The Toyota HiLux could lose its sales crown to its Ford Ranger arch-rival in 2023, but it will gain a brash new flagship in the second half of the year.

    UPDATE, 31/08/23We’ve updated this article with Toyota’s July 1 price increases, as well as pricing for the new GR Sport variant.

    HiLux prices were increased by $1250 across numerous variants late in 2022, with another price increase applied to some variants on January 1.

    More recently, from July 1 prices were increased by up to $1100 depending on the variant. A full price list can be found below.

    There have been no further specification changes this year beyond those announced last year.

    For the July 1 increases, Toyota Australia provided a similar explanation as it did for those applied in January.

    “Toyota Australia reluctantly took the decision to increase the recommended retail prices (RRP) for most of our range, effective 1 July 2023,” said a Toyota Australia spokesperson.

    “We provided our dealers with the information ahead of implementation to assist them in managing their business and communicating openly and transparently with customers regarding vehicles to be delivered after that date.

    “The increases are due to increased costs and inflationary pressures outside of our control such as more expensive raw materials, labour, tooling and packaging which are feeding into higher manufacturing costs.”

    The new flagship GR Sport, due in September, packs a more powerful 165kW/550Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.

    It sits on the same “wide-track” platform as the HiLux Rogue, with a 15mm increase in height and a track width increase of 135mm at the front and 155mm at the rear.

    Toyota hasn’t released a full list of specifications, but it has confirmed the raft of mechanical and cosmetic enhancements made to the new hero HiLux.

    There’s different front coil and rear leaf spring tuning that further differentiates the GR Sport from the rest of the HiLux range. It’s also equipped with KYB monotube shock absorbers with a larger piston diameter.

    The rear sway bar has also been removed, which allows for greater axle articulation and ground contact over uneven surfaces.

    The HiLux GR Sport comes with unique black 17-inch “Dakar style” alloy wheels that are wrapped in 265/65 R17 Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tyres.

    There are disc brakes on all four wheels, with 338mm x 28mm four-piston fixed calipers at the front and 312mm x 18mm single-piston floating calipers at the rear. They’re also painted red.

    There’s also a redesigned front bumper for a superior approach angle, along with a unique black mesh grille, larger wheel arch flares, a new skid plate and heavy-duty powder-coated rock rails.

    At the rear there are red recovery points, a black rear bumper finish, and a pre-installed towbar, towball and trailer wiring harness.

    Inside the HiLux GR Sport gets a “rally-inspired” leather-wrapped steering wheels with paddle shifters, red centre strip and a GR logo, along with unique front sports seats finished in leather and suede; red seat belts; aluminium pedals; and unique dashboard trim.

    The updated, Aussie-finished Rogue, introduced last October, sits one rung down.

    It received a front and rear track increase of approximately 140mm, as well as a ride height increase of approximately 20mm, both claimed to aid both on- and off-road performance.

    In order to accommodate the track increase in the HiLux Rogue, Toyota engineers overhauled the existing suspension by extending the front suspension arm and front stabiliser bar length. They also adjusted the shock absorber angle to improve its efficiency.

    At the rear the axle length has been extended and the dampers have been moved further outwards towards the wheels.

    Toyota claims it has enhanced the Rogue’s roll rigidity by 20 per cent, while a new rear stabiliser bar is said to enhance cornering stability and ride comfort.

    New ventilated rear disc brakes replace the existing drum brakes for better braking performance, while the front disc brakes have been upgraded to units with a diameter of 17 inches – up an inch on before.

    Capping off the upgrades that are dedicated to the flagship HiLux Rogue are wider wheel arch flares and mud flaps to accommodate for those greater track widths.

    The Rogue isn’t the only HiLux variant that received updates for 2023.

    Announced last year, the SR extra-cab and dual-cab models receive new 17-inch black alloy wheels, instead of the current 17-inch steel wheels, and body-coloured door handles.

