Curbside Classico Outtake: Toyota HiAce Van–Look How I’ve Grown!

For years, the Toyota HiAce van has come in a variety of sizes, but I hadn’t fully taken in its growth until I saw the latest generation HiAce parked next to a Chevy van in Tulum, Mexico. These 15-passenger, long-wheelbase, wide-body, high-roof “Grand Cabin” HiAces have a monopoly on the very popular “Collective Taxi” services that provide constant service on all the major roads and highways in this part of Mexico. They’re powered by the same 159-hp, 2.7-liter gasoline-fed four that powers Tacoma pickups in the U.S., mated to a five-speed stick.