The HiLux SR, which is available in a variety of 4x2 and 4x4 ute and cab-chassis configurations, is a work-focused model like the base-grade WorkMate but with some extra bling that gives it a higher grade appearance.
Our test vehicle was the SR dual cab 4x4 ute, which is available only with the premium 2.8-litre turbo-diesel but with a choice of six-speed manual or in our case six-speed automatic transmission for $48,640. This compares favourably with Ford's Ranger equivalent, the XLS dual cab 4x4 auto, at $51,090.
The durable vinyl floor and fabric trim look more suited to workers in muddy boots than suits, but regardless of its employer this is a good-looker thanks to chunky 17-inch alloys with 265/65R17 tyres and a full-size spare, side-steps and body-coloured front bumper with halogen fog lamps and daytime running lights.
There are other useful features which lift the SR above its WorkMate sibling, like a larger 7.0-inch colour touchscreen for the six-speaker multimedia system with 'Toyota Link' and optional sat-nav/DBA+ digital radio, driver's multi-information display, steering wheel controls for telephone and voice recognition, 60/40 split-fold rear seat with cupholders in the centre armrest, plus an air-conditioned dashboard cooler box. Safety is also a cut above with variable intermittent wipers, downhill assist control (auto only) and a rear diff lock.