Car Reviews: Toyota Hilux HL3 Double Cab 2.5 D-4D Manual 4WD — The AA

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Surprisingly on road Capable off-roader improved performance from diesel unit Tough quality evident in cabin

Exterior less stylish some rivals Load bay required for real family potential Interior plastics are Could use more interior

The sixth generation of the legendary was introduced in 2005, but the 2010 get changes to the engine range and level line-up. With producers increasingly targeting the market, the changes are aimed at the vehicle’s usability and appealing to a spectrum of drivers.

The Toyota is one of the great motoring icons of the century, and Toyota is keen to that iconic status in the 21st century. A raft of new for the 2010 model year are about grabbing attention in the way to the North and South Poles done, and are more about the attention of drivers who require a and practical pick-up truck as as the ‘lifestyle’ audience that out go anywhere vehicles to meet adventurous hobby and lifestyle

Perhaps the most important of the for 2010 is the improvement to the smaller of the two engines available. Previously 118bhp, the 2.5-litre D-4D now boasts a more impressive It’s available with a manual transmission and the standard which offers the option to between two and four-wheel drive, low and ratio gearing and a lockable differential. Acceleration, top-speed and power are all improved while C02 remain the same.

The Hilux benefits from a system Automatic Disconnecting Differential, disengages the front differential two-wheel drive is selected, refinement, fuel consumption and on the road. For increased convenience it is to shift from four to drive on the move and from two to drive below 30mph.

The huge range of configurations for 2010, with Single Extra Cab and Double Cab models in HL2, HL3 and Invincible trim In the upper specification models an array of equipment is standard more high-tech options increasing the model’s potential as a affordable alternative to a regular

Our verdict on the Toyota Hilux HL3 Cab 2.5 D-4D Manual 4WD

In mid-range HL3 the Hilux offers enough to pass muster as an alternative vehicle and it boasts more enough equipment to make it a and refined working truck. road manners and the usual Toyota build quality to make it a refined vehicle in to travel and the ruggedness of the four-wheel transmission and improved engine make the Hilux a practical and workhorse.


The increased performance of the diesel unit allows drivers to consider whether really need to opt for the more and less economical 3.0-litre Running costs could favourable compared with a traditional SUV for families and insurance should not be too troublesome, either.

and practicality

With the exception of restricted legroom for rear the Hilux scores perfect with a tall cabin plenty of space. Designed as a weight-towing work horse the can be relied upon to perform a range of tasks beyond the of a regular passenger vehicle, still retaining a degree of for more mundane tasks. An capable four-wheel drive also adds to the practicality Some more internal options may have been for working drivers, however.

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Safety is well catered for in the The HL3 trim level gets and front passenger airbags, a steering column and even absorbing headlining. Four-wheel naturally comes with benefits; however the centre lap belt is a bit of a let-down for families.

Driver appeal

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The Hilux’s on-road nature comes as of a surprise. It’s considerably cumbersome than might be and can be driven in a reasonably sprightly The lack of weight at the rear with unsophisticated rear naturally has an affect on handling, but the vehicle remains easy to regardless. Performance from the 2.5-litre diesel engine is and hauling loads requires additional effort. The driving is also excellent with large mirrors, although the rear window is narrow.

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First car appeal

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The Hilux has a sterling thanks to the near indestructible of the previous five-generations. The latest builds on this image exploits such as being to the North and South poles.


The Hilux’s cabin a considerable distance above the meaning it requires some to access. Grab handles are for easier access as is a sill that can act as a step if required. The are very tall and more proportioned than some At the rear, the tailgate is heavy and the bed high, but no higher than of rival pick-ups.

Stereo and ICE (In car

A radio, six-disc CD changer and speakers are standard equipment in the HL3 but customers can upgrade to an excellent unit that combines integration, an SD card reader, and USB input. The four-speaker setup is cutting edge, but proves in terms of sound reproduction.

load bay is easily accessed

Colours and trim

There are bolder colour options for using the Hilux as a ‘lifestyle’ but for the most part the palette of sensible silvers and dark that will hold value second-hand. Interior is biased towards functional, plain plastics and seat The interior is worthy but uninspiring, optional leather livens up a little. HL3 models get alloy and heated door mirrors.

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