Australia’s best-selling van will enter 2022 with just one engine and one paint colour.

    Toyota Australia announced in July the updated HiAce, due in September 2021, would drop the petrol V6 base engine due to “overwhelming consumer preference” for the diesel.

    With the axing of the V6, the entry price has therefore risen by a few thousand dollars to $44,230 before on-road costs, up from $39,740.

    Prices for remaining models are also up by $990.

    Toyota Connected Services is now standard fitment on all models, and includes a 24/7 Emergency Call Centre function that relays the vehicle’s location in the event of a collision “that requires intervention” or if an airbag deploys.

    The e-call function can also be triggered manually via a new SOS button inside the cabin.

    There’s a new centre console box on all versions, replacing the old tray, while Commuter GL models have an LED light inside and updated USB charging points.

    Inside the box there’s an A4-sized binder rack and a moveable partition that can be used as a cupholder. Front all-weather floor mats and an additional low-profile antenna round out the changes.

    Toyota has yet to provide imagery of the updated model.

    Just one colour will be available: French Vanilla white.

    The HiAce has the highest ANCAP rating with the freshest date-stamp in its segment, though rivals like the Mercedes-Benz Vito and Ford Transit Custom have five-star ratings with slightly older date-stamps.

    In 2020, Toyota sold more than twice as many HiAce vans as the next best-seller in this segment, the much older Hyundai iLoad. It’ll soon get some fresh competition from the Korean brand in the shape of the radically modernised Staria Load.


    • 2022 Toyota HiAce LWB Van 6MT: $44,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce LWB Van 6AT: $46,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce LWB Van 4-door 6AT: $46,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce LWB GL Van 6AT: $47,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce LWB Crew Van 6AT: $49,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce SLWB Van 6AT: $54,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce SLWB GL Van 6AT: $55,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce SLWB Commuter Bus 6AT: $69,230
    • 2022 Toyota HiAce SLWB GL Bus 6AT: $72,230

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    The 2022 Toyota HiAce is powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 130kW of power and either 420Nm of torque with the six-speed manual or 450Nm with the six-speed automatic.

    The Commuter’s outputs are lower at 120kW and 420Nm.

    All models are rear-wheel drive.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2022 Toyota HiAce uses 7.5L/100km on the combined cycle with the manual, 8.2L/100km in LWB auto guise, and 8.4L/100km in crew van and Super LWB forms.

    No fuel economy figure is available for the Commuter models. All models have a 70L fuel tank.


    The 2022 Toyota HiAce measures 5265mm long, 1990mm tall and 1950mm wide in LWB guise, and 5915mm long, 2280mm tall and 1950mm wide in Super LWB guise.

    The LWB has 6.2m3 of cargo space, compared to 9.3m3 in the SLWB.

    The LWB’s load bay measures 2530mm long, 1760mm wide (1268mm between the wheel arches) and 1340mm tall, while the SLWB’s load bay is 3180mm long and 1615mm tall with the same width as the LWB model.

    Unbraked towing capacity is 400kg in all models, while braked towing capacity is 1900kg in the LWB manual and 1500kg in all other models.

    Servicing and Warranty

    In addition to a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, Toyota offers capped-price servicing for the first six visits or 60,000km.

    Each service is capped at $245, and servicing is required every six months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.


    The Toyota HiAce has a five-star rating from ANCAP based on testing conducted in 2019.

    It received an adult occupant protection score of 94 per cent, vulnerable road user protection of 84 per cent, and safety assist of 77 per cent. A child occupant protection score of 88 per cent was also given to crew van models.

    The five-star rating technically doesn’t apply to Commuter models, which remain unrated, though it applies to regular and crew van models.

    All 2022 Toyota HiAce models come standard with the following safety equipment:

    • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and daylight cyclist detection
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Lane-departure warning
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Automatic high-beam
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors

    Standard Equipment

    All HiAce models seat two occupants, except the crew van which seats five and the Commuter which seats 12.

    All models have dual sliding doors except the Commuter, which has a single sliding door.

    All HiAce models come standard with the following equipment:

    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • Bluetooth
    • Cruise control
    • 4.2-inch instrument cluster display screen
    • Leather-accented steering wheel
    • Front USB port
    • Full-size spare
    • 16-inch steel wheels

    The crew van adds:

    • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
    • Body-coloured door handles and bumpers

    The Commuter GL adds:

    • Leatherette/fabric upholstery
    • Rear USB charging port
    • Automatic sliding door
    • Glass roof escape hatch
    • LED daytime running lights
    • 16-inch alloy wheels

    MORE: Everything Toyota HiAce

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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