2022 Toyota Hilux Review Canada – Top Gear famously battered and bruised a Toyota Hilux, but it still ran after some basic repairs. This extreme reliability is one of the reasons why the Hilux is one of the most popular trucks not sold in America. Here’s the story of the Hilux and why it’s no longer available in the United States.
2022 Toyota Hilux Review Canada
Introduced in the late 60s, the Hilux was a staple in America for about 20 years, according to Toyota of Orlando. Hilux in those years were the same trucks that were popularly sold all over the world. Hiluxes were so tough and reliable that it was called the world’s most indestructible cars, according to Forbes.
Hilux was a small, reliable and versatile truck. It was used by almost everyone and it could be used for just about anything, according to WhichCar. Millions of Hilux were sold during this period, and the Hilux became one of the most popular cars in places like America and Australia. Hilux was also loved in other parts of the world too, from South America to Europe, and from Africa to Asia.
But that’s when the problems started brewing for Toyota in America.
Rules and regulations
In the 1980s, the government introduced a new law that made it harder to import new cars from abroad. In addition, in the 60s, a tax called Chicken Tax added a 25% tax to light trucks, as the Hilux was. To get around these laws, Toyota started making cars in the United States as it would avoid these rules.
Another way that Toyota did it was by working with U.S. automakers, like Winnebago. According to Toyota of Orlando, this was what allowed Toyota to break into the SUV market in America. This was also how Toyota created the successful 4Runner SUV. On top of that though, 4Runner success showed Toyota that the future of Toyota in the U.S. made cars in America, for Americans.
And that’s why Toyota started making Tacoma in America as a compact pickup truck to replace the Hilux. The two models are very much in shape and in operation. The differences are that Tacoma allows Toyota to get around the rules and regulations that the Hilux couldn’t get around.
Moreover, according to The Drive, Hilux, because it has been away from U.S. markets for so long, does not meet U.S. emissions and safety standards anymore. Toyota could create an American Hilux that is made in America and which meets U.S. safety and emissions standards, but there’s a big reason why Toyota won’t do that.
Toyota wanted Tacoma to replace the Hilux in America, and Tacoma just does it too well. Tacoma was very similar to the Hilux when Tacoma was first introduced, but since then Tacoma and Hilux have become very different trucks. Most of these differences come from Toyota reading the pulse of America and changing Tacoma accordingly.
For example, Tacoma is not available as a single cabin pickup truck, while worldwide, this option still exists for the Hilux. That’s largely because Americans are off to the idea of single taxi pickups, so Toyota had no reason to continue making the only taxi Tacoma for America.
Another problem is that changing the Hilux and everything else in the U.S. manufacturing process to build the Hilux for America wouldn’t be cheap. And if Toyota sells the Hilux in the United States, then the Hilux could end up stealing some of the Tacoma sales. For these reasons, Toyotas are likely to continue to focus on improving Tacoma rather than working to get the Hilux over to U.S. dealers.