February 23, 2019

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Toyota Hilux 2015 Review

1. Introduction

Singing the praise of Toyota cars seems to be never enough. In Nigeria, Toyota has brought the local auto market a number of excellent models, from glittering sedans to great hatchbacks, from the stalwart SUVs to airy MPVs. And it will be a big mistake if we forget the tough-built pickups of the Japanese brand with the “celeb” Toyota Hilux.

Launched in 1968, the Hilux has gone through 8 generations since then. Nowadays, the power and reputation of the Hilux is one of the greatest durability and even, unbreakable. What has gained the Hilux that admiration? In this Toyota Hilux 2015 review by Automilas.com, let’s bring all about this famous pickup to light.

2. Toyota Hilux 2015 exterior

At first glance, the Toyota Hilux 2015 looks like a bulky yet magnificent beast. In comparison, the Hilux 2015 gets a body that bigger than its predecessor and also taller and longer than the Range Rover. The pickup comes adorned with a large chrome grille along with color-coded bumpers, headlights and foglights at the front fascia.

Toyota Hilux 2015 angular front

The Hilux 2015 gets a body that bigger than its predecessor and also taller and longer than the Range Rover

Toyota Hilux 2015 headlight

Toyota Hilux 2015 headlight

Toyota Hilux 2015 door mirror

Toyota Hilux 2015 door mirror

3. Toyota Hilux 2015 interior

Stepping inside, the  Toyota Hilux 2015 interior shows that the Japanese car manufacturer has tried to redesigned the Hilux 2015 to look like a car more than its predecessors. For instance, in the Invincible and Icon variant, the interior comes equipped with the state-of-the-art touch-screen entertainment system that is also used in the RAV4 or Prius. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line version – the Invincible X has the satellite navigation system. In general, everything in the Hilux interior is nice and convenient. Besides, it also features a piano-black cue and leather upholstery inside, earning the pickup a more luxurious look.

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Toyota Hilux 2015 interior

The interior comes equipped with the state-of-the-art touch-screen entertainment system

Speaking of the Toyota Hilux 2015 seating, the car comes available with 3 different body types including the 5-seat Double Cab, 4-seat Extra Cab and 2-seat Single Cab. For the best-selling model – the Double Cab, you will sit very high on the ground but it offers a large space for passengers. The car not only offers 2 front seats for 6-foot adults with great comfort but also a couple of rear seats with equal quality and convenience.

It will not be too difficult to load one more adult in the center seat because of the transmission tunnel is not high and does not occupy too much floor space. The wide-opening doors also help people access to the seating rows more easily. But the rear row is considerably higher than the front, so you may need the crampons to help your kids enter into the second row.

Toyota Hilux 2015! the best 4×4 on the market

Additionally, the Hilux is also provided with many stowage compartments scattered around the cabin. Noticeably, the car’s load bed is considered as the best one in its class with 1645mm in width, combined with a great towing capacity which measures up to 3.5 tonnes.

Toyota Hilux 2015 load bed

The car’s load bed is considered as the best one in its class with 1645mm in width

4. Toyota Hilux 2015 review: engine and performance

It is evaluated that the Toyota Hilux 2015 performance is much better than the previous models. Compared to the Ford Ranger – the fiercest competitor of the Hilux, the Toyota pickup feels much more firm on the road and more comfortable with bumps in the middle of a road’s corner. It comes with a weighted steering and a new responsive and sharp braking system.

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The 2015 model comes equipped with a 2.8 L turbo diesel engine which has a different grunt from the 3.2 L 5-cylinder engine, but it is a relatively smooth and quiet mill. The new 2.4L turbo diesel in lower variants was noisier, partly due to less sound insulation behind the panel.

The Toyota Hilux 2015 engine works in a conjunction with an intelligent and smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. An option of a 6-speed manual gearbox is also available with precise and light performance.

Toyota Hilux 2015 on the road

The Toyota Hilux 2015 performance is much better than the previous models

At low speed, the ride feels relatively agricultural but as accelerating, the pickup performs an excellent ride with a smoothness and refinement coming from a powerful engine, conquering high-speed drives, long distance without any fear and the need to wear any ear-defenders.

On the other hand, the Hilux is absolutely easy to drive. Thanks to the lightweight steering system, you do not have to work too hard to control the pickup and it is very firm on the road.

Toyota Hilux 2015 crossing over the river

Thanks to the lightweight steering system, you do not have to work too hard to control the pickup and it is very firm on the road

5. Toyota Hilux 2015 specs

Toyota Hilux 2015 specs
Dimensions
Overall height 1690mm
Overall length 5330mm
Overall width 1800mm
Wheelbase 3085mm
Kerb weight 1575kg
Turning circle 11.8m
Rear track 1510mm
Front track 1510mm
Gross trailer weight braked 2500kg
Engine
Engine Capacity 2753cc
Number of cylinders DT4
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel tank capacity 80L
Fuel consumption 8L/100km (combined)
Maximum torque 343Nm
Maximum power 125kW
Brakes
Front brakes Disc – ventilated
Rear brakes Drum
Suspension
Front suspension Double wishbone, coil spring, hydraulic double acting shock absorber, anti roll bar
Rear suspension Leaf spring, hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Tires and rims
Front  tire  size 215×65 R16
Front rim size 16×6 inches
Rear  tire  size 215×65 R16
Rear rim size 16×6 inches
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6. Toyota Hilux 2015 price

Please consult the below table for the fair market price of the Toyota Hilux 2015 in Nigeria. Prices of Toyota Hilux of older model years are also included for your further information.

Toyota Hilux price list in Nigeria
Model year Price
2005 -2012 Toyota Hilux price N2.7 million – N6 million
2015 – 2017 Toyota Hilux price N9 million – N14,500 million

7. Toyota Hilux 2015 review: Pros and cons

Toyota Hilux 2015 pros and cons
Pros
  • Great on- and off-road ability
  • Double Cab variant is very spacious for occupants
  • Superb reliability
Cons
  • Diesel engine is unrefined
  • Performance is quite labored
  • The ride at idle is a bit uncomfortable

8. Conclusion

In conclusion, it can be frankly said that the Hilux is worthy being one of the strongest competitors in its segment. Through our Toyota Hilux 2015 review, perhaps you have already known why this pickup is of interest to any Nigerian. Now, are you ready to enjoy the most amazing off-road adventures behind the wheel of the Hilux?

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