One Of The World's Best Trucks Just Had A Hell Of A Debut In Thailand


Probably not the best way to show off its durability.

The Toyota Hilux is without question one of the greatest mid-size trucks you can buy, as long as you’re not in North America. In its place is the Toyota Tacoma, a highly capable truck but it’s not quite held in the same regard. Anyway, Toyota just debuted the eighth generation Hilux for 2016 and it looks awesome. It looks sleeker yet still maintains a handsome appearance. We dig the LED headlights, lowered roofline, pronounced front and rear fender flares, and all-new interior.

Buyers can get it with a 2.4-liter turbo diesel with 160 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque or a 2.8-liter turbo diesel with 177 hp and 332 lb-ft. Don’t want an oil burner? Then opt for the naturally aspirated 2.7-liter four banger with 164 hp or a 4.0-liter six with 278 hp.

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A six-speed manual or six-speed slushbox are the two transmission options. All told, the new Hilux can tow a maximum of 7,716 lbs and a payload of around 2,733 lbs. And just in time for its big debut this happened: a truck transporting six of the new trucks in Thailand somehow managed to crash. Those all-new trucks? Totaled. Police believe the cause was a too heavy payload and a high speed.