|2002 Hilux D-4D Review Worldoffroad.com
Toyota's Hilux now comes with the latest D4-D spec engines. These direct injection, turbocharged,
common rail engines have been highly acclaimed in their other models. Lord Croker now tries the Hilux
The Hilux range has recently been updated with a slightly revised look grille and bumpers but rather more
importantly has been fitted with D4-D technology in the engine department. I have to confess to feeling
slightly disappointed that Mr Toyota didn't feel obliged to offer us (in the UK) the Hilux with the same 3.0
litre "dogs danglies" version as used in Colorado. However despite retaining its' traditional two and a half
litre capacity the Hilux D4-D still performs pretty well and certainly feels competitive with all the other
contenders that we have tried, even though at 102 bhp it ought to concede a paper disadvantage.
I think it is fair to say that this whole sector has come on tremendously over the last few years, not just in
terms of engine specs, but the whole package. Pick-ups have got much more comfortable and easy to use. I
suspect that this has something to do with the number of owner users, particularly small business users,
who are driving this type of vehicle on a regular basis. This I am sure has increased substantially since the
improvement in the tax position of operating commercial vehicles. None of the vehicles we have tried this
year have been anything like as uncomfortable or unwieldy as the pick-ups of yesteryear.
This Hilux demonstrates why Toyota is at the forefront of the pick up market, it is increasingly car like to
drive and yet still appears willing to work like a mule if asked. The model tested was the higher
specification VX. Press officers presumably feel that journalists will appreciate the comfy seats and air
conditioning and will happily imagine what it would be like in a real working vehicle. Though as any small
business man will tell you, if you are working in a vehicle all day air conditioning is more of a necessity
than a luxury. Even farm tractors have been fitted with it for years, though of course they are often
working in rather more arduous conditions than the rest of us.
On the road handling has come on to surprisingly good levels for those of us that remember sliding round
roundabouts in unladen Hilux pick ups just 10 or fifteen years ago. (Careful showing your age there - Ed.)
Seriously though you could actually commute to work in this vehicle every day, using the back seat area
for dry secure interior stowage space and really not miss having an ordinary car at all. With this latest
engine, performance is adequate to make good progress in road traffic.
The VX offers alloy wheels, sports style seats, ABS brakes, air conditioning, remote control alarm and
over fenders (wheel arch style). Some of these extras are not exclusive to VX but you can see that the VX
does offer a fairly high level of car like comfort. Inside a new instruments design features brightly
illuminated blue dials and now includes an 'oil change' warning indicator. Oil changes may not be required
until up to 10,000 mile intervals with full services at 20,000 miles, which should help keep running costs
All the four wheel drive versions of Hilux feature a 102 bhp diesel and there are two gross vehicle weights
(GVW) the single cab has 2500 kg and the double cabs are up rated to 2700 kg to allow for the extra
equipment and to ensure the obligatory 1000kg payload that qualifies the vehicles for commercial vehicle
tax status. Rear differential lock and a low range gearbox are also standard on four wheel drive models.
This should ensure continued interest from the farming and game keeping communities who regularly use
this sort of equipment to gain access to some quite difficult off road terrain.
Prices range from just over £17150 on the road for the entry level single cab 4x4 to just over £21260 for
the 'all singing all dancing' VX. These figures include UK VAT that is reclaimable by registered business
The real verdict of course is what did the dog think; well she thought it was all right as long as she could sit
inside when it was wet!