TOYOTA HILUX SR5 4×4
Toyota Hilux SR5 4×4
Hilux lovers will claim that their beloved SR5s are the best utes on the Australian market, and it may be for good reason. For almost two decades the Toyota Hilux has ranked at the top well above comparable models made by Nissan, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Mazda. While it’s still number one, other car companies are doing their best to close the gap.
As far as utes go, the features are rather luxurious including a new stainless steel sports bar in the hub, 18-inch alloy wheels, new cross-members and header board on the tub since previous models, satellite navigation, air conditioning, fog lights, adjustable steering wheel, auto-levelling headlights, 7-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, bluetooth, and DAB+ digital radio.
In addition to the standard type of features, the SR5 also has a cool box that fits up to two 600ml bottles. There is a 220v outlet and 12v power socket for charging electronics, tools, phones etc. This version of the SR5 also has thicker and larger underbody protection plus more direct steering and much improved torsional rigidity so the drive is increasingly more elegant in a ute-like way.
Safety-wise, there are also two ISOFIX child seat anchorage spots in the rear seats, 7 airbags, reverse camera, hill-start assist, trailer sway and downhill control, electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock brakes and electronic rear differential lock. While the SR5 is hailed as the tradies dream, there is no reason it can’t double as a family car.
Rivals: The Hilux is definitely the top choice for anyone looking to buy a ute, but if there were to be a rival it would be the Ford Ranger, the Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara and or the Mazda BT-50.
Engine: 2.8 litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 130 kW and 450 Nm.
Fuel consumption is reported by Toyota as 8.5L/100kms but test drives often find it to be closer to 9.5 or 10 litres.
Towing capacity: up to 3.5 tonnes
Fuel Tank: 80L
Turning circle: 11.8m
At new, the SR5 goes for $55, 990. Asking price for private online sales generally starts around $38,000 and up to $50,000 or even higher depending on the exact addition or extra features an add-ons. This price is also heavily influenced by the number of previous owners, documented service history, kilometres driven, accident history and general wear and tear.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Australia’s best selling ute for good reason. The price matches the value and off-roading capabilities and standard features continue to improve with each new version.
Cons: A bit noisy at low speeds and better crossing tracks with a load in the back, as well as being less flashy aesthetically as the competition.
TOYOTA – TARAGO
When the Tarago was re-launched in 2006, it dominated the people mover market. Fast forward to 2016 and the Kia Carnival and Honda Odyssey both outsell the Tarago in Australia. But that’s not to say that it’s no longer a good family car option. Owners generally praise their Taragos, they like the flexibility of the interior seating, and they love its reliability – especially compared to the Kia Carnival. As a result a number have hung on to their cars for a long time and have racked up a lot of kilometres, but the good news is that they have done it without any serious trouble.
One thing to be aware of is the requirement to use Premium unleaded fuel in the V6, which will add to the running costs. Another thing some owners comment on is the toning of the interior trim, which marks easily – and that can bring down the resale value.That’s certainly something families with kids should be aware of, and something buyers should look out for.
If you are selling a Toyota Tarago, it can be helpful to see how some of the slightly newer models compare. In the Tarago family there are five different variations offered between the four-cylinder and V6 engine options. Let’s see how prices vary and what features and can be expected across the range.
Keep in mind that these prices reflect new vehicles. If you are buying or selling a Tarago its still useful to see how the various versions stack up and to have a base level price to start from. All prices below are before on-road costs. Something to note as well is that prices have dropped by roughly $1,500 across the board.
The four-cylinder engine in the GLi is the entry level option starting at $45,490.
If you opt for the V6 engine prices go up to $50, 490
With the four-cylinder engine this mid-range version starts at $47,990.
The V6 option will cost you $55,990.
The Ultima only comes with a V6 option and tops the range at $65,600.
Costs include a Glacier White or Ebony Black body colour but you can choose from five more colours for an additional $580. If you want to keep costs down, go four one of the more fuel-efficient four-cylinder options.
