Toyota Hilux Alarm
With the new Hilux hitting the dealerships I figured now would be a good time go into details about what the best security options for them are.
I’ve managed to get my hands on the new SR5 version a couple of months before it hit the showrooms. It already comes with an immobiliser and a basic factory alarm system with the Toyota Smart Key proximity locking system.
How good is the factory alarm on the SR5 models?
The main noteworthy feature is the Toyota Smart Key which simply locks and unlocks the Ute by touching either of the front door handles when the Smart Key is in range. The SR5 also has a push to start button which is a nice touch for a Ute.
The factory alarm simply arms/disarms with the proximity/remote locking. It gives door and bonnet protection and has a horn fitted in the engine bay which sounds if the alarm is triggered.
What it lacks is any form of internal movement sensor or battery back-up siren. The alarm also disarms with the key in the driver’s door lock which is a weak spot so I still recommend upgrading it.
Sensor Add on to Factory Alarm
Locking Tailgate Upgrade
The Hilux does not come with a locking tailgate so if you keep valuables in the tray and wish to protect them then check out the Hilux Tailgate Lock that works with the factory remote.
Upgrading the Factory SR5 alarm
The Cobra AK4615 CAN-BUS alarm is fully compatible with the SR5 Hilux and works flawlessly with the factory smart key set up. The Cobra offers Ultrasonic internal movement sensors which look the part:
The AK4615 has a super loud digital battery back-up siren which can be hidden so there is nothing to see in the engine bay. The factory bonnet switch is built into the latch so again it keeps things clean.
Option sensors can be added to the alarm which I’ve listed at the end of this post.
All other new Hilux models
All other Hilux models (WorkMate and SR versions) come with the more traditional remote key. If you have one of these the only security the Ute has is a factory immobiliser.
The good news is that the excellent Cobra AK4218 Toyota upgrade alarm works perfectly with these models.
The AK4218 also allows you to turn the ultrasonics off by pressing the lock button a second time upon arming and a 3rd press of the lock button will disable any option sensors for that alarm cycle (see the end of the post for options).
Previous Shape Hilux (AN10, AN20) 2005-2015 Model
I’ve lost count of how many of these I have worked on over the past few years. If you have one that still has the factory remote then the Cobra AK4218 is my recommended option.
- PIR sensor – Good for canopy protection
- Reed switch – Hard lid or canopy flap protection
- Tilt Sensor – Wheel protection