If there were one truck that made the world believe that the Japanese could make a hard-to-kill truck, it would be the Toyota Hilux. Throughout the years, Toyota has always developed the next Hilux in a way that adapts to ever-changing future needs. True to its name of “high” and “luxurious”, the Hilux has always aimed to be something that can be driven every day while still being a very capable off-roader.
What we have here is the all-new Toyota Hilux 4×2 G in its manual transmission variant that uses the smaller 2.4L 2GD-FTV (High) diesel engine instead of the larger 2.8L that actually goes on the 4×4 variants. Compared to the previous generation, this pick-up is definitely longer and wider with an increase of about 200mm and 20mm respectively, which can actually be felt when driving this new pick-up. The new Hilux has 1 more gear for the manual transmissions and 2 more gears for the automatic transmission maximizing the engines we are very familiar with.
True to form, the Hilux has a design cue that exudes a subtle sense of strength through its strong lines and smooth curves while standing tall and proud. It actually makes me look forward to see what the Fortuner will look like when it does come out. If you think it looks good, you should see what’s inside. I must say, this is by far one of the best interiors that Toyota has produced in recent years. The dashboard has such a great mix of equal parts sporty, tough, elegant, and clean. Combined with good materiology and ergonomics, the Hilux really felt high luxury for a pick-up.
As good as it looks outside and great inside, the bigger question for people who do use pick-ups would be: “How does it drive? And how much can it pull?” Of course you can find numbers and compare them, which will eventually tell you that this car can really pull especially when you toggle the Power switch. Switching gears was decisive and the clutch work has a big working level, which made it easy to drive even when crawling through heavy traffic. I don’t really drive pick-ups on a daily basis, so for me to say that the Hilux felt huge to drive should be taken with a grain of salt. Whatever the case may be, I really wished it had a rear-parking sensor to help me reverse park the car.
Toyota has always been known to give out great cars that are packaged well, with the Hilux being no different. With a GPS unit and touchscreen, the connectivity options are broad. The flatbed at the back is huge as well, making it a great hauler. With the pick-up competition becoming so competitive this 2015, it may look understated to some people, but just like what Toyota is known for: the Hilux G 4×2 is dependable, durable, and easy to own.
Specifications: 2015 Toyota Hilux G 4×2
Engine: Inline-4, 2393 cc, dohc, 16V, CRDi, Turbocharged, 6-Speed MT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm): 147 bhp @ 3,400 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm): 295 lb/ft @ 1,600 – 2,000 rpm
0-100 km/h [or 0-62 mph](sec): 14.5 sec.
Top Speed (km/h): 180 km/h (112 mph)
Fuel Mileage (km/L): 14.2 km/L Overall
Price as Tested (PhP): PhP 1,283,000.00
What’s Great + Interior design, choice of being frugal or powerful, it’s a Toyota
What’s Not So – Exterior design is a hit or miss for some, Feels big to drive
C! Editors Rating 9.0 / 10