The 2021 Toyota HiLux has arrived, and we’ve spent a fair bit of time in a cardinal of altered variants. But this one is possibly the best important of all.
It’s the new Toyota HiLux SR5 – or, if we’re alike added specific, it’s the SR5 , which is the flagship archetypal in the ‘standard’ ambit of Lux models, afore you get to the Rogue and Rugged X versions.
At the time of writing, we hadn’t gotten a adventitious to drive either of those models, so we were demography this as a range-topper.
But with annealed antagonism in the all-new Isuzu D-Max, not to acknowledgment the Toyota’s arch-nemesis in the 4×4 ute segment, the Ford Ranger, has Toyota done abundant with its latest amend to accumulate the HiLux abreast the top of the segment?
Let’s acquisition out, shall we?
The SR5 agency is absolutely appealing big now. You aren’t aloof bedfast to bifold cab automated pick-up, as is the case in some added utes out there. Apprehend all about how the prices accept afflicted here.
In fact, you can get the SR5 in 4×2 Hi-Rider ute guise (from $53,690 MSRP), and if you adopt 4×4 there’s an added cab ute (from $58,400), or a bifold cab-chassis tray aback SR5 (from $58,240 manual), or bifold cab ute 4×4 (from $57,920 manual).
Then there’s the SR5 variants, which add a brace of what we account to be ‘non-essential’ additions… unless you’re afterwards a semi-luxury acquaintance in your bifold cab ute.
The SR5 models are accessible in the bifold cab-chassis anatomy appearance (auto only, $60,920), but if you accept the tub adaptation of the 4WD SR5 , you accept the best of six-speed chiral ($60,420) or automatic, as activated actuality ($62,420).
Yep, $62,420 additional on-road costs for this SR5 bifold cab auto 4×4 is expensive, and that’s the account price, which doesn’t accommodate on-road costs, and a glance at the Toyota armpit suggests a drive-away bulk of about $68K. Indeed, SR5 prices are up above all variants by amid $2680 and $3160 as allotment of this facelift.
Wondering what you get in the SR5, and what the SR5 models add? SR5 accepted accessories includes LED headlights, two-tone 18-inch admixture wheels, a sports bar (pick-ups only), archetypal specific tail-lights, GPS accessory navigation, DAB agenda radio and a leather-trimmed council caster and accessory selector. There’s single-zone altitude control, advance button alpha and acute key entry, too.
By allotment the SR5 adaptation you’re spending $2500 to be advised to single-stage acrimonious advanced seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and leather-accented upholstery.
Even in the SR5 there’s no auto-dimming rear appearance mirror, nor is there commuter bench electric acclimation accessible on any grade. And in the assurance area there are a few things missing aback you analyze it to some of its contemporaries. Apprehend that area beneath for added detail.
If you’re ute shopping, again you ability be apprehensive about accessories, and you can accept to fit a balderdash bar or nudge bar (which are advised to abet with all the assurance tech systems), or you ability charge a roof rack, canopy, tub liner (yep, it’s still alternative on the top-grade!) window tint, headlight protectors, beanie protector, or a snorkel.
And if you array them at the time of purchase, you can accommodate them in the absolute financed amount. That’s not so accessible if you add items on afterwards purchase.
Colours (or colors if you’re not bottomward with the English way of spelling it) for the SR5 and SR5 models accommodate a no-cost white finish, while there are additionally brownish options in black, grey, silver, dejected and fair white (all $600).
After a red HiLux like the old TRD one? Or a blooming one like the historically alarming SR5s of old? No chance, sorry. And there’s additionally no beach for this facelift version, nor brown, purple, or yellow.
The affair about the SR5 archetypal in the HiLux ambit is that it array of misses the ‘wow factor’ that you get in analogously priced high-grade variants from Ford and Isuzu.
Like, this isn’t absolutely the array of ute you could anticipate of as a Wildtrak or X-Terrain rival, because it’s aloof so apparent compared to those competitors. The boilerplate punter mightn’t alike aces it over an SR.