    The SR5 dual-cab pick-up gains critical active safety equipment such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. These safety features are also standard on the upgraded Rogue.

    Other new features the SR5 dual-cab pick-up receives as part of this update will include a surround-view camera, as well as puddle lamps. Heated side mirrors have been deleted.

    On automatic SR5 models and above, the steering column lock has been replaced by an ID Box anti-theft immobiliser which is claimed to add extra security for owners starting the ute with the key fob.


    4×2 single-cab chassis

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.7 5MT: $26,475 (+$1100)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workwate 2.7 6AT: $27,375 (+$1100)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate Hi-Rider 2.4TD 6MT: $31,715 (+$1100)

    4×2 extra-cab pickup

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR Hi-Rider 2.8TD 6MT: $47,285 (+$690)

    4×2 dual-cab pickup

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.7 5MT: $35,545 (+$690)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.7 6AT: $37,545 (+$690)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate Hi-Rider 2.4TD 6AT: $44,635 (+$690)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR Hi-Rider 2.8TD 6AT: $48,305 (+$690)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR5 Hi-Rider 2.8TD 6AT: $57,290 (+$690)

    4×4 single-cab chassis

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.4TD 6MT: $40,965 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6MT: $44,035 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6AT: $46,035 (+$560)

    4×4 extra-cab chassis

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.4TD 6AT: $46,665 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6MT: $48,695 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6AT: $50,695 (+$560)

    4×4 extra-cab pickup

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR5 2.8TD 6AT: $59,970 (+$560)

    4×4 dual-cab chassis

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.4TD 6AT: $48,735 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6MT: $50,955 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6AT: $53,105 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR5 2.8TD 6AT: $59,990 (+$560)

    4×4 dual-cab pickup

    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.4TD 6MT: $47,985 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Workmate 2.4TD 6AT: $49,985 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6MT: $52,445 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD 6AT: $54,605 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR5 2.8TD 6MT: $60,490 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux SR5 2.8TD 6AT: $62,490 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux Rogue 2.8TD 6AT: $70,760 (+$560)
    • 2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport 2.8TD 6AT: $73,990

    All prices are before on-road costs.


    The most powerful engine in the 2023 Toyota HiLux range is a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which has 150kW of power (at 3400rpm) and 500Nm of torque (at 1600-2800rpm) when fitted with a six-speed automatic. Manual models develop 420Nm (at 1400-3400rpm).

    In the GR Sport, outputs are bumped up to 165kW and 550Nm. It’s auto-only.

    Lower grades offer a 110kW/400Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, while the entry-level versions are fitted as standard with a 122kW/245Nm 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

    The smaller diesel makes peak power and torque at 3400rpm and 1600-2000rpm respectively, while the petrol does the same at 5200rpm and 4000rpm respectively.

    Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations are available throughout the line-up (see price list above), with manual and automatic transmissions offered for all powertrains.

    Petrol models are fitted as standard with a five-speed manual transmission as standard while the diesels are mated to a six-speeder. A six-speed automatic is optional or standard depending on variant.


    Fuel economy figures for the HiLux range are as follows:

    • Petrol manual: 10.7-11.1 litres per 100km
    • Petrol auto: 10.4-10.9 litres per 100km
    • 2.4TD manual: 6.9-7.4 litres per 100km
    • 2.4TD auto: 7.5-8.0 litres per 100km
    • 2.8TD manual: 7.1-8.0 litres per 100km
    • 2.8TD auto: 7.5-8.1 litres per 100km

    These figures vary based on body style. Figures for the GR Sport aren’t yet available.


    The HiLux’s measurements are dependent on which variant you choose.

    Pickups are 5325mm long (except the Workmate Double Cab at 5330mm and the Rogue at 5320mm) and 1855mm wide (except the Single Cab and Workmate 4×2 Double Cab at 1800mm, and the Rogue at 2020mm).

    All variants have a 3085mm wheelbase, with ground clearance rated at 216mm for all variants bar 4×2 models with the base petrol engine (174mm).

