Toyota makes some of the best sports utility vehicles on the market. Even the original Top Gear gang was unable to write off a Hilux, declaring it an indestructible vehicle. The company is trusted by millions of people worldwide, selling about 8.9 million vehicles in 2021 [1].

Downside to popularity

It's hard to believe, but there is a downside to this level of popularity. All the vehicles in a range perform in the same manner when subjected to the same environmental and driving conditions. For those who enjoy standing out from the crowd, the option is there to customise your vehicle's paintwork, add chrome detailing or change the alloy wheels for a little more bling.

However, these changes are purely cosmetic and have no effect on the way in which the vehicle performs or handles. To make performance changes, you will need to upgrade the exhaust or suspension systems, increase the air intake volume or replace the throttle body and injectors with larger versions. Or you could invest in Toyota engine tuning.

Toyota engine tuning

ECU remapping is a proven method of improving the performance of a vehicle. This process involves reprogramming the engine control unit (ECU) of the vehicle in order to achieve better fuel efficiency and greater levels of torque which can provide more power low in the rev range, and help with acceleration and towing.

If you decide to upgrade the performance of your Toyota Land Cruiser or Hilux, you will need to decide between a permanent upgrade or a plug-and-play engine tuning box. Both are legal and will deliver good results; however, there are some downsides to the permanent option.

When you have your vehicle professionally and permanently remapped, you will need to inform your insurance company that your vehicle has been modified, which can increase your premiums. It may also invalidate your vehicle's warranty if it is still new enough to be under the manufacturer's warranty. You will also only benefit from this performance improvement for the time that you keep the vehicle.

With a self-installation plug-and-play box, such as the Unichip Europe ECU Tuning Kit, you benefit from a temporary, aftermarket addition that can be removed without a trace should you decide to sell the vehicle. This kit could then be installed in your next Toyota Hilux or Land Cruiser or sold to someone with a compatible vehicle, meaning that you do not lose out financially when you decide the time has come to change your car.



For those who want to increase the power output, torque, and fuel economy of their Toyota off-road vehicle, a plug-and-play tuning kit can offer excellent, customised results that will allow you to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. When you want your car to perform to the best of its ability, you can invest in proven technology like Toyota engine tuning that will enable it to do so.


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