2018 Toyota HiLux

2018 Toyota HiLux Review

2018 Toyota HiLux Release Date, Price, Diesel, Engine – 2018 Toyota HiLux is one special project. Toyota started the whole thing back in 2009, but restarted it in 2011 because it was not revolutionary enough. And boy, they sure did it this time. They could’ve easily just stick to the fame of the record selling predecessor, but no. They did it the more responsible hard way. It is like the Toyota wants to conquer the world. For the last six years, or so, they have been testing and learning on their every mistake. Finally when they were certain in the final product, they released it, for us to enjoy.

Off road driving – Toyota claims that, every 2018 Toyota HiLux’s owner has to do it at least once. After that “one” off road try, the gravel, hills, ups and downs, river crossings and mud, gets in veins and it hardly ever leaves. That is why, HiLux is special. Toyota’s engineers had every single tinny detail planned and did their job accordingly. For every continent they made some tinny but crucial change. Marketing research done correctly.

The sales charts speak for themselves. Yeah, competition is strong in the department of off road pickup trucks. The updated Ranger is already here, and together with Nissan Navara, new generation Triton and the Volkswagen Amarok, we can only imagine what is going on in the heads of marketing directors. But, competition is healthy, and it moves everyone into some better direction. As it seems. The figures, coming from marketing departments say that they were wrong. But in a good way. Australia is the first market that’s yelling “give us more! take our money!!!”. The retailers have to double their orders from Thailand in order to please the needs of their buyers.

Everything included in the offer is twice measured. The only negative thing in the entire thing is a fuel consumption which is a problem for every single off road vehicle. You need power, power needs some sort of fuel, and that’s it. If you are not a kind of a man (or a woman) that’s considering the new Tesla SUV, than you have to know, off road vehicles are thirsty.

That off road part is constantly being mentioned, so it has to be mentioned here too.

2018 Toyota HiLux Exterior

The entire lower part of the 2018 Toyota HiLux exterior is now reinforced and made like an armored shell, so you don’t have to worry about using your feet like a Flintstone some time. The back is made wider than the last model which is better, but it is still not large enough to load a pallet, but one day, who knows?

The rest is cosmetics, the new LED lights with more muscular outer shell, new grille, etc.

2018 Toyota HiLux Interior

The 2018 Toyota HiLux interior is completely the different story. It is steel a matter of trim level, but you can get a full leather seats, cooling box, extra cup holders and infotainment screen, which is not good enough if you ask me. But maybe I am a technology freak and it is only me, but that infotainment system looks obsolete.

Modern looking digitalized gauge… the same thing. Made with a low contrast and a back light that dimmed that you simply cannot see anything on a little bit lighter days, because of the reflection capabilities of the materials used to manufacture the surface of the screen. Those are the things which could be tolerated on the home computer screens, but in cars, where you simply have to be able to see everything without any problem, anytime, it should not be tolerated.

2018 Toyota HiLux Engine

The fuel consumption could have been worse, if there wasn’t for the diesel versions. There are two diesel options for the new 2018 Toyota HiLux, the 2.4 liter D-4D engine with 150 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque and a 2.8 liter D-4D engine with 177 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.

The gasoline engines are comprised of 2.7 liter four cylinder with 164 horsepower and a 4.0 liter V-6 with 278 horsepower.

Transmissions are six speed automatic and a six speed manual, and they both do a generally good job, and give a great response time.

Generally the engines are more refined than the last version’s engines. The noise below the 3000 rpm is totally gone, and you can hear only the wind howling around the vehicle.

Some may consider it to be weak because of the absence of five cylinder engines, but there is no actual lack of pulling power. The automatic can tow a 3.2 tones and manual 4×4 can go up to 3.5 tones which is actually a benchmark level.

As we previously mentioned, the 100 percent of all HiLux owners are going to go off road sometimes if not for their pleasure than just to try the off road capabilities of their vehicle.

In terms of changes in this field we have the improvements to the wheel articulation, a thorough rework in the hill descent control system and the recalibration of the low range gear box which makes this car crawl back uphill, more secure than ever before.


Wheelbase: 121.45 in
Length: 210.03 in
Width: 73.03 in
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: N/A ft³
Curb weight: 1570 kg
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 9.5 sec
MPG:: 26 mpg (7.7 l/100 km (combined))
Available Exterior Colors: N/A

2018 Toyota HiLux Revo Thailand Offeres a Free TRD Kit!!

That offer is valid only on selected variants, including the 2018 Toyota HiLux Revo smart Cab with two wheel drive Prerunner truck and a 4WD Double Cab variant. Kit in mention is a version with added new grille and a bumper airdam grille in black, new wheel arch claddings, sport bar and side steps with a TRD engravings.

2018 Toyota HiLux Price

Price tag for this, 2018 Toyota HiLux, goes from 30,000 for the base model, up to 60,000 dollars for the highest trim level. The prices vary from the region to region and market to market, but they do not go far from each other. We should wait for the official Brazil release on the November the 18th and maybe there will be some discounts. We will see. The projected price for the Brazil is 330,000 to 630,000 pesos, which is 20,000 dollars to 38,000 dollars. That is why we think that there will be some discounts in the near future. In the end, everything that is not coming straight from the “company” can be considered as the speculation, so we wait.

Overall, this is a off road vehicle. It is made more sophisticated than ever before, yeah, with some of the details from the sedans, which make it more family friendly, but when we look at the global picture of this, we cannot look at it as a “weekend shopping car”. It is comfortable enough with a big cockpit and all the gadgets but you sit in it and go mountain climbing. Same thing as if you had a Ferrari, you don’t go off road with it! It simply the matter of perspective. Girls like dresses, boys like pants… but maybe sometimes… No, this is an off road vehicle, with some of the best engines in its class, design that had to be redone over and over again, until it reached a perfection, body and soul of a mountaineer… don’t waste it only on the streets and tarmac…

As for the fuel consumption is considered, ten years ago we had cars, a lot weaker than this one, non off road vehicles, that had the worse fuel consumption. We are not going to cry over the 29 mpg combined. It is a good rating overall. Every car has its weak points. Some will prefer the Ranger over the HiLux, other Amarok, BT50… maybe even the 2018 GMC Canyon also. The list goes on and on. If you had some good experience with HiLux, or Toyota in general, and you like to go off road sometimes, this is a vehicle for you.

Until the next review, be good.

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