2020 Toyota Hilux Review, Philippines, Australia

Reliability, durability and overall quality are the first words that come to mind when someone mentions this pickup truck. Introduced almost five decades ago, the Hilux has a reputation of one of the most iconic trucks of all time. It successfully rides in all parts of the world, from desert to way beyond the polar circle. The only market where you can’t find this truck in North America, where Toyota offers Tacoma, which is in many aspects pretty much the same vehicle. The current model represents the eight generations and it is on the market for more than three years. Interestingly, we have already seen a facelift, earlier this year. It has brought a lot of aesthetical changes. Therefore, we don’t have big expectations from the 2020 Toyota Hilux. It should continue in the same way, featuring familiar design characteristics and powertrain choices.

2020 Toyota Hilux

2020 Toyota Hilux Redesign

When it comes to base design characteristics, the 2020 Toyota Hilux definitely won’t change. The current model is still pretty fresh and considering its world-class reputation, there is no good reason for bigger changes in the next several years. The current generation rides since 2015 and it has been updated already. The facelifted version has been presented earlier this year and it has brought a lot of interesting novelties, mostly in terms of aesthetics. Of course, the focus of this update was the front end. The new version of Hilux took a lot of inspiration from Tacoma, so you can easily notice similarities between two faces. The area that suffered most was the grille, which is more massive now. Headlights have been reshaped as well, just like the front bumper. Considering all these changes, visual appearance probably won’t suffer bigger changes until a complete redesign, which won’t come so soon.

2020 Toyota Hilux front view

2020 Toyota Hilux Interior

The interior of this truck is pretty much all about durability. You won’t find too many soft-touch materials on the dash. Most surfaces feature hard plastics. However, the quality is spectacular, built to last for ages. Therefore, we have no doubt that you’ll be satisfied with 2020 Toyota Hilux’s cabin. It won’t bring bigger changes. So, count on three familiar cab designs. The most basic, work mules are available in a common Single Cab layout. Of course, there is a four-door Double Cab model, which is reserved for higher trims. You can also choose Extra Cab, which compromises between these two. Of course, you can count on different bed sizes as well. All in all, a lot of options for configurations.

The cabin offers lots of space, particularly the Double Cab. In this one, you can count on two spacious rows of seats, capable of accommodating up to five adult passengers. The quality of seats is amazing, so you can count on excellent support and high level of comfort. Also, there are plenty of storage compartments around the cabin, which makes this truck super practical as well.

2020 Toyota Hilux interior

2020 Toyota Hilux Features

Besides amazing quality, the 2020 Toyota Hilux will also offer lots of standard equipment. This refers to safety systems in particular. You can count on lots of advanced safety systems and driver aids, which are either standard of available. Some of the highlights are adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, trailer sway control, hill and downhill start to assist and much more.

In terms of gadgetry and other tech goodies, you can count on a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, cooled glovebox, automatic climate control, voice commands, steering wheel mounted controls etc.

2020 Toyota Hilux Engines

This is an aspect where we definitely don’t expect to see any change. The Hilux is popular worldwide. So, the engine offer differs depending on the market. In most cases, diesel units dominate.

In Europe, the main choice is usually a smaller 2.4-liter turbodiesel, which is good for about 150 horsepower. On the other side, a 2.8-liter engine is available in most markets and it offers the best efficiency. Its max output goes up to 180 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. This engine also provides the highest ratings when it comes to towing. It makes this truck super-capable machine, which can tow more than 7.500 pounds.

In some markets, you can also find an older-generation 3.0-liter turbodiesel, which is slightly less efficient but has proved itself as one of the most reliable diesel engines around. It is good for about 165 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, there is a palette of gasoline engines in the offer as well. The smallest one features a displacement of 2.0 liters and a max output of 140 horses. A bigger and more familiar 2.7-liter unit is good for about 160 horsepower. Finally, a large 4.0-liter V6 can be found in some markets. This one features a max power of 235 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Toyota Hilux engine

2020 Toyota Hilux Release Date and Price

Expect to see 2020 Toyota Hilux late in the next year. Depending on the market, base models cost somewhere between 20.000 and 25.000 dollars.

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