TOYOTA – HIACE
The Toyota Hiace has enjoyed a comfortable place as one of the leading medium van choices in Australia for many years. Whether they’re being used for carting large families around, transporting music equipment, or even for transforming into a living space, the HiAce has been well appreciated. The most recent models however, while staying true to their long-loved design, may be in risk of slipping further down the best-seller list if they don’t start modernising like some of their up and coming competitors. If you’re buying or selling a Toyota HiAce then you’ll want to know how yours measures up in the market. Some of the most popular rivals today are the Hyundai iLoad, the Renault Trafic, the Mercedes-Benz Vito, the Fiat Scudo, the Volkswagen Transporter, and the Ford Transit.
The HiAce is neither the cheapest or the most expensive of the bunch and all options vary in terms of specs. The HiAce does seem to be missing some key safety features in its earlier models, like electronic control of traction and stability, but it’s unique reversing camera gives it somewhat of a leg up for navigating city streets and tight parking spots. Let’s have a look at some of the details of this popular car so you’ll be well equipped when it comes to the sale process.
Price, Engine and Transmission
There are five main options when is comes to choosing a Toyota HiAce, and each one varies mainly by space and the resulting price. Let’s have a look at prices for new vehicles in the latest edition, with current used prices from 2011 included in brackets for a benchmark. The new prices do not include on-road coats or extras while the used prices include onroads but vary when it comes to specific features.
There has also been a shift in the market in the past decade with more drivers buying diesel HiAce vans each year. We’ve included the types of engine and transmission in the price list below as these options affect the price point.
The LWB entry-level car starts at $34,470 for the 2.7L petrol engine, 5-speed manual option. It goes up to $37,530 for both the 2.7L petrol engine 6-speed automatic, and the 3.0L Diesel engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The LWB tops out at $40,000 for the auto variation of the diesel engine. (used prices from $18-$32,000).
The LWBs make up to 100Kw and 300Nm power and torque respectively.
The LWB crew costs $39, 570 for the 3.0L Diesel, 5-speed manual and $42,130 for the automatic option. They also make 100Kw and 300Nm. (Used prices from $16-32,000).
The SLWB starts at $45,690 for the 2.7L petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L Diesel engine costs $49,260 with a 5-speed manual transmission or $48,440 for a 4-speed auto variation. (Used prices from $19-39,000). The SLWB has the same power and torque output as the LWBs.
These first three versions represent the “Commercial Vehicle” category while the following two are considered the HiAce’s “People Movers”.
The Commuter 12-seater only comes with a 3.0L Diesel engine and the option of either 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto transmissions that cost $59,660 and $62,210 respectively.
The regular Commuter (14-seats) starts at $59,460 for a 2.7L petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L diesel engine costs $60,480 with a 5-speed manual transmission, or at $63,030 for the 4-speed auto variation which tops out the entire range. (Used prices range from $19-46,000). Both commuter variations also make 100Kw and 300Nm.
Features and Specs
To start with, its important to recognise the HiAce as a functional vehicle that is designed for commercial and utility use ultimately. If you’re looking at it as a luxury town car then you’re probably in for some disappointment and you’ll certainly be grumbling as you struggle to hoist yourself in and out of the thing several times a day. But take it for what it’s made for and you’ll be laughing.
As you can see from the latest price lists above, the range has had a bit of an upgrade to include a more powerful petrol engine option with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and it will have more updated safety features than its predecessors. A five seat crew van and a 12-seat version of the commuter have also been added to accommodate for the myriad uses of this popular van.
The main difference between the Commercial and the People-Mover categories is the number of seats. The Commercial generally only has two-seats (now an option for 5), to allow for more cargo room, while the People-Mover is obviously with more seating.
The window in the back sliding door doesn’t sound all that important, but in vans of this size it makes for much easier and safer maneuvering. It is also fitted with steering wheel audio controls, rear view mirror auto-dimming, and mobile phone/MP3 connectivity. The commercial vans only have a two-speaker as seats are only in the front of the vehicle, while the commuter has a four-speaker system. Perhaps some of it’s more important functional features can be seen below in the Safety section.
Four-Star Ancap rating. This puts it below the rivals Ford and Mercedes but on par or above many of the other similar vans.
And every new HiAce is also now equipped with the safety of electronic vehicle stability control (ESC), brake assist for greater stopping power in an emergency, hill-start assist control and an emergency stopping signal. You’ll enjoy cruise control, dual-front airbags, anti-lock braking, engine immobiliser, low fuel warning, reversing camera, hill hold, traction control, pre-tensioner seat belts, stability control, and a full-sized spare wheel.
It’s really important to know about any glitches that have occurred when you’re buying or selling a HiAce. 12,000 of the 2009 to 2012 models were recalled for a malfunctioning transmission that would get stuck in some positions, and 500 2015 to 2016 cars needed to be recalled to fix a door latch.
Consumption, Emissions, Warranty
Combined consumption rating is estimated at 8L/100km for all models with a reported 221g/km in C02 emissions.
Warranty is a standard 3 year/100,000km with regular servicing.