Toyota Hilux Review : 8 Pros & 8 Cons

The Toyota Hilux is built on the IMV platform that underpins the Fortuner and Innova Crysta. It feels solidly built and you just know that it can handle any kind of abuse one throws at it.

Toyota Hilux Pros

  • Macho styling & incredible street presence. Turns heads wherever it goes
  • Tough build. Toyota body-on-frame UVs are known to have very long lives
  • Proven and powerful 2.8L diesel engine with user-selectable driving modes
  • Impressive offroad capability and proper 4x4 system with low range transfer case, limited slip differential, electronic differential lock, hill assist control (up/down) and tyre angle monitor. Water wading depth = 700 mm
  • Excellent cargo capacity makes it a talented work truck
  • Loaded with features like auto LED headlamps, heat rejection glass, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, 220V AC socket, etc.
  • Top-notch safety kit includes 7 airbags, ESP, TC, hill assist, ISOFIX & 3-point seatbelts for all. 5 star ASEAN NCAP rating
  • Toyota's excellent after-sales quality, fuss-free ownership experiences, low service costs & up to 5 years of extended warranty coverage

Toyota Hilux Cons

  • Sheer length (longer than even the Fortuner), heavy steering & large turning radius make it cumbersome in the city
  • Bumpy ride quality, especially at the rear (due to leaf springs)
  • Expensive! Its closest rival - Isuzu V-Cross - is substantially cheaper
  • Cost-cutting in a couple of areas; some interior plastics, ICE audio quality, camera display…
  • Uncomfortable rear seats with limited rear legroom
  • The same money can buy you a proper 7-seater SUV
  • Missing features such as TPMS, 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, rain-sensing wipers, seat lumbar adjustment, paddle shifters like the Fortuner etc.
  • No petrol engine (Fortuner offers one) for customers from Delhi-NCR, or those with low running

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