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DRIVING New Toyota Rogue has large, comfortable power-adjustable seats in the front. Three adults can be carried in the back without too much shoulder and hip rubbing.
Comfort is good and road noise is surprisingly low for a commercial vehicle. The HiLux Rogue left us fresh after a couple of longer than average test runs out west of our base on the Gold Coast.
This Toyota engine is pretty sophisticated for a commercial unit. It responds well to the pedal on the right and doesn’t run out of puff too soon. While refined in steady driving it becomes somewhat vocal if you accelerate hard. But let’s not forget it’s a truck not a car.
The auto is pretty responsive and is generally in the correct gear, though some of the shifts thumped at times.
However, the HiLux doesn’t have the acceleration of a car and overtaking takes longer than average.
Nor does it have the handling of a car. It holds on safely enough in bends but you’re not going to get any real driving pleasure from it.
Fuel consumption ran in the 10 to 12 litres per hundred kilometres range in around town driving, dropping to seven to nine litres on the aforementioned trips.
For a change none of our neighbours spotted our HiLux Rogue in the driveway and came to ask if we would mind shifting something bulky for them (trips to the tip are common…). Perhaps they recognised the Rogue as being a ‘tuff’ toy not a serious load hauler. SUMMING UP Frankly, I fail to understand the current fashion for using double-cab utes as family cars. However, the Toyota HiLux Rogue is one of the better units in this class, with good looks, decent ride comfort and reasonably good performance.