We enjoyed an impressive off-road clearance, easily gliding over tracks where other utes might risk bellying out. We did hit some unexpected rocks once (don’t tell the boss) but the steel slider steps protected the door seals, and ensured we just slid over them with ease.
And though we didn’t get ourselves into a situation where we needed them, there’s two seriously sturdy recovery points fitted for safe off-road recoveries.
You notice that the visibility and steering are engineered well for off-roading, whilst the gearing and throttle response is organised nicely too. Plus there’s a 120-watt LED light bar below the grille, which blew us away with the difference it made driving back home at night. The tyres are a good all-terrain option too, in a decent 265/65 R17 size.
As obvious HiLux enthusiasts, we know that the SR5 has good suspension travel, best-in-class off-road traction control and a fairly comprehensive underbody design, which all work to make it a pretty legendary off-road option. But the additions of the Rugged X take the HiLux to the next level. You can drive confidently knowing the Rugged X is stronger than ever and will conquer whatever lies ahead.
You’ll enjoy the feeling of knowing that many of these components have been designed exclusively for these three models and aren’t available to purchase individually. Plus, knowing that the majority of these additional accessories have been locally designed, manufactured, installed and tested in a three-year process, adds to the peace-of-mind that comes with the Toyota name. And because these are Toyota Genuine Accessories, they are backed by a three-year warranty, which is something that might not be matched in non-genuine parts.
If you’re looking for the perfect partner for some serious off-roading, we think you’ll find it in the new HiLux 4x4 Rugged X.