The Toyota Hilux is among the hottest vans world wide, nevertheless it’s very totally different than the equally sized Tacoma pickup that’s vastly in style right here in the US. After a latest replace, the Hilux looks a lot more like our Tacoma than it did earlier than; the freshened Hilux additionally receives a brand new inside and extra highly effective diesel engine. Right here’s a fast rundown of the similarities and variations between the 2 Toyota pickups, which share a worldwide fame for toughness and indestructibility:
Hilux vs. Tacoma: Exterior Styling
The brand new Hilux borrows the Tacoma’s trapezoidal grille design, however arguably, the foreign-market truck has sleeker headlights and a extra streamlined general entrance fascia design. It additionally options sharper physique traces and wheel designs. Toyota can also be providing an Invincible mannequin that includes a extra rugged exterior with numerous cladding.
Nonetheless, the Hilux positively screams “world market pickup!” due to its comparatively giant (in proportion to the physique dimension) headlights and taillights, in addition to that sleeker physique sculpting. The U.S.-market Tacoma, by comparability, is blocky, with skinny, squinting headlights and bulging fender flares blistering from a comparatively squared-off, easy physique form.
Hilux vs. Tacoma: Inside Styling
Whereas the Hilux and Tacoma have considerably comparable exteriors, the interiors are laid out fairly in a different way. Open the Hilux’s doorways, and also you’ll discover a sensible cockpit with an 8.0-inch multimedia display screen appropriate with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A digital clock sits simply above the display screen. Invincible fashions are fairly plush, providing blue illumination on the entrance and rear doorways, in addition to perforated leather-based seats.
The Tacoma’s innards are—like its exterior—blockier and extra overtly trucky in look. For 2020, Toyota updated the U.S.-market truck, including a regular 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration. The automaker’s Toyota Security Sense suite of active-safety options can also be newly normal throughout the board, together with adaptive cruise management, lane-departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.
Hilux vs. Tacoma: Powertrains
A extra highly effective 2.8-liter diesel engine is offered on the brand new Hilux, which is obtainable with a variety of gasoline and diesel choices. The burlier 2.8-liter (which might make a superb addition to our Tacoma, the place it’d go head-to-head with the identically sized diesel within the Chevrolet Colorado) makes 201 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and it pairs with both a six-speed handbook or six-speed automated transmission. Toyota says it has made enhancements to the Hilux’s steering and suspension techniques to enhance driver consolation.
There are fewer powertrain decisions for Tacoma patrons, who can go for both a 159-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine or a 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6. A handbook is offered on the V-6, however solely on the TRD Off-Street and TRD Professional trim ranges, and with particular physique configurations; all the pieces else makes use of a six-speed automated transmission. Two- and four-wheel drive is offered, as are extended-cab and four-door crew cab physique kinds with both brief or lengthy pickup beds.
Hilux vs. Tacoma: Availability
The up to date Toyota Hilux will roll out at totally different occasions in several markets. It launches in Japanese Europe in July, Australia in late August, and Western Europe in October. It’s going to arrive in America, properly, by no means. No less than not in its present kind. These desirous about a midsize Toyota pickup within the U.S. can solely select the Tacoma, which begins at $25,445 and ranks near the middle of its class.
This dynamic of two Toyota vans in the identical class for various geographic markets might not maintain perpetually. We’ve heard rumors that the next-generation Tacoma and full-size Tundra pickups will sit on a typical platform that can unfold to all of Toyota’s pickups world wide—the Hilux included, we presume. This transfer would assist the automaker scale back complexity and lower your expenses because it has finished since debuting the Toyota New International Structure (TNGA), which sits beneath a number of various world merchandise.