17 July 2019 · New Vehicles

Why Would I Purchase a Toyota Hilux?

1968 Hilux One of the first generation Hilux models in Australia

Even if the Hilux became a separate product to the rest of the Toyota range, it would be Australia’s 10th largest automotive brand, with more customers than Honda and Subaru – with just one single model.

Have you ever wondered why the Toyota Hilux is so popular with today’s buyers? Also with so many other options in the market, is the Hilux still the best choice for your new car?

Hilux History

Originally launched in Australia in 1968, Toyota's respected ute has been a part of our culture for over fifty years now. The name is a combination of “high” and “luxury”.

2018 has been yet another amazing year for the HiLux. In June alone, 47,093 buyers chose a HiLux, beating its own previous sales record by a good 5,000 orders. Thanks to this vehicle, for the 15th consecutive year Toyota have sold the most cars in Australia.

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What do Toyota say?

Toyota Australia president and CEO Matthew Callachor says that the HiLux is an adventure-ready ute that serves a popular segment.

"SUV sales have grown 14 per cent during this period (2017) while sales of LCVs have grown almost 18.9 per cent. This surge in demand for vehicles like HiLux can be viewed as an extension of the popularity of SUVs. They're high-riding vehicles that can take you on your adventures while delivering car-like features and comfort.”

What is the bestselling HiLux model?

The HiLux SR5 is the premium model and top selling. With a more powerful turbo diesel 2.8-litre engine together with over-size 18” alloy wheels and features like automatic climate control and a smart entry/start system, the HiLux has come a long way since it’s arrival in 1968!

Toyota’s next best is the SR which is the category just below the SR5 and has steel wheels as a standard, making it appealing to tradies who require something that is both functional and still carries some luxuries.

The third most popular option is the WorkMate range. This entry-grade spec is Toyota’s equivalent of a toolbox on wheels. It has two engine options, a 2.7-litre petrol or a compact 2.4 diesel and is available as a lowrider or tough Hi-Rider with 4x4. It’s simple out fitment and rugged construction makes it the ideal ute for a builder or a tradie.

In 2018, Toyota created three new models, the Rogue, the Rugged and the Rugged X. Each model progressively receives additional off-road accessories and protection, coupled with desirable interior features.

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The Hilux Draw Cards

How did the Hilux become such a success?

·         Reliable Reputation

The HiLux has a reputation for being well built. That perception certainly seems well earned. Toyota market it as “unbreakable” and it’s not hard to see why! It’s carved such a durable name for itself, considering some of the things car shows like Top Gear have put a standard HiLux through.

The HiLux is still built upon a heavy, strong, ladder-rail chassis. This configuration enables it to handle large loads and rough terrain with ease.

·         Admired engine line-up

The HiLux product range is now one of the few ute line-ups with a petrol engine as an option. But it’s the powerful diesel engines that car reviewers stack praise on. The current model is available with a sparing 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel. There’s also the option of a gutsy 2.8 if you need to tow trailers on a regular basis.

It isn’t unheard of for older models to hit over 240,000km or 300,000km on the original gearbox and engine if looked after by firmly sticking to Toyota’s service scheduling. One farmer in Denmark achieved over 620,000km with his 2001 HiLux.

·         Practical running costs

Running costs for the HiLux are very reasonable. According to RACQ, across five years of driving 15,000km in a HiLux SR would cost the following:

Model Depreciation (per week) Fuel (per km) Servicing/repairs
Ford Ranger XL 3.2-litre 4x4 $107.40 $11.23 $6.48
Toyota HiLux SR 4x4 2.8-litre $106.31 $10.85 $8.02

Source: RACQ

Maintenance wise, Toyota dealers charge $240 for the first six services. Owners of the HiLux’s main challenger, the Ford Ranger, will have to pay $375, with second-year maintenance prices rising to $550.

Both utes work out very similar overall, but those lower servicing costs and a slightly reduced depreciation plus rego, insurance and on-road costs can make a big difference to your wallet.

·         Extensive model range

With a wide array of different trims available, from the working grade “WorkMate” to the off-road equipped Rugged X, there’s a HiLux to suit most people’s needs. You can order the HiLux with a tray, as a double cab pick-up or as an extra cab. This makes the HiLux ideal for almost any application, whether you need to carry around large bales of hay and agricultural equipment or you need to mount industry specific equipment in the rear.

·         Interior Changes

The new specification HiLux has had a substantial upgrade to the interior, making it more like the interior of a passenger car than a workhorse. The workmate range has still stayed quite minimalistic, but that is so that it can handle the dust and daily grind of working life.

The higher end SR5 model has been described as upmarket, with comfortable seats and fantastic vehicle quality.  This is no easy feat when designing a vehicle suitable for off road driving as well as load carrying duties and towing.

Hilux SR5

Why is the Toyota HiLux so popular?

In conclusion the Toyota HiLux is a collaboration of class leading abilities across the main contributing factors to purchasing the ideal ute.