Toyota’s reputation is worldwide, and for commercial vehicles, it has rested on its three most important features – efficiency, reliability and competitive pricing.
Its Dyna models come in a range of body configurations that should suit all your needs, and every model comes with the reassurance of a three-year/60,000 mile warranty. Servicing always a problem? No problem here – a main service is only needed every 20,000 miles, with a 10,000 mile health check, oil and filter change.
At the heart of the Dyna vehicles is Toyota’s new 3.0 4D engine, which has been specially designed to be reliable, offer great performance, and keep running costs as low as possible – always nice to hear when you run a business.
For people who spend all day driving, a comfortable cab is high on their list of priorities – and the Dyna doesn’t disappoint. The driver’s seat is fully adjustable and there is space for three on hardwearing cloth covered seats – and there’s plenty of storage on offer too.
Quality and style, meanwhile, are core ingredients of the Hiace panel van range, which offers tough exteriors, coupled with hard-wearing interiors, to keep the vehicles looking good at all times. Like the Dyna, the Hiace vans have been designed to be driven through narrow side streets, and feature a 5.5m turning circle
And keeping the Hiace looking good can be helped by opting for the Professional Pack, which includes a Bluetooth hands-free system and rear-parking sensors to make sure you avoid some of the scrapes and bumps that can be picked up when reversing and parking. These sensors engage automatically as soon as you go into reverse gear.
The Hiace is unusual for a commercial vehicle because it offers a car-like driving experience – this is thanks to the fully independent suspension, offering a fine ride and handling experience. The two engines available for the Hiace are D-4D common rail direct injection turbo diesel engines that have been designed to offer the best possible fuel economy. A built-in intercooler ups the power as well as the torque output.
Toyota’s pickup, the Hilux, meanwhile, has been around since 1968 and more than 13 million have been sold worldwide, to cope with conditions from the Arctic Tundra to the Saharan sands.
It’s an off-road legend, with a sturdy ladder chassis – the top platform features fewer welding joints to increase strength too. Anti-corrosion panels and rust resistance combine to make it durable.
The Hilux can cope with all kinds of terrain, thanks to robust suspension and that high ground clearance – and the suspension has been designed to ensure you still get a comfortable ride despite going through streams, over dunes and riverbeds.
Whichever vehicle you choose when you buy a Toyota, you automatically join an exclusive club called Club Toyota, which offers you a range of benefits, including free RAC Roadside assistance both in the UK and in Europe, a 5% discount of Toyota motor insurance, special rates on travel insurance and a number of promotions and offers. Membership of the Toyota Club is free for the first 12 months.