Admittedly, if you appetite a Wildtrak or X-Terrain adversary you ability be because the Rogue or Rugged X archetypal instead of the SR5 or SR5 .
Those new versions now accept the looks to bend out in the crowd, abundant added than the sedate booty the cast took with the antecedent versions. But still, in agreement of appearance pony-ism, the SR5 aloof isn’t as clear as it should be. And you can’t acquaint an SR5 from the outside, either.
Toyota Australia claims the facelifted HiLux is “better-looking” than ever. I mean, the grille is added aggressive, the headlights attending appealing good, and it’s a bit added blowing than before. It has a bit added of the Toyota boxy trucks attending that you see on the Tacoma and 4Runner models awash in the US.
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below, but otherwise, the SR5 archetypal is abundantly unchanged.
Now, adapt to get your barometer band out. It’s time to acquaint the account of the tape, starting with SR5 anatomy ambit above the added cab and bifold cab models – but aloof note, these are for the analeptic versions; the cab-chassis models alter depending on tray fitment.
First, anatomy ambit for anniversary of the types of HiLux – acutely this varies a bit for cab-chassis models as the tray anatomy adapted may change the length, amplitude or height, but we’re application the abstracts provided by Toyota for the analeptic models as guidance.
Need a best tub? The added cab archetypal will be the aces for you. But remember, you can now get the SR5 as a cab-chassis, acceptation you can BYO tray or get a custom one built. The abstracts beneath are for the analeptic versions of these utes.
And you’ll charge to go for the cab-chassis adaptation if you appetite to fit an Aussie bassinet (1165mm by 1165mm) amid the wheelarches.
Payload capacity, gross agent accumulation (GVM), gross aggregate accumulation (GCM) and towing accommodation is abutting up.
Right, what about off-road ambit and potential? Clearly if you’re belief up amid a 4×2 and 4×4, the abstracts ability accomplish you anticipate you’ll be fine!
That’s a lot of actuality to digest. Abutting up we’ll booty a attending at the applied considerations in the cabin.
If you get aflame about blow awning infotainment systems, this is activity to be big news. There’s assuredly a new 8.0-inch multimedia assemblage in the HiLux, and yep, it assuredly has smartphone apery tech by way of USB-connect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
And alike added excitingly, there are adamantine buttons either ancillary of the interface, and knobs for the aggregate and affability functions. Hooray!
It’s so abundant easier to use than the absolute system, and a acceptable change. Additionally acceptable is that SR5 and SR5 models still get GPS sat nav, as able-bodied as DAB and AM/FM radio. No CD player, though.
The new apparatus array architecture – with a altered bezel that looks like cogs, new dials and a new agenda 4.2-inch disciplinarian affectation with agenda speedometer and abundant cruise computer – is addition highlight.
Storage is additionally a able point in the cabin. There are bifold cuff boxes, bifold outboard pop-out dash-mount cup holders abreast the air vents, appropriate cup holders amid the seats, a accumulator area in advanced of the shifter and amid the seats (with a 230-volt ability outlet!), and in the aback you get cup holders in a fold-down armrest, map pockets, arcade bag hooks on the bench backs, and all four doors accept canteen holders in the bifold cabs.
Sadly, though, there are still affluence of things that could be better.
The HiLux’s berth architecture hasn’t afflicted all that much, and it’s attractive a bit old. The dashboard with a affected bond aftereffect above the top and adamantine plastic, and annihilation to baptize the SR5 as actuality as big-ticket as it is absolutely lets it down.
I mean, alike if you get the SR5 with the covering accents and bench heating, you’re hardly activity to get the aforementioned akin of wow-factor that you get in a Wildtrak – it rocks a absolutely altered architecture that absolutely lifts it aloft added Rangers. And the Raptor is addition adventure altogether.
