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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 $69,990 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 $22,325 and going to $69,990 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
2021 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $22,325 $69,990
2020 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $22,325 $69,990
2019 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $15,100 $65,670
2018 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $13,300 $56,650
2017 Ute 2.7L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,800 $50,930
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.

  • Which 4x4 Dual Cab ute should I buy?

    The very fact that you’re looking at two vehicles that fit into your budget but have travelled such vastly different distances should tell you all you need to know about the Nissan. Frankly, the Navara D22 and D40 don’t age well. In fact, many owners have found out the hard way that a Navara just can’t match the Toyota HiLux of this vintage for longevity and the ability to cop punishment over time.

    I’m certainly not saying that the HiLux was perfect, but compared with the Navara’s litany of faults and problems that covered everything from rattling timing chains to coolant leaks and odd design elements such as the bottom of the radiator being lower than the lowest part of the chassis cross-member (not good for off-road work) the Toyota was much better. Granted the Navara you’re considering has very low mileage, so it should be okay for a while…just about till you hand it over to your son to break.

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  • Will Toyota make a 3.3 litre diesel V6 engine in the Fortuner?

    As far as we know, the V6 turbo-diesel widely tipped to power the next LandCruiser (the 300 Series) is still just a maybe for the HiLux range. And even if it did make it into the HiLux, it would almost certainly be restricted to a sporty GR badged version as Toyota leverages its Dakar rally experience into a marketing role. With that in mind, the V6 would be an unlikely starter for the Fortuner which is aimed much more closely at families and, for whom, seating capacity and running costs are far more important than the ability to get to 100km/h in a hurry.

    Even then, there’s plenty of historical evidence to suggest that a V6 turbo-diesel HiLux will remain just an idea (a nice one, though). Toyota has never really taken the opportunity to share engines between its HiLux and full sized (ie: Not the Prado) LandCruiser ranges. With a couple of notable exceptions (all of them petrol-powered) the HiLux has remained a four-cylinder vehicle throughout its life. And when Toyota did build a (petrol) supercharged V6 HiLux tagged the TRD back in 2008, it was a sales flop.

    In any case, a hot-rod Fortuner is probably not on the cards despite the HiLux and Fortuner sharing a lot of engineering and componentry.

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  • When is the 2021 Toyota HiLux SR5+ being released?

    The facelifted HiLux is in showrooms now, Jay, including the SR5+ model. The good news is that the suspension has been refined to improve ride and the engine has been given a once-over with a larger turbocharger to boost power to 150kW. Toyota also claims it has addressed the diesel particulate filter problems that were an issue for owners of the previous version. Prices start at around $60,000 and up for the model you’re interested in. The good news is that the Extra-Cab layout is available in SR5 trim and while it doesn’t offer the full interior space of a dual-cab, the two small occasional seats in the rear do bump its seating capacity to four.

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  • What is the fuel consumption for a 1999 Toyota Hilux?

    An accurate comparison with contemporary competitors to the HiLux is very hard to find as these cars were built at a time when light commercial vehicles weren’t being officially tested for fuel economy as they are today. Suffice to say that fuel economy won’t be as good as a more modern vehicle with more modern engine technology and management electronics.

    About the closest I can get you is a 2003 HiLux dual-cab with the 2.7-litre engine which has an official combined economy figure of 11.1 litres per 100km. But while there’s a handful of years between your car and the one I’ve just quoted, the comparison is actually relatively meaningful as the HiLux in either case is essentially the same vehicle with the same basic engine.

    The thing to remember with all these official figures is that they really only stand up as a direct comparison to other vehicles of a similar type when tested against the same criteria. In the real world, you’ll really battle to get anything like the claimed fuel economy number and I’d expect a HiLux like the one you have to use at least 11 litres per 100km on the highway and closer to 14 litres or even more around the suburbs.

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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 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 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

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.