The Toyota Hilux has been in production for 8 generations since 1968. The production of the 8th generation started from 2015 to date. They come with two types of engine layout; front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, and front-engine, 4-wheel-drive. It’s closely related to the Toyota Fortuner and Hilux Surf, sharing a common platform but differing only in interior styling and body construction. The Hilux performs well in the Tanzania market for many years, thanks to its versatility that makes it suitable for both private and commercial use. It’s offered in the double and single cab also available in both 2WD and 4WD.
In this review, we will base only on the Toyota Hilux 8th generation. In Tanzania, it is nicknamed “Bombardier” or “the underground plane” because of its spectacular appearance, comfortability, and speed. The main competitors include the Nissan Hardbody, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, Nissan Navara, and VW Amarok.
The 8th generation of Toyota Hilux comes with a choice of 3 types of petrol engines and 6 types of diesel engines under the bonnet. The 3 types of petrol engines are; 2.0L 1TR-FE I4, 2.7L 2TR-FE I4, and 4.0 liter 1GR-FE V6 while the diesel engines are; 2.4L 2GD-FTV turbocharged I4, 2.5L 2KD-FTV turbocharged I4, 2.8L 1GD-FTV turbocharged I4, 3.0L 5L-E I4, 3.0L 1KD-FTV turbocharged I4, and the 2.5L 2KD-FTV turbocharged-intercooler I4. These engines are linked to either a 5-Speed manual transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-Speed automatic transmission. The imported variants from Japan come with a 2.4L 2GD-FTV engine that is linked to a 6-speed Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT).
Toyota Hilux 8th Generation Grades
Single Cab 4×2: 2 passengers, 2.5-liter engine, 2-wheel-drive, 5-speed manual transmission, 15-Inch steel rims, and manual A/C.
Single Cab 4×4: 2 passengers, 2.5-liter engine, 4-wheel-drive, 6-speed manual transmission, 17-Inch steel rims, and manual A/C.
Standard Grade: 5 passengers, 2.5-liter engine, 4-wheel-drive, 6-speed manual transmission, 16-Inch steel rims, and manual A/C.
Deluxe Grade: 5 passengers, 2.5-liter engine, 4-wheel-drive, 6-speed manual transmission, 17-Inch steel rims, manual A/C, and painted grille.
Super Deluxe Grade (Toyota Hilux Invincible): 5 passengers, 3.0-liter engine, 4-wheel-drive, 6- speed manual transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, automatic A/C, chrome grille, chrome side-step, and silver interior trim, fog lights, side airbags, curtain airbags, and high-grade fabric seats.
Super Deluxe Grade (Toyota Hilux Invincible X): 5 passengers, 3.0-liter engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5- speed automatic transmission, automatic A/C, chrome grille, 17-Inch alloy rims, fog lights, silver interior trim, chrome side-step, side airbags, curtain airbags, and leather seats.
Interior and Exterior
The Toyota Hilux double cabin has an amazing interior that can accommodate five adults comfortably. It relates to its closest competitors such as the Ford Ranger and the Isuzu D-Max. Both rows have ample leg space which is in favor of tall people. The second-row seats are upright and nonadjustable, hence they can be strenuous at long distances.
The Toyota Hilux upgraded its exterior with a fresh and modern look that is more cool and attractive compared to the previous model.
Toyota Hilux double cab has several storage compartments that are helpful for storing items such as goggles, smartphones, handbags, beverages, etc. In the first row, there are door panel storage, 4 cup-holders, the center-box, and a glovebox. For the second row, there are two cup-holders on the armrest.
Power Mode, USB Charging Port, ECO Mode, Cruise Control, touch-screen radio with built-in Bluetooth, and steering wheel control buttons.
3-Point ELR seat belts, SRS Airbags (Driver Knee airbag, side airbags, curtain airbags), ABS with EBD, Load Sensing Proportioning and Bypass Valve, Brake Assist, and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
Toyota Hilux Fuel Economy
Toyota Hilux Single Cab:
Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4×2: 2.5-liter fuel consumption: 16.4 km/L
Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4×4: 2.5-liter fuel consumption: 16.4 km/L
Toyota Hilux Double Cab:
Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4: 2.5-liter fuel consumption: 16.4 km/L
Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4: 3.0-liter MT fuel consumption: 15.6 km/L
Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4: 3.0-liter AT fuel consumption: 13.9 km/L
Toyota Hilux 8th Generation Performance and Handling
The Toyota Hilux is a responsive car with well-balanced steering, that provides excellent returns to the driver. The turbocharged common rail engines have sufficient power for normal day to day driving. The 3.0L is particularly exciting and powerful to drive. Due to the leaf spring rear suspension, the Toyota Hilux leans a bit too much around corners.
The Toyota Hilux is adaptable to many uses such as towing, carrying cargo, family car, and an off-road vehicle. The Toyota Hilux still performs well in the Tanzania market and is one of the Toyota brands used most by the government institutions, officials, and also private individuals.
Starting from USD 13,536 you can buy Toyota Hilux 8th generation from the official site BE FORWARD.