The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Toyota Hilux


The Toyota Hilux has catapulted onto the Australian automobile market in recent years for good reason. In this short Wrong Fuel Rescue guide we delve into the many attractions, insider information, model breakdowns and spec run-throughs, as well as the novel communication technology that is in the pipeline for the Toyota Hilux in the near future.


Toyota Australia:


Toyota, founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1933, arrived in Australia in 1963. Toyota Australia manufactured various Toyota models at the Altona factory until its closure in 2017 and now concentrates on the distribution and sales of Toyota vehicles. Toyota Australia distributes vehicles of innovative, durable, and trustworthy design and as Australia’s leading automotive company, you can be sure to find high-quality vehicles and service at the Toyota Australia dealerships.


Toyota is focused on the interconnection between people and the planet. Car emissions are currently one of the major contributors to global warming and Toyota is working continuously on sustainable vehicle development to ensure that their vehicles have a limited impact on the environment. Toyota ensures that people of today and in the future can enjoy driving their vehicles, especially the Toyota Hilux.


Toyota Hilux Models:


Toyota currently has five Hilux models available in Australia which are the Hilux WorkMate, Hilux SR, Hilux SR5, Hilux Rogue, and Hilux Rugged X. Across the models you have the option to own an automatic or manual transmission vehicle, which allows you to choose a vehicle that suits your preferred driving style. The body type options for the Hilux models are single-cab, extra-cab, and double-cab.


Whether you are a single working professional or have a five-member family, Wrong Fuel Rescue assures you that there is a Toyota Hilux body type that will perfectly match your needs. Across these models, you can choose a cab-chassis or pick-up tray type. The various transmission, cab, and tray possibilities allows the Hilux to easily suit your work or enjoyment requirements.


Toyota Hilux:


At Wrong Fuel Rescue we believe that the Toyota Hilux is the perfect combination of comfort and power, in an innovative design. The impressive size and wide stance of the vehicle make it an unbeatable presence both on and off-road. Inside the Hilux, you are welcomed by innovative technology which takes your driving experience to the next level. This vehicle is an all-rounder when it comes to design, performance, and power. As a ute, the range of Hilux models gives you everything you need and more.


2020 brought some major updates to the immensely popular Toyota Hilux as it gained more updated technology than ever before, a revised suspension system and a fresh, new look to help it stand out from the crowd. The plethora of options offered can be very daunting at first glance, from single, extra and double cab bodies with choices between pick-up or cab chassis cargo areas, meaning there is a model to match any scenario. You can further customize your purchase by deciding between a petrol or diesel engine with an automatic or manual transmission, which will alter the price-point slightly. All Toyota Hilux models, except for the Toyota Hilux 4×2 WorkMate 2.7L, are turbo-diesel engines. All Toyota Hilux models come with a standard 80 litre fuel tank and with a combined fuel efficiency of 7.9L/100km, that equates to just over 800km of range with a steady foot.


Prices range from $23,590 up to $69,990 excluding on-road costs. To help decide on what trim option is best for you, from the lowest-priced level and going up it starts with the Workmate, then the SR, the SR5 followed by the SR5+, next is the Rogue and finally the Rugged X options. The cheapest overall option that will get you on the road is the Workmate 4×2 Single Cab chassis that comes with a 2.7-litre petrol engine with a manual transmission. This will set you back $23,590 (before any on-road costs) and despite being the cheapest model available still comes standard with the following features that Wrong Fuel Rescue is a big fan of:


-Hill-start assist

-Cruise control

-Power windows

-Cloth trim

-Vinyl-covered floor


-8.0 inch touch-screen display

-Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Toyota Hilux safety and driver assistance


At Wrong Fuel Rescue we understand that safety is one of the most important aspects when it comes to choosing a vehicle, thankfully Toyota offers quite a competitive safety system. Toyota’s Safety Sense suite is a safety system that comes standard in all Hilux models regardless of any other options chosen, this system includes lane departure alert as well as a pre-collision safety system, a daylight pedestrian and cyclist detection system, road sign assistance and high-speed active cruise control.


Also included as standard are a reverse-assist camera on all pick-up models, ABS braking for added stability, airbags, traction control and a hill start assist, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution which works together with the ABS system to ensure a smoother trip. If you go a few models up to the Hilux SR you’ll be greeted with a rear diff lock for helping traverse those truly tricky situations, one more step to the SR5 double or extra cab will get you added rear parking sensors to go along with the camera, which Wrong Fuel Rescue recommends.


The lowdown on infotainment, comfort and convenience


The next important feature is of course infotainment, and the infotainment system that is available in all Hilux models will meet any requirements whether you make use of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, simple bluetooth or USB connections or a good old-fashioned roof-mounted antenna. If you make use of GPS (and don’t have the time or ability to continuously stare at your smartphone screen) you’ll need to step up to the SR5 model which comes with an upgraded DAB+ digital radio system as well as built-in satellite navigation. Pushing through to the Rogue and Rugged models will get you an unmatched stereo experience with 9 speakers to make use of.


If you’re a true workhorse who has no need for the extra bells and whistles and just needs to get a job done, the Hilux Workmate in any storage layout or driveline will be the choice for you. Their standard specs entail manual air-conditioning, vinyl floor coverings, floor mats suited for all weather conditions and a basic cloth trim and a partial digital instrument display. Your entertainment is supplied via two audio speakers with a 12-volt outlet for small charging capacity, although this is expected to be upgraded in the next few years.


