The Toyota HiAce has been the Japanese automaker’s sole diesel-fed passenger van since its 1967 introduction.
For most of its familiarity with Philippine motorists, the 1982-1989 third-generation HiAce was more of a status symbol school and family shuttle. Fast forward to the 1989-2004 fourth generation and 2005-2019 fifth generation (fifth gen) HiAce, and the utility runner was a favorite in many sectors. Main customer bases included Philippine public utility vehicle (PUV) operators, owners and drivers, campaigning politicos, logistics transport companies, country clubs and condominiums (as transport for members), private educational institutions (as veritable school buses), and the occasional family that needed to haul more than five people and their respective luggage.
However, the fourth and fifth gen HiAces were not without issues. One nagging problem was the rear ride, which third and fourth-row occupants complained as bouncy or harsh. Another issue was a rather tight engine bay between the front seats, which made even regular maintenance procedures an exercise in patience.
With the 2019-present sixth generation, Toyota addressed the irritants above and managed to make the personnel-luggage carrier look better than its immediate predecessor.
Variant and Price
|Toyota Hiace 3.0 Cargo||₱1,166,000|
|Toyota Hiace Commuter 3.0 MT||₱1,379,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 Commuter Deluxe MT||₱1,724,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia MT||₱2,150,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia MT Luxury Pearl Toning||₱2,165,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia AT||₱2,225,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia Tourer MT||₱2,229,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia AT Luxury Pearl Toning||₱2,240,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia Tourer MT Luxury Pearl Toning||₱2,244,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia Tourer AT||₱2,399,000|
|Toyota Hiace 2.8 GL Grandia Tourer AT Luxury Pearl Toning||₱2,414,000|