Reliable, cheap to run, go anywhere
Purchased new sr5 plus this year mainly due to reliability and style. Little slow but it is a Ute... drives great on and off road cheap to run for 4wd. Stereo is a little glitchy, interior is great and the whole thing is built well. I got a good price otherwise its an expensive dual cab compared to others. Mine has the upgraded system for dpf and Ive never had issues here, acceleration isnt awesome but power button definetly sorts this for overtaking and manual gearbox is effortless. I love it but have owned 4wd utes prior...its no passenger car
- HiLux MK8.I (2015-Present)
- Verified purchase
Top Of The Price Bracket Of Utes Middle Of The Road Features
After being disappointed with the reliability of a Ford Ranger (PJ) and Mazda BT-50 (MKII 2014), I've purchased a 2019 SR5 Hilux. While I'd normally wait a few years to review a car (so I can see how it performs mechanically), I thought I'd do an initial review of the apparent highest selling 4x4 utility.
Generally, I'm pretty happy with it at present, however there are some strange things going on in the world of Toyota and Hilux.
Let's start with the good:
I really like the look of it - The SR5 has the right dimensions, 18" alloy wheels lo...
Purchased in August 2019 at Canberra Toyota for $58,000.00.
Good and solid but not perfect (what is?.....)
This is my third brand new. Hilux over 20 years. Funnily every time advances are made in engine performance it is lost with an extra bit of anti pollution gear, this time round the dpf thanks to those late sipping europeans.
The dpf is fine if you are the same as me and live in the country,very short city drives will get you into the well published problems with the dpf. Mine has been no problem, even when I lived in canberra as I drove about 15 kms to work. The only issues with it have been noisey rear brakes, but that is what you get wit...h drum rear ends.....and that is about it, always reliable. Engine performance is adequate with a high degree of drivability with the power coming on at low revs I have a larger type boat and the hilx will pull it ok but it is a bit pedestrian. Economy about 9.5 and towing heavy about 12, Interior is nice and has lasted 100k well. All in all a hilux and worth it, by the way a very good truck, and a very good 4 x 4. Ride is typical dual cab ute, I have a canopy so it rides very nice, just need a bit of weight in them, you cant have a car like ride in the rear of these and carry a heavy load, no ute can do that. The steel in hilux springs is high quality japanese steel, so when one of these after market spring sellers say otherwise it is just rubbish, (particularly when they use cheap chinese steel) I got mine reset to match the canopy etc and they are excellent. Worth buying as you know what you get, ALL car dealerships suffer problems so you just have to be patient with the whole lt of them!
Purchased in October 2015 at Canberra toyota.
Not much bang for your buck
Gonna keep this short and sweet. Terrible fuel economy. The cruise control system is garbage and interior/speakers/ just the little things are lacking. Had a Mazda BT-50 XTR before this I’ll never buy another Hilux can’t wait to get rid of it.
Purchased in August 2018.
I brought a new Hilux twin cab sr5 in 2014 and it was a good ute except the cruise control was very touchy it would kick back even on the slightest of hills but besides that it was a good solid ute with plenty of grunt I had the 4 litre fuel injection petrol motor with 4 speed automatic transmission and it certainly never run out of power, the interior was a bit plasticy and the sat nav dropped in the screen which was fixed under warranty the seats where very comfortable and quite a good ride for a ute . The service was great loan car and capped price services is a good thing all in all a good ute .
Purchased in April 2014 for $51.00.
Good vehicle but not great
Brought the Hilux Rugged X as a boat towing vehicle and everyday work vehicle. Features for a $65K vehicle is quite low. Does not have a lot of the standard features you expect from a car this expensive.
Purchased in February 2019.
Gear box clutch
Brought 2018 work mate Hilux ute has bad back lash when let the clutch out told this is normal for these utes terrible feels like it 20 years old,crap look else where
- HiLux MK8.I (2015-Present)
- Verified purchase
Oh what a feeling
On my second dual cab Hillux now, A turbo diesel this time, Great for long trips and around town or just towing a trailer very comfortable and great fuel economy.
