The Toyota Hilux Invincible isn't just another pickup; it's a premium addition to the illustrious Hilux line up, blending rugged capabilities with high-end features. Available in two high-performing variants, the Invincible and the Invincible X, this truck is engineered for both durability and luxury.
Read on for an in-depth look into what makes the Hilux Invincible a standout in the pickup truck market. How it stacks up against its competitors, and assess its overall value for money.
The model reviewed in the video is Toyota Hilux Diesel Invincible X D/Cab Pick Up 2.8 D-4D Auto
A Quick Overview
0-60 miles in 10.7 Seconds
148 Brake Horsepower
2.4 Litre Engine
Top Speed of 108 mph
400 Newton Meters of Torque
The above details are for the invincible model 2.4 litre standard engine.
About the Toyota Hilux Invincible Series
The Toyota Invincible series emphasises the hard-to-destroy reputation of the Toyota Hilux. As the name suggests, Invincible aims to highlight the robustness and ruggedness for which the Hilux is famous. It is designed to offer enhanced features, aesthetics, and comfort for those seeking a more premium experience in a pickup truck.
The two models in the Hilux series are the Invincible, which we will be reviewing in detail, and the Hilux Invincible X. The Hilux Invincible is the standard Invincible trim, offering significant upgrades from the base models in terms of aesthetics and features. One key difference is engine size: the Invincible X comes with a standard 2.8-litre engine, while the Invincible comes with a 2.4-litre diesel engine.
However, you can also choose a 2.8-litre diesel (204 hp) model within the Invincible variant as well.
The current generation of the Hilux is eighth generation which was launched in 2016 and received a major facelift in late 2020. There is no major update in the 2023 variant in terms of the invincible variant of the Toyota Hilux.
The Hilux Invincible X is the top-of-the-line trim in this series and takes the upgrades a step further. It features more luxurious finishes, advanced tech, and even performance and suspension upgrade.
The Difference Between Invincible and Other Hilux Series:
The Hilux comes in four different series: Hilux Active, Hilux Icon, Hilux Invincible, and Hilux GR Sport. Simply put, Invincible surpasses Active and Icon in terms of functionality, interior, exterior, and overall quality.
Looking at the Active model, it is more utilitarian, offering fewer luxury or advanced technological features. Built for utility and work, the Active model is available in two trims: a two-door option and a four-door option. Its rugged design, durability, and load-carrying capacity make it suitable for various trades, including construction, agriculture, and other industries.
The Hilux Icon is more technologically equipped compared to the Active model. Its key features include intelligent adaptive cruise control, LED front fog lights, and better fuel economy, enhancing driving comfort and experience compared to the entry-level Active model.
Comparing Invincible with Icon, Invincible offers more luxury and comfort. The main feature differences include 18-inch machined-face alloy wheels, LED rear lights, heated driver and front passenger seats, and automatic headlight levelling, providing a more luxurious and comfortable experience.
The top-of-the-line model is the GR Sport, part of Toyota's performance line. The GR Sport variant offers a sportier, more aggressive look, with cosmetic, performance, and handling improvements over the standard models.
Compared to the Invincible model, the GR Sport leans more towards sportier aesthetics, suspension, and handling. However, the Invincible X narrows the performance gap as well. In short, if you're looking for a sportier Hilux with Gazoo Racing branding and a touch of exclusivity, the GR Sport is your go-to option. If you prefer a more luxurious Hilux with advanced features, then Invincible is the most suitable choice.
For a more comprehensive understanding, refer to the following comparison highlighting the key differences between the various Hilux models.
Advanced functionality as compared to the Active.
Fuel Consumption (combined) : [29.7 - 31.7 mpg]
CO2 emissions (combined): [232- 250 g/km]
Additional Features: 17" Dark Grey Alloy Wheels (6- Spoke), Multimedia switch and voice recognition switch on steering wheels, power retractable door mirrors, Toyota touch*2 multimedia system
Sharp Design and Rugged as compared to the Icon
Fuel Consumption (combined): [28.8 - 30.7 mpg]
CO₂ Emissions (combined): [242-257 g/km]
Additional Feature: 18" machined faced alloy wheels. LED Rear Lights , Front and rear parking sensors, and smart energy and push button start.
GR Sport Model
Sporty and Performance Driven
Fuel Consumption (combined):
CO₂ Emissions (combined): [XXX g/km]
Additional Feature: 17" bi-tone black machined-face GR SPORT alloy wheels (6 double spoke) , Front red coil springs, Paddle Shifts, GR Sport Interior Styling, Toyota Touch*2 with Go Navigation.
Exterior: The Best of Both Worlds
The exterior is what makes the Hilux one of the most popular Toyota models around the world. Its blend of simplicity and aggressive looks has cemented its popularity.
The Invincible model maintains the rugged and utilitarian exterior design for which Hilux is famous, but adds more upscale elements that set it apart. Whether it's chrome accents, alloy wheels, or LED headlights with daytime running lights, these features enhance the truck's appearance, giving it a more sleek and modern look.
