Drive to Your New Adventures with Toyota Hilux

by Masashi S. JDM Enthusiast

The Toyota Hilux was originally sold as a compact pickup which was first introduced in March 1968. The Hilux is known for its reliability, durability, unique styling, and capability which made it a popular choice for buyers around the world. The current and eighth-generation Toyota Hilux was introduced in 2015 and it has undergone a series of facelifts since its release. And it continues to evolve with each generation to meet changing market demands and technology advancements. Now, let's check the pros and cons of buying the latest Toyota Hilux 2021.

5 Pros

Excellent Off-road Capability

The Toyota Hilux is a dependable all-terrain machine with superior power than any other pickup truck. It is reinforced at the front by a double wishbone system and a leaf spring rigid axle in the rear with an auto disconnect differential and differential lock for better traction on the slippery road. The Hilux is built to overcome the toughest surfaces and harsh weather conditions with its exceptional off-road performance.

Modern and Convenient Features

The latest Hilux offers a modern and comfortable cabin with convenient features including a state-of-the-art 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that allows a hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto. Also, an AM/FM, dual-zone climate control system, USB port, nine-speaker JBL sound system, heat rejection glass, and other luxurious features which help your driving experience more fun and pleasurable.

Powerful Engines

The Toyota Hilux is powered by a more powerful 2.4L 2GD-FTV straight-4 turbocharged diesel engine with 148 hp power and 400 Nm of torque for the 4×2 variants. And a 2.8L 1GD-FTV straight-4 with intercooled turbocharged diesel engine produces 201 hp power and 420 – 500 Nm of torque for the 4×4 models. The engines come with two transmission choices: a 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual. 

Several Model Options

The Toyota Hilux offers several variants to choose from; a 4×2, 4×4, single cab, double cab, automatic, manual, etc., you can definitely find a suitable Hilux for you. It also comes with some notable standard features and safety functions that will surely make your driving experience more fun and exciting.

Sensors and Camera

The Toyota Hilux comes with parking sensors and reverse cameras depending on the trim level. With sensors and cameras, it can help you easily drive into narrow parking spaces and roads which provide additional maneuvering skills and also improve the safety of the occupants.

5 Cons

Average Safety Ratings

The Toyota Hilux offers luxurious interiors but when it comes to safety features, it lacks several. The 2021 Toyota Hilux comes equipped with driver’s assistance including SRS airbags,  anti-lock braking system, seatbelts, vehicle stability control, downhill assist control, and hill start assist control.

Tall Height

The Toyota Hilux is a large off-road car with a 279mm maximum ground clearance, which is the tallest among the pickup trucks. But climbing aboard poses a certain problem, especially for young children and the elderly.

High Priced Variants

The Toyota Hilux is an amazing car with excellent features but it is very expensive and will cost more depending on the trim level. The top-level Hilux is much more expensive than the entry-level but considering its dependability and performance, it is a worthy car. The Toyota Hilux comes with several variants, so if you don’t plan on going off-road, you can choose the lower models.

Rigid and Bouncy Ride

The Toyota Hilux offers a reliable engine but it becomes bouncy when the speed increases. Driving the Hilux on the rough road offers stability and firmness, but feels bouncy on highways.

Loud Engine

The Toyota Hilux uses a 2.8L diesel engine which is powerful enough on and off-roading. But the engine sounds rackety even on idle and definitely needs some refinement.


The Toyota Hilux is indeed a well-known and highly regarded pickup truck with a long history of reliability and durability. The Hilux has definitely proved that it is the best among its class and no wonder it is one of the best-selling pickup trucks around the world, which can be driven around the city or for any off-road activities. You can now check the Toyota Hilux stocklist for more available models.

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About Masashi S. Junior   JDM Enthusiast

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Created on Sep 12th 2023 03:27. Viewed 80 times.


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