Toyota Hilux (2005–2015)

What's good

Build quality is among the best in class and this is borne out by an enviable reputation for reliability and very few recalls during the Toyota Hilux’s life.

The Double Cab offers good space for rear seat passengers rather than the token effort made by some competitors and the dash is a paragon of clarity. 

Four-wheel drive is standard on all Toyota Hilux models sold in the UK and the vehicle can deal with some seriously muddy situations thanks to its off-road ability.

Pre-2012 not restricted to 50mph on two lane roads and 60mph on dual carriageways (can do 60mph on two lane roads and 70mph on dual carriageways).

What's bad

Recall 16-08-2006: Engine may stall or surge due to air entering the fuel filter when the engine is cold and fuel level is low.

Recall 11-06-2012: Loss of control possible due to the possible fitting of the wrong differential to some vehicles.

Recall 25-9-2013: On Toyota Hilux single cab models built July 2005 to August 2011, pick-up bedliner may detatch. Vehicles to be recalled and bedliner fixing checked. If any damage, bedliner to be replaced.

Recall 9-4-2014: Precautionary airbag recall announced by Toyota on Hilux built 2004-2010. Toyota has identified a possible issue affecting the spiral cable assembly in the airbag module fitted to some RAV4 and Hilux models. Due to the shape and location of a retainer for the Flexible Flat Cable in the airbag unit, there may be a risk when the steering wheel is turned of damage to certain circuits that provide connectivity to the airbag. If connectivity is lost, the airbag warning light will illuminate on the instrument panel and the driver’s airbag may be deactivated. The vehicles subject to this recall are Hilux models manufactured within the period June 2004 and December 2010. In total this covers 24,785 UK-registered models, the number split broadly equally between the two models. All the vehicles affected by this issue are being recalled so that an improved spiral cable can be fitted. The installation will take about one hour to complete; the work will be carried out free of charge.

UK version initially had 102PS 2.5 D-4D with 260Nm torque (just 200Nm on two wheel drive version). Also only five-speed manual.

Breather tube for rear axle only vents on axle so water can get in when deep wading.

One report of worn injectors on a 3.0 D-4D at just 3 years old and 15,000 miles.

"Free upgrade" of models with 16-inch alloy wheels and tyres to to 15 inch alloys. If refused, owner may be required to sign a waiver to accept that he knows the vehicle may be dangerous and that his vehicle warranty will be void. Seems that a Hilux failed the Swedish Elk Test on 16-inch wheels. Latest models are fitted with Automatic Stability Control.

The driving position will not suit everyone due to no seat height adjustment and the steering wheel only moves for height, but not reach.

The ride on the Toyota Hilux is very harsh, even by pick-up standards, so it is not a good choice for those who don’t need to make use of its payload capacity.

Tough and reliable the engines may be, but they need to be worked hard to get the best from them and they are very noisy in use at any speeds.

On belt-cam 2.0 and 2.5 litre diesel engines the waterpump must be replaced at the same time as the timing belt. They are prone to breaking up and when they do, they throw the belt off.

What does a Toyota Hilux (2005 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £19,503 +VAT
Buy new from £19,395 +VAT
Contract hire from £200.51 +VAT pm
Lease from £203.84 +VAT pm