Toyota HiLux SR

If you’re an Aussie tradie, chances are you either own, or have owned, a HiLux. If you haven’t, it’s almost certain one of your mates has. Product Features Editor Jamie Gray is a big fan.

The HiLux has been a go-to work ute for tradies since it debuted in March 1968. At the time, the new, first-generation, bonnet-type truck was packing a 1.5-litre engine with a four-speed manual column shifter and had a 1000kg payload capacity.

Times have certainly changed. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to get a solid understanding and appreciation for the Toyota Workhorse range. The HiLux grade that has ticked all the boxes as the ultimate work ute for my specific needs is the  HiLux SR. The family- friendly lifestyle capabilities, options and size, have won me over.

HiLux SR. More Grunt and features

The HiLux SR is ready for whatever you’re willing to throw at it, which is one of the reasons the HiLux work ute has been Australia’s top-selling new vehicle for four years running. The HiLux SR model has packed even more improvements into what was already a top seller.

Available in several configurations and ready to tackle all your Monday-to-Friday work week asks, it’ll also cope with all your weekend adventures can muster. The HiLux SR model is going to be turning heads for all the right reasons.

So, breaking it down, you can choose between the 2.8L turbo-diesel, 6-speed manual 4×2 Hi-Rider and the 4×4 version. Tick the 4×4 option if you are looking to head off road onto tracks, trails and beaches for some adrenaline-filled adventures. There is also a 6-speed automatic option if you’re more of a cruiser.

With 17” steel wheels and the choice of single-cab, extra-cab or double-cab allows you to build the perfect SR for your requirements.

Featuring an impressive 7” touchscreen display, the seats are covered with premium fabric, and an air-conditioned cooler box and rear differential lock are included on the 4×4.

The air-con is top shelf, and the interior includes 7 SRS airbags, Toyota Safety Sense1, and of course, the 5-star 2019 ANCAP Safety Rating.

From a driver’s perspective, the SR ticks all the boxes, from the comfort of the adjustable seat to the climate control and the well-placed bottle holders in the fronteat. A lot of thought has gone into getting everything just right. Digital radio (DAB2) (optional on selected variants), USB connection, front fog lights (not available on single-cab variants), dusk-sensing headlights, keyless entry and drive… there are too many features to mention.


At the very core of the HiLux SR is the powerful engine and drive-train. It’s important to note the added bells and whistles haven’t come at the expense of core essentials like powerful towing capabilities of up to 3500kg3 (on selected variants). Again, with safety always in mind, Trailer Sway Control has been thoughtfully added to ensure substantial loads such as excavators and building materials are never a problem.

It’s this exact philosophy and brilliant all-round design and build quality that has seen me give glowing recommendations to two of my close tradie buddies who have since gone out and bought the HiLux SR over the past few months.

With so many good quality options in the marketplace for tradies these days, it’s great to know Toyota is still at the forefront of innovative design and build quality.

  1. Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner’s Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
  2. Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
  3. Towing capacity subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations. Ask your dealer for Toyota Genuine Towbar capacity and availability details.
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