2013 Toyota Hilux Review

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  • Toyota, Toyota Hilux
  • Diesel
  • 3,000 cc

The Toyota Hilux is a time tested workhorse that has been the mainstay of light commercial transport in Kenya for many years. It’s longevity is unquestionable and it’s commonplace to find older versions still kicking on the roads even after years of abuse and thousands of miles. The newer versions have been criticized for not being as hardy as their predecessors and their reliability has been put to question. In this review, we will tell you whether this is true and why the storied Hilux has been dethroned by the Isuzu D-Max in the Kenyan market. Other competitors include the Ford Ranger, Nissan Hardbody, Nissan Navara, Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi L200 and VW Amarok.

  • Body Type: Pickup
  • Extras: Bedliner
  • Safety Features: 3 Point ELR Seatbelts, brake assist, curtain airbags) ABS with EBD, side airbags, SRS Airbags( Driver Knee airbag
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights, Roof Rails, Side Steps
  • Interior Features: Aux Power, CD/DVD Player

Detailed Review

The Toyota Hilux is a light commercial pickup that has been in production for eight generations since 1968. It’s closely related to the Hilux Surf and the Toyota Fortuner with which it shares a common platform and they’re different only in body construction and interior styling. The Hilux has enjoyed success in the Kenyan market for many years thanks to its versatility that makes it suitable for both commercial and private applications. It’s offered in single cab and double cab and available in both 2WD and 4WD.

2013 Toyota Hilux

The 2013 Toyota Hilux comes with a choice of 3 engines; these are a 2.7-Litre 2TR-FE Petrol Engine, a 2.5 Litre 2KD-FTV Turbo diesel engine, a 2.5 Litre 2KD-FTV Intercooler Turbo diesel engine and a 3.0 Litre 1KD-FTV Turbo diesel engine.  These are linked to a choice of a 5-Speed Manual Transmission, a 4-Speed Automatic Transmission and a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission.

2013 Toyota Hilux Grades

Single Cabin

  1. Single Cab 4×2 – Two passengers, 2.5L engine, 2WD, 5-Speed manual transmission, manual A/C and 15-Inch steel rims
  2. Single Cab 4×4- Two passengers, 2.5L engine, 4WD, 6-Speed manual transmission, manual A/C and 17-Inch steel rims.

Double Cabin

  1. Standard Grade – Five passengers, 2.5L engine, 4WD, 6-Speed manual transmission, manual A/C and 16-Inch steel rims
  2. Deluxe Grade – Five passengers, 2.5L engine, 4WD, 6-Speed manual transmission, manual A/C, 17-Inch steel rims and painted grille.
  3. Super Deluxe Grade (Toyota Hilux Invincible)- Five passengers, 3.0L engine, 4WD, 6-Speed manual transmission, automatic A/C, 17-Inch alloy rims, chrome grille, fog lights, chrome side-step and silver interior trim, high grade fabric seats, side airbags and curtain airbags.
  4. Super Deluxe Grade (Toyota Hilux Invincible X)- Five passengers, 3.0L engine, 4WD, 5-Speed automatic transmission, automatic A/C, 17-Inch alloy rims, chrome grille, fog lights, chrome side-step, silver interior trim, leather seats, side airbags and curtain airbags

2013 Toyota Hilux Interior 
The double cab Toyota Hilux has a spacious interior that can comfortably seat five adults. It compares favorably with its closest rivals such as the Isuzu D-Max and the Ford Ranger. The legroom is excellent on both rows and tall people can be comfortably accommodated. The second row seats have an upright and fixed back that can be strenuous at long distances

2013 Toyota Hilux First Row

2013 Toyota Hilux Second Row

2013 Toyota Hilux Exterior
On the outside, the Toyota Hilux has a modern and fresh looking exterior that is more family friendly and an improvement from its previously agricultural look.

2013 Toyota Hilux Rear

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, a glovebox and the center-box. For the second row, there are 2 cup-holders on the armrest.