    Most dimensions for the GR Sport have yet to be released, though it has received a 15mm increase in height and a track width increase of 135mm at the front and 155mm at the rear.

    Braked towing capacity is 2500kg for petrol models, 2800kg for 4×2 diesels, and 3500kg for all 4×4 models.

    Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) again depends on variant, rated between 2700kg and 3100kg.

    Approach angle is 29 degrees for all models bar base 4×2 petrol models (23 degrees), while departure angle is between 20 and 27 degrees.

    Wading depth is rated at 700mm, and the fuel tank is 80 litres.

    Warranty and Servicing

    The Toyota HiLux is covered by Toyota’s five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty which covers any Toyota-produced part, panel and accessory.

    Engine and driveline warranty can be extended by another two years provided the vehicle is serviced according to schedule, and the car is backed by seven years of emergency assistance.

    Service pricing is capped between $245 and $290 per visit for the first six visits, covering three years or 60,000km.

    Maintenance is still required every six months or 10,000km, which is notably shorter than the usual 12 month/15,000km intervals offered by most rivals.


    The Toyota HiLux wears a five-star ANCAP rating for vehicles sold from July 2019 onwards, scoring 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupants, 88 per cent for vulnerable road users and 78 per cent for safety assist.

    All versions of the HiLux get a suite of Toyota Safety Sense technologies as standard, including AEB with pedestrian (day/night) and cyclist (day) detection, high-speed adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist via brakes. Traffic sign recognition is also included.

    SR5 4×4 models as well as auto-equipped SR 4×4 double cabs (including cab-chassis) feature hill descent control, while SR5 double- and extra-cab pick-ups have standard front and rear parking sensors.

    All SR5 models gain blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera and rear cross-traffic alert for 2023.

    Standard Equipment

    The Workmate comes standard with the following equipment:

    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • Two-speaker sound system
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Automatic headlights
    • Air-conditioning
    • Power windows
    • Cloth upholstery
    • Vinyl floors
    • Halogen headlights and daytime running lights
    • Reversing camera (Double Cab ute only)
    • 16-inch wheels (17-inch in Double Cab, 4×4 variants)

    The SR adds:

    • Four- or six-speaker sound system (Extra Cab and Double Cab, respectively)
    • Side steps
    • Front air-conditioned cooler box
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Body-coloured door handles

    The SR5 adds:

    • LED headlights, daytime running lights and front fog lights
    • Satellite navigation
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Surround-view camera
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Privacy glass
    • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
    • Rear air vents (Double Cab only)
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Premium shifter and steering wheel
    • Carpeted floors
    • Chrome door handles
    • Puddle lights
    • 18-inch alloy wheels

    The $2000 SR5+ package adds:

    • Power driver’s seat
    • Heated front seats
    • Leather-accented upholstery.

    In addition to its mechanical and aesthetic tweaks, the Rogue adds:

    • Nine-speaker sound system (can be swapped for six-speaker for a $750 credit)
    • Motorised roller cover

    Toyota hasn’t released a full equipment list for the GR Sport, but has confirmed it adds:

    • Red seatbelts
    • 17-inch alloy wheels in 265/65 R17 Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tyres
    • Leather and suede-upholstered sports seats
    • Aluminium pedals
    • Paddle shifters


    The 2023 HiLux comes standard with Glacier White paint, with the following exterior finishes optional:

    • Graphite
    • Silver Sky
    • Eclipse Black
    • Frosted White (SR5, Rogue)
    • Nebula Blue (SR5, Rogue)
    • Feverish Red (Rogue)
    • Saturn Blue (Rogue)
    • Oxide Bronze (Rogue)

    The GR Sport is available in the following exterior finishes:

    • Glacier White
    • Glacier White with black roof
    • Frosted White
    • Frosted White with black roof
    • Feverish Red
    • Feverish Red with black roof
    • Stunning Silver
    • Eclipse Black

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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