Is the New Toyota Hilux Up to Scratch?
The Toyota Hilux has always been known for its extreme ability to put up with the use and abuse of commercial ownership. Its durability was put to the test in a popular automotive TV show that made it an infamous symbol for the most rugged and tough vehicle out there.
But after 18 million sales since 1968, and with the seventh generation into its twelfth year of sales, a new model has been introduced.
UK Vans Direct sell cheap Toyota vans for the discerning businessman, and they understand that certain industries need a vehicle that can withstand significant stresses and many miles of use.
They’re here to let us know whether the new Toyota Hilux is up to the standard we’ve come to expect of this iconic van, and of cheap Toyota vans in general.
Toyota have beefed up the looks of the new Hilux, following Ford and Volkswagen’s leads and adding bulk. It’s still good looking, with a mean grill and sweeping lines that make it look more expensive than UK Vans Direct’s cheap Toyota vans prices.
The cab has improved since the last generation, with a user-friendly dashboard and touchscreen display.
The new engine outputs more torque than the previous one, in a smooth and refined feel, and the handling is good for a pick up due to a 20% increase in torsional rigidity.
If you go for the six gear option in manual or automatic, the new Hilux can achieve 41.5mpg on the combined cycle, a massive improvement on previous economy and in keeping with the current move towards cheaper to run, more environmentally friendly vehicles.
The load bay has increased in size, now measuring 1525mm long by 1645mm wide, one of the largest capacities for any double-cab pickup, and with a maximum payload weight of 1100kg. It can tow up to 3.5 tonnes, which makes it one of the most capable vehicles for towing in its class.
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