Toyota Hilux Legend RS Review - A significant refresh of the Hilux formula, but does it work?

The facelifted Toyota Hilux has just been set loose in SA and it's ready to put some space between it and its rivals. We review the top-of-the-range Legend RS model. 

The fact that the Toyota Hilux has been updated so frequently since its launch in 2016 is not only indicative of fierce competition in this market segment but how quickly requirements for particularly the leisure-bakkie niche are evolving. Ford's popular Ranger and the evergreen VW Amarok (a multiple CarsAwards winner) are the Hilux's most serious rivals, but soon it will also have to contend with the all-new Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max. So, Toyota's engineers have come up with a raft of changes to the Hilux, resulting in what is far more than just a mere cosmetic update.

In this review our video journalist Ciro De Siena takes the refreshed Toyota to a 4x4 proving ground and, while surviving an onslaught of horseflies, manages to thoroughly test the improved engine, off-road handling and standard-fitted roller shutter.

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Fast Facts: 

  • Price: R851 100 before options (November 2020)
  • Engine: 2.8-litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder
  • Power/Torque: 150kW/500Nm 
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Fuel consumption: 8.0 L/100 km (claimed) 
  • Top speed: 175 kph

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