[Pickup shootout] Isuzu D Max vs Hilux: Spec comparison of the big & tough!

Sep 30, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Isuzu D-Max vs Hilux: Introduction
  • 2. Isuzu D-Max vs Toyota Hilux Philippines: Dimensions
  • 3. Isuzu D-max vs Toyota Hilux 2020: Interior
  • 4. Isuzu D-Max vs Hilux Philippines: Engine & Performance
  • 5. Isuzu D-Max vs Toyota Hilux Philippines: Safety
  • 6. Isuzu D-Max vs Toyota Hilux 2020: Variants & Prices
  • 7. Isuzu D-Max vs Hilux: Verdict
Pickup trucks are popular here, particularly after the excise tax relief afforded by the advent of the TRAIN. Philkotse.com compares two of the most popular models, the Isuzu D-Max vs Toyota Hilux 2019.

1. Isuzu D-Max vs Hilux: Introduction

Filipinos love pickup trucks. Why? Because these vehicles can haul a lot of stuff, can travel easily through the sketchiest of terrain, provide great passenger and driver comfort, and look good while at it.

A picture of the 2019 Toyota HIlux

The legendary Toyota Hilux

We here at Philkotse.com both love these trucks but we also know that there will always come a time that a prospective buyer or even a current owner of the one or the other will want to compare these badass vehicles with each other. So without further ado, here’s the D-Max vs Hilux specsheet battle.

A picture of the 2019 Isuzu D-Max

The equally popular Isuzu D-Max

Note:

To keep this comparison simple, we will compare the specs of the Hilux G 4x4 AT and the D-Max 3.0 LS 4x4. We chose the LS for the D-Max because the LS-A came out very recently. As for the Hilux, we chose the 2.8 G 4x4 variant.

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2. Isuzu D-Max vs Toyota Hilux Philippines: Dimensions

 
Toyota Hilux 2.8 G 4x4
Isuzu D-max 3.0 LS 4x4
Length (mm)
5,335
5,295
Width (mm)
1,855
1,860
Height (mm)
1,815
1,795
Wheelbase (mm)
3,085
3,095
Ground Clearance (mm)
NA
235

As you can see, the Hilux G is both longer and rides higher than the D-Max LS. So despite not having figures for the cargo bed size, it is safe to assume that the bed of the Hilux is larger than the one on the D-Max right? That actually is not the case because as per manufacturer specifications, the D-Max can actually carry more weight (1,085 kg), whereas the non-conquest variants of the Hilux are only rated for 1,000 kg.

A 2019 Toyota Hilux running on a desert into the sunset

Here's a good shot of the Toyota Hilux's rear end.

A 2019 Isuzu D-max parked in a beautiful forest

Here's the hindquarters of the Isuzu D-Max

How about how their sizes affect interior space? Well, differences in that regard are negligible. Both can fit the same number of people with the same amount of legroom.

When it comes to styling, each vehicle has its own strengths. The Toyota Hilux very much resembles its SUV brother especially if viewed from the front. It exudes elegance all the while providing a great road presence. As for the D-Max, just looking at the front already suggests rugged reliability.

A picture of the 2019 Isuzu dmax on the beach

A toyota hilux parked near a cliff

Both pickups boast modern exterior styling

3. Isuzu D-max vs Toyota Hilux 2020: Interior

Feature
Toyota Hilux 2.8 G 4x4 AT
Isuzu D-Max 3.0 LS 4x4
Cruise Control
-
With
Front Parking Sensors
-
-
Rear Parking Sensors
With
With
Leather Upholstery
-
With
With
With
Air Conditioning System
Automatic Climate Control
Automatic Climate Control
Entertainment System
- 6.5 inch capacitive
touchscreen
- Radio
- DVD
- MP3
- 6 Speakers

- 8 inch LCD Touchscreen
- Radio
- 4 Speakers
- MP3
- VCD
- DVD
- 6 speakers

Connectivity
- USB
- Bluetooth
- Aus
- Bluetooth
- USB
- AUX
Navigation Ready
With
Yes
Sunroof
-
-
Power Steering
With
With
Power Windows
With
With
Power Outlet
With
With
Steering Wheel Audio Control
With
With
Keyless Entry
With
With

When it comes to interior features, the Isuzu D-Max has a lot more going for it by way of a cruise control, rear parking sensors and leather upholstery. Two things that the Hilux G lacks. The Conquest variant of the Hilux however does have rear parking sensors.

As for interior design, the D-Max features a lot of hard plastic while a lot of its variants do not have much in the way of eye catching design. The same cannot be said for the Hilux whose dashboard also resembles the fancy one aboard its SUV brother.

