Toyota Hilux pickup - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Toyota Hilux is reasonably economical, but some rivals are cheaper to run
UK customers can only order the Toyota Hilux with a 148bhp diesel engine. This has enough pulling power to tow up to 3,200kg, but it has to work quite hard, meaning the Hilux isn’t as economical as it might be.
Toyota Hilux MPG & CO2
A Hilux with a manual gearbox returns up to 32.4mpg and emits 174g/km of CO2. The automatic gearbox causes economy to drop to 30.3mpg and emissions to rise to 183g/km.
Because the Hilux is classed as a light commercial vehicle, it incurs a flat road-tax rate of £260 a year. Thanks to the Hilux' commercial status, business owners can claim back the VAT on buying a pickup. Business drivers are also offered a flat-rate Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) liability, rather than the CO2-based sliding scale for cars and SUVs.
Although it’s a commercial vehicle, the Hilux gets the same impressive five-year/100,000-mile warranty as all the other cars in Toyota’s range. This is more generous than the five-year/62,500-mile warranty offered with the Mitsubishi L200 and three-year/60,000-mile warranties of the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok.
The old Hilux needed servicing annually or every 10,000 miles, and it’s expected this new model will follow the same schedule. If you’re VAT-registered you should be able to claim 20% back from the cost of any maintenance.
It's worth noting that versions of the Hilux without Toyota Safety Sense equipment may be more expensive to insure, with the entry-level Active trim sitting in group 50D. Meanwhile, the Invincible double cab sits in a lower group 42, making it more competitive with the Ford Ranger.