2016 Toyota HiLux SR5 2.8 Review
We continue to see the emergence of a class of warrior of the weekend: people who buy a Ute dual cab as a style statement and family sludge as well as the tools of the trade. The new Utes are safer, smoother, more comfortable and more expensive than ever.
But a constant home - Toyota Hilux position above the sales chart. Of course, Ford Ranger and the Mitsubishi Triton has eroded the lead of Toyota significantly, but no matter how long the tooth, most people have always opted for quantity is known rather shop elsewhere.
This is why there are many things recently. In a good month, can stop the best-selling vehicle Toyota HiLux Australia - despite the boom mining liquidation will no doubt play a role in making it a more elusive target.
But obviously, the key question is not how HiLux will go in terms of sales, it is almost forgotten. The key question is rather, a Toyota right now with the best in the segment in terms of design, repair and performance, as well as the hardness of it can always offers in spades?
Make the job more difficult is the fact that the segment of the rules of the game keep shifting. Nothing that this year we have seen the launch of a new generation of Triton and Nissan Navara, plus the weight of the Ford Ranger update and less revised Mazda BT-50. Soon, MY16 Volkswagen Amarok will affect with infotainment of first class that added to the arsenal of already notable.
Take look more closely the new Toyota HiLux and see if he has what it takes to justify the inevitable popularity.
Tested here variant is seeded fifth double-cab, which will probably include a fairly large piece of sale HiLux double cab. Tradies cashed - upward wouldn't be seen dead in anything with steel wheels and vinyl floors, after all.
It sells for $55,990 (plus the cost in the street) under the automatic form, which has placed at the upper end of the market, above the Navara ST - X ($ 54 490), Isuzu D - Max LS - M ($ 53,000), Volkswagen Amarok Highline ($ 52 490), Mazda BT - 50 XTR ($ 51 700) and Mitsubishi Triton exceeded ($ 47 490). It is, however, the weakening of the main rival, $56,590 Ford Ranger XLT.
To spend, you get a list just standard equipment, including satellite navigation and a full suite of connectivity and speed regulator. Our test car also came with leather seats that are filled with electric adjustment ($2000).
The new cabin is certainly old HiLux and step presentations and materials, both like the car and sat on the other end did segments. You get the floating version of 7.0 inch touch screen of the new Corolla, flying chunky with the reach and rake adjustment (something even many Ute does not offer), claire gauges (but without the digital speedometer) and very good Bluetooth phone pairing and clarity.
Navigation software is nothing special, but it is not a job, while the system itself is fairly easy to use. That said, the screen tends to be blanked out by the Sun and very easily covered a layer of dust, which becomes annoying when you get really dirty car.
As you would expect, fast, ventilation and the cabin plastics feel strong and well screwed together. Our car to steal a beating during tests but causes no or rattles NIB. However, there are some strange ergonomic touches in the new HiLux, as the position of the off-road mode dial that can strike the left knee and the sharp corners on the box lid glove.
It is certainly a pleasant interior, but it's better than the Rangers or Amarok? The store has a somewhat strange thin plastic, but the layout feels more intuitive. Amarok has a broader and better riding position.
The response was more assertive after you have jumped in the back seat. Hilux lagged a little, and it is not really intended the last Ute out there.
The outer edge narrow Triton in terms of space, but as we found in our comparison test multi ute yesterday, rival line Toyota Volkswagen and Ford. There are more ergonomic in the second row features, such as fixed clamps take hover a few centimetres from your forehead. A fall of the driver brakes hard and there is a good chance that you will own Scones.