Solid reliability, High re-sale value, Good build quality
Dated design, slow acceleration
The Toyota Hiace has been the market leader for years in the UAE and continues to be a popular choice in the commercial sector, whether for transporting the work-force or cargo. There is only one engine choice in the Hiace, a 2.7-litre four cylinder petrol engine mated to a standard 5-speed manual, while some markets such as UAE occasionally get a 4-speed automatic option. The Saudi market additionally gets a 2.5-litre diesel model with a 5-speed manual. It comes in two variants, the Hiace Panel Van version for carrying cargo and the Hiace Commuter which gets back seats to act as a people carrier. Standard features include dual front/rear a/c, an AM/FM cassette player with 2 speakers, power steering, power door locks, toolbox, halogen headlamps and 15-inch steel wheels. Some markets get optional features such as remote locking. Depending on market, consumers have the choice of a normal roof, mid-roof or high-roof with a standard, long or super long wheel base-wide body.