A picture of the 2019 Toyota Hilux interior

The dashboard on the Toyota Hilux looks a lot like the Toyota Fortuner’s

A picture of the 2019 Isuzu D-max front cabin

Here's the front cabin of the Isuzu D-Max. It looks simple but has a ton of features.

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4. Isuzu D-Max vs Hilux Philippines: Engine & Performance

 
Toyota Hilux 2.8 G
4x4 AT
Isuzu D-Max 3.0 LS 4x4
Engine size
2.8 L
3.0 L
Displacement
2,755 cc
2,999 cc
Number of Cylinders
4
4
Number of Valves
16
16
6-speed automatic
5-speed automatic with sequential shift
Power Train
4x4
4x4
Max Output (HP)
174
175
Max Torque (Nm)
450
380
Fuel Type
Diesel
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
80 L
76 L

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From the table above, it is pretty obvious that the D-Max LS’s 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCX inline-four and the Hilux G’s 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV turbocharged inline-four both have a similar maximum horsepower output. In terms of torque tough, the 2.8-liter mill on the Hilux G has significantly more at 450Nm, with D-Max LS dishing out 380Nm.

For gearboxes, the Hilux has a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The D-Max in comparison has a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic. Both models also have 4x2 and 4x4 variants.

A picture of the 2019 D-Max's engine

The D-Max engine

A picture of the 2019 Toyota Hilux's engine

The Toyota Hilux engine

5. Isuzu D-Max vs Toyota Hilux Philippines: Safety

For safety equipment, this is where the Hilux G outshines the D-Max LS.

The Hilux has dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, and knee airbags whereas the D-Max only has dual front airbags. While ABS, EBD, stability control, ISOFIX, and immobilizer with alarm are present in both vehicles, it is plain to see that the Hilux is the safer vehicle in the event of a crash.

6. Isuzu D-Max vs Toyota Hilux 2020: Variants & Prices

Isuzu D-Max Variants
Price
Isuzu D-Max single cab and Chassis Blue Power
Php 857,000
Isuzu D-Max LT 4x2 MT
Php 987,000
Isuzu D-Max LT 4x4 MT
Php 1,288,000
Isuzu D-Max RZ4E LS 4x2 MT
Php 1,209,000
Isuzu D-Max RZ4E LS 4x2 AT
Php 1,279,000
Isuzu D-Max 3.0 LS 4x2 MT
Php 1,320,000
Isuzu D-Max 3.0 LS 4x2 MT
Php 1,320,000
Isuzu D-Max LS-A 4x4 MT
Php 1,630,000
Isuzu D-Max LS-A 4x4 AT
Php 1,700,000
Isuzu D-Max Boondock 4x2 MT
Php 1,390,000
Isuzu D-Max Boondock 4x2 AT
Php 1,455,000

>>> Go to suzu D-Max price list with estimated downpayment & installment

Toyota Hilux Variants
Price
Toyota Hilux Cab and Chassis
Php 829,000
Toyota Hilux 4x2 J MT
Php 939,000
Toyota Hilux 4x2 E MT
Php 1,030,000
Toyota Hilux 4x4 E MT
Php 1,186,000
Toyota Hilux 4x2 2.4 G MT
Php 1,204,000
Toyota Hilux 4x2 2.4 G AT
Php 1,279,000
Toyota Hilux 4x4 2.8 G MT
Php 1,506,000
Toyota Hilux 4x4 2.8 G AT
Php 1,636,000
Toyota Hilux 4x2 2.4 Conquest MT
Php 1,352,000
Toyota Hilux 4x2 2.4 Conquest AT
Php 1,427,000
Toyota Hilux 4x4 2.8 Conquest MT
Php 1,662,000
Toyota Hilux 4x2 2.8 Conquest AT
Php 1,792,000

>>> Get the latest pricing changes of the Toyota Hilux Philippines here

7. Isuzu D-Max vs Hilux: Verdict

While we have to acknowledge the Hilux G’s superiority in terms of safety features. We have to mention the differences in price.

The Hilux is one of the most expensive in its class with the Conquest variant topping P1,792,000. When it comes to a Toyota car though, they have proven to be supremely reliable, and even years down the line, you’ll find that pickup trucks (especially a Toyota) depreciates really slowly.

As for the D-Max, its variant line-up, like the Toyota’s, also provides for a wide range of options when it comes to features and price range. The difference however is that the D-Max variants are significantly much more affordable than the Hilux variants.

In short:

  • If you want more bang for your buck, get the D-Max which, by virtue of being an Isuzu, is reliable and also comfortable enough ride daily.
  • On the other hand, there’s the Hilux reputation for being reliable, its low depreciation rate, and its number  airbags. The downside though is its more expensive price tag.

For more models from other brands, please check out our Car for sale section.

Source: Cesar Guiderone Miguel

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