Should I Buy the Toyota HiLux or Mazda BT-50 Ute?


Bought the turbo diesel i30 following our conversation. THANKS HEAPS!!! Ben at your brokerage is helping me source a BT-50. I'd appreciate your thoughts (a quick call) re-HiLux or BT50. Thanks, Rob.


Hey Rob, glad the i30 acquisition worked out well. Ben's very good at getting vehicles at the right price.

The ute market is interesting. Two products are as old as the hills. They're instant scratchings: the Mitsubishi Triton and the Nissan Navara. Completely out-gunned on safety, driveline, engine and towing by more modern entrants.

The HiLux is middle-aged, by comparison. 

Toyota HiLux 3.0 Diesel 4cyl SR5 $54,490rrp

  • 126kW @ 3600rpm
  • 343Nm @ 1400-3400rpm
  • GVM: 2780kg
  • Towing: 2500kg
  • Payload: 835kg
  • Auto trans: 5sp
  • Full specifications

Mazda BT-50 3.2 Diesel 5cyl GT $53,140rrp

  • 147kW @ 3000rpm
  • 470Nm @ 1750-2500rpm
  • GVM: 3200kg
  • Towing: 3500kg
  • Payload: 1084kg
  • Auto trans: 6sp
  • Full specifications

So, the price is very close and they're both five-star ANCAP rated on safety. (BT-50 crash report. HiLux crash report.) But the engine should be just as smooth in the Mazda. (640cc cylinder capacity in the Mazda, firing every 144 degrees versus 600cc in the HiLux, firing every 180 degrees - similar. Bigger pulses but closer together in the Mazda.)

Mazda makes 17 per cent more power, 17 per cent lower in the rev range - so it's much torquier. Peak torque is 43 per cent higher in the Mazda. Towing is a full tonne greater, payload is 30 per cent greater and there's an extra speed in the transmission.

Why you would buy the HiLux is beyond me.

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