The new Toyota Hilux proving to be more refined, better to drive and more comfortable than its predecessor
Toyota‘s Hilux has had a strong hold on the Australian pick up market as one of the countries favourite utes. When we tested the previous version the Toyota Hilux’s strengths became apparent – it felt robust, the 3.0 litre diesel felt indestructible and the SR5 specification seemed to have just the right amount of equipment for both work and play. The truck certainly had its charms, but it was beginning to feel a little old.
Toyota has revolutionised the Hilux brand with the new 2016 Toyota Hilux. Again, we’re testing the SR5 spec, but rather interestingly, instead of the new 2.8 litre turbo diesel, Toyota has supplied us with the petrol V6 version.
The 2016 Toyota Hilux is a looker from every angle, with strong chiselled lines, tough but stylish alloy wheels and touches of chrome. It’s a similar story inside, where the new cabin is car like and the touch screen for the entertainment system is easy to use. The seats are actually very comfortable, although cheap plastics still dominate the cabin and are not only disappointing at this price point but for Toyota.
Road manners have also been transformed – the 2016 Toyota Hilux is less bouncy unladen, less truck like and generally an easier thing to manoeuvre than the outgoing version. Toyota has listened to the market’s need for utilities that are for both work and play and it has listened.
Full review soon.