The Hino brand is a part of the Toyota company and was launched in 2008. The brand has managed to build a pretty solid image in the trucking industry, thanks to its sturdy and reliable vehicles that share the same quality standards with Toyota’s cars.
At the moment the brand’s lineup consists of two trucks which cover a wide range of GVWs (gross vehicle weights) from class five to class seven models.
The conventional cab model is available as a class 6 and 7 truck with gross vehicle weights ranging from 23.000 to 33.000 lbs. The class 6 versions are equipped with a 220 hp engine, while the class 7 trucks come with 260 hp on tap.
Hino ’s conventional cab has a pretty distinctive design, looking like a strange merge between the Asian and American styles. Since 2008, the overall design didn’t changed too much and except for a few insignificant teaks it kept its initial lines.
The long nose is dominated by a massive radiator grille traversed by a few horizontal bars. To help its truck stand out from the crowd, Hino offers a shiny chromed treatment for the entire grille. The metallic front bumper comes with a chromed finish as well and has a solid construction, being able to resist to various impacts without breaking down.
The Hino conventional cab comes with a set of oversized front fenders which gel well with the rest of the cab and enhance the utilitarian look of the vehicle. The main headlights are pretty sharp, but they look a bit out of place and fail to integrate nicely into the overall design.
The vehicle is also fitted with vertical panoramic windscreen which gives the vehicle a robust appearance and wide lateral door for proper outward visibility.
As it was expected, the cab is fairly spacious and there is enough leg and head room to make you feel like home. The dashboard’s design is on the basic side of things and it’s fitted with big controls that are fairly easy to use even with gloves on.
All plastics are rock hard, so they will deal well with harsh working conditions. The build quality is average, without being something to rave about.
Instruments are arranged in an intuitive way and they are big and easy to read during both night and day. The steering wheel however, looks dated and it’s a bit too thin to offer a confident grab. At least it’s offered with tilt and telescopic adjustments, so finding a proper driving position shouldn’t be hard.
Up front there is room for up to three adults. The driver air ride seat is basic and offers poor side bolstering, while the back and lumbar support could’ve been better as well. Though, there is offered a convenient armrest and there are also plenty adjustments to help you find a satisfactory position. You also sit pretty upright and high, which gives you a great road visibility.
The steel cab is fully galvanized for extra rigidity and comes with a pretty good sound isolation keeping your ears far from road or engine noises.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning, CD player, tilt and telescoping steering column and cruise control. The trucks are also offered with the INSIGHT system which is a web-based location and telematics solution suited to help fleet managers. It also keeps the driver informed with various reports to help him drive more efficient and safely.
Engines and performance
Hino ’s trucks are equipped with high pressure common rail fuel injection engines with variable geometry turbochargers. The VNT turbochargers optimize airflow by changing the turbocharger’s output based on control input from the engine’s electronic control unit, thus improving the fuel efficiency. Hino also uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. Thanks to this system the engines meet the EPA 2010 emission standards and offer better fuel efficiency.
The class 6 Hino trucks are powered by a 220HP / 520 lb-ft engine, while the class 7 units develop 260 hp/660 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are fairly responsive and deal well with big loads, without feeling overly strained at high speeds.
All trucks are equipped with tried and tested Allison transmissions which are a perfect match for the utilitarian needs of the vehicles, offering a good balance between efficiency and performance.
Hino Conventional Cab Engines Specifications
|Vehicle weight class||hp @ rpm||lb-ft @ rpm|
|Class 6||220 @ 2500||520 @ 1500|
|Class 7||260 @ 2500||660 @ 1500|
Ride and handling
The vehicles are fitted with front taper leaf spring shock absorbers and rear semi elliptical leaf springs. The ride quality isn’t exactly stellar, as we are talking about a utilitarian vehicle. Though, Hino’s trucks can absorb most of the road potholes without hurting your back.
The overall handling is at par with what you’ll usually find in this segment, with big body leans into corners. Luckily you won’t have any complains about the steering as it gives you decent road feedback and feels great at both high and low speeds, permitting you to deal well with tight working conditions.
The Hino Conventional cab truck is a fairly good product. It’s true that the cab isn’t as refined as other vehicles in this class and comfort isn’t exactly first class either. On the other hand, you have plenty of space and the ergonomy is satisfactory. The engines are up to the task and are also pretty efficient, but the ride and handling are average. In the end, the strongest advantages offered by Hino’s truck are the bullet proof reliability and the solid build quality.