Toyota Hilux Video Review
Having previously been powered by a beefy 3.0 liter diesel engine, the headlines surrounding the new Toyota Hilux is the introduction of a new 2.4 liter diesel engine. Producing 150 PS and 295 pounds per foot of torque, it isn’t exactly lacking in grunt. It also produces more torque than the outgoing 3.0 liter unit, but it is the only engine offered with the new Hilux and anybody needing more pull may be forced to look elsewhere.
Toyota’s worked hard on delivering an improved driving experience, and it’s had to, as the improvements of road manners across the truck segment generally means new models now have to drive like cars.
While it’s not the most exciting thing to drive on a road, it offers a different kind of experience altogether for those buyers new to the pickup segment. In their own unique way, trucks like the new Toyota Hilux are actually rather good fun to drive, feeling imposing and powerful, but very easy to wield and get around in. The steering is light and all of the controls are all easy to operate, just like a normal car, which may come as a surprise to some. It’s a bit like picking up a sledgehammer and finding it to be lighter than you thought.
Obviously, being a Hilux means it’s a highly capable vehicle when the roads disappear, and there aren’t many others cars civilians can buy that can deal with terrain this wild. Of course, there are the off-road standard front and rear differentials that help pull and push you through the course, but there are also selectable driving modes to assist with grip. Rest assured, when it gets really tough, the new Toyota Hilux is one of the most capable and dependable vehicles out there.
Now, it’s fair to say the Toyota Hilux is known as the rough old shire horse of the Toyota stable, but the new interior is a pleasant surprise. Being a truck, it has to be a fairly simple affair, and it is, but the build quality, layout, and design make it a very pleasant environment to find yourself in.
There’s no real room for flare in the exterior design of a pickup, so manufacturers tend to focus on making these trucks look strong and bold. The new Hilux has a far stronger jawline than the outgoing generation. It appears more imposing, wider, and wears a more confident face. It seems almost a little needless to talk about the build quality of a Hilux. It feels as if it could withstand an explosion, and you certainly won’t be worried about it breaking when you’re out on the road.
Off-road, the new Hilux is about as good as it gets, but of course, off-road is where the margins between it and its rivals are so fine, and as such, do they really matter all that much? Ultimately, the new Toyota Hilux is more expensive and less economical than some of its rivals, and we’re not sure that immense off-road capability and improved road holding is enough to stop it being under threat from the new breed of trucks due to be coming our way soon. The Hilux is a legendary name, though, and a legend is living on, for now.