Toyota HiLux

Set as a 2016 model, Toyota has released a new version of their popular HiLux truck. Featuring added interior refinements and other creature comforts; Toyota states that the new HiLux is just as rugged as ever while being more comfortable and ready to handle whatever customers throw at it.


For this eighth-generation truck, Toyota redesigned the entire exterior, up-scaling it from the seventh generation model. There are chrome accents around the car, updated LED headlights, and a cohesive overall design. Toyota has continued the tradition of the high-riding, utilitarian pickup truck by lifting the car and putting large wheels on. The HiLux offers a chrome roll bar behind the cabin, at the front of the truck bed. Unfortunately, it is just for show and will not offer any protection if the car rolls.


Many updates have occurred inside the cabin of the HiLux, equally impressive as the exterior modifications. The dashboard has a new, horizontal shape and brushed aluminum trim surrounds the cabin, brightening everything up. Black leather with unique stitching wraps every seat cushion and the steering wheel receives an upgrade as well, featuring more controls and hands-free settings. A standard CD/DVD Navigation sits nicely in the center stack and below the main screen, there is easy access to the HVAC controls.


Toyota offers four engines directly from the factory for the HiLux; two naturally aspirated engines and two turbodiesel motors. For the naturally aspirated engines, a 2.7-liter four-cylinder produces 164 horsepower, while the optional 4-liter V6 pushes out 278 horsepower. Up next, the 2.8 turbodiesel makes 174 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. For customers interested in better fuel economy, there is a smaller, 2.4-liter turbodiesel that makes 160 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque. Reaching 60 mph takes around 9.5 seconds and the HiLux has an electronically limited top speed of 115 mph.


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