The 18-inch black machined-face alloy wheels (6-spoke) are a highlight, offering both aesthetic and functional benefits. These 6-spoke alloys lend a more rugged or aggressive appearance. Compared to basic models like the Active, these wheels significantly enhance driving experience, offering better handling and improved fuel efficiency due to their lighter weight. For those who prefer less flashy, more understated wheels, optional 18-inch matte black alloys are also available.
As previously discussed, the exterior of the Invincible is sleek and rugged, but it does lack a sportier look, which is more aligned with the GR Sport model. The standard Hilux variant doesn't come with a sports bar, which could add a more aggressive and off-road look. However, this is available as an option, and adding it can fill in the missing aggressive element that the standard model lacks.
Comparing it with the other pickup trucks the Toyota Hilux invincible in terms of exterior for sure gives a more sleek design. comparing it with Ford Ranger for example the truck gives a more premium feel with chrome accents and a refined front grille giving it more traditional and utilitarian look whereas the Ford Ranger leans toward a sportier appearance with its rugged look. Comparing it to the higher end 3.0 variant of the Ford Ranger it does fell a bit short in terms of performance considering it comes with the 2.4 standard engine, however if you are leaning more towards higher performance then the 2.8 litre option or the invincible X variant or GR sport model can be the ideal choice.
The Nissan Navara stands out as the most head-to-head competitor to the Toyota Hilux Invincible, offering a smoother and more comfortable experience. However, the exterior is not as rugged as the Invincible. The Invincible provides the best of both worlds: it's rugged, sleek, and comfortable all at the same time. Comparing it with both the Nissan Navara and the Ford Ranger, the Toyota Hilux has exceptional ground clearance, making it well-suited for off-roading.
The Invincible branding on the Toyota Hilux is one of its standout features. According to our Motorfinity expert, Chris Marren
“"Having 'Invincible' written on both the back and sides of the Toyota Hilux Invincible isn't just branding—it's a statement. It not only adds a unique flair but also elevates the truck's overall look, making it truly stand out on the road..”
Interior: Comfort and Functionality
These two words—comfort and functionality—adequately summarise this section. The car offers a good blend of both. Compared to other Hilux models, the added functionality in the Invincible makes its interior advanced and comfortable—a luxury often lacking in this type of truck.
At the front, the truck maintains the same aggressive and sleek aesthetic that the exterior carries. It's modern yet retains the aggressiveness for which pickup trucks are known. Our favourite styling feature is the leather gear shift, complemented by leather-like armrests, chrome interior door handles, and fabric front door armrests, giving it a premium feel.
Our favourite functionality has to be the climate control. Its automatic air conditioning maintains an ideal cabin temperature. Its efficiency, user-friendly interface, and zoning options set it apart from trucks that offer basic AC systems. The automatic settings and fine-tuned adjustments provide optimal cabin comfort.
At the back, the rear armrest enhances comfort. Legroom is also decent, especially considering that most pickup trucks fall short in this area. It's generally comfortable for a pickup, not an SUV or full-sized saloon.
While the infotainment system of the Toyota Hilux Invincible may not boast the same level of sophistication as that of the Ford Ranger, it efficiently accomplishes its intended tasks. Featuring seamless integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system offers a user-friendly interface. The touchscreen is notably responsive, ensuring effortless navigation through various menus and functions.
The invincible uses the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with faster software and faster response to touchscreen commands. On the Invincible X and GR Sport, the functionality includes satellite navigation.
In regard to the speedometer, the pickup truck features an analogue display, which is driven by a digital signal. We think an analogue speedometer better complements the truck's tough and practical nature compared to a fully digital version.
In terms of functionality, the interior includes features that make daily driving a breeze. For instance, anti-jam protection on the front power windows is a thoughtful safety touch, eliminating minor worries you didn't know you had. Multimedia switches on the steering wheel put control right at your fingertips, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road. Last but not least, we have to mention the voice recognition feature—it's like having an assistant in the car with you.
Below are our favourite features in the Hilux Invincible:
Leather Gear Shift
Smooth to the touch, the leather gear shift adds a touch of luxury and better grip.
Chrome Interior Door Handles
These chrome handles give the interior a sleek and modern aesthetic.
Advanced Climate Control
Easily adjustable settings for optimal comfort, making every ride enjoyable.
The Hilux Invincible standard model comes with a 2.4-litre diesel engine, but a 2.8-litre engine with 204 bhp is also available as an additional option, and it comes standard in the Invincible X model. Both these engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The ideal engine and transmission combination depends on personal preferences. According to us, if you're looking for some off-roading and an overall luxurious experience, the ideal combination would be the 2.8-litre engine with automatic transmission.
The blend of power and torque is particularly well-suited for off-roading, an area where the Hilux excels. Low-end torque is more important for off-roading than high-speed horsepower. The engine's capabilities ensure sufficient power to climb steep grades, navigate muddy terrains, and handle rocky paths. Designed for resilience, the engine offers consistent performance even under extreme conditions, serving as the heart of the Hilux Invincible's off-road capabilities.
Is it best for towing?
