Our dual-cab ute test vehicle is the popular SR5+ model grade which sits below the wide-track Rogue and premium GR Sport on the HiLux model ladder.
It’s available only with Toyota’s ubiquitous 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel and a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, like our example, for a list price of $64,430 before on-road costs.
So, that’s $2500 more than the standard SR5 to add a ‘plus’ symbol to its model name. For that extra spend you get a premium interior package comprising leather-accented upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
And that’s in addition to desirable features included as SR5 standard equipment, starting with 18-inch alloys and 265/60R18 tyres with a full-size alloy spare. There’s also LED headlights/DRLs/fog lights, chrome mirrors/door handles/step-type rear bumper, polished stainless-steel sports bar, privacy glass, side-steps and a shark-fin antenna. The only notable omission here is a protective liner for the load tub.
The well-appointed interior offers keyless entry/start, premium grade steering wheel and gear-knob, dual-zone climate control, air-conditioned cooler box, driver’s 4.2-inch colour multi-info display, one USB-A port, one 220-volt and two 12-volt accessory sockets and more.
The six-speaker infotainment system is controlled by an 8.0-inch touchscreen display which offers multiple connectivity including Apple and Android devices plus DAB+ digital radio. The screen also projects imagery for the reversing camera.