The Toyota Hilux (stylized as HiLux or Hi-Lux) is a compact or midsize pickup truck model produced and sold by the Toyota Motor Corporation. Sold simply as the Toyota Pickup in North America for much of its run, the Hilux was later replaced by the modern Toyota Tacoma for the 1995 model year in the U.S. However, the Hilux remains in production and sells well in Japan and other international markets.
The first generation of the Toyota Hilux went into production in 1968 as a two-door compact pickup truck. This design lasted for six generations, but the model was redesigned as a four-door midsize pickup truck for its seventh and subsequent generations starting in 2004.
The Toyota Hilux is now in its eighth generation, which debuted in 2015. Other notable landmarks of the model include it being the inspiration for the Toyota Trekker, which later turned into the 4Runner, and an upcoming EV version of the truck announced by the company. Current and past competition of the Hilux includes the Chevy Colorado, the Ford Ranger, the Isuzu D-Max, the Mitsubishi Strada, and the Nissan Navara/Frontier.
- 2022 Toyota Hilux (Starting MSRP $23,590)
- Pros: The Toyota Hilux compact or midsize pickup truck provides reliable performance, a decent bed size for its class, a comfortable interior, and plenty of standard equipment.
- Cons: It’s going to be incredibly hard for American’s to get their hands on a new or old Hilux model. Additionally, the modern Hilux only comes with one engine option, and its Extra Cab build has cramped rear seating.
- See Also: 4Runner and Tacoma
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