Toyota Hilux seventh generation pick-up is a great competitor of Mitsubishi Strada Triton and also Isuzu D-Max. It was introduced to the public in February 2014. In November 2015, finally this model was replaced by the Toyota Hilux Revo which carries different interior, exterior and engine.
Toyota Hilux seventh generation sold in European, Middle Eastern, Asian, South Africa and Oceanian market. Its also known as Toyota Hilux Vigo in Thailand.
Toyota Hilux seventh generation was sold in different engine types, such as gasoline engine with engine codes 1TR-FE, 2TR-FE, and 1GR-FE V6. And its also offered in diesel engine with engine codes 1KD-FTV and 2KD-FTV.
Toyota Hilux Price and Specification Reviews
Toyota Hilux Exterior Reviews
Stylish and macho, this is the word that best describes the Toyota Hilux seventh generation. The masculine design its carried proven to compete with its rivals.
If we seen it from the front, the lights model looks so eye-catching, whereas on the front lights on its facelift version changes shape with the more prominent corners.
Then thanks to the very high ground clearance, the car looks masculine. Although the volume of its capacity in double cab is smaller if compared to single cab models, but the capacity of Toyota Hilux is the largest in its class.
Toyota Hilux Interior Review
When entering into dashboard, will cause problems for some people especially when want to set air conditioning, audio system, and 4 x 4 shifter because it have a wide dashboard so some settings button or panel is not accessible.
Toyota Hilux seventh generation has a standard features, since Toyota Hilux is not a luxurious car, but intended as a heavy duty car and suitable for plantations and mining environment.
The facelift interior model get some upgrades which have been added a touchscreen monitor with DVD and navigation (model 3.0 only). In addition, the steering wheel form also changed as its was adopted from the Camry’s steering wheel, and LED indicators. For safety features, prefacelift model only has side airbags, plus ABS on some variants. However this feature was eventually upgraded to a dual airbags and served as default feature on all variants since 2009.
Toyota Hilux Engine Performance Review
As its said before, Toyota Hilux was presented with various types of machines. In between 2.0-liter gasoline engine for variant single cab, then diesel 2.5 litres and 3.0 litres for the double cab version. The first gasoline-fueled engine with code 1TR-FE power able to produce up to 134 HP at 5,600 RPM and torque of 182 Nm at 4,000 RPM.
Switching to diesel engines. Initially, 2.5 litre diesel engine version not yet present and it was introduced in the facelift version. Capacity 2.5 liters diesel engine 2KD-FTV D-4 D DOHC 16 valve configuration commonrail direct injection technology plus a variable nozzle turbocharger (VNT) is able to produce power up to 142 HP at 3,400 RPM and torque 343 Nm at 1,600-2,800 RPM.
The last engine capacity 3.0 litre 1KD-FTV D-4 D DOHC which is the largest in its class can produce maximum power up to 161 HP at 3,400 RPM and torque 343 Nm at 1,400-3,200 RPM. The number of valves and combustion system is the same as the machine above. The engine was eventually absence since 2011 due to lack of market demand, and replaced by diesel 2.5 litres above. This means that the engine 3.0 litres is only present on the pre-facelift version only.
Toyota Hilux Impression and Handling
Traveling in a long distance by using a double-cabin pick-up is really uncomfortable for most peoples. The driving position is likely to be disappointing for you like the drive by yourself. This is due to the lack of space for thighs and lower back. So also for the rear passengers. On the other hand, the handling of the car is also still bit unstable where its noticeably swaying when maneuvering. In addition that became the most important points is, you should takes long distances when braking.
Toyota Hilux Specifications Review
- Engine: 2.0 litres, 2.5 litres diesel (PU), 2.5 litres diesel VNT (double cab) and 3.0 litres of diesel.
- Power: 134 HP @ RPM 5,600 (2.0) 102 HP @ 3.400 RPM (2.5 PU), 142 HP @ RPM 3,400 (VNT) and 161 HP @ RPM 3,400.
- Torque: 182 Nm @ 4000 RPM (2.0) 265 Nm @ RPM 1,400-3,400 (2.5 PU), 343 Nm at 1,600 @-2,800 RPM (VNT) and 343 Nm at 3,200 RPM 1,400 @-(3.0).
- Fuel consumption: 6-11 km/L (in the city), 9-13 km/L (out of town).
- Transmission: 5-speed manual (PU) and 4-speed automatic.
- Suspension: Front double wishbone, rear per leaf.
- Competitors: Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi Strada Triton and Nissan
The price of a used Toyota Hilux and maintenance costs
Toyota Hilux sale duration length make price mark to be quite diverse. Here is the price the unit mark.
Single Cab 4 x 2 MT: 10.000 – 13.000 USD (pre-facelift) and 14.000 – 16.000 million (facelift).
Double Cab 4 x 2 2.5: 18.000 – 30.000 USD
4 x 4 Double Cab 2.5: 20.000 – 34.000 USD
Double Cab 4 x 4 3.0: 14.000 – 20.000 USD.
Maintenance costs for Toyota Hilux 2.0 litres (pick-up) and Hilux 2.5 (Double Cabin) is the cheapest when compared to 3.0 liter variants. This is because some spare parts engines can be substitutes with Toyota Innova.
Toyota Hilux Pros
- High stability in any terrains.
- Tough and high durability,
- Wide range of models and engines available.
- Cheap spare parts.
Toyota Hilux Cons
- Bad braking system.
- Not comfortable sitting position.
- The lack of safety features for some early models.
- Low quality of the interior.
So, that’s a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Toyota Hilux. Bottom line, if you want to choose this car as a daily used diesel engine variant, choose the engine with capacity of 2.5 liter because this model is the most widely circulated in the market. In addition, its maintenance costs and fuel consumption is better than other variants.