1998 Toyota Hiace 4WD :: Classifieds

Toyota Hiace 4WD

I’m fortunate to see new overlanding builds every single day ranging from budget 4WDs to million-pound expedition trucks. However, occasionally a vehicle is listed that I want for myself and today’s Toyota is one of them. The Hiace is perhaps not the first option that comes to mind when we think about overlanding but it is a legitimate platform. In fact, this commercial icon is found globally in some of the toughest environments and is considered by many, including myself, as one of the best vans ever made. It’s remarkable to me that many Sprinter AWDs are selling for over $100,000 when in my humble opinion, the affordable Hiace is a better choice for travel and is a fraction of the price. Cue today’s low-mileage 1998 Toyota Hiace 4WD (27,400 miles), which has recently been imported to the US and would make the perfect blank canvas for a full overland build-out. In stock form, this van is already capable, but with aftermarket upgrades, it’s genuinely impressive. If you’d like a better idea of how the Hiace handles the rough stuff, enjoy the backcountry adventures of Vanlife Northwest and Miskako on YouTube. Considering a trip around the world? Check out this Expedition Portal forum thread documenting the adventures of Hiace 4WD owners (including a trip from Amsterdam to Tokyo).

Toyota Hiace 4WD interior

From the Seller:

Heat Lightning Imports is pleased to offer this exceptional 1998 Toyota Hiace KZH116. This is a rare long-wheel base model featuring seating for 10, a manual transmission, turbo diesel, and all-wheel drive. These unique features along with the low miles make this Hiace quite the gem!”

Hiace 4x4

1998 Toyota Hiace 4WD

The Hiace is fitted with a 3.0-liter 1KZ turbo diesel engine that in stock form delivers 129 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque (higher output variants are available) and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. An exceptionally long-lived motor and drivetrain are matched with impressive capability thanks to full-time 4WD and lifted suspension. Inside, the Toyota is well-appointed with driver comforts that include:

  • Power steering
  • Cupholders
  • Center console
  • Stereo
  • Air-conditioning

Hiace interior

Distinguishing Features

This Hiace is a fresh import and a blank canvas for a full overland build-out and subsequently showcases limited modifications:

• Yokohama Avid-D tires

Toyota Hiace 4WD

This 1998 Toyota Hiace 4WD is listed for $17,998 and is currently located in Gainesville, Georgia. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.