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Toyota HiLux Australia

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 $22,325 for the HiLux Workmate to $64,490 for the HiLux Rugged X (4X4).

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

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
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2016 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Toyota HiLux Colours

  • Glacier White
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Sky
  • Graphite
  • Eclipse Black
  • Olympia Red
  • Inferno
  • 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 $22,325 and going to $64,490 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
2020 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $22,325 $64,490
2019 Ute 2.4L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $18,447 $66,990
2018 Ute 2.4L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $16,990 $63,888
2017 Ute 2.4L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $14,588 $56,000
2016 Single Cab 2.4L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $13,990 $45,990
2016 Dual Cab 2.4L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $13,990 $49,990
2016 Extra Cab 2.8L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $23,888 $49,990
See All Toyota HiLux Pricing and Specs

Toyota HiLux Q&As

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

  • What dual cab 4x4 ute should I buy?

    The problem with all these vehicles, Darren, is that they seem to have covered huge distances (200,000km is a lot for a car that is just eight years old, no?). Also, some of them have covered those kilometres towing huge, heavy trailers and a full tray at the same time. So, the first piece of advice is to buy one that has a full service history and hasn’t been worked half to death. A Ranger with a huge bull-bar, suspension lift, winch and mud tyres, for instance, is a dead certainty to have been thrashed through the bush every weekend of its life. So be careful and take each vehicle on its merits and overall condition.

    It seems you’ve heard of the Ranger’s engine troubles (overheating due to faulty EGR coolers and failed fuel injectors) but the Toyota three-litre turbo-diesel is not without its faults either. Cracked pistons between 100,000km and 150,000km are not unknown and, like any common-rail diesel, the Toyota’s engine can consume injectors at a frightening rate. The bottom line is that all these modern common-rail diesels are highly tuned and absolutely need their maintenance. Even then, they can fail, so it’s worth knowing.

    For your purposes, Darren, I think the Ranger with its more powerful engine (147kW and 470Nm plays the Toyota’s 120kW and 343Nm) and much greater towing capacity (3500kg for the Ford, 2250kg for the Toyota) would be the smarter way to go.

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  • Can the Toyota HiLux be flat-towed?

    Flat-towing – where the towed vehicle has all four wheels on the ground – is common in North America where it’s quite normal to see a motorhome flat-towing a Chevy Suburban or Ford SUV. The idea is that the motorhome is the mother-ship and the SUV becomes the grocery-getter once you’ve settled in somewhere with a nice view. They take their fun seriously, those Americans.

    The practice is much less common here, but I’ve seen a few Suzuki Sierras and Vitaras and other small four-wheel-drives being flat-towed, so clearly it’s possible. As you’ve identified, a two-wheel-drive vehicle with a conventional manual gearbox shouldn’t suffer any dramas from being flat-towed. That said, I’d be careful with a four-wheel-drive, particularly a permanent all-wheel-drive example - because these are more complex drivelines and sometimes don’t appreciate being back-loaded.  It’s also worth remembering that a vehicle with a conventional automatic is a no-no for flat-towing as, unless the engine is running, the pump that lubricates the transmission isn’t working and the gearbox will be destroyed.

    Unless the dealer can show you precisely why a particular year-model HiLux shouldn’t be flat-towed, I’d be a bit suspicious (especially when other dealers say yes) but the fact that nobody wants to offer you a warranty on a HiLux that’s being flat-towed also suggests to me that you could run into problems if there’s ever a claim.

    It would also be worth checking what your insurance company says about flat-towing and don’t forget that different States and Territories have different rules and regulations. In Queensland, for instance, the law says that unless the unladen mass of the towing vehicle is at least three-and-a-half times the laden mass of the vehicle being flat-towed, you need to somehow make the towed vehicle’s brakes part of the package. On that basis, unless you’re towing your 1500kg HiLux with a vehicle that weighs at least 5250kg unladen, you’ve got yourself a problem that could involve the law and the insurance industry if something goes wrong.

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  • X-Trail or HiLux?

    The Hilux 4WD would give you better offroad ability and more load carrying capacity, and shouldn’t suffer on the fuel consumption or power fronts, but your budget would dictate an earlier model in the region of 2014.

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  • Toyota HiLux: How do I check if the chassis is bent?

    If it’s damaged you should be able to see it. But to be sure it needs to be put on a bedplate, so I would take it to a panel beater or a chassis aligner who should have the required equipment.


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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
2020 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
2019 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
2018 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
2017 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
2016 Ute 1690x1800x5330 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota HiLux Dimensions

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 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2016 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
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
2016 Ute 7.7L/100km 2.4L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2016 Ute 11.1L/100km 2.7L ULP 5 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota HiLux Pricing and Specs for 2020