MAX PAYLOAD TEST
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.