Toyota’s Hilux has enjoyed many years of success here in Australia. It’s consistently one of the best-selling commercial vehicles, exceeding the sales of the popular Australia-made sedans and small hatches. For a hard-working tradesman, it’s really difficult to argue against the thousands who buy Hilux. Why, you ask? Here are a few reasons.
The Hilux stands out above all other vehicles simply because of its sheer dependability. When your day is full and you barely have any time to spend trying to learn how to use unreliable or cumbersome tools, the dependability that Hilux offers is second to none. You can almost always depend on a Toyota product, as the Hilux is one of their top shelf creations. The last major issue Hilux owners experienced was back in 2010, where a portion of their vehicles had to be recalled. And while this doesn’t sound good at all, keep in mind that there are about 30.000 to 50.000 Hilux sold every year.
And even though the Hilux is one durable vehicle that can withstand a lot of wear and tear, it’s still a mechanical vehicle whose parts will eventually wear out or malfunction. For that reason, it’s important that you replace its parts on time. Brand new OEM from a Toyota dealer are indeed expensive, however, there are many Hilux 4×4 parts manufacturers who sell custom-made ones at a lower price, which brings me to my next point. Since Toyota Hilux is a mass-produced vehicle, finding relatively inexpensive replacement Hilux 4×4 parts is easy. You can find aftermarket accessories and parts if you shop around, and believe me that you can find even better deals if you shop online.
Servicing is capped for all new vehicles in the range, which Toyota calls the Toyota Advantage. What this means is that all scheduled services for newer vehicles are capped at a low price for a set number of years of ownership or kilometres. Buying a vehicle is a long term investment and you will probably need to keep investing both money and time into it if you want to keep it in a proper driving condition even after 10 years of continuous use.
The mass availability of Hilux 4×4 parts is a bold statement to make seeing that there are over 20 models of the Hilux available on Australia’s market. What this means is that there’s a perfect package for every duty. The range is available in sporty body-back style for a nice, slick design, or a aluminium tray-back layout for a heavy-duty tradesman. There are multiple engine choices, ranging from high performance, efficiency, to upper reliability. Auto and manual transmissions dissect the lineup even further. Even so, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to find all the parts you deem necessary.
Regardless of your choice of Hilux, you can go out on a dusty trail or through high traffic in the city and still have one of the best rides in the light commercial vehicle market. A lot of models are very sedan-like, with decent handling, a comfortable driving position and convenient steering, unlike other utility vehicles that have excessive turns lock-to-lock. The axle setup at the back makes sure you get a robust cradle for heavier loads, while the independent front suspensions gives you comfort for the cabin.