This is the worst vehicle I ever bought
Hi I bought this Ute for $45888 from a dealership 09/2016 model was purchased in January 2019 still under warranty for peace of mind but after 3 months the Ute starts blowing a lot of smoke making noise from right front shock also find a rust spot near front windscreen on the roof I contact Toyota and was sent to closest Toyota service department left the Ute for 5 days till Toyota received parts change DPF and the shock about rust I was sent to panel beater to look at it I took the Ute an I was told he will send the quote to Toyota. I waited 4...weeks no contact from toyota I contact them a lady said the guy looking after your case on holidays for 6 weeks she looked on her computer and she told me your claim was declined by national warranty Toyota,after 2 weeks time I was washing the Ute and I found 2 more spots of rust contact guest experience Toyota I was told we can’t help you go fix the Ute yourself or you can get second opinion went to another Toyota service department still no help I was told again go fix it yourself my manager looked at it and refuse to put claim in.
Purchased my 05 turbo diesel hilux with 261,000k's on it injectors had been done at 245,000 apart from the usual costs associated with a 14 year old vehicle runs a treat serviced regularly 7500 -10000ks now up to 345,000k's used for work, off the beaten track and towing the tinny wondering how many more k's it will run for?
Purchased in October 2015.
All in All a Great ute
Our 3rd Hilux after 2 x 2007 models.
Have had no issues whatsoever, we run a regional electrical contracting company so vehicles carry plenty of weight. Fuel consumption isn’t great, but nothing with ladders on roof and bullbars/spotlights is.
Feels stronger in the chassis and driveline than previous model. Have done 80,000km in the past year now and it hasn’t skipped a beat.
Only downside is seats aren’t as comfy or shaped/positioned as well as previous model.
Tailshaft and steering issues from new
Tailshaft faulty. Thump when stopping and starting . Royal Run around from Toyota . Toyota reliability ??? What’s that
Steering wheel not staying straight seems to move slightly depending on which direction you turn
Purchased in May 2019 for $55,500.00.
2008 HiLux 3 litre turbo diesel
I bought my 2008 HiLux two years ago, and have been extremely impressed with it ever since. I am 6 ft 6in (198 cms) and find I have plenty of room to drive the vehicle for long distances easily. It had 299,000 kms on the speedo when I bought it, and it has now done 380,000 kms. In the past 2 years, I have been from Canberra to Kakadu and the Kimberly's twice and Central Australia 3 times. I have also been to the Flinders Ranges twice.
I have had a 130 l tank fitted, a bull bar, 2 in lift, and in the 80,000 kms I have driven, the vehicle has nev...
Purchased in August 2017 at Private Sale.
Perfect in the right scenario
Bought a 2003 non-turbo diesel (5L-E) dual cab model back in 2017 so by this stage it's a 15 year old vehicle that's likely seen some work in its life. Indeed, it's sitting around 300,000km now, which isn't a huge problem for a diesel, but I had to look for one in decent shape inside the cabin.
I bought it as a second vehicle, to lug stuff around and do some camping. As it turns out, I'm driving this old workhorse more than my twin turbo sedan just because it's more fun!
- It's a slow vehicle, and doesn't overtake at speed, so I...
Purchased in August 2017.
Not regretting for buying a Hilux
Bought 2018 Workmate double cab 2.7 l petrol as a new car.
Done close to 500 km now.
1. Surprisingly quiet cabin when driving at 60 kph as a Ute.
2. Simple to operate, basic functions just fine to me.
3. If not looking back, I would feel like driving a SUV.
Purchased in May 2019 for $30,990.00.
- HiLux MK7.III (2011-2015)
- Verified purchase
My budget for work and family ute was $25,000. This budget was able to choose latest Triton, Colorado or Navarra. And some tells Hilux is overpriced. So I asked lots of question about these utes to my mechanic friend. According to his experience, Toyota was best recommend for me.
I bought ex government hilux from a local dealership. It is 2012hilux Sr dual cab 4x4 3.0d4d. 150,xxx km and full log book serviced.
For 3 month I have driven about 7000km both urban and highway.
