As we have watched the gradual progression of the working utility vehicle, from a hard-edged and simple tool of trade to an almost luxurious item of leisure, the strongest journey has been that of the styleside, or regular tub-body ute.
This has left the more traditional cab-chassis pickup on the outer, still obviously retaining its working skillset, but leaving it largely outside the migration toward a high specification leisure vehicle, with a customisable load area.
The 2021 Toyota HiLux SR5 Cab Chassis is, therefore, in a class of two, with only the Ford Ranger XLT giving it a challenge in the up-spec tray-back stakes.
I assume you’ve dropped your BBC voice now, but hope you also find it curious that none of the other big players (Isuzu, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi) offers a cab-chassis beyond a basic spec, as the HiLux shows it can be done, albeit in this case with a few little issues.
Priced from $58,420 before options and on-road costs ($1500 less than an equivalent double-cab SR5 styleside), the cab-cassis is available exclusively with four doors, a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.