Japanese manufacturer Toyota has been manufacturing vehicles of all shape type and sizes for decades, one is also well known on Top Gear. The brand creates parts and even other automobile products, however we’ll be focusing solely focusing on the one and only Toyota Hilux 4×4.
The first generation Hilux series came onto the market in 1968 with production lasting until 1972. Within the release production period of the Hilux, the model had mixed reviews from large number of customers.
Toyota Hilux’s are built to withstand great pressure from both the natural sources and man-made force. From sandy deserts to flooded roads, the Hilux was built to literally last forever.
In 2007, to put the 1988 Toyota Hilux to test it’s durability and strength, BBC’s Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May tried multiple ways to destroy it (You can watch this here). The episode test starts by minor abrasion test against places which you are highly likely to damage your vehicle, this include driving the vehicle against a wall, into a tree & lamppost.
Towards the ends of the episode, James May ignites the vehicle on fire however back in the studio the Hilux still manages to start and miraculously drive by a member of the production crew.
However as the years have progressed, Toyota have figured ways to make the Hilux even better and powerful enough to compete in Championship races.
When the first generation was released it had a cost up to $30,000, however the price tag has not been an issue as stats state in 2018 alone just under 36,000 vehicles were sold.
This new 2023 4×4 Hilux has a price tag of £27,000 which the ability to choose 2 door or 4 door. This year latest release comes in 2 different engine sizes, 2.4L and 2.8L which is able to produce over 205bhp.