4x4 driving few times for off road . Drives smooth.
Cabin inside is ve...
Purchased in February 2019 for $25,000.00.
- HiLux MK8.I (2015-Present)
- Verified purchase
Basic but dependable
We've purchased about 4 Hiluxes recently, as well as Volkswagen Amaroks, Ford Rangers, Holden Colorado, Nissan Navara.
The Toyota Hilux is a safe choice. It has the same vices as any other crew cab ute (basic, bumpy, wheezy) but is generally inoffensive to own.
Volkswagen Amarok is probably the best, Ford Ranger also very good but a bit truck-like. Navaras are cheap, crappy and gutless - whether they have a Nissan or Benz badge, same car haha.
Toyota Hilux is a bit gutless but does the job. (diesel automatic 4x4 crew cab completely empty). Fuel...
Purchased in September 2018 for $49,000.00.
Poor fuel economy, poor user manual
Purchased it in last February, in NW Tasmania. Surprisingly, the sales person was promoting a local 4WD company accessories instead of the Genuine Toyota Accessories/Parts. Only 3000km is on the clock but haven't been able to achieve less than 12.9L/100km so far despite long strait runs in open roads. The fuel gauge is dropping very fast from full to 2/3rd full then slows to descend. 544 pages long thick user manual containing practically zero information about this 2.7L cab chassi automatic model costing $30.000 with all the options - steel tr...ay, reverse camera, tow bar. I feel violated by ignorance under the Consumer Rights/Protection Laws of Australia. Writing about reverse camera: what a waste of money. No reference points on the screen to adjust maneuvers to distances, my wife's REV4 aftermarket - and significantly cheaper - camera is providing much better quality and usable assistance. All remarks and asking for help regarding the above issues: local service playing dead, headquarters replying pre-written canned answers. My only hope is that I will not need any involvement from them in the future apart from the regular servicing. This is my first and will be my last toyota purchase, I think. Kinda disappointed.
Purchased in February 2019 at Burnie Toyota.
Done 55k,serviced on time by myself,never had any problems. I drive my hilux every day, usually 10 kms to work and back,no dpf issues ever. In saying that i do use the correct dpf oil at services and have minimal idle times. Have never had any driveline clunking i have read about either.I see people believe theres a fuel gauge problem, because they can only get 60 liters in the tank once the low fuel light is on.Isn't this simply a early warning system meaning fuel level is getting low and it will need filling in the next 100 200 kms?Unlike my previous new ute which had many problems from the first month i owned it until i traded it with auto trans problems at 90k ,this hilux was cheaper to buy and much more reliable than the ranger
Purchased in July 2016 for $53,000.00.
Poor fuel usage
I purchased a 2017 hilux SR with automatic transmission. Bought this vehicle brand new. It is used as a farm vehicle and on the open highway. Have had all its services done on time at the dealership. I am relatively happy with it. I have done 40k now and have had no mechanical issues with it. From new it has had a higher fuel usage than I expected. Around
13L/100km. Can get around 11.7 on a long run with no load. I have complained to the dealer about it. Their computer says there's nothing wrong with it.
On the highway when doing 110km/h it mostly stays in 5th gear. Only changes to 6th gear going downhill. Seems like the motor is under powered. If I can get the high fuel usage problem solved I would rate it 5 stars.
- ‹ Prev
- Next ›
Questions & Answers
Will a 2017 SR5 rear Tub fit a 2016 SR Toyota hilux
Hi all , I’m considering buying a brand new SR5 2019 model , so far this is based on looks only . I plan on having it as my personal Ute which I’ll use for some camping,fishing and just every day use . What are everyone’s thought on them ? I’m concerned about the 2.8L engine compared to say the BT50 XTRs 3.2L engine .
Hi all got a Toyota hilux kun26r just replaced cv shafts ,hub bearings,top and bottom ball joints the ute has a 40mm lift got longer cv shafts to suit
So what's happening is that I go to drive and the drivers side wheel is thumping up and down like it's driving with a flat tyre when I jack it up the front wheels lock
Should have anyone come across this if so any suggestions as to the cause
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.