A Look Inside The New Toyota HiLux

The 2020 Toyota HiLux is an automobile that is sure to please even the toughest car buyer because it was created with both beauty and utility in mind.  You’ll walk away from the dealership ready to tackle whatever roads you come across and with a feeling of extreme satisfaction.  This vehicle gives you the possibility to drive anytime and anywhere with its new 5-star rated diesel engine.

The exterior comes in different colors – from your classic black or white to a beautiful orange – and it is sleek as well.  It provides you with the ability to decide upon a HiLux that not only suits your style but your road needs too.

You can expect a 5 or 6 speed automatic or manual transmission under the hood.  The HiLux comes outfitted with a cool AC system for all of those hot days.  Your audio options include a USB hookup, CD player, an AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity – all producing their sounds via a four-speaker audio system.  That means boredom is never an option in your HiLux.

Performance Specs

The HiLux has one of the widest variety of body styles available on the utility market. It also allows you to decide between the options of going for a single-cab, double-cab, or extra cab.  You can choose to turn your HiLux into a pick-up or leave it as it is.  A 2WD model is available if you don’t need a 4WD.  To get an extra ground clearance, the 2WD model can be upgraded to a Hi-Rider –  if needed.

The 2020 Toyota HiLux offers you four engine options.  You can decide on a 2.8-litre four-cylinder, a 2.4-litre four-cylinder, a 4.0-litre petrol V6, and a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol.  The 2WD is the only one fitted with the 2.7 petrol. The automatic transmission gearboxes are six-speed, while those of manual transmission gearboxes lets you decide between five or six speeds.

Entertainment Features

For individuals who want a utility vehicle with all of the latest technology innovations,  the HiLux may not be the best option.  Standard on every model is Bluetooth with voice recognition.  However, you’ll have to upgrade, if you want a 7.0-inch touchscreen.  Upgrading will also get you satellite navigation to help when you do a little bit of off-roading, Toyota Links, and a 220-volt outlet so you can charge your laptop in no time.

Safety Features

Knowing that you’re likely shopping for a utility vehicle more than a family vehicle, Toyota put most of its focus on safety features.  HiLux can, however, easily be both. To help a driver reverse through any type of terrain, a rearview camera comes as a standard feature.   Also, to assist you to take back control of the HiLux if you go into a tailspin, there is Electronic Stability.  While the feature mentioned above is standard on all sedans cars, same cannot be said of utility cars, this is why the HiLux is ahead of its competition.  Going hand in hand with the Electronic Stability is the Electronic Traction Control, which is also on all models of the HiLux.

You’ll be happy to know that, if you’re pulling a trailer and it is unsteady, Trailer Sway Control will be there to help stabilize your vehicle.  This utility vehicle can carry at least 740kg in its tray, depending on the model you choose. When it comes to towing, based on the model you decide upon, you can haul weight between 2500kg and 3500kg.


Some of the competition outrank the HiLux if you are looking for specific features in your vehicle.  If you want better performance, then a Ford Ranger or Volkswagen Amarok might be a better option.  Where the HiLux only has part time 4WD, the Amarok comes with full-time 4WD, making it safer to drive and reliable when taken off the road.  For the Ranger, it comes with a beefier diesel engine, an active cruise control to regulate your speed depending on the cars around you, as well as a forward collision warning to warn you of an impending accident. Both competition, come outfitted with heated front seats, for added comfort.

Fuel Efficiency

The HiLux comes fitted with four unique engines, all with 110kW power and drive 2.4 L turbo diesel which can rise to 400Nm torque as well as 176kW maximum responsive power.

The power-driving capabilities and new technology allow for the best in fuel efficiency and fuel ratings in the HiLux.  Some of the top auto industry experts have rated the Toyota’s entire lineup of cars as most efficient since 2012.  The love for the fuel efficiency of the Toyota range of vehicles has only grown among both critics and consumers over the years.  Judicious use of the most modern technological advancements as well as innovation in vehicle design and hard work have made such accomplishments a current reality.

The 2.8 diesel which is the most popular model uses up from 7.3 to 9.0 litres/100km.  The fuel usage is determined by the gearbox you use, the body style of the model as well as the type of road you are driving on. You should expect to use up significantly more fuel If you’re towing and the same applies if you are driving an automatic transmission vehicle.

Pros And Cons

While we must account for the negative factors, they are outweighed by the positive factors for the HiLux.  As is the case with most vehicles of this size of this utility truck, you may find it difficult to fit it on older roads or under more narrow tunnels.  A fact all drivers should consider is that driving up narrow mountain roads without side walls may be a difficulty and dangerous.

The HiLux is probably not the best for you if you want a comfortable, daily family ride.  The interior is minimal and  the entertainment features are almost non-existent.  The automobile just isn’t an all family ride.

However, the HiLux is a utility vehicle that you should consider if you want a reliable and sturdy vehicle that can hold its own on some of the heaviest road conditions.  With the safety features, the variety of engines available, the tough as nails chassis and the customized exterior the HiLux is built to be a road warrior.  It allows you to haul what you want, where you want, all with significant ease.  Yes, some vehicles can do more, but it may not be as easy as it is for the HiLux.  The HiLux is built to be a workhorse. It’s sure to perform.

Before you decide, be sure to test drive the new 2020 Toyota HiLux to determine if it’s the right fit for you.

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