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.