Toyota: 2014 Hilux Edge 4×2 TD

Toyota: 2014 Hilux Edge 4×2 TD

The limited edition Toyota Hilux Edge is without a doubt, the full size toolbox on wheels, or as I’d like to refer to it, a useful 5.26 metre length of 4×2.

Seen here in Velocity Red, several hand and power tool brands would want this as their team colour,  although you can also choose from Glacier White, the usual Charcoal Grey, and Ink, as in Black.

Many would see it as the glossed up Tradie’s vehicle of choice, however in New Zealand it wears the crown of the ultimate Utility and it’s a top seller to boot.

2014 Hilux Edge rear 3:4Some would call it bulletproof, with older Hilux’s regularly appearing in television news items while being used as personnel and gun carriers by rebel military forces all over the world.

In territories where IED’s will get you, if a crazy kid with an AK47 doesn’t, there are no military budgets for fleets of Land Rovers or G-Wagons or Pinzgauers, just whatever can be extorted or stolen to bolt a gun pivot to.

The venerable Hilux is in plentiful supply for these applications after generations of models proving their worth by being damned near indestructible, as proven by Barry Crump, and the Top Gear presenters, but they are not really bullet-proof.

The Toyota Hilux is renowned for its longevity, so the uptake of the 2014 Hilux Edge frontvehicle in harsh environments and challenging roles, means that our local applications are a piece of cake.

Spec:

The Edge is priced from $43,990+ORC and it looks as though the lovely people at Toyota chucked in a long list of extra specification for not a lot of extra cost.

The wheels have been upgraded to aftermarket MAK Fuoco rims that actually look very much as though they are Toyota factory rims, and they are fitted with sure footed Bridgestone Dueller HP tyres.

The fully independent front suspension is a heavy duty design 2014 Hilux Edge cargo baywhile the rear has traditional leaf springs for the best towing and load carrying capacity.

Braking uses vented discs up front, and drums on the rear wheels for a strong holding handbrake.

The Edge spec for the Hilux includes polished stainless nudge bar at the front, side pipes with the same finish, and the rear features a body coloured bumper, and a double wall utility deck with the all important outer tie down hooks to secure that load.

Power:

The engine is a turbo-charged, 4-cylinder 3-litre diesel with a 16 valve double overhead cam and common rail direct injection.

2014 Hilux Edge tray deck openMaximum power is 126kW at 3600rpm with maximum torque of 343Nm at 1400-3400rpm.

Fuel consumption is claimed 8.1l/100km although the instrument display showed the more correct 11 to 13 km per litre for urban and open road respectively.

The 76 litre tank has a easily capable range of 600km and with the standard cruise control you could nurse many more kilometres from a tank if you desired.

For those interested in its environmental performance, the Hilux meets Euro 4 emission standard and CO2 emissions are rated at 214g/km in combined use.

2014 Hilux Edge head restThis 5-speed manual transmission is a bit slow when its cold ,although its not too truck-like and the rear-wheel-drive axle is equipped with the very important limited slip differential.

Inside:

The cabin area is one thats a mixture of being of fit for purpose rather than than being luxurious

Room and comfort in the rear seats is good while the front seats feel a bit more utilitarian meaning longer trips aren’t so comfortable.

Your Auntie Maisie’s lounge suite probably has more lumber support, but in most cases the front seats will gain some form of 2014 Hilux Edge stereoindestructible canvas-covers to keep the muck off them.

The Hilux cabin is looking a bit dated on the inside, but being fit for purpose is more important to the buyer in this market than looking flash and fashionable.

In this market you only look new for fives minutes before another Ute joins the race.

The touch screen audio head unit is a typical factory fit with the Bluetooth connecting quickly although several callers took a while to get used to conversing on it.

Tuning was fiddly with up only seek, and the touch panel is not as efficient as buttons, or an iPhone screen.

The most important addition would be adding a rear-reversing camera as the rear vision mirror is tinted and the small rear cabin window is also quite heavy on the tint.

Life with a tow bar is also so much easier with a reversing camera.

Drive:

There would be many that look down on the Hilux 4×2 variant as the poor cousin, regardless of whether they truly need the ability of the 4×4.

But if you rarely go off road, then you can save on fuel and tyres because the Hilux 4×2 has less weight and a lower drag coefficient, although in certain circumstances the lower ride height can be a negative.

Weighing in at a chunky 1665kg the minimum ground clearance of 181mm doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere in the Hilux 4×2 but the mandatory tow bar does bottom out especially with a load on.

Verdict:

At first we found the mixture of round town, motorway and open road the ride was annoying, until we checked and found that the tyres were incorrectly inflated .

If you ever want to get the best from any vehicle, always use the tables supplied by the manufacturer, normally found inside the door jamb or fuel flap, and you are sure to get the intended result.

This sorted and the ride quality and handling of the Hilux Edge was very acceptable for a such a hard working and hard wearing light commercial.

Overall in its class this vehicle does just about anything you need it to do.

It is not the latest and greatest, there are more modern 4×2 options on the light commercial market such as the Holden Colorado (review here).

However when you come to disposal time, you will get more than most other makes and models because it is a Toyota Hilux and more than 30 years of being New Zealand’s top selling ute doesn’t count for nothing.

Price: $43,990 plus on road costs

Pros:

  • Solid reputation, good residuals
  • Well built workhorse
  • Does everything a “tradie” needs it to do

Cons:

  • Front seats need more lumbar support
  • Engine can be a bit coarse and noisy under acceleration
  • Not as refined as some more modern competitors

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