Specs and Features
This entire range enjoyed a bit of a refresh from its predecessors and now even the entry-level options come with a few extras like satellite navigation, 6.1 inch multimedia screen that corresponds to a reverse camera, and overall upgraded materials inside.
Looking at the GLi along, it still has cloth upholstery and 16-inch steel wheels, but now enjoys a push button start, bluetooth connection and multi zone climate control.
Moving up to the GLX you will have the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass for the kids in the back, roof rails, and very helpful parking sensors. If you go for the V6 it gets even juicier with synthetic leather and suede seats (the front ones heated), keyless entry, power sliding doors in the back and even adaptive headlights.
Opt for the top-of-the-range Ultima and you’ll experience two moonroofs, a Bluray capable entertainment system for passengers, and electrically folding third row seats.
As the Toyota Tarago is often sold as an ideal family vehicle, it’s important to know what the seating arrangement is like. In the four-cylinder options you will enjoy 8-seats with a standard second row bench. The V6 GLX and Ultima models include a second row centre console with two Captain’s Seats instead of the bench meaning you’ll only have room for seven passengers.
Cargo capacity starts at 549 Litres but can go up to 1780L with seats folded down.
As expected, the Tarago range gets a five-star ANCAP rating that you would hope to see in a car designed to carry your whole family and more. You’ll have airbags throughout the cabin including full-length curtain and driver’s knee airbags. There is ABS, ESC, rear-facing camera and parking sensors. There are also anti-skid brakes and stability control. The Tarago seems to be a bit lacking when compared to competitors as its lacking on emergency braking and collision alerts.
Engine and Transmission
Four cylinder option
The GLi and GLX options are 2.4L petrol engines and make 125 kW. They are equipped with a CVT automatic transmission.
The GLi, GLx and Ultima all come in a V6 variation. These have a 3.5L engine with a six-speed automatic transmission with torque-conversion.
Consumption and Emissions
The GLi and GLX versions have combined ratings of 8.9L per 100km consumption.
The GLi has a figure of 10.2L/100km while the GLX and Ultima have a claim of 10.3L/100km.
Combined Emissions hover around 207g/Km.
Toyota offers a fairly standard 3-year, 100,000km warranty with the Tarago range. You’ll have to get 6-month servicing but they are capped at $180 and you can view the proposed job before it’s done.
What our experts say
Pros: Spacious with entertainment options for passengers, lowered price from previous models and some updated features.
Cons: Can get pricey for families, lacking some modern safety comforts, not as flash looking as some competitors
TOYOTA – HIACE
The Toyota Hiace has enjoyed a comfortable place as one of the leading medium van choices in Australia for many years. Whether they’re being used for carting large families around, transporting music equipment, or even for transforming into a living space, the HiAce has been well appreciated. The most recent models however, while staying true to their long-loved design, may be in risk of slipping further down the best-seller list if they don’t start modernising like some of their up and coming competitors. If you’re buying or selling a Toyota HiAce then you’ll want to know how yours measures up in the market. Some of the most popular rivals today are the Hyundai iLoad, the Renault Trafic, the Mercedes-Benz Vito, the Fiat Scudo, the Volkswagen Transporter, and the Ford Transit.
The HiAce is neither the cheapest or the most expensive of the bunch and all options vary in terms of specs. The HiAce does seem to be missing some key safety features in its earlier models, like electronic control of traction and stability, but it’s unique reversing camera gives it somewhat of a leg up for navigating city streets and tight parking spots. Let’s have a look at some of the details of this popular car so you’ll be well equipped when it comes to the sale process.
Price, Engine and Transmission
There are five main options when is comes to choosing a Toyota HiAce, and each one varies mainly by space and the resulting price. Let’s have a look at prices for new vehicles in the latest edition, with current used prices from 2011 included in brackets for a benchmark. The new prices do not include on-road coats or extras while the used prices include onroads but vary when it comes to specific features.
There has also been a shift in the market in the past decade with more drivers buying diesel HiAce vans each year. We’ve included the types of engine and transmission in the price list below as these options affect the price point.
