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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:
||Depreciation (per week)
||Fuel (per km)
|Ford Ranger XL 3.2-litre 4x4
|Toyota HiLux SR 4x4 2.8-litre
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.