The SR5’s covering council caster is a bit coarse, the buttons and controls are a bit activity over form, and it aloof about doesn’t feel that special. Alike the bench heating is on/off – there’s no multi-stage acclimation – and you don’t get an auto-dimming rearview mirror, either.
There’s still alone single-zone altitude control, and while the rear bench gets vents, the amplitude aback there isn’t as acceptable as rivals. As a 182cm/6’0” adult, I begin the knee-room a bit tight, and arch allowance to be cramped, too.
There’s alone one agent best in the HiLux SR5, and it’s been acquainted up for 2021 and beyond.
That motor is the four-cylinder turbo-diesel 2.8-litre unit, accepted as the 1GD-FTV in Toyota land.
Peak application (in metric chat) is now 150kW of ability at 3400rpm, and the torque achievement depends on the chiral you choose: chiral models aftermath 420Nm from 1400-3400rpm, but the bigger-selling automated chiral versions accept 500Nm from 1600-2800rpm.
Auto SR5s ahead had 450Nm – that’s what the new D-Max and BT-50 are ablution with. And you can feel the added affairs power. We’ll altercate it further, below.
As mentioned, there’s a 4×2 SR5 Hi-Rider bifold cab (RWD/2WD). The majority of buyers, though, will be absorbed to the 4×4 models, which affection selectable four-wheel drive (4WD/4×4) with aerial ambit (2H and 4H) and low ambit (4L).
Official accumulated aeon ammunition burning varies a little depending on the drivetrain (be it 4×2 or 4×4) and the transmission.
The 2.8-litre agent in 2WD guise is claimed to use 8.1 litres per 100km (auto only), while the 4WD added cab auto claims 7.9L/100km, the 4×4 chiral bifold cab is TBC, and the auto 4×4 bifold cab claims 7.9L/100km.
On test, we saw a acknowledgment of 8.3L/100km at the pump, which is bigger than in antecedent SR5 drives area we’ve been added acceptable to hover in the low 10s.
Worried about active range? The ammunition catchbasin accommodation for the HiLux agency is 80 litres and there is no continued ambit ammunition catchbasin option.
We’ve appear that Toyota is agog for a HiLux hybrid, but it’s not actuality yet. Let’s aloof say that for Australia, a amalgam is a lot added acceptable than an LPG, constituent hybrid, abounding electric or petrol V6!
All models in the Toyota HiLux agency run with the best best ANCAP blast analysis appraisement awarded in 2019. However, some new competitors accept overtaken the HiLux for assurance technology – admitting the Toyota still has a able accepted assurance tech accessories list.
All models accept auto emergency braking (AEB) operational amid 50km/h-180km/h, banal and cyclist apprehension operational from 10km/h-80km/h, and lane abandonment admonishing with lane befitting abetment (but it doesn’t beacon for you – instead, it can ballast the auto it needs to in adjustment to cull you aback in your lane). There is acceleration assurance acceptance and warning, and adaptive cruise ascendancy on both chiral and automated models, too.
Missing items accommodate dark atom ecology and rear cantankerous cartage alert, and Toyota doesn’t fit a abandoning camera on the about $60,000 SR5 cab-chassis. Wow.
HiLux models accept seven airbags – bifold front, advanced side, driver’s knee and feature blind – and bifold cab models accept rear adolescent bench ballast credibility (two ISOFIX accessories and two loop-style top-tethers for babyish seats – you can’t accurately fit three adolescent seats above the back).
5 years / absolute km warranty
ANCAP Assurance Rating
Every HiLux awash in Australia comes with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, which is extendable for the powertrain if you accumulate it serviced by the logbook – it alcove out to seven years/unlimited kilometres.
But account intervals are still called every six months/10,000km, whichever comes aboriginal – acceptation you could be authoritative two or alike three trips in a year to get it serviced. Many – indeed, best – rivals activity 12 month/15,000km intervals.
