Toyota Hino Dyna review
The Dynamic Dyna
In 2017 Toyota launched the new Dyna under its Hino brand, which has one change of particular significance – its weight. By reducing the weight of the Dyna by just 50kg, Toyota managed to move the Dyna from the MCV (Medium Commercial Vehicle) segment to the LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) one.
What does that mean? Anyone with a regular Code EB (Code 8) licence can drive one! There were a number of other benefits of this weight reduction, to 3500kg, and resultant reclassification. Where MCVs need to be tested annually, LCVs don’t, and LCVs also don’t need to be fitted with tamper-proof speed limiters as MCVs have had to be since 2017.
The change in classification comes with no downsides – the payload of the Dyna remained the same (1900kg – body dependent). Essentially it means that we need to think of the Dyna as a large pickup and not as a ‘lorry’.
The 2017 Dyna wasn’t just about losing weight though. The Dyna was fitted with the narrow cab used for certain Hino 300-Series models, meaning it looks more like the rest of the commercial range and is also more comfortable for the driver with restyled dashboard, improved seat material and cup holders. It also gained halogen headlights.
Behind the new grille is a 3-litre naturally aspirated diesel engine (codenamed 5L) that has a proven track record of reliability. Producing 67kW and 192Nm, the 5L engine is matched with a five-speed synchromesh manual gearbox.
ABS braking was another notable addition to the 2017 Dyna, making driving that much safer especially in adverse weather conditions. It is paired with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes.
The Dyna, no matter how it is classified, remains a dynamic and effective business tool, especially suited for jobs in and around town that require a high payload as well as an – easy-to-drive and manoeuvre vehicle. It is suited to be fitted with dropside, flatdeck or van body types, making it versatile and suited to just about any business role.
The Toyota Dyna has a 12-month/unlimited kilometre warranty, a 36-month warranty on the chassis frame, a 36-month rust perforation warranty, and a 24-month/150 000km warranty on the driveline.
For more information see www.hino.co.za.