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2016 Toyota Hilux SR5 joins the 4x4 shed

By Matt Raudonikis, 12 Oct 2016 Reviews

Toyota’s Hilux SR5 is our new long-termer

2016 Toyota Hilux SR5 joins the 4x4 shed

THE Everest is gone. Taking its place in the 4x4 Shed is a Hilux SR5.

The latest Hilux represents a big improvement over the previous model so we were always keen to drive one, and now we have this one to get grubby over the next three months.

Toyota has loaded up this truck with accessories, including the genuine Australian-made steel bullbar, Hella driving lights, factory snorkel, rubber floor mats, a hard deck lid, and a clever roller slide in the bed to make loading and unloading your gear easier. All products that make a good thing better.

You know the old saying that you never know how many friends you have until you own a ute? Well that’s proven true with the Hilux, because as soon as it was spotted in the carpark at HQ, the folks at Caravan World magazine stole it for a massive test of the best ’vans. With its factory towbar, Redarc brake controller and 3500kg towing capacity, the ’Lux should make light duty of such a job.

Toyota Hilux sr5 rear drivingSpeaking of towing, be sure to pick up the November issue of 4X4 Australia magazine to see how the Hilux, along with all the other popular 4x4 one-tonne utes, copes with towing a load and hauling heavy weight in its tray. The new issue is on sale now!

Hilux SR5 double cab 4x4 with 2.8L diesel and six-speed manual: RRP $54,390
Premium interior package, with leather-accented seats: RRP $2000
Premium paint: RRP $550

Steel bullbar: RRP $2200
Hella driving lights: RRP $220 each + bracket RRP $149 + harness RRP $106
Tow bar: RRP $528
Trailer wiring harness: RRP $235
Snorkel: RRP $525
Hard tonneau: RRP $2873
Bed slide: RRP $1800 (or RRP $2170 if bed slide walls installed)