2013 Toyota Hilux Door Panel Storage

2013 Toyota Hilux Carrying Capacity

  • Single Cab 4×2 – 1,105 Kg
  • Single Cab 4×4 – 1,005 Kg
  • Double Cab 2.5L – 840 Kg
  • Double Cab 3.0L – 840 Kg

2013 Toyota Hilux bed

Extras: ECO Mode, Power Mode, USB Charging Port, Radio/DVD

2013 Toyota Hilux Dashboard

2013 Toyota Hilux Safety Features: SRS Airbags( Driver Knee airbag, side airbags, curtain airbags) ABS with EBD, 3-Point ELR seatbelts, Brake Assist

2013 Toyota Hilux Fuel Economy
2013 Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4×2 2.5L fuel consumption: 16.4 km/L
2013 Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4×4 2.5L fuel consumption: 16.4 km/L
2013 Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4 2.5L fuel consumption: 16.4 km/L
2013 Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4 3.0L MT fuel consumption: 15.6 km/L
2013 Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4 3.0L AT fuel consumption: 13.9 km/L

2013 Toyota Hilux Acceleration
2013 Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4×2 2.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 13.3 sec.
2013 Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4×4 2.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 13.3 sec.
2013 Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4 2.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 13.3 sec.
2013 Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4 3.0L MT accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 12.1 sec.
2013 Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4×4 3.0L AT accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 12 sec.

2013 Toyota Hilux Speedometer

2013 Toyota Hilux Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 Litres

2013 Toyota Hilux Performance and Handling
The Toyota Hilux is a responsive and easy to drive car with a well balanced steering that provides excellent feedback to the driver. The turbocharged common rail engines have sufficient power for normal day to day driving but the 3.0L is particularly powerful and exciting to drive. The Toyota Hilux leans a bit too much around corners due to the leaf sprung rear suspension.

Toyota Hilux

2013 Toyota Hilux Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Diesel Filter and Engine Oil, etc.
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Diesel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Front Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil, etc.

2013 Toyota Hilux Engine

Toyota Hilux Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts are affordable and widely available in Kenya. Body parts are expensive and available from major Toyota dealerships in Kenya. For a list of Toyota spare part dealers, follow this link..

2013Toyota Hilux Reliability
The Toyota Hilux and the Toyota Landcruiser were once regarded as the most reliable cars ever built. well, the Landcruiser still retains that crown but Hilux has taken a rap due to the complex common rail engines that can cause problems if not well maintained. Below are the commonly reported problems with the 1KD-FTV and 2KD-FTV engines:

  1. Turbo failure
  2. Injector and pump failure
  3. Common Rail system failure
  4. Engine rattling
  5. Engine Failure

Causes

  1. Common rail engines are extremely intolerant to adulterated fuel which is a known killer for these engines.
  2. Due to the high pressures and extreme heat generated by the common rail engines, good and timely maintenance is key to keep the components such as the turbo and injectors working properly. Poor maintenance is a certified killer for common rail engines
  3. Low sulphur fuel is good for the environment but bad for common rail engines. Low sulphur fuel has less lubrication which is bad for the high thermal conditions and these will wear off the engines more quickly.
  4. Adulterated and dirty fuel – Common rail systems require clean fuel and they have a very low tolerance for contaminated fuel.

If you are planning to own the Toyota Hilux, it’s vital that you read the Owner’s Manual . To request the 2013 Toyota Hilux English Owner’s manual, write to us: [email protected]

2013 Toyota Hilux Front

Resale Value: Good

Toyota Hilux Competitors: Isuzu D-MaxFord Ranger, Nissan Hardbody, Nissan Navara, Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi L200 and VW Amarok.

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh 2,300,000(Double Cab)
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 92,000 per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 40,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2013 Toyota Hilux
1. Versatile and adaptable
2. Spacious and comfortable cabin
3. Decent power

What we don’t
Sensitive common rail engines

Conclusion
The Toyota Hilux is like a Swiss army knife that is adaptable to many uses such as carrying cargo, towing, family car and an off-road vehicle. There’s a growing concern with the fragility of the common rail engines but with proper maintenance and care, the Hilux is still a formidable workhorse.

2013 Toyota Hilux Vigo Kenya

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