The LWB entry-level car starts at $34,470 for the 2.7L petrol engine, 5-speed manual option. It goes up to $37,530 for both the 2.7L petrol engine 6-speed automatic, and the 3.0L Diesel engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The LWB tops out at $40,000 for the auto variation of the diesel engine. (used prices from $18-$32,000).
The LWBs make up to 100Kw and 300Nm power and torque respectively.
The LWB crew costs $39, 570 for the 3.0L Diesel, 5-speed manual and $42,130 for the automatic option. They also make 100Kw and 300Nm. (Used prices from $16-32,000).
The SLWB starts at $45,690 for the 2.7L petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L Diesel engine costs $49,260 with a 5-speed manual transmission or $48,440 for a 4-speed auto variation. (Used prices from $19-39,000). The SLWB has the same power and torque output as the LWBs.
These first three versions represent the “Commercial Vehicle” category while the following two are considered the HiAce’s “People Movers”.
The Commuter 12-seater only comes with a 3.0L Diesel engine and the option of either 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto transmissions that cost $59,660 and $62,210 respectively.
The regular Commuter (14-seats) starts at $59,460 for a 2.7L petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L diesel engine costs $60,480 with a 5-speed manual transmission, or at $63,030 for the 4-speed auto variation which tops out the entire range. (Used prices range from $19-46,000). Both commuter variations also make 100Kw and 300Nm.
Features and Specs
To start with, its important to recognise the HiAce as a functional vehicle that is designed for commercial and utility use ultimately. If you’re looking at it as a luxury town car then you’re probably in for some disappointment and you’ll certainly be grumbling as you struggle to hoist yourself in and out of the thing several times a day. But take it for what it’s made for and you’ll be laughing.
As you can see from the latest price lists above, the range has had a bit of an upgrade to include a more powerful petrol engine option with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and it will have more updated safety features than its predecessors. A five seat crew van and a 12-seat version of the commuter have also been added to accommodate for the myriad uses of this popular van.
The main difference between the Commercial and the People-Mover categories is the number of seats. The Commercial generally only has two-seats (now an option for 5), to allow for more cargo room, while the People-Mover is obviously with more seating.
The window in the back sliding door doesn’t sound all that important, but in vans of this size it makes for much easier and safer maneuvering. It is also fitted with steering wheel audio controls, rear view mirror auto-dimming, and mobile phone/MP3 connectivity. The commercial vans only have a two-speaker as seats are only in the front of the vehicle, while the commuter has a four-speaker system. Perhaps some of it’s more important functional features can be seen below in the Safety section.
Four-Star Ancap rating. This puts it below the rivals Ford and Mercedes but on par or above many of the other similar vans.
And every new HiAce is also now equipped with the safety of electronic vehicle stability control (ESC), brake assist for greater stopping power in an emergency, hill-start assist control and an emergency stopping signal. You’ll enjoy cruise control, dual-front airbags, anti-lock braking, engine immobiliser, low fuel warning, reversing camera, hill hold, traction control, pre-tensioner seat belts, stability control, and a full-sized spare wheel.
It’s really important to know about any glitches that have occurred when you’re buying or selling a HiAce. 12,000 of the 2009 to 2012 models were recalled for a malfunctioning transmission that would get stuck in some positions, and 500 2015 to 2016 cars needed to be recalled to fix a door latch.
Consumption, Emissions, Warranty
Combined consumption rating is estimated at 8L/100km for all models with a reported 221g/km in C02 emissions.
Warranty is a standard 3 year/100,000km with regular servicing.
TOYOTA – COROLLA
Since 1967, the Toyota Corolla has been carrying passengers on Australian roads. It has earned its reputation for safety, but ultimately for trustworthiness. Despite lacking some of the more luxurious or sporty features from other makes, the Toyota has consistently been in the top selling small cars, if not number one itself. While the Corolla has slowly modernised in terms of looks and features, especially in its Hatch version, it maintains a rather traditional look that plays well for consumers who value reliability over fashion. Two of the Corolla’s main rivals are the Hyundai i30 and the Mazda3, both with updated design and features as well as competitive pricing, keeping the Corolla on its toes.
