Toyota HiLux 2001
This is what Graham Smith liked most about this particular version of the Toyota HiLux: Full sized spare tire, Durable, Good load capacity
The 2001 Toyota HiLux carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
The Toyota HiLux is also known as the Toyota Pickup (US) in markets outside Australia.
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Toyota HiLux 2001 Towing capacity
The Toyota HiLux has maximum towing capacity of 1800kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.
|Toyota HiLux Model||Body Type||Specs||Braked Capacity|
|Workmate||Ute||2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN||1800kg|
|base||Ute||2.7L,ULP,5 SP MAN||1800kg|
|base||Ute||3.0L,Diesel,5 SP MAN||1800kg|
|base||Ute||2.7L,ULP,4 SP AUTO||1800kg|
Toyota HiLux 2001 Price and Specs
|Toyota HiLux Model||Body Type||Specs||Price from||Price to|
|(4X4)||Ute||3.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4||$7,255||$11,990|
|(4X4)||Ute||2.7L ULP 5 SP MAN 4X4||$7,255||$11,990|
|(base)||Ute||3.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN||$1,500||$7,990|
|(base)||Ute||2.7L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$1,500||$7,990|
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.
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.
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.
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.