Toyota Hilux review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Costs & verdict

Toyota Hilux 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Off-road rear tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Dashboard
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Rear seats
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Right tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Front 3/4 cornering
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Rear cornering
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Off-road tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Centre console
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Cubby
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Off-road rear tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Dashboard
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Rear seats
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Infotainment screen
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Right tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Front 3/4 cornering
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Rear cornering
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Off-road tracking
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Centre console
  • Toyota Hilux 2021 Cubby
What Car?’s Hilux deals

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

While the Toyota Hilux isn’t the cheapest of pick-ups to buy outright, it’s certainly competitive to buy with a finance against the Ford Ranger and Ssangyong Musso because of its astonishingly good resale values.

Along with all of its competitors, it benefits from a flat-rate company car tax cost that makes it more tempting, if not even cheaper, than a company car. Fuel economy is decent on paper and in practice, with a figure of 28.2mpg on our test loop putting it near the top of the class.

Toyota’s Safety Sense package, featuring automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-departure warning, comes as standard, giving the Hilux a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, putting it among the best in the class.

The Isuzu D-Max gets a full five-star rating under the latest and more rigorous routine. The D-Max also has more advanced safety tech, including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard on double-cab models, both of which the Hilux does without.

Toyota has a fantastic reputation for dependability, with the brand coming fifth overall out of 30 manufacturers in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. Its warranty of up to 10 years or 100,000 miles (provided you regularly service it at a Toyota franchised dealer) is better than the Ranger’s, although the Musso’s seven-year or 150,000 mile warranty trumps both.

Toyota Hilux 2021 Infotainment screen

Overview

The Toyota Hilux is a famously dependable beast of burden, and is one of the most capable pick-up trucks available. A good safety rating and keen finance deals are also on its side, although the Ford Ranger is a far comfier pick-up to drive on the road, and has a nicer interior, while the Ssangyong Musso is even better value.

  • Punchy 2.8-litre engine
  • Excellent reliability record and good warranty
  • Impressive off road
  • Sluggish acceleration with the 2.4-litre diesel
  • Rivals have greater payloads
  • Engines gruff when worked hard