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How much does the Toyota HiLux cost?
The HiLux comes in more flavours than ice cream, extending from two-door, two-wheel drives with a tray for business use to the four-door, four-wheel-drives with a tub beloved by families.
The SR5 dual-cab is where the private buying action picks up. There is a “workmate” version that’s around $10,000 cheaper, but no self-respecting partner wants to be seen driving the “workmate” on a shopping run with the kids.
The four-door utes may have stated life out as utilitarian vehicles but they’re now all about image and badge credibility, which is why factory and aftermarket accessories are such a huge component of this segment.
A list price of $58,650 for the SR5 with a diesel engine and manual gearbox equates into an on-the-road cost of just over $63,000 for buyers in Melbourne. Of course you’re going to option the automatic, which adds $2,000. Any paint colour other than white costs $675 and there’s also a “premium interior” upgrade with partial leather seats, heated front seats and an electrically powered driver’s seat for $2,500.
Tick all the above boxes and the driveaway deal will be just over $68,000, according to the Toyota Australia website (there’s a few hundred dollars difference between regional and metro Victoria).
At the top of the HiLux family tree are the accessorized Rogue and Rugged X versions, priced at $70,200 and $70,750 respectively.
Service intervals for the HiLux are six months or 10,000km and the first six visits are capped at $260 a trip.
The next two years, taking the Toyota out to the end of its warranty, aren’t as cheap, with prices hitting $320 at 70,000km, $723 at the 80K mark, $501 for the 90,000km service and $412 for the five year/100,000km check-up.
For comparison, the new Ford Ranger’s double-cab line-up will start with the XLT variant at $61,190 for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine, rising to $67,190 for the Wildtrack. Specifying the 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel engine adds $3000.
Budget ute buyers can have a dual-cab SsangYong Musso for $34,990 driveaway or an LDV T60 Max Pro for $35,779 on the road.
Is the Toyota HiLux safe?
Five-star ANCAP scores are part of the Toyota marketing hype and the HiLux doesn’t deviate from that formula.
The ute was assessed in 2019 and posted impressive marks across the four testing criteria.
Adult occupant protection was rated at 96 per cent; child occupant protection scored 87 per cent; the HiLux posted an 88 per cent score in protecting vulnerable road users and the safety assist software assessment was 78 per cent.
Seven airbags and standard, along with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.