Toyota HiLux 3.0 D-4D Legend 45 double cab 4×4 review
Born just before the seventies with a price of only R1 525 as a 4×2 single cab with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, HiLux has come a long way. Millions have been made.
It is a Legend. No other bakkie comes near in terms of sales or reputation.
We have just driven the seventh series HiLux again in Legends45 form, which is basically the outgoing version before the new bigger series 8 is launched later this year. Toyota have sweetened the deal by upping the accessories on this model but keeping the price down.
This traditional size bakkie is easier to manoeuvre and park than the new super-sized double cabs.
HiLux Legends 45
HiLux is a very competent all rounder and it does everything well. It is a little old fashioned but in a comfortable familiar kind of way.
It looks like a bakkie and drives like one. This double cab is a luxury workhorse without pretences.
The suspension is firm, perhaps a little too firm, as unladen it still tends to be a little skittish but the electronic stability control really helps to improve the ride. The traction control works seamlessly and invisibly.
I tested it on the Helderberg Farm 4×4 trail black route and it never hesitated. I think it will be good in sand as well.
The highway performance is good. Lock it at 120km/h with the cruise control and it just sails along without ever breaking into a sweat.
In town it is easy to use as it even has a rear camera which makes parking a breeze. My wife felt the camera’s position is a little vulnerable though.
The 3.0 D-4D turbodiesel engine has been around for a while and does not deliver exciting performance, rather it is dependable, effective and a very good mix of usable power and torque. It will do the job and not let you down. I got 10litres/100km in mixed town, highway and some 4×4 driving. So consumption is pretty good.
The cabin is functional rather than fashionable or even pretty to look at. But it works. It is a Toyota bakkie after all. The black leather seats are comfortable and have enough adjustability. It comes with all the nooks and crannies and a really pleasant to hold leather covered multi-function steering wheel.
Rear legroom is OK and access is acceptable.
It comes fairly well equipped with climate and cruise control, a good sound system, navigation with multi-function screen, bluetooth and several plug points.
Safety is also comprehensively specified.
The 3.0 D-4D 4×4 DC Legend 45 as tested costs R505 400. That is a heck a lot of money, but then this is a lot of bakkie.
I believe the trade-in value of the 7th generation HiLux will remain very good partly because the new generation 8 bakkie is reported to be bigger and many people prefer the slightly smaller size.
The limited special edition 45 is available in 4×2 Raised Body and 4×4 and across all variations – Single Cab, Xtra Cab and Double Cab. There are 13 different Toyota Hilux Legend 45 model versions.
Also consider the Mitsubishi Triton, GWM Steed and Nissan Hardbody.
The standard HiLux single cab range starts at R291 800. The 2.5 D-4D Raised Body DC Legend 45 is the base Legend model and is R420 100. The top-of-range 4.0 V6 4×4 Auto DC Legend 45 is priced at R544 600.
Warranty is 3 years or 100 000km. The service plan is 5 years or 90 000km.