Toyota HiAce Vs Nissan NV350: Clash of the giants


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Toyota HiAce and Nissan NV350 Caravan - 2 giants in microbus segment. Check inside for a close and detailed comparison review!

Anyone that has ever made an interstate trip in Nigeria probably knows or recognize the Toyota HiAce. But now that another fast-selling giant (Nissan NV350 Caravan) has stormed the market, how well can this new car beat the old one?

Below has brought a detailed comparison of Toyota HiAce and Nissan NV350 for you to decide. You should be assured that all the data we have compared below are accurate because we have to source them from the best sources out there including; True Delta, Blue Book (Kelley), Car Gurus, Car Complaints, Edmunds, JD Power, Consumer Guide, etc.

See their specifications comparison below:

Nissan NV350 Caravan VS Toyota HiAce   
 Features Nissan Caravan  Toyota HiAce 
 Body type: 3 Rows (seats)  3 Rows (seats) 
 Fuel Type: Regular gasoline  Diesel 
 Drive Type: Rear (FR)  Full 4WD 
 Transmission type:  Auto Transmission 4  Auto Transmission 4 
Supercharger:  ---    Turbine
Power:  120hp  130hp 
Engine displacement:   1998cc 2982cc 
Maximum torque (N*m, kg*m)  171, (17)/2800 rpm   289, (29)/2000 rpm
Tank capacity:  65 Liters   70 Liters
Length (body):  4690mm   4640mm
Body height:  1990mm  1985mm 
Wheelbase:  2415mm   2330mm
Ride height (Clearance):   170mm 180mm 
Weight:   1660Kg 2040Kg 
 No. of doors:
No. of seats:   14 12 
 Rear wheels:  195/80R15
(Rear: 107/105L LT)
(Front: 103/101L LT)

And the table below shows the overall ratings for these two vehicles:

Nissan NV350 Caravan VS Toyota HiAce   
Parameters Nissan Caravan (Ratings)  Toyota HiAce (Ratings)
Running Gear:  8.1  8.2 
 Engine:  8.6 8.4 
 Interior:  7.2 7.6 
 Exterior:  7.5 7.7 

1. Toyota HiAce Vs Nissan NV350 – The Pros and Cons

See the advantages and disadvantages of each one of these cars below:

1.1. Toyota HiAce: Pros & Cons

  1. Pros
  • If you need a sleeping space, you can easily transform the interior of this car into one and its interior is comfortably warm enough to enjoy a night on the road
  • It has an excellent ability to take you cross-country if you travel a lot
  • Any driver can easily maneuver this car
  • Speed is one of its strength as the car is very fast
  • It possesses a lot of space
  • Parking this car is very convenient because of its turning radius
  • It has amazing visibility
  • When it comes to operation, this car is unpretentious
  • It has good clearance on high grounds


The Toyota Hiace is loved for its speed when compared to its competitors

  1. Cons
  • Apart from being a diesel engine vehicle, it consumes a lot of fuel
  • The salon’s window does not allow for opening
  • It can get really noisy
  • The cooling system is imperfect
  • Overtaking can be a bit difficult as the engine does not have enough power
  • When on the road, unevenness can be felt at times
  • The maintenance cost is on the high side

>>> Check out the Toyota Hiace for sale in Nigeria

1.2. Nissan NV350 Caravan: Pros & Cons

  1. Pros
  • It has a very comfortable interior with lots of space
  • It is convenient and quick to transform the compartment to passenger mode from cargo mode and vice versa
  • It has circular visibility that is good enough
  • It is also easy to maneuver
  • It has passability that is obviously better when compared to analog vans
  • It has a good capacity in carrying cargo
  • The seats can be folded
  • It is very reliable
  • Its chassis is extremely durable
  • It has 2 body stiffeners
  • It has good fuel consumption and a powerful engine with good dynamics as well


The Nissan NV350 Caravan has an extremely durable chassis

  1. Cons
  • When it's running empty, one can be getting a bumpy feeling
  • Has right wheel issues
  • It has no wheel lock and no downshifts
  • There are complains about the middle passenger seats not feeling comfortable
  • Getting close to the engine nodes can be very difficult if need be
  • The wheel bearings seem weak
  • The white lighting seems to be poor
  • It can be really expensive to get its spare parts


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2. Conclusion

We have provided some of the most important information we believe you will need in order to compare these two giants. Now its all left for you to decide which one fits your needs best.

Meanwhile, we have a massive collection of both brand new and used Toyota HiAce as well as Nissan NV350 Caravan currently listed for sale in our car listing section.

You can check them out among our amazing huge collections of New, Tokunbo, and Nigerian used cars for sale in Nigeria.


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Oluwaseun Solomon
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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
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