Each month, the Australian car media pushes out the top-selling vehicle lists, with various models hoping to topple the Toyota Corolla for the crown of Australia’s favourite car. Well, that data ignores commercial vehicles. That fact tends to blur the fact that utes are unbelievably popular, and very important to the car manufacturers.
Among utes, it’s the Toyota HiLux that is the undisputed king of the sales charts. Toyota have taken the success for granted for many years—and as a result, many challengers have eyed off the commercial crown. A utility war has broken out in 2015: there’s a brand-new Triton (watch our Mitsubishi Triton review here), an all-new Nissan Navara, and an updated Ford Ranger, all intended to be HiLux beaters.
To fend off the rivals, Toyota will release a new HiLux later this year for the first time in ten years. But with that car still months away, we borrowed what you can actually buy today: a HiLux SR5 dual-cab with the three-litre turbodiesel, to determine whether you should snap up a seventh-generation HiLux when they shift to runout pricing.
We found a truck that’s undeniably rough around the edges from ten years in the market: in comfort and refinement, the HiLux is a step behind, given the leaps and bounds in these areas in recent years. However, in terms of liveability, reliability and all-round performance, it’s easy to see why the Toyota still sells in huge numbers. The HiLux remains a very likeable and dependable truck.
ChasingCars.com.au borrowed this vehicle for our Toyota HiLux review:
Key specs (as tested)
About Chasing cars
Chasing Cars reviews are 100% independent.
Because we are powered by Budget Direct Insurance, we don’t receive advertising or sales revenue from car manufacturers.
We’re truly independent – giving you Australia’s best car reviews.
Toyota predicts rapid takeup of electric and hydrogen vehicles in Australia, with first EV reveal soon
The estimate provided does not take into account your personal circumstances but is intended to give a general indication of the cost of insurance, in order to obtain a complete quote, please visit www.budgetdirect.com.au. Estimate includes 15%^ online discount.
Budget Direct Insurance arranged by Auto & General Services Pty Ltd ACN 003 617 909(AGS) AFSL 241 411, for and on behalf of the insurer, Auto & General Insurance Company Limited(ABN 42 111 586 353, AFSL 285 571).Because we don’t know your financial needs, we can’t advise you if this insurance will suit you. You should consider your needs and the Product Disclosure Statement before making a decision to buy insurance. Terms and conditions apply.
Indicative quote based on assumptions including postcode , 40 year old male with no offences, licence suspensions or claims in the last 5 years, a NCD Rating 1 and no younger drivers listed. White car, driven up to 10,000kms a year, unfinanced, with no modifications, factory options and/or non-standard accessories, private use only and garaged at night.
^Online Discounts Terms & Conditions
1. Discounts apply to the premium paid for a new Budget Direct Gold Comprehensive Car Insurance, Third Party Property Only or Third Party Property, Fire & Theft Insurance policy initiated online on or after 29 March 2017. Discounts do not apply to optional Roadside Assistance.
2. Discounts do not apply to any renewal offer of insurance.
3. Discounts only apply to the insurance portion of the premium. Discounts are applied before government charges, taxes, levies and fees, including instalment processing fees (as applicable). The full extent of discounts may therefore be impacted.
4. We reserve the right to change the offer without notice.