Toyota Hilux (2015–)

Last updated 24 April 2019

Few workhorses are as tough or as capable as the Hilux. Backed by Toyota's proven four-wheel drive know how, the Hilux will make short work of wintry roads or off-road conditions. All versions get four-wheel drive as standard, while low ratio gearing and a lockable rear diff will allow the Hilux to cope with everything from muddy fields to snowy conditions.  

Double cab versions offer the best balance between work and family practicality. The interior is large and comfortable, with plenty of head and legroom for up to four adults. There is also lots of storage, with deep door bins and two lockable gloveboxes. Air conditioning is standard across the range, while high spec models get automatic climate control, DAB, rear-view camera and a colour touchscreen.  

The Hilux runs in rear-wheel drive as standard, but can be switched into four-wheel drive by a simple rotary dial. The system can be activated up to speeds of 30mph and takes seconds to operate. Low-ratio gears are also available for heavy duty off-roading, although the vehicle has to be brought to a halt for this.

The Hilux can be specified in three body styles - single cab, extra cab, double cab – but only those in need of a basic load carrier will want the two-seater single cab. The extra cab is technically a four-seater, but the lack of legroom in the back makes it only ever suitable for taking the kids to school. Most buyers will opt for the double cab, which will easily carry four large adults in comfort, with acres of head and legroom. 

Depending on which version you choose, the Hilux will carry payloads of 1030kg - 1055kg. Double cab models boast one of the largest load beds of any double cab pick-up, stretching 1525mm in length and 1645mm in width. Single cab versions will take a considerable 2315mm in length. 

Accessing the load area is easy, with a wide opening, although the fold-down tailgate is heavy and has a tendency to crash open if you click the handle and release it. But load tie hooks are plentiful and Toyota also offers a huge choice of load bed covers and protectors.

Like many pick-ups, the Hilux will tow up to 3.5 tonnes when hooked to a braked trailer. A trailer sway control system is fitted as standard and will apply braking and control engine power to prevent a braked trailer from becoming uncontrollable in high winds or on poor roads. 


Version Length Width Height Wheelbase
King Cab 5130 mm 1835 mm 1795 mm -
Version Length Width Height Volume
King Cab 1830 mm 1515 mm 450 mm -
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