Toyota Hilux - One of the Best-Selling Cars in The Philippines
- One reliable vehicle to use
- It has powerful engine options
- It has capable 4x4 variants
- It lacks more on safety features
- It has too many functional designs
- Few upgrades
Revering and singing praises for Toyota in the Philippines will never seem to be enough. The Japanese automaker has dished out everything in between in the country – from competitive hatchbacks to omnipresent sedans, down to its airy MPVs right to its most adamant of SUVs. Today, our adoration will focus on one of their robust pickups – the celebrated Toyota Hilux.
Since its introduction in the late 1960s, the Toyota Hilux, has consistently grown for eight generations – each of which more powerful, durable, and even unbreakable than ever. All of these hallmarks are retained with the Toyota Hilux 2018, which we'd we highlighting across all the segments below.
In essence, the Toyota Hilux is a pick-up truck which was initially developed specifically for the American markets, but later, has been available in all the other markets around the world. The Toyota Hilux has a huge reputation worldwide for its immense practicality, rigidity, and sturdiness, which are the foremost requirements for a pick-up truck. It has the durability factor which has made it favorite of popular militant groups in war-torn regions in the Middle East.
The Toyota Hilux is also one of the top 10 best-selling cars in the Philippines. The Toyota Hilux 2018 entered the local market and manages to carry forward the rich legacy of the previous versions. It is now available in four 4x2 variants and two 4x4 variants with the options of manual and the automatic transmissions. For its official prices, it starts at Php 8,14,000 for the base Toyota Hilux 4x2 J variant with manual transmission and up to Php 16,21,000 for the top-spec 4x4 G variant now with the automatic transmission. The Toyota Hilux is available in 6 different colors - Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Freedom White, Attitute Black Mica, Orange Metallic and Spark Red Metallic.
Easily the most obvious hallmark of the Toyota Hilux is its refined strength. It stands bold and confident while on the road, which is only matched by its uncompromisingly prominent exterior and an interior that beckons even the most sophisticated. When you get in front of its wheel, you'll discover right away the vehicle's rough albeit stylish exterior. The Toyota Hilux is also renowned for its long-lasting and durable offerings – foremost of these is its built-in body protection which boasts of an extra strong high-tensile steel frame, right alongside an anti-corrosion, and chip-resistant coatings.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Hilux's interior comes with an unrivalled flexibility – one that can be rightfully experienced with its three-passenger 60/40 split fold rear seat which is fitted on HiLux Double-Cab SR and SR5, and Rogue, Rugged, and Rugged X variants. Equating its virile aesthetics is its unbreakable performance. The Toyota Hilux can carry everything – an ambitious quality that is readily delivered by its towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes, and that's even when you're off-road. This entrant can also handle the rough as it gives an impressive 520mm of wheel articulation for premium handling and smooth ride off-road for the 4x4 and 4x2 Hi-Rider variants.
Complementing its off-road prowess is the inclusion of accessories, courtesy of the Toyota Genuine Accessories which include of a premium steel pull bar, side rails to safeguard the body, and a tow bar to harbor your load safely.
Talking about safety, the Toyota Hilux is also a powerhouse in security features. Among its notable features in this segment are the Trailer Sway Control support, the reversing camera which helps you navigate tight parking spots, and Hill-start Assist Control which aids you on avoiding rollback on steep inclines. Selected models also come with a Downhill Assist Control for low speed control right when you are descending slopes.
Under the hood, it is blessed with two engine options. The 4x2 variants which are powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, it belts out 147 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque. The 4x4 variants only have the option of a bigger 2.8-litre diesel engine, which puts up 174 bhp of maximum power and 450 Nm of peak torque. Both engines and drive layout options are powerful and sturdy enough to make the Toyota Hilux tractable and easily drivable in every kind of condition. Both 4x2 and 4x4 variants do get the choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox to choose from.
