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2016 Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara

Today’s global unveiling of the 2016 Toyota HiLux already has us excited about throwing the all-new iteration of the country’s favourite ute into a comparison with its key rivals.

The new-generation Mitsubishi Triton has just launched in Australia, while the new Nissan Navara launches next week and the updated Ford Ranger arrives in the third quarter of this year, just weeks before the launch of the eighth-gen HiLux in October.

While we’ll have to wait a few months to conduct that test, the release of the first official details of the all-new Toyota HiLux allow us to analyse how the 2016 model stacks up against the fresh metal from Ford, Mitsubishi and Nissan on a number of key measures.


The HiLux’s engine range will include a new flagship 130kW/450Nm 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine matched to a six-speed automatic (torque drops to 420Nm with a six-speed manual fitted).

This compares to the Ranger’s 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-pot that comes with six-speed manual or auto options, Triton’s 133kW/430Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or five-speed auto and Navara’s twin-turbo 2.3-litre with 140kW/450Nm matched to a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto.

Also offered in the Toyota will be a lower-grade 2.4-litre turbo-diesel with 110kW/400Nm (dropping to 343Nm if matched to a five-speed manual gearbox rather than an auto).

Ford and Nissan likewise offer lower-grade diesels — a forthcoming 118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre (110kW/375Nm in soon-to-be-replaced version) in the Ranger and a 120kW/403Nm single-turbo 2.3-litre in the Navara.

There will also be a 122kW 2.7-litre petrol in some versions, as well as a larger 4.0-litre V6 petrol with 207kW. The Ranger currently comes with a 122kW/225Nm 2.5-litre unit, while the Navara will in time come with a 122kW/238Nm 2.5-litre petrol of its own. The Triton will get a 94kW 2.4-litre in early 2016.

Towing capacity

Crucially, Toyota has increased the HiLux’s braked towing capacity on top-spec versions to 3500kg (up 1000kg), matching the Ranger and new Navara, which lead the class. The Triton’s claim in 3100kg.

Fuel capacity

Toyota has also increased the capacity of the HiLux’s fuel tank to 80 litres (up 4L), matching the Ranger and Navara, and beating the Triton by 5L.