Hilux Crew Cab
Toyota had the brilliant idea of fitting four wheel drive to a two wheel drive ute - the Hilux. The result looked tall and spindly but it was comfortable, good value for money and quite capable in the bush. Other Japanese manufacturers followed suit and the results were economical alternatives to the "heavy-weight" Toyota LandCruiser, Nissan Patrol and Land Rover.
The Hilux family also included the Toyota 4Runner
which featured a live rear axle with coil-springs
and independent front suspension by double
wishbones and torsion bars.
It has been superseded by the
LandCruiser 90 Prado
Toyota Hilux 1996 / 1997
Toyota Hilux comes as cab-chassis (alloy tray), ute (pickup), and dual cab. The Hilux has a live (beam) front axle with leaf springs, in contrast to the independent front suspension by double wishbone and torsion bar of the closely related 4Runner / SR5. The advantages of a live axle are simplicity, ruggedness and unchanged ground clearance under braking, but on-road handling is not as good.
Toyota V6 4Runner, RV6 and SR5 limited, 1996 / 1997
The Toyota 4Runner and SR5 are closely related to the Toyota Hilux (above), the major mechanical differences being the independent front suspension and the option of a 3L V6 petrol engine.
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