shape dual-cab utes fall within your budget on a second-hand basis, but there are caveats. Make sure you only buy a ute with a full service history. Some of these vehicles were worked hard by their original owners, so be very careful before handing over the cash. Avoid ex-mine fleet vehicles and don’t be afraid to buy a base-model vehicle if it offers better value. Even a single-cab version of these utes will be a lot cheaper than the dual-cab and, if you don’t need the rear seat, are often a more practical solution. Makes and models include the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Mazda BT50, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max. For real value for money, vehicles like the Ssangyong Musso can tow 3.5 tonnes, are well equipped and can be had for less than $35,000 drive-away, brand-new. That also gets you a seven-year factory warranty. All of these options are available with the automatic transmission you want and, indeed, this is the best option for a tow vehicle.

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  • Has Toyota rectified the diesel DPF issues for their 2021 vehicles?

    When Toyota launched the facelifted HiLux late last year, much was made of the fact that consumer concerns had been noted and that the DPF problems experienced by many owners had been addressed. The problem is that until these new versions of the HiLux have done their share of kilometres, we won’t be in a position to know for sure whether Toyota has, indeed, cured the problem.

    Meantime, it remains that unless your driving habits include a 30-minute drive at highway speeds every two or three weeks, a modern turbo-diesel with a DPF may not be the best choice. It is worth noting, though, that HiLuxes (and Prados and Fortuners) built after June 2018 have been fitted with a manual regeneration function for the DPF which means the driver can manually force a DPF burn-off without waiting for the car to do so itself. Toyota has also announced that the worst affected versions of the HiLux will now be covered by an extended, 10-year warranty on any DPF issues going forward. More information can be found here.

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Toyota HiLux Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota HiLux Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Ute 1690x1800x5265 mm 190 mm
2020 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
2019 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
2018 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
2017 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota HiLux Dimensions

Toyota HiLux Towing Capacity

The Toyota HiLux has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Toyota HiLux Wheel Size

The Toyota HiLux has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x65 R16 for Ute in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Ute 215x65 R16 215x65 R16
2020 Ute 215x65 R16 16x6 inches 215x65 R16 16x6 inches
2019 Ute 215x65 R16 16x6 inches 215x65 R16 16x6 inches
2018 Ute 215x65 R16 16x6 inches 215x65 R16 16x6 inches
2017 Ute 215x65 R16 16x6 inches 215x65 R16 16x6 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota HiLux Wheel Sizes

Toyota HiLux Fuel Consumption

The Toyota HiLux is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.7L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Ute 7.7L/100km 2.4L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2021 Ute 11.1L/100km 2.7L ULP 5 SP MAN
2020 Ute 7.7L/100km 2.4L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 11.1L/100km 2.7L ULP 5 SP MAN
2019 Ute 7.7L/100km 2.4L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2019 Ute 11.1L/100km 2.7L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Ute 7.7L/100km 2.4L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2018 Ute 11.1L/100km 2.7L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Ute 7.7L/100km 2.4L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2017 Ute 11.1L/100km 2.7L ULP 5 SP MAN
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Toyota HiLux Interior

The 2021 Toyota HiLux interior hasn’t changed all that much compared to the previous models. Well, at a glance it hasn’t - but delve a little deeper and you’ll uncover some welcome adjustments to the cabin of the facelifted HiLux.

All models now get a digital speedometer and redesigned instrument cluster, which helps if you’re keeping an eye on your licence. The new trip computer also makes its easier to watch your real-world fuel use, too.

The other big change is the new media system - an 8.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring tech by way of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That means you can mirror your phone’s main apps to the screen, and thankfully there are also knobs for volume and tuning rather than buttons, as Toyota says it copped grief from customers about the previous model’s screen and controls.

Toyota HiLux Seats

The model you choose will determine how many seats you get in the 2021 Toyota HiLux.

Single cab versions have two seats. Simple enough - there’s no bench seat in this ute anymore, and that could be good after a long day on the tools.

Extra cab versions of the HiLux have four seats. The rear ones in the extra cab models are accessed via ‘suicide’ doors (rear-hinged back doors that are about half the width of a regular back door). A lot of extra cab buyers instead use this space for secure storage, or for pet transport. The back seats aren’t comfortable, and there are no child seat anchor points fitted in extra cab models either.

The dual cab or double cab models have five seats for all trim lines. The rear seats are reasonable for the class, but certainly not the most spacious. The seat base can either fold up in one piece or in a 60:40 fashion, depending on the variant. Dual ISOFIX child seat tethers and two top-tether hooks are fitted, and the top tethers feed to a centre secure lashing location - you can’t fit three child seats in the back.

Toyota HiLux Seats

Toyota HiLux Speed

The latest Hilux with 150kW/500Nm can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 10 seconds.

Toyota HiLux News

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