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    Default What is the difference between a Hi-Lux and Tacoma

    I have seen many references, but what is the difference between the Hi-lux and the Tacoma?
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    One thing is you cant get a Hilux in the states. Second the Hilux's ive seen in Nicaragua and central america are all diesel.. super sweet..!!
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    It seems like 3 out of 5 vehicles in Australia are a Hi-lux. I wondered if they were a foreign only model or just a rebadged Tamcoma, but they appear to be smaller.
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    they have a diesel and are a bit heavier duty then the tacoma i would think they are as heavy duty as a new tundra frame wise and almost torque wise.
    also the frame on the hilux is fully boxed and the new tacoma is 1/3 box 1/3 c-channel 1/3 open
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    Tacoma: looks much better, bigger

    Hilux: more engine choices, smaller, much heavier duty

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    Arrow Hilux vs. Tacoma

    I found this 2006 Hilux in Iraq and took some photos of some things I thought were interestingly different from my 2005 Tacoma

    This particular Hilux was built in Thailand... my Tacoma was built in California.

    Both are gasoline engines, the Hilux is a 2TR-FE as opposed to a 1GR-FE in the Tacoma.

    Front suspension appears identical at a glance, however, the rear leaf springs look much beefier than what my Tacoma came with. Both have the plastic gas tank skid plate.

    The biggest difference other than the sheetmetal, interior, and steel bed is the rear frame... compare the rear section, cross members, spring hangers etc. The Hilux rear frame is fully boxed and twice as stout IMO.

















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    Talking Comparison Pics

    Hilux Max's fine Hilux:



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    I think I like the front-end nose shape of the Tacoma better.

    Definitely prefer the Hilux diesel engine options more.

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    This is from the Toyota Venezuela website.





    I guess the rear bed depends on the model you get. In Venezuela the dual cab, 4x4 with the deluxe bed is called Kavak.

    For one thing these Hiluxes do not have the dorky mudflaps that the new 4x4 Taco's have. The Hiluxes do not have the window on the rear glass. Nor fender flares.

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