If you’re buying or selling a Toyota Corolla there’s no reason that you shouldn’t feel confident on either end of the sale. Corollas have proven themselves to stand the test of time and it seems that Australia trusts in them whether new or used. The only recall reported in the Corollas long history was in 2012 models in which the switch on the driver’s side window stopped working on some cars. While most of the affected cars would have been fixed at the time of the switch malfunction, it’s possible that some of them were missed. When you are checking on the general servicing history in the owner’s manual, you should also be able to check whether this issue was addressed as this may affect the selling price.
Let’s have a closer look at the newer, but not newest, models to get a feel for pricing on used Corollas as well as the difference between the Hatch and the Sedan and the various engine options within each category. It’s important to know how the Corolla you’re buying or selling measures up in terms of specs and features, so it’s a good idea to get a feel for the whole range. Let’s check it out.
Price, Engine and Transmission
The price for used Corollas varies depending on not only condition and kilometres, but the type of engine and transmission. The Sedan and the Hatch are the two main body kit categories with several spec choices within each. Below are current used price ranges for the 2017 model, just to give you a benchmark.
The entry level car is the Ascent with a 1.8L petrol engine that ranges from $16-24,000 for the CVT auto transmission, and $18-21,000 for the 6-speed manual. The Ascent sport has the same engine and transmission option and ranges from $19,500-24,000 for the auto and $18-21,000 for the manual.
The next level up is the Hybrid which has a 1.8L Hybrid/petrol engine that comes only with a CVT automatic transmission and ranges from $23,600-27,500.
Moving right along we have the popular Corolla SX which has the same engine and auto transmission as the others and ranges from $21,800-26,000.
Top the of line ZR also has a 1.8L petrol engine with CVT auto transmission and ranges between $27,000-32,000.
Entry-level for the Hatch is also the Ascent with a 1.8L petrol engine with an option for a CVT auto for $16-24,000, and a 6-speed manual for $18-21,000. This is roughly the same as the Ascent Sedan. The Hatch does not have an option for the Ascent Sport.
The Hatch SX comes as either CVT auto or the 6-speed manual, both going for roughly $21,800-26,000.
The ZR tops out at $27,000-32,000 and comes only with a CVT auto transmission.
As all models share the 1.8L petrol engine, the all have an output of 103kW (at 6400 rpm) and 173 Nm torque (at 4000 rpm).
The glacier white options are cost free while the other seven colours you might come across costs an extra $450.
It’s also good to keep in mind that all Corollas are Front-wheel-drive and there is no option for 4×4 or all-wheel here.
While the size and shape of the Sedan and Hatch vary drastically (noted below), the actual interior features are much the same. The 7.0 inch touchscreen and sat nav are a standard for all models (except the Ascent Sport where navigation is optional), as well as USB, Aux, and Bluetooth connectivity. All models have AC, cruise control, power windows, six-speaker sound system, and halogen projector headlights. The hatch as 16-inch steel wheels while the Sedan’s are 15 inch, but add on an inch for both when you upgrade to the SX. Unfortunately, none of the Corolla options come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Corolla is considered a small-car and so not valued especially for its cargo capacity, but it isn’t too squishy once inside. The Sedan is certainly the larger vehicle when it comes to actual measurements as it’s almost 300mm longer and 15mm wider. That said, the Hatch is quite a bit taller which is more pleasant for passengers who value headroom, and although the boot is 110 litres smaller than the Sedan’s, its a boxy shape with a wider entry and is actually easier to pack.
There are also ample cup holders and door-bottle holders in both variations, as well as a roomy centre console for extra storage.
In the pricier models the “Safety Sense” package is included in the price, but it costs and extra $750- $1,500 in the base level options. The package includes Lane-departure warnings, automatic high beams, and autonomous emergency braking.
