Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the new Toyota HiAce LWB Crew Van with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

The Toyota HiAce was launched in 1967 and has been the benchmark for light commercial vans in Australia for several decades with its combination of good load space, simple robust construction, proven Toyota reliability and solid resale values, particularly for fleet buyers.

The current model, launched in 2005, is the fifth generation of the breed. Toyota gave the HiAce some minor upgrades last year, primarily recalibration of its 3.0 litre diesel engine to meet Euro 5 emissions requirements and improve fuel economy. However, it is really starting to show its age (and some complacency by Toyota) in an increasingly competitive LCV market.