The 2016 Toyota HiLux has come under scrutiny, with the pickup performing in a less-than-desirable way during a manoeuvrability test in Sweden.
Known as the ‘moose test’, the challenge is essentially a chicane to simulate the avoidance of a moose and other animals while driving.
Nine years ago, Swedish mag Teknikens Varld was unimpressed by the performance of the previous generation HiLux during the moose test, and Teknikens Varld’s Linus Projtz didn’t hold back in his appraisal of the current model.
“It’s nine years later, and this is still the basic behaviour of the Toyota HiLux,” Projtz said.
“[This] ain’t good enough, not even close.”
As if to prove that they anticipated the result, the Swedish mag also subjected the Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max, Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton to the moose test, along with a much larger pickup from RAM Trucks.
While some cocked the inside front wheel slightly – the Triton being the most notable – each appeared to outperform the HiLux.
Each model was able to complete the manoeuvre at speeds of up to 70km/h, but the HiLux started to become unstable at 56km/h on 16-inch wheels and 59km/h on 18-inch wheels.
Days later, the test was again conducted by Teknikens Varld, this time on 17-inch wheels, and the mag noted an improvement. On each occasion, the HiLux was carrying 830kg in the tray, which is 170kg below the maximum one-tonne payload.
At no point, however, did the HiLux tip onto its side or roll during the manoeuvres.
Responding to the test, Toyota Sweden said it was taking the HiLux’s results “very seriously”.
“We will take [the] evaluation very seriously, in the same serious way we do with the capacity for evasive manoeuvres in the development of our vehicles,” Toyota said.
If you think you’ve heard of Teknikens Varld before, that may be because the same publication exposed similar handling traits in the first-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which made world headlines in the mid-1990s.