Japanese Hilux SR5 review

SR5 Hi Rider Double Cab Pick Up Crystal Pearl

This 4×4 dual cab Ute seems to be a tough one and is unbreakable. It’s actually rock solid and unbreakable in comparison to other brands in the industry. The Hilux was named as one of the best selling new cars in the 2016. This particular Hilux is quite expensive in nature and is priced at $53,390 and is second only to the V6 powered Volkswagen Amarok. This Ute provides you with a keyless entry and start. It has cloth seats, 18inch alloy wheels and 4.2inch touch screen with satellite navigation and digital radio. But the downside is that it does not have leather, no electric seat adjustment and forges brilliant apple car play software that sees many rivals and has its own stodgy in-house system.


The Ute also has a full sized alloy spare with a standard 12 volt outlets, USB point, and a 220volt socket accessory as well. The safety is rated 5 stars, which includes 7 airbags, stability control and reversing camera. But there is no modern technologies including things like forward collision warning, active cruise control or lane keep as offered by some competitors. The interior of the Hilux cabin includes seats that lack support, omission of digital Speedo, seats that lack support, finicky nature of buttons and switchgear.

There are some finer points that are wrong as well. When the dashboard is lit on, the entire dashboard center fascia will reflect onto its rear window and consequently into it rear view mirror – an issue that has remained with the Holden Commodore Ute of the 1990s. The biggest consolation might be in the form of Hilux’s LED headlights cutting out a strong beam in the darkness. Equally, Hilux’s recently-downsized 2.8liter turbo diesel four-cylinder engine was probably not that impressive, neither offensive.


The 130kw/450Nm oil-burner has suffered more power than the figures might suggest. The small engine did not reap any benefits when it comes to fuel consumption with Hilux consuming round about 10liters/100km combined on a highway. This went up to 13.5km/100km which was the second worst on testing various used conditions. The biggest compromise was on road performance. The 18inch wheel relays small surface imperfections that may give a jiggling sensation to the front and back passengers – so it may become a bit tiring journey. The Hilux has a heavy load carrying capacity.

It has a 3.2tonne towing rating at an average of 925kg payload, that felt strongly and sturdy under a load to rank at least 3rd in towing capacity and 5th in payload testing. There is a lack of torque to Hilux’s disadvantage that undoes high speed and low speed stability. The Hilux is backed up with three year/100,000km warranty and is supported by a three year/60,000km capped price servicing scheme. Each of the service is fixed with $240 with various service intervals set at a short 6months/10,000km , or whichever comes first.