The Toyota Hilux safety features are given its reputation of being a highly durable and tough vehicle. It is expected that the Toyota Hilux gets all the top-of-the-line safety features, but it only has the basic essential. It has the ABS with EBD, front, side, curtain and driver-side knee airbag and hill start assist control function. The Toyota Hilux could have been equipped with more premium active and passive safety features available in other SUVs from Toyota, which could have raised the appeal of the Toyota Hilux even more. When it comes with the ladder-on-frame chassis and suspension setup of the Toyota Hilux, it is the sturdiest among all the vehicles available in this segment.
Perhaps one of the most surefire reasons as to why the new Toyota Hilux is such a hot commodity in the market at the moment is its exclusive appearance. Evidently, Toyota has given the 2018 Hilux a more rounded look – one that can be seen with its front fascia, wide fenders, and some noted styling modifications.
Its chrome grille blends in nicely with the large halogen headlamps. For its front bumper, it is designed in a rather subtle manner without much drama. The Toyota Hilux may look intimating and tough, it lacks the novelty factor of its rivals, thanks to the absence of contemporary bits like projector headlamps and daytime running lights. The Toyota Hilux has a good side profile, which is the best angle to look at, with the lifted stance complemented with the double cab design as well as a large loading bay. Its wing mirrors, specifically, are quite courteous and exude some virility that you can only experience from this series. The same can be said with its bold body cladding, the well-mannered roof rails, a masculine antenna and set of 17-inch alloy wheels, and a pair of sidesteps for easier access. The alloy wheels, however, could have been bigger than their original size as these could have been better on this vehicle.
It has a chrome finish on the door handles, as well as for the rear-view mirrors do give it a slight premium touch to the otherwise blandly designed side panels. The rear of the Toyota Hilux looks drab with the tapered down tail lights being the only presentable design element here. Having the use amount of chrome on the rear bumper and rear door handle, it surely gave the Toyota Hilux a slight premium touch. When talking about its engine, Toyota Hilux simply shines through and manages to make us go past over the shortcomings in its novelty and premium appeal.
The eighth-generation Hilux measures at 5,355 mm in length, 1,855 in width, and 1,815 in height – culminating a dimensions that make it 75 mm longer, 20 mm wider, and 45 mm shorter than the previous iteration of the series. One has to note, however, that its 3,085 mm wheelbase is retained.
When talking about the interior of the Toyota Hilux, it does make up for the points lost for the design from the outside. The 208 refresh to be specific, now comes with a more lavish and comfortable set of offerings. For most, this entrant's cabin is no less than a real SUV. When compared over the seventh-gen Hilux, the current entry is more pronounced by a black trimming, with more items on the dashboard. More on the dashboard after this point.
The Toyota Hilux's cabin, however, also has its premium and ergonomically designed cabin, which shares a lot of its layout with the current generation Fortuner and has a built-to-last feel in it. For the dashboard design, it has been lifted off from the Fortuner, although some premium features have been given a miss here to keep the costs in check. It has the three-spoke steering wheel with buttons for the audio system, it feels chunky and good to hold. It has a silver finish on the steering wheel, door panels, and dashboard complemented with the all-black interiors which do add to its good aesthetics. For the center console, it has a standard layout of its 7-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system sitting proudly in the center, which does get Bluetooth, reverse camera and navigation system inbuilt in it.
In terms of seating and cargo, the pickup is conveniently airy and well-spaced enough to sit five adults, inclusive of the driver. Next to this more-than-adequate seating arrangement, Toyota has also elected to place a powerful air-conditioner right at the front to cool all its passenger inside the vehicle. In addition, the pickup is also armed with the softness of full moquette/semi-fabric upholstery which readily provides a much deeper feeling of comfort throughout your travel. Specifically, the front seats are also rendered to be more supportive and furnished with headrests. Passengers situated on the rear also get tipped up functions and a storage feature.
When it comes with the comfort features, the Toyota Hilux comes equipped with all the basics, such as automatic climate control, rear AC vents, 4.2-inch TFT-type MID gauges and several cup holders. It lacks several premium features such as push-button start with keyless entry, cruise control, etc which could have made it feel more premium on the inside. For its exteriors, Toyota Hilux looks a lot like the previous generation Toyota Fortuner from the front, which is obvious because both share a lot of underpinnings and also its components with each other. You do get a massive chrome grille with four large chrome slats which do give it a premium as well as a tough stance at the front.