What’s next for the Toyota Hilux?


Although the Toyota Hilux is already a top contender when it comes to ute’s, Toyota is still consistently upgrading and tweaking the Hilux models, ensuring that they keep up to date with the ever-changing demands of drivers. This means another impactful update for the Hilux is hitting Australian shores and showrooms in October 2021, bringing in connected-car technology as well as improved tracking mechanisms. The connected-car technology is part of the Toyota Connected Services which essentially allows the vehicle to access emergency communications, communicate with infrastructure (V2I) and talk to other vehicles (V2V).


Toyota Connected Services were previously only installed or implemented in the Toyota Yaris Cross and Toyota Camry, but as of 2021 they will be included in ute’s, most notably the Toyota Hilux GR Sport. The Hilux GR Sport is also expected to include overhauled suspension which means that it will be able to take on the Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara.


The Toyota Connected Services in these models is similar to the FordPass Connect system that is synonymous with Ford Rangers, and will incorporate a vehicle tracking system in the event that your vehicle gets stolen, a SOS call system and an automatic collision notification. The automatic collision notification system is triggered if you are in an accident and will be able to detect the severity of the crash based on impact, and if serious enough, will automatically contact emergency services and send them your location details.


This is incredibly significant for a few reasons, firstly because more and more vehicles will now meet the requirements and standards of independent crash safety organisations, which secondly results in safer cars on the road, and thirdly, does mean that the price of the Hilux is likely to increase because of this added technology. The current pricing is between $23,590 and $69,990 but we will have to wait until the official arrival before we get the updated pricing.


The actual physical look of the Toyota Hilux won’t change too much in this latest update, except for the aerial which will be replaced with a shark fin style aerial. This will be updated on all models but only specific ones will get further upgrades such as the Toyota Hilux SR5, Rogue and Rugged X which are now getting dual-zone air-conditioning, becoming more and more akin to the Mazda Bt-50, Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-MAX.


The other significant expected update in the Toyota Hilux is the implementation of a novel 360-degree parking system using four separate cameras, which will only be available in the Hilux Rogue models for the time being. Over the next few years the Hilux will likely see even more updates and upgrades, most notably a new-generation model in either 2024 or 2025 which could potentially include a twin-turbo petrol V6 model.


Uses for a Toyota Hilux:


The Toyota Hilux models come with various features and performance capabilities that allow for a wide range of uses for you, your business, and your family.


Work: The Hilux models are designed for excellent functionality for work purposes. The WorkMate is especially equipped to make loading your vehicle easier, so you can handle any rugged or corporate work needs in this vehicle.


Adventure: These vehicles make your wildest adventure dreams a reality and the 4×4 option means that you can go off the beaten track with absolute ease. Difficult terrains are easily overcome by the Hilux Rogue and Rugged X models. Additionally, the 3.5-ton towing capability means that taking your boat or trailer with you on your holiday is easy in these vehicles.


Family: The various cab sizes mean that you can own a Hilux that suits your family size and needs. Toyota is focused on creating safe vehicles with innovative safety technologies, and you can trust that you and your family will arrive safely in their vehicles. One of the major benefits of a diesel engine vehicle is that it is generally more fuel-efficient, which makes these vehicles more affordable to own, always a benefit for those with families.


Wrong Fuel Rescue for Toyota Hilux:


Misfuelling mishaps can happen to anyone at any time. Our best advice is to always double check the pump before filling up.


Below are some indicators to be wary of that can increase the risk of misfueling;


1.Filling up at a different fuel servo to your usual one – don’t assume hose colours are the same as your local servo

2.Switching between brands, different hose/nozzle colours

3.Swapping between cars (using different fuel) at home or work – it’s easy to ‘forget’ which car you’re filling

4.It’s a new car using different fuel to your old car

5.You are distracted by your passengers while filling up

6.You are in a rush


If you are a proud Toyota Hilux driver, you should be prepared for a misfuelling mishap by understanding the Wrong Fuel Rescue warning signs to watch out for.


If you have put petrol in your diesel Hilux you may notice:


1.A loud knocking sound whilst driving or whilst the engine is idling

2.An excessive amount of smoke coming from your exhaust

3.Slower than usual acceleration and reduced performance

4.Your engine warning light may illuminate

5.Your engine may stop altogether

6.Your car struggles or fails to start


If you have put diesel into your petrol Hilux some of things you may notice;


1.Your engine misfires causing your Hilux to feel like it is jerking down the road

2.Excess smoke from your exhaust caused from unburnt fuel (diesel)

3.Your engine cuts out

4.Your engine won’t start no matter how many times you try to turn it over


Wrong Fuel Rescue has rescued hundreds of Toyota Hilux’s over the years and is proud to be Australia’s most trusted, quickest and cost effective solution to getting your Hilux fuel back on the road.


With our Australian based call centre and skilled roadside assistance mechanics located across the country, we are the quickest and most cost-effective solution for all Toyota Hilux models. If you have put petrol in your diesel Hilux or diesel in your petrol Hilux, simply remain calm and wait for Wrong Fuel Rescue and our timely service to get you back to work, your off-road adventure, or your family.