4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

LIKE all utes we test, we loaded the Pik-up with what is ef­fec­tively a max­i­mum pay­load. With a GVM of 3150kg – 50kg less than the heav­ier LC79 but 100kg more than the sim­i­lar-weight Hilux – the Pik-up has a very com­pet­i­tive pay­load, around 1050kg with this steel tray and 1070kg with the fac­tory tub.

Our test in­volved 800kg on a full-sized pal­let. With the longer cabin of the dual-cab, this weight is all be­hind the rear axle rather than over it as it is with a sin­gle-cab. Add in driver and pas­sen­ger (an­other 150kg) and 50kg of mis­cel­la­neous gear and you’re right on the 1050kg max­i­mum pay­load.

How did it han­dle it? Well, very nicely in­deed. The back of the Pik-up dropped just 60mm at the axle line, which lev­elled the ve­hi­cle rather than lifted the nose. On the road you could feel the weight on the back, but the Pik-up re­mained sta­ble and se­cure and rode a lot more smoothly.

The en­gine felt the weight in gen­eral ac­cel­er­a­tion and hill-climb­ing, but it didn’t need to work ex­ces­sively hard to main­tain high­way speeds. Top job all ’round.

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