In our view, the idea that the 2.4-litre diesel engine in the Hilux Invincible is inferior for towing is misguided. Every Hilux variant, including the 2.4-litre model, has an impressive braked towing capacity of 2,500 kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750 kg.
Regarding Gross Train Weight (GTW)—the combined weight of the towing vehicle, trailer, and their contents—there's no significant difference across Hilux variants. This puts the standard 2.4-litre engine of the Invincible on par with higher-end models like the GR Sport and Invincible X.
While the 2.4-litre engine does have a slightly lower kerb weight compared to the 2.8L model, affecting payload marginally, this is a minor point that doesn't significantly impact its towing capabilities. In summary, the standard Invincible with the 2.4-litre engine not only holds its own in towing but excels.
When it comes to driving, the car excels, offering a pleasing experience along with significant power. The 2.4-litre engine doesn't underperform in any driving aspect. While the 2.8-litre option feels punchier than the 2.4-litre diesel, the latter is not lacking.
The extra laydown power, a measure of engine performance across the RPM range, is especially enhanced in the 2.8-litre engine, making it ideal for off-roading or towing.
The 2.4-litre engine operates at a lower idle, reducing engine wear, and being quieter compared to the 2.8-litre engine. Compared to competitors, it stands out for its quieter operation, making the journey more pleasant.
To sum up the driving experience, our Motorfinity expert concludes:
“As compared to its competitors, the 2.4-litre engine in the Hilux Invincible may not be significantly punchier, but where it really distinguishes itself is in the overall driving experience. The Hilux Invincible offers a well-balanced blend of comfort, reliability, and off-road capability that makes it stand out. Its engine delivers power smoothly across a broad RPM range, making it ideally suited for towing and versatile in various driving conditions. Whether it's the responsive steering, the robust suspension capable of absorbing bumps with ease, or the cabin's ergonomic design, the overall driving experience in the Hilux Invincible really shines”
The off roading experience
The car excels in off-roading with its excellent ground clearance, adept at tackling various terrains. Toyota improved rear suspension, shock absorbers, and power steering in 2021, refining the off-road experience.
While the 2.4-litre engine in the Invincible may struggle on challenging terrains, the 2.8-litre engine alleviates this with better acceleration and horsepower.
Both engines offer good low-speed crawling capabilities, making steep climbs easier. The 2.8-litre engine's greater torque further enhances this ability.
The Invincible's 2.4-litre variant falls short environmentally compared to the 2.8-litre option. Both manual and automatic versions have CO2 emissions exceeding the desired range. The fuel economy is also less competitive, even among pickups like the Ford Ranger, which has lower max CO2 emissions.
Cost of Ownership
The Toyota Hilux Invincible is an intriguing blend of rugged utility and relative affordability, a middle ground in the wider Hilux range. Priced at £33,740 for the 2.4-litre manual option, opting for the automatic transmission will set you back £35,009. But the Invincible isn't just a one-trick pony; it also offers a beefier 2.8-litre diesel variant starting at £35,009. The same engine with 204 horsepower is available for a bit more at £35,305.
When it comes to insurance, the Invincible larger size and weight make it pricier to insure than your average car. Specifically, the 2.4-litre version falls into insurance group 42, while the 2.8-litre option is classified under group 45. If you're curious about where your particular model lands, you can consult insurance tools like the one on finder.com.
Maintenance costs, however, are where the Invincible demands a bit more from your wallet. Being a pickup, it's inherently more expensive to maintain than its lower-tier siblings, the Active and Icon. This is largely due to its heavy-duty components, designed for the challenges of off-roading and hauling. Yet, if you're contemplating climbing higher up the Hilux ladder to the GR Sport or Invincible X, know that the Invincible will be more forgiving on your maintenance budget.
As for other running costs, the flat road tax rate of £320 applies to all Hilux models, including the Invincible. The maximum VAT you can reclaim ranges from £6,771.76 to £7,021.67, depending on the specific Invincible variant you choose.
Fuel costs are another area where the Invincible won't do you any favours. Its high CO2 emissions make it one of the more fuel-thirsty options among the Hilux trims.
New Toyota Hilux comes with a 10-year or 100,000-mile warranty. Initially, you get a 3-year manufacturer's guarantee, which can be extended annually up to 10 years when serviced at an authorised Toyota workshop. No extra cost; terms apply.
In summary, the Hilux Invincible offers a balanced blend of premium features and costs. It may not be the thriftiest choice in the line up, but it certainly isn't the most extravagant. It sits comfortably in the middle, offering a mix of luxury and utility that many will find appealing.
Our final verdict about the Hilux invincible is that it is a perfect blend of aesthetic appeal and high performance when it comes to pickup trucks. It covers the gap that previously Hilux had in terms of the looks with pickup truck like Ford Ranger. It does fall a bit short in terms of the fuel economy and the environmental impact however considering the overall value money it does surely provide a high value. It is amazingly powerful and a pleasant one to drive a quality which the pickup trucks often lacks. It is highly practical whether it is spaciousness or its design making it a good choice both for off-roading and an ideal for family use as well.
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