2020 Toyota Hilux SR5 TRD Review – When Toyota released the eighth-generation HiLux and when they made it stronger. Everything has been strengthened, including a thicker rack, a stiffer body, new high-torque turbo-diesel engines, advanced six-speed transmissions, reinforced suspension and brakes, and expanded off-road capability.
2020 Toyota Hilux SR5 TRD External
Externally it has a very distinctive grill and a protruding nose. I really like it, but many don’t. The SR5, as you would expect, has a large number of external lights such as LED headlamps and daytime circulating lights such as front fog lamps, a sports bar in the bathtub, chromed radiator grille, chromed rear step and new alloy wheels of 18 Inches that are equipped with a new 265/60 R18 road tyre that is designed to help save fuel without compromising handling.
2020 Toyota Hilux SR5 TRD Internal
Internally, the SR5 was equipped with the optional package that included leather seats, which were worthwhile. They are electronically adjustable, very comfortable and work with height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel.
The board has a two-dial blue light style with a MFD in the middle. Very clear and easy to use and read. The steering wheel frames glide perfectly, some vehicles, when you drop the steering wheel, you lose sight of the top of the board. The wheel itself feels great in your hands and hosts the audio and MFD controls. Toyota has introduced the sliding tumbler holders/bottles under the side vents, a brilliant idea copied from Isuzu.
The center console is clear with the drive lever and a Select button for the driving mode. On the front there are two cup holders and behind an intelligent storage area. The center console is padded at the top and reasonable size.
The flight selection for the 2WD/4WD system is located just below the left of the steering wheel. This is next to the rear differential lock, the descent control and the traction control switches.
Sitting proudly at the top of the central stack is the 7 inch screen that hosts satellite navigation, the Toyota Link, the audio system, etc. It works pretty well, but Toyota still refuses to include Apple Car Play and Android/Auto, and that’s a problem for some drivers. .
The rear seats are comfortable for three people and have more space for the knees, a superior anchorage and two ISOFIX anchorages for children, and a rear seat divided 60-40 with central armrests and A/C vents, which is a premium.
Top-of-the-line SR5 also has
- Smart keyless entry and boot,
- Automatic air conditioning,
- Chrome door Handles,
- Premium steering wheel and shift knob,
- Self-leveling LED headlamps,
- Cooling box with frontal air conditioning capable of heating or cooling two bottles of 600 ml,
- LED headlamps on/off automatic with automatic leveling and daytime LED lights (DRL),
- 2 12v Accessory Plugs,
- 220v Accessory Plug,
- USB input and Outstanding Silver Interiors.
Unit and Motor
Hilux is powered by an improved turbo-diesel engine of 2.8 l high par. It produces a power of 130kW and a torque of 450Nm. This is much better than the previous engine and translates directly into a more relaxed driving experience. This was aided by the intelligent 6-speed automatic transmission that has been developed specifically for the engine. It is quieter on the road, more responsive to throttle inputs and a more direct direction means better handling.
The Hilux has always been an excellent Ute 4WD and is now even better and stronger with exclusive protection for the bottom of the bodywork and a high-strength suspension package. The change on the fly has an electronic transfer switch 4 × 2 and 4 × 4 and a rear differential lock.
Off-road capability has been improved with 20% more wheel articulation and better approach and exit angles. There really is no need to discuss the 4WD capacity of the HiLux. If it’s excellent.
The trailer has now increased to 3, 500kg. The increase of the torque and the low RPM delivery now means that towing with the Hilux receives a great tic.
The Toyota Hilux is still a first-rate Ute 4WD. Recent improvements have made it better and stronger. It is now best to tow and drive off the road while wrapping the occupants with more comfort and style. I lost the prize for a point, but to be honest, I’ve never met a buyer who has regretted buying a Hilux.