Toyota Hilux Alarm options

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With the new Hilux now 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 show rooms. It already comes with an immobiliser and a basic factory alarm system with the Toyota Smart Key proximity locking system.

SR5

Top of the range 2015 Hilux SR5 has a factory alarm 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.

Smart Key with Push to Start Button

Smart Key with Push to Start Button

The factory alarm simply arms/disarms with the proximity/remote locking. It gives door and bonnet protection and has 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.

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:

Cobra Ultrasonics a perfect match for the SR5 Hilux

Cobra Ultrasonics a perfect match for the SR5 Hilux

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.

The alarm has the option to add addition sensors which I’ve listed at the end of this post.


All other new Hilux models

Hilux Work mate alarm

No alarm on SR or WorkMate Hilux

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.

You can find a couple of photos of AK4218 Hilux alarm installed here…

Hilux with flip open remote key

Hilux with flip open remote key

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 end of post for options).


Previous Shape Hilux (AN10, AN20) 2005-2015 Model

2005-2015 Hilux

No factory alarm on 2005-2015 Hilux

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.

2005-2015 Hilux

2005-2015 Hilux

2005-2015 Hilux LED

2005-2015 Hilux LED

2005-2015 Hilux Ultrasonic Sensors

2005-2015 Hilux Ultrasonic Sensors

If you have one without the remote keys (or damaged remote controls) then the excellent Cobra AK4198 is a sweet option. I can even get them with Toyota branded remote controls.

Cobra AK4198 with Toyota logo on the remote.

Cobra AK4198 with Toyota logo on the remote.


Additional sensors

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