Test Toyota Hilux: The car legend is renewed

In recent years, it has tightened in the class for pickups. Several new and strong players have joined and given a tough fight to the established ones.

One of the cars that has gotten to know it is the Toyota Hilux workhorse. After more than 50 years on the market, it has a legendary status in this segment. Tough, tough and with an unusually good reliability and equally good passability, the nearest one subscribed to the first place for pickups in the sales statistics.

Then came the VW Amarok, Isuzu D-Max and not least the Ford Ranger. The latter became a bestseller last year.

Toyota is now responding to charges. They have come up with a new and tougher generation Hilux, which may be able to take back first place? Now we drive the car legend.

New grille and new LED lights are some of the characteristics of the new Toyota Hilux

What is it like to drive?

The new diesel engine of 2.8 liters, 204 horsepower / 500 Nm hums roughly, but low-key and cultivated behind the huge grill. The automatic transmission, with six steps, precisely presses new gears into place – whether it is geared up or down. The interior has been given a far more passenger car-like feel. The same goes for the driving feel and steering. The latter is precise and fits easily.

Toyota Hilux

  • Reliability
  • Accessibility
  • Legend status – not without reason


  • Slightly high fuel consumption
  • conservative construction
  • Expensive top edition

Price from: 455,900

Test car price: 630,300

It is also noticeable that the noise reduction has improved. It is almost surprisingly quiet for such a car to be.

But when cornering, the car tilts somewhat and even with newly developed bushings in the chassis and with new rear springs. It is not to be assumed that the car does not have a passenger car suspension. It seems a bit hard and “bouncy” with only a pair of cross-country skis and a bag on the loading platform.

It is on set and we in the nature of the car. Simply because it is not a car – but a labor struggle built for large loads and heavy roofs. Then the suspension and suspension must be then. With a little weight on the plane or 3.5 tons with a trailer, for which it is approved, we guess that it is completely different.

The car still has a separate belt frame. It may seem a bit conservative, but it does make the car stable and twist-stiff. Especially when continuing into the terrain after the road has ended. This is still an uncompromising offroader even though the road properties have improved significantly. Toyota does not fold one inch here. The legend status and the good reputation commit in that way.

This should continue to be a preferred car model in the roadless parts of the world. Too often it is precisely Toyota we find in these places.

The Hilux has also become significantly more agile with the new engine. It feels good. Work car notwithstanding – this is not a slowdown in traffic. 0 – 100 km / h is done away with in an effective 10.7 seconds, while the top speed is 175 km / h. That’s all right with the car type.

We are convinced that the new alternative to the standard 2.4 liter engine and 150 horsepower is one thing many customers will greatly appreciate. The new engine will definitely make the car more attractive to competitors.

What we may not think is as good is the fuel consumption. On good long-distance driving, you can barely fool it under the liter per mile, while on what is called mixed driving, it creeps upwards to 1.1 liters per mile. We think that is a little over.

The test drive is done in good winter conditions with snow-covered roads and around 6 – 8 degrees Celsius.

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The new Hilux has got more passenger car-like driving characteristics, but is still a tough one as well.

The new Hilux has got more passenger car-like driving characteristics, but is still a tough one as well.

How is the space?

What do you get with you?

All Hilux models with four-wheel drive, whether it is the short two-door Single Cab, Extra Cab with small rear-facing rear doors or the four-door Double Cab, which we drive, have the same 1-ton load capacity.

But logically enough; the larger the cab – the smaller the loading platform. You choose whether you want the space inside or outside.

All models can tow trailers of up to 3.5 tons.

Life in the back seat

The very few of these cars sold in Norway have rear seats. So to speak, rubles and bits of sales are two-seater vans. Thus, the space behind the front seats for luggage.

In the Double Cab version that we drive, there is plenty of interior space behind the front seats, for example dog cages, suitcases and large bags or other luggage you would like to have inside the car and not on the loading platform.

The loading platform holds exactly a pair of two-meter cross-country skis, when they are laid at an angle. Otherwise we did not have the opportunity to try it with.

But if you want to pay, the Double Cab can be supplied with rear seats. Then the prices start at 944,500 kroner.

Behind the wheel

The upgraded interior features a new info screen in the instrument panel, and a new 8-inch screen in the center console with mechanical buttons and knobs for easier operation. The point is that this can easily be operated even with coarse work gloves, or gloves on.

– The neighbor probably smiles first – but maybe it’s you who laughs last

Double cab, has four doors and offers good interior space behind the front seats, but it goes beyond the length of the plane.

Double cab, has four doors and offers good interior space behind the front seats, but it goes beyond the length of the plane.

Design: Outside and inside

The front has been given a new one, with a three-dimensional grille and front bumper now with LED headlights and taillights in a new design. New are also the external plastic screen builders. We are a little unsure if they are “a little much” or if this is okay. After a few days, we lean towards the latter. They have a phaltic function and it looks a bit harsh.

The test car here also the new ones on the 18-inch alloy wheels in black finish and the new Oxide Bronze metallic paint. A pretty cool combination, although we also think that black rims do not go equally well with all colors.

Beyond that, the car is definitely recognizable from its predecessor. We are talking only minor external changes. But the car gives a more modern and even harsher look with this layout. It gets a little like that; “Here I come and nothing can stop me”. That is probably also the intention. In addition, it is true.

As mentioned, the iterator has also been upgraded with, among other things, a new info screen in the instrument panel, and a new larger screen in the middle of the dashboard. Here, there is faster software and screen response, and the car is equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for integration with smartphone. Even if it does not win World Cup gold in infotainment, this works just fine for most of us.

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The interior has been renewed with, among other things, new info. screens.

The interior has been renewed with, among other things, new info. screens.

Tech factor

If you are a tech freak, the Hilux may not be the car for you. This is more like a freshly sharpened ax. It fits perfectly for its use, but it is not the car you impress with at the tech festival.

But the equipment list includes at least keyless access and start, navigation, automatic air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors and a JBL Premium sound system with nine speakers, an 8-channel amplifier of 800 watts and Clari-Fi sound care technology.

As always for the Hilux, the range of accessories is large, whether you want fiberglass top over the plane, hoops, extra lights, larger wheels and such things to put your personal touch on the car. Here it is only the imagination that sets limits.

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Toyota Hilux looks pretty bad - and it fits well with how the car is. It is both tough and kind at the same time.

Toyota Hilux looks pretty bad – and it fits well with how the car is. It is both tough and kind at the same time.


The car for you if:

You need a robust, reliable and tough pickup with good maneuverability that can be used for most things, whether it is work or leisure.

Not the car for you if

You like low cars that sit glued to the corners …

The owners believe

In Broom’s car guide, Norwegian owners can tell about their cars themselves. Much like a Tripadvisor for a car. So far we have received over 10,000 reviews!

You can also tell about your car: Click here – it’s done fast.

There are 26 reviews of Toyota Hilux. See what the owners mean here:

Toyota Hilux D-cab 2,8 diesel

Engine and performance:
  • Engine: four-cylinder 2.8-liter with turbo
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Effekt: 204 hk / 500 Nm
  • 0-100 km / h: 10.7 seconds
  • Top speed: 175 km / h
  • Consumption (WLTP): 0.94 liters / mil

Dimensions, weight and volume:

  • Weight: 2,130 kg
  • L – B – H: 532 / 185/ 181 cm
  • Trailer weight: 3,500 kg
  • Luggage compartment: Not specified
  • Ground clearance: 31 cm

Award :

From: Kr. 512,700 with 2.8-liter engine.

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Video: This was the last time we drove a Toyota Hilux

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