Toyota HiLux 2020
Carsguide Editor - Adventure Marcus Craft had this to say at the time: The SR is a reasonably priced dual-cab ute in the grand scheme of things and it makes sense as a great platform for an accessorised work and/or touring vehicle.You can read the full review here.
This is what Marcus Craft liked most about this particular version of the Toyota HiLux: Few frills, Built for purpose, 4WD capability
The 2020 Toyota HiLux carries a braked towing capacity of up to 3500 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 2020 Price and Specs
|Toyota HiLux Model||Body Type||Specs||Price from||Price to|
|Rogue (4X4)||Ute||2.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO||$52,900||$66,880|
|Rugged (4X4)||Ute||2.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO||$49,000||$61,930|
|Rugged (4X4)||Ute||2.8L Diesel 6 SP MAN||$47,200||$59,730|
|Rugged X (4X4)||Ute||2.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO||$54,500||$68,970|
Toyota HiLux 2020 Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota HiLux here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Datsun 720 ute - Were they better than the HiLux?
If you find a good Datsun 720 ute, then go for it. Like most vehicles from the late '70s and '80s, they rust away.
Is it better than the contemporary HiLux? Probably not, judging from what Wheels magazine had to say in its August 1981 4x2 single-cab diesel comparison by esteemed road tester, Brian Woodward, featuring the HiLux against the Datsun 720, Ford Courier and Holden Rodeo:
"Datsun has radial tyres as standard but they don't do handling much good; ride is choppiest of the four. Bench seat makes best use of space but cabin is claustrophobic. Engine gives most power but is truck-like with plenty of diesel clatter. Column shift works well. Load space and access is good."
Of the HiLux: "Toyota feels most car-like, is quietest of four and has most practical gear ratios. But it doesn't set standards for suspension control. Cabin is light and airy. Engine gives HiLux best performance and economy. Dash controls are easy to use. Deck is as for others."
"None of the four is a worthwhile alternative to a car or a serious rival for the good old Aussie ute, but the Toyota comes close. It is the one we would choose..."
Wheels then went on to compare the same new 1981 HiLux against the Holden WB Kingswood 3300 ute, with the following conclusion:
"The Toyota has plenty of ground clearance, useful low gearing and fine economy – a very different picture to that of the Holden and one which gives the Japanese a clear advantage as a practical workhorse. But utes are not only workhorses – they may have to carry pigs in the back on Friday but on Saturday they are expected to be able to take the missus to the shops (this was 1981, remember, Ed.). And it's here that the Toyota falls down. It's too commercial."
That all said, we'd buy on condition. If you find a HiLux that's in better shape than the 720, we'd go for that. But as you said, the Datsun is a rarer thing, and a delightfully period piece of engineering in its own right.
We hope this contemporary perspective of the Datsun 720 and Toyota HiLux helps.Show more
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.Show more
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.Show more
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.Show more