Walk past the basic HiLux Workmates and pay more for a HiLux SR and you gain sidesteps (which help you get in and out), carpet on the floor (Workmate floors are bare vinyl), and a driver’s seat that can be adjusted for height.
A 7.0-inch touchscreen replaces the 6.1-inch screen of Workmate models. Toyota Link lets you connect a compatible mobile phone for data transfer.
Sound systems in most SRs have a few more speakers, for a total of four in SR Extra Cabs and six in SR Double Cabs.
HiLux SRs with 4WD have a rear differential lock, which helps you maintain drive in difficult off-road conditions.
Spend more again for a HiLux SR5 – which you can have only as a Pick Up – and you get in addition smart-key entry, which allows you to unlock and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket or bag.
Other SR5 cabin features include satellite navigation, a 220-volt outlet for fast charging of laptops and the like, and climate control (which will maintain a set cabin temperature).
HiLux SR5s also look very flash, and different from Workmate and SR models, thanks to lashings of chrome in places such as the front grille, door handles and rear bumper. There is also a chromed sports bar behind the cabin. Tubs and tailgates on SR5s are smooth-sided, rather than carrying the external tie-down hooks and rails of the Workmates and SRs.
Completing the different look, SR5s get shiny, 18-inch aluminium-alloy wheels instead of the 16- and 17-inch black-painted steel wheels of the Workmate and SR. Headlights are self-levelling, long lasting LED units, and the daytime running lamps are LED also.
On an SR5 Double-Cab 4WD you can option part-leather seat trim and a power-adjusted seat for the driver.
If you want those options on an SR5, and you are happy with black or white paint, you can pay a bit more for an SR5 with TRD (Toyota Racing Department) accessories. That will bring you a red skid plate under the engine, a tow bar (with wiring), and a liner and soft cover for the tray, along with different wheels and other cosmetic adjustments.