The Hilux has nearly always been the go to bakkie for our local farmers. When you think Toyota, you obviously also get the added benefit of resale value down the line.
Mostly, when looking for a new family bakkie, it’s nearly always the case to go out and buy the most badass, most expensive model in the range. After-all, if you don’t, how are you going to brag when you are with your tjommies about your bakkies overall power, towing capacity and probably top speed too. We’re men, it’s the stuff we do around the fire.
I’ve driven the 2.8 Raider in a previous review and found it to be an excellent choice. Though I still think its a brilliant piece of kit, I always like to drive the cheaper model in the range, so you can really evaluate the value for money aspect of things.
The 2.4 GD6 is powered by an 110kw and 400nm oil burner, which in my option is one of the most responsive 2.4’s available. It lacks the grunt of the 2.4 Triton, but they have added some witchcraft in there somewhere, I’m sure.
Where the 2.4 comes in its own is overall driveability and lack of turbo lag, it’s just incredibly responsive and for a bakkie, frugal! Our overall figures were around the 8.5l/100km mark.
Now on the interior, the Hilux is much of a muchness. There’s not really anything special in there and rightfully so, it’s a bakkie and it should really be treated as a workhorse. But, it does come with mostly all of the local nice necessities that most cars come with nowadays, including USB, Bluetooth audio, and telephony. One thing I sorely missed on the 2.4 is cruise control and I can see why Toyota has left this absent. If they specced it anywhere near as good as the 2.8, they simply wouldn’t sell and that’s actually how good this bakkie really is. It offers you everything the 2.8 except, you don’t have cruise control and your multimedia system, looks a little bit more dated – IE: it’s not touch screen.
The Hilux, with it’s on the fly 4H setting, makes driving around on loose surfaces a breeze with predictable bakkie handling when it’s in 2H. The SRX does lack traction control and having an empty load bin does not help the cause either. But like most bakkies without traction control, you can always just select 4H and carry on. It is, however, something that has to be noted.
There are airbags for the driver and passenger, a side airbag, and a curtain airbag. Additionally, the driver also gets a knee airbag. Things like ABS, Electronic brake force distribution, hill assist, trailer sway control, traction control and vehicle stability control is standard. Though I do have my doubts on those last two because they never once intruded when I had the vehicle on gravel.
The Hilux 2.4 is still the bakkie to beat when it comes to value for money. Not once did I feel I needed more power and the car-like ride that this last generation has surprised me with, is really welcomed. I just really would have liked to see cruise control. I guess we can’t have it all.
For up to date pricing and warranty information, check out Toyota’s website.