Review - 2023 Toyota Hiace

By Alexi Falson on 23 Oct 2023
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OnlineAuto Rating
out of 10
  • More choice than ever before
  • Comprehensive safety equipment for all variants
  • Large, practical interior with a heap of storage
  • Compliant ride quality with solid engine performance
  • Short service intervals
  • Prices moving north
  • Basic tech package
    • 70L
    • 214
    • 3400 / 1600
    • 5 star
    • Automatic
The Toyota HiAce has long been a one-stop-shop for commercial buyers here in Australia, remaining one of the most versatile and well-priced vans on the market.

For the latest model year, Toyota has added the option of barn doors at the rear, joining the likes of the HiAce van and Commuter that give buyers a huge range of options.

Let’s take a closer look at the latest Toyota HiAce range and see whether it upholds its already impressive reputation as one of Australia’s best vans - no matter what you throw at it.

Toyota HiAce Competition

Toyota HiAce

Ford Transit
Hyundai Staria Load
Renault Trafic
Peugeot Expert

Starting Price: $47,120

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How Much Does It Cost?

Prices for the Toyota HiAce range kick off from $47,120 for the entry-level HiAce LWB manual van, while the HiAce LWB automatic van is priced at $49,120. Opting for the HiAce with barn doors typically adds around $1000 to the specified variant.

Stepping up to the HiAce LWB Crew Van brings the price up to $52,120, while the HiAce Super LWB automatic is priced at $57,680.

Toyota’s HiAce Commuter Super LWB is priced at $74,670 while the range-topping HiAce Commuter GL Super LWB is priced at $77,760.

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Toyota Hiace (LWB BARN DOOR) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Series GDH300R
Body 5D VAN
Fuel type DIESEL
Drive RWD
Engine TCDI
Engine capacity 2755
Engine configuration VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 3400 / 1600
Cylinders DT4
Torque 450
KW 130
Fuel tank size 70.0
Fuel usage specs 8.2 / 0
CO2 214
ANCAP security rating 5

What Features Does the Toyota HiAce Have?

Entry-level Toyota HiAce variants come riding on 16-inch steel wheels and pick up cruise control, cloth upholstery with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable lumbar support, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, DAB+, Bluetooth and satellite navigation.

Opting for the HiAce Crew Van adds a set of fog lights, body-coloured bumpers and door handles, rear windows and a digital rear-view mirror, while the HiAce SLWB Commuter picks up rear air conditioning vents, a step lamp, LED interior lighting and a roof hatch.

The range-topping HiAce Commuter GL comes riding on 16-inch alloys and receives fog lights, a powered side door, and a mix of leatherette and cloth upholstery.  

Range Features:

  • 16-inch steel wheels 

  • Cruise control

  • Cloth upholstery with leather-wrapped steering wheel 

  • 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • Rear-view camera with front & rear parking sensors 

  • Blind-spot monitoring

  • Rear-cross traffic alerts 

  • Fog lights (Crew Van)

  • Digital rear-view mirror (Crew Van) 

  • LED interior lighting (SLWB Commuter)

  • Rear air conditioning (SLWB Commuter)

  • 16-inch alloys (GL Commuter)

  • Fog lights (GL Commuter)

  • Leatherette/cloth upholstery (GL Commuter)

Is the Toyota HiAce Comfortable to Drive?

In many ways, the Toyota HiAce leads the pack when it comes to making a cargo-carrying van super approachable for drivers of all confidence levels.

Power for the majority of the HiAce range comes supplied by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel pushing out 130kW of power and 420Nm of torque in manual variants, while automatic HiAce variants produce 450Nm of torque.

Opt for the HiAce Commuter range and outputs drop to 120kW of power and 420Nm, with power sent to the rear wheels for all members of the HiAce family.

Where the HiAce shines is on short hops around town, with Toyota’s suspension package offering a relatively comfortable unladen ride quality with enough support to handle heavy loads with confidence.

The process of driving around town is made easier thanks to the lightweight steering rack that makes low-speed turns and navigating into tight spots a simple task.

Pick up the pace and the HiAce is happy to cruise along at highway speeds without a fuss, making for a super adaptable and versatile van that covers all the important bases for potential buyers.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Fuel economy figures for the HiAce family range from 7.5L/100km in its most fuel-efficient form, the LWB manual van, rising up to 8.2L/100km in the LWB automatic and up again to 8.4L/100km in the Super LWB and Crew Van.

What are the Cargo Specs and Dimensions for the Toyota HiAce?

Overall Dimensions

  • 5265mm long x 1950mm wide x 1990mm tall (LWB)

  • 5915mm long x 1950mm wide x 2280mm tall (SLWB)

Load Bay Dimensions

  • 2530mm long x 1760mm wide (1268mm between arches) x 1340mm tall (LWB)

  • 3180mm long x 1760mm wide (1268mm between arches)  x 1615mm tall (SLWB)

Cargo Figures

  • 6.2m3 (LWB)

  • 9.3m3 (SLWB)

Payload Figures

  • 995-1135kg

Braked Towing Capacity

  • 1900kg (LWB manual) 

  • 1500kg (all other variants)

2023 toyot hiace barn doors australia

Is it Safe?

The Toyota HiAce has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating and comes super well-equipped with active safety equipment, even in the base model.

All members of the HiAce family pick up autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-departure warnings, lane-keep assist, cruise control, a rear-view camera with front & rear parking sensors and traffic sign recognition.

Our Verdict: Is The Toyota HiAce Worth it?

If you’re looking for a super capable range of vans that meet a variety of needs, it’s hard to beat what’s on offer in the latest Toyota HiAce range.

With a healthy amount of options, generous equipment lists and a large, practical load bay for bulky cargo, the HiAce continues to assert itself in the Australian van landscape as one of the best all-rounders.

If you’re looking for a new work van, be sure to reach out to one of our automotive specialists who can help find you the best possible price.

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty 

  2. Van, Crew Van, Panel Van, Barn Door & Commuter variants available 

  3. 6.2 - 9.3m3 cargo storage 

  4. 7.5 - 8.4L/100km fuel economy figures 

  5. Six-month/10,000km service intervals 


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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