Most commonly powered by Toyota diesel engines, the Hiace has since its launch been one of the primary movers of people and cargo throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and beyond. Although a Landcruiser is a more capable vehicle in extreme off road conditions, the Hiace is arguably a more capable and practical all around 4WD vehicle.
Huge seating capacity like most vans, respectable cargo capacity, and Toyota toughness have won the Hiace many followers. It's seen service as a minivan, a taxi, a minibus, a pickup, an ambulance, and even a motor home straight from the Toyota factory.
While not as distinctive or single purpose as a Mitsubishi Delica (which was essentially a van body on a Pajero chassis), the Hiace's strength is its versatility. It comes very close to being all things to all drivers.
While never available in North America, Toyota Hiace's are now being imported into Canada under the "15 Year Old" importation rule, and a few are making their way Stateside. Those in the market for an expedition vehicle or great all rounder should give the Toyota Hiace a look.
Diesel power and four wheel drive make it a great alternative, and Toyota engineering makes it a great choice for those who need a lot more space in a trail-capable 4WD vehicle.