Toyota HiLux 2WD Single Cab Chassis Ute

Toyota HiLux Workmate – Work Utes and Vans are the backbone of small business, especially over the last 2 years with all the issues we have faced.

Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate front grill This week I’m driving the Toyota HiLux Single Cab trayback 2WD Ute. This comes with a 2.7L petrol engine and a 5 speed MT.

This really is the entry level model with a modest 122kW and 245Nm available. It’s also a little bit thirsty as we averaged 12.7l/100k on our weeks drive.

Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate

Inside it is comfortable enough for people under 180cm tall so my 190cm frame was a bit squished.


Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate

While it does have some good features like Apple Car Play and Android Auto, it misses out on basic safety features like a reversing camera and blind spot indicators.

What it does have though is a 2500kg towing capacity, a hefty 1225kg payload and a huge 2.55m x 1.8m tray that is ready for whatever you want to load on it.

Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate

Having a 1225kg payload means that the springs are fairly stiff and driving the Ute without a load is an exercise in self punishment. You bounce and jiggle around. That’s the trade off.

Priced from around $24,225 plus the usual costs its relatively inexpensive, but I would go for a diesel ever time Unfortunately in a HiLux you have to go to a 4X4 and They add some $10,000 for the diesel and dual range drivetrain.

This is a Motoring Minute

Im Rob Fraser

Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Payload
  • Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Robustness
  • Underpowered
  • Rough ride unladen
  • Lack of safety features

Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate

Also look at:

  • Isuzu D-MAX
  • Mitsubishi Triton
  • Mazda BT-50
  • Mahindra PickUp


Toyota HiLux Workmate Single Cab 2WD 

Model Price From $24,255 RDAP*
Engine 2.7L 4 Cyl Petrol
Drivetrain Intelligent On Demand 4×4 ZF 8 speed Auto
Power 122kW @ 5200rpm
Torque 245Nm @ 4000rpm
Safety Five Star  ANCAP (tested 2017)
CO2 Emissions 259 g/km
0-100kmh / top speed N/A
Economy ADR / Tank 11.1 L/100km ADR, 12.7 L/100km over our test / 80L
Servicing 6 months / 10,000 km
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

 *MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options.

*RDAP is a recommended drive away price.

Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 7
Comfort 7
Equipment 7
Performance 6
Ride and Handling 7
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Payload / Towing 9
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 9

Toyota HiLux 2WD Workmate


Overall Length 5365mm
Wheelbase 3085mm
Width / Height 1800mm / 1690mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 174mm / N/A
Approach/Ramp over/Departure N/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 80 Litres / TBA
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 1475kg / 2700kg / 5200kg / 1225kg
Tray L / W/ /H 2555mm / 1850mm / N/A
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 2500kg / 250kg

Motoring Minutes are heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio networkMotoring Minute has an average daily audience of over 150,000 listeners. That’s over 750,000 listeners a week.

Motoring Minute is also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program, which is broadcast through the Community Radio Network across Australia and has a weekly audience of over 450,000.

About Rob Fraser 1785 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.