And while the per-service bulk isn’t too bad – $250 for the agent HiLuxes – that agency you could be up for $500 a year at a minimum for maintenance. Rivals are cheaper. And there is no roadside abetment cover, either.
So, what about Toyota HiLux issues, complaints, concerns, reliability, recalls, or alike aloof that agent chapped clarify (DPF) situation? You can apprehend added at our Toyota HiLux problems page.
The assurance is the key here, though. It ability save you money in the continued run.
The changes fabricated to the adapted HiLux are noticeable, but they don’t absolutely advance it to the top of the chic in agreement of on-road active manners.
The agent is appreciably added eager, and you can absolutely feel the added advance from the 50Nm added to the equation. It revs nicely, builds drive with acceptable linearity, and the chiral (six-speed auto in our analysis vehicle’s case) is mostly actual able-bodied sorted.
It can be active at college speeds as it tries to accumulate the agent in its candied spot, but it absolutely does it able-bodied if you can avoid the ambiguity and the babble that comes with it.
And there is some babble to argue with. There’s still an aural boom at a standstill, and it’s hardly the best hushed agent as it builds pace.
Plus if the cast argumentation ascendancy comes into play, area it downshifts aback you’re activity bottomward acropolis in an engine-braking appearance fashion, it can be acutely raucous.
I’ve mentioned the Wildtrak and X-Terrain a few times in this review, and the active area is area those two models standout alike added over the HiLux.
The Toyota is aloof rougher riding, never as composed over chastening and bumps aback the tub is empty. I apperceive the rear end settles bottomward with about 600kg over the rear axle, but if you’re not absolutely loaded at all times, you will feel the accurateness of the rear suspension. It isn’t as angry as before, but it’s still not as acceptable in agreement of ride abundance as its competitors.
And for me, the council arrangement ‘upgrades’ accept absolutely fabricated things a little worse. There’s a new capricious breeze ability council pump that is declared to accomplish things added driver-friendly, but it’s no best as authentic to steer, with a vagueness at college acceleration and a depression to the council activity aback parking or assuming three- or five-point turns.
But that council arrangement is deactivated aback you appoint low-range, as we begin during our acropolis ascend and bank analysis out the aback of Ulladulla on the NSW south coast. That’s area the HiLux acquainted at home – in some of the best betraying area we could find.
Indeed, the council allows you added feel in low range, and with the animosity bound it’s simple to abode yourself area you charge to be and advance yourself up the acropolis after abundant fuss. There’s abundance of wheel/axle articulation, and absolutely acceptable arena approval to acquiesce you to investigate ruts and ramps.
It was additionally absorbing to see how the SR5 archetypal we had collection decline – with the acropolis bank ascendancy (‘Downhill Abetment Control’, or DAC, in Toyota land) activated, we trundled aback bottomward to the abject of the acropolis ascend at a affable 2.0-3.0km/h, with no pedal assignment appropriate at all. Aloof point and it will booty you area you charge to go, boring and securely.
In fact, there was alone one absolute affair in the austere off-road stuff: the tyres. The Bridgestone Dueler H/Ts (265/60R18 110H) are fabricated for canoeing aboriginal and foremost, not backbreaking up advance that adapted rigs would attempt to negotiate. So if you’re because an SR5, maybe anticipate about a bigger set of elastic if off-highway adventures are on your agitation list.
And if you are agog for off-road trips, aloof be acquainted that the ride is still appealing acrid over corrugated alluvium advance on placard tyre inflation. It aloof isn’t as adequate as it could be.
If you anticipate you charge a Toyota HiLux SR5 or SR5 , I would thoroughly acclaim blockage out the SR grade. You’re not missing out on much, and you’ll be spending beneath money. Makes a adequately able case, really.
But if you charge to accept article that stands out from the crowd, it has to be a HiLux, and money isn’t as abundant of an issue, again conceivably authority off until the Rogue and Rugged X arrive.
Or aloof buy a Ranger or D-Max… ?