The standard inclusions for all Corollas are: ABS brakes with brake force distribution, emergency brake signal, reversing camera, stability and traction control, seven airbag system, hill-start assistance and parking sensors in the rear. You’ll also get parking sensors on the front plus fog lamps in the SX.
Warranty, Consumption and Emissions
The reported combined fuel consumption rating is 6.1L/100km in the hatch and 6.7 in the sedan but the number goes up with the 6-speed manual transmission. If you really want fuel saving then go for the Hybrid option that scores roughly 4.1L/100km.
Emissions are usually 159g/km for used vehicles.
Corolla has a pretty standard 3-year/100,00 km warranty with recommended 6 month/10,000km services. They cap fees at $140 for regular servicing. When you’re buying a used Corolla you might also find some that have extended warranties by one, two, or even three years that you will inherit when you buy the car.
TOYOTA – AURION Sportivo
Considered by many to be simply a more expensive Version of the Toyota Camry, the Toyota Aurion has wedged its way into the ranks of the well-known Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon. If you’re considering buying or selling a Toyota Aurion Sportivo, it may be helpful to see how your vehicle measures up to new vehicles in the range. Have a read through the details and consider where your vehicle’s value may be affected, whether its a car you’re looking to purchase, or one you would like to put up for sale.
The 2015 Aurion line has dropped the Prodigy and ZR-6 variants and made slight price increases to the remaining vehicles while the sister car Camry has seen major price cuts, even up to $5,000.
AT-X: $36,490 before on road costs ($10,000 more than entry level Camry Altise), with $450 option for metallic paint.
Sportivo: $40,990 before on road costs (similar to the SX6 of the previous range), also with $450 option for metallic paint.
Presara: $50,440 ($450 price increase)
Engine and Transmission
The entire range shares a 3.5 litre V6 quad-cam engine that makes 200kW and 336 Nm and has a 6-speed automatic transmission. They have added a pre-load differential that is claimed to improve stability at high speeds as well as low-speed agility and control. The front-wheel-drive configuration is somewhat of a downside for some drivers that like more punch, but the car is still a pleasure to drive.
Specs and Features
The entry level AT-X comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6.1 inch display screen with bluetooth and USB connectivity plus the ToyotaLink media set up. It has dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, cruise control, a sports grille, reverse cameras and parking sensors.
The Sportivo has all the inclusion of the AT-X plus 18-inch alloy wheels in gloss black, electric seats and sunshades, sports mesh, upholstery, interior trim, and front seats. It also has sports suspension, wheel-mounted paddleshifters and front fog lights.
If you make the step up to the Presara, you’ll get everything in the AT-X as well as a premium sound system with a 7 inch touch screen, 10 speakers, digital radio and satellite navigation. It has auto-dipping side mirrors, driver’s seat memory, leather-accented upholstery and wood grain interior trim.
The Aurion Sportivo sits in the large-vehicle range and most closely matches the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, models also discontinued in Australia.
The Aurion is considered a slightly fancier, sister car to the much-loved Toyota Camry.
The Toyota Aurion range received the full 5-star ANCAP rating that is really anticipated of new cars these days, but still important to note. There is a rear-cross traffic alert system as well as blind spot warnings, plus two ISOFIX anchor points and three top-tether points for securing child seats in the back row.
The Presara also has lane-departure alerts, rain-sensing wipers and auto highbeams.
The Sportivo is 4855mm long making it 20mm longer than both the Presara and the AT-X due to the inclusion of sports bumpers.
The Sportivo also has a whopping 515 L in boot space which gives 50 litres more than the rival Commodore. Rear leg room is reportedly spacious and there are plenty of cup and bottles holders scattered throughout the cabin.
Consumption, Emissions and Warranty
Toyota claims a combined consumption rating of 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres, while a more aggressive test-driver found it to be closer to 13L/100km.
Combined tailpipe carbon emissions are reported at 215g/km.
Toyota offers the standard 3-year/100,000 km warranty with servicing done either ever $15,000 or every nine months. One upside is that all services in the first four-years are capped at $140 per.