Toyota Hilux (2015–)

Last updated 24 April 2019

Like many modern pick-ups, the Toyota Hilux is built on a ladder chassis and uses leaf sprung rear suspension, which makes it well-suited for carrying heavy loads. The trade off, however, is that the ride can get extremely bumpy. Especially so when the vehicle isn't carrying anything in the back.

As a result it can get uncomfortable at low speeds and is prone to crashing over potholes and speed bumps. Corners also present a challenge, with lots of bodyroll. That said, the Hilux is easy enough to drive and a good motorway companion, with the ride settling down to a smooth and composed ride. There is plenty of grip in the corners, even in rear-wheel drive mode.  

The interior boasts plenty of all-round visibility with electric door mirrors fitted as standard. The driver's seat has lots of adjustment while the reach and rake steering makes it easy to get a comfortable position. Obviously, owing to the fact the Hilux is 5.3 metres long it can be tricky to park. Thankfully most models get a rearview camera as standard, which makes it simple to park without scraping a bumper.

The 2.4 D-4D diesel engine is not particularly refined. There's lots of clatter at start-up and it tends to get quite vocal under hard acceleration. There is plenty of torque though - 400Nm from just 1600rpm - which gives high levels of mid-gear acceleration, making it great for towing up to 3.5 tonnes when hooked up to a braked trailer. 

Off-road, the Hilux is brilliant. It will easily keep up with a Land Rover Defender on a muddy field or wintery farm track. The four-wheel drive system is easy to understand and can be activated in a matter of seconds while on the move.

As well as all-wheel drive, the Hilux gets a lockable rear diff and a host of electronic driving aids, including hill hold assist and an automatic braking function. This allows the Hilux to control its speeds when tackling steep off-road descents. It will also work in reverse, which means you can safely retrace your steps if you have found an off-road hill to be a bit too steep...

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
2.4 D-4D 5 80 L 38 mpg 194 g/km
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