Toyota Hilux Almost Flips Over During Moose Test

The Hilux might be one of Toyota’s toughest models, but it only takes a moose to bring it down. We’re talking about the moose test, obviously.

The eighth-gen Hilux is the result of Toyota’s pick-up building expertise, 48 years in the making. Even so, the car reportedly has a major flaw.

According to Swedish publication Teknikens Värld – known for almost flipping the 1997 A-Class and the 2012 Grand Cherokee in the moose test – the new Hilux exhibits a similar, dangerous behavior during evasive maneuvers under load.

After subjecting the pick-up to the test, the Hilux under-performed dramatically at only 60 km/h (37 mph), as opposed to its direct competitors which didn’t have problems even at higher speeds.

As required by the law, the Hilux comes as standard with electronic stability control, but the absence of an anti-rollover system, in conjunction with too much tire grip, can cause the vehicle to (almost) flip, as Ruben Börjesson, Teknikens Värld’s test driver explained.

The conclusion is worrying, and, as Teknikens Värld said, there’s “something seriously wrong with the Toyota’s dynamic safety system”. However, if equipped with bigger wheels, the Hilux’s effect diminishes, although the truck still lifts the inside wheel.

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  • THOSE PESKY MOOSES.

    • BGM

      That f*cker came out of nowhere!

  • BqWsRe

    “Toyota’s pick-up building expertise”

    WTF?! Then explain to me why GM and Ford dominate pick up trucks and Toyota sells maybe a couple in NA? Or why this expensive Hilux just shamed itself in front of the world?

    • RF

      only Americans drive American trucks. The rest of us think they are silly.

      • T_Cake

        They are less silly when towing cattle trailers, flatbeds of hay, etc. Depends on the customers’ needs, really.

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      he is saying about the international markets not the NA market

    • DMJ

      I know that this is probably news to you, but there are 200 other nations in the world, and they also have cars there. And Toyotas too.

  • Krisnadi Imam

    no need to worry, if its a hilux, u can just roll it back up, and drive as if nothing happened. what about the occupants inside the car? well lets just hope they are just as tough.

    • BGM

      They’re Canadian. They’ll just turn over the Hilux by themselves, make sure the beaver is OK and that the maple syrup didn’t break and drive on!

  • thunder bolt

    actually, that was a feature installed by Toyota, the truck lifts itself up on the side but not completely roll over to further distance itself from the moose. Every other car would probably run over the moose’s leg or hit it, which is kind of deters the moose avoidance feature.
    very nice Toyota, congrats !

  • Previous generation and the one before suffered from that same problem. I remenber seeing tests against Navara and L200/Griton where it almost flipped over in a high speed moose test. But a pickup truck is not made to perform like a supercar in this test…

    • DMJ

      Yes, but all the others perform like supercars, specially the VW model.

  • Bob

    I had a friend die in a rollover in a previous-generation Toyota Fortuner, the SUV based on the Hilux. I also know they are notorious for rolling over. For that reason I’m highly disappointed that Toyota hasn’t taken steps to sort this issue out where their competitors don’t have this as a problem.

  • U8INIT

    That person’s face thou in the final pic…PRICELESS!!!

    • Random stranger

      I thought that I was the only person who’s noticed it!

  • psiqtas

    “Deer” Swedish people – that Toyota pickup truck isn’t a sports car, how can You miss that???

  • psiqtas

    That’s a country of retarded drivers when the first snow fall off they scared to death so what do You want to expect from them if they even need headlights to drive during a clear day?

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