Toyota Hilux 2020: Pickup contender for Car of the Year

Updated Mar 09, 2022 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

There is an ongoing truck war in the Philippines, leading the charge for Toyota is their venerable Hilux Pick-up truck. SUVs may be the "in" thing but trucks aren't going anywhere.

Toyota Hilux 2020: Pickup contender for Car of the Year

  • Rugged without even trying
  • No longer lags in power and pull
  • You can actually use that bed for stuff
  • Practically Bullet-proof engine
  • More affordable than you think

Toyota Hilux 2020: Leading the Truckassance

Trucks are enjoying a renaissance of sorts the past year in 2019. The so-called truck wars have only escalated even more thanks in part to the passing of the TRAIN law. Because of the tax restructuring scheme, commercial trucks were granted some leeway when it comes to paying tariffs and taxes.

toyota hilux 2020

The so-called truck wars have only escalated even more thanks in part to the passing of the TRAIN law

This gives car companies an opportunity to introduce more powerful, more luxurious and value-packed passenger trucks since they are classified together in the same vein as commercial trucks.

You can actually find fully loaded trucks to be much cheaper than their mid-sized SUV counterparts.

Toyota Hilux interior

The interior leveled up a few notches from the last model


One truck stands above the rest thanks to its heritage and bulletproof reputation. The Toyota Hilux proves that a truck can stand on its own credibility and legitimacy.

Toyota Hilux 2020 continues to be the leader and the go-to truck for everyone looking for a business and commercial solution and a car to represent their own style and personality.

There is a difference between being handsome and rugged, handsome looks at itself and admires the reflection, rugged is where you look at it and you admire.

>>> Related: For more pickup trucks from Toyota, check out the Toyota Tundra 2018 for sale

Toyota Hilux 2020: Effortless styling – Power on tap

Trucks have traditionally been seen by the general public as commercial vehicles. By the time the late 90s came in only did we realize that they can actually be a good alternative to sedans as a family car.

It can seat 5 and you can also look good in it! The 2020 Toyota Hilux looks great even without the TRD go-fast bits. Thanks to muscular body lines and the adoption of a front fascia that puts it in line with many of Toyota’s iconic trucks and SUVs more specifically the US-based Toyota Tacoma Truck.

>>> Check out how experts reviewed on Toyota Hilux 2020 Philippines version right here!

Toyota Hilux 2020

Looking rugged shouldn't need effort

This is one truck I wouldn’t mind bringing along with me to the rough roads of Bicol and drive along the swanky streets of BGC.

It can also keep up with the rest of them thanks to Toyota’s 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine that makes 175 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Power was the main complaint with the last generation, so for this model, Toyota gives us a surplus of it. Definitely useful if you want to use your truck for truck stuff like hauling.

>>> Maybe you want to find out more about the Toyota Hilux? We have you covered!

Toyota Hilux 2020: Another value-packed Toyota that resists inflation

For those who consider the economics of buying a vehicle in their purchases, the Toyota Hilux is a god-send. The Hilux keeps a large chunk of its value even after 5 or 10 years into ownership.

It requires the most basic of care and maintenance thanks to its rugged construction and availability of spare parts. It may have some electronic bits but they are at a minimum so all you have to worry about is making sure you follow the prescribed PMS schedule and you can be ensured that this truck will last you for a very long time.

Toyota Hilux 2020 on road

Everyone and their dad will tell you that Toyotas are bulletproof

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Many car companies have this misconception that trucks should be more like sedans or SUVs. They put amenities and creature comforts that they tend to go overboard with it. The Toyota Taco, I mean Hilux gives us the right balance of all the good stuff but never falters away from the fact that this is still a truck. Just better.

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Know more about Toyota Hilux 2023

Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux 2024 is a midsize pickup offered in the local market as both fleet and regular units. Toyota Hilux Prices Philippines range from PHP 879,000 to PHP 2,166,000 with 13 variants, spanning from the basic cab & chassis 4x2 model to the range-topping GR Sport 4x4. It is also available in two turbodiesel engine options and four gearbox choices, accompanied by eight exterior colors. Dimensions start at 5,285mm in height, 1,800mm in width, and 1,700mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3,085mm. Among the rivals to the Toyota Hilux in the market are the Mitsubishi Strada, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, and the Isuzu D-Max.

This popular pickup continues to evolve and slowly move upmarket after gaining luxuries. The most significant revolutionary jump of the Hilux happened in 2004 when the seventh generation of the model was introduced. It was the first 21st-century iteration of Toyota's pickup. It is also the first generation to ride on Toyota’s new Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle architecture. It provided improved safety, better ride comfort, modern D-4D diesel engines, more interior space, and a more modern aerodynamic body.

The current 8th generation offers a more refined and stylish design than its predecessor, but the tradition of being a tough pickup continues. It received a much-awaited refresh in 2020. 

₱ 879,000 - ₱ 2,166,000

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