The Hino 300 Series is a light commercial duty with a highly versatile character. The truck is based on the Toyota Dyna and shares many elements with its donor.
When Hino engineered the 300 Series, its main objective was to make it as efficient as possible and thanks to the addition of the a Diesel Particulate Active Reduction System (DPR ) the result is pretty good. Besides its good efficiency, the truck also offers generous payload capacities with GVMR (gross vehicle mass rating) that can go up to 8.5 tones.
The Hino 300 Series is available with both regular and wide cab configurations and is powered by a 4.0 liter diesel engine which develops up to 155 hp.
The truck features a pretty bulky design which is usually typical to Asian manufacturers. Viewed from afar the 300 Series can be easily mistaken with the Toyota Dyna as they have the same allure.
A closer inspection however, reveals a significant number of differences between the two models and Hino’s truck looks slightly more modern than its sibling.
The front features a twin grille with the company’s logo taking center stage. The grille is flanked by two sharp headlights which give the truck a dynamic and modern appearance, coping great with the rest of the design.
The bumper isn’t something to rave about, but it strongly built and is also fitted with two microscopic fog lamps.
Overall the cabin features a pretty aerodynamic design with a curved windshield and a low ground clearance. The door windows are also pretty nicely integrated into the dynamic design and feature a sloped bottom line which improves the lateral visibility.
You won’t have any problems getting in and out of the vehicle, thanks to a wide aperture and generous opening doors. Inside there is also a fair amount of space with plenty of leg and head room for both the driver and passenger.
Sadly, the interior design looks dated and Hino could’ve done a better job. You’ll also find the build quality a bit poor. The materials are at par with what you’ll usually get in this segment, which means they are rock hard with harsh textures.
Talking about hard things, it will be almost impossible to find flatter or harder seats in the segment. They also lack any lateral support and feel very rudimentary. The miraculous part is that despite their lack of ergonomy, you won’t feel any back pains even after a longer journey, so Hino must have done something good there. We also like the tilt and telescoping steering wheel, which apart from looking awful it feels good to hold and it’s not intrusive.
Visibility in all directions is not hindered by gigantic pillars and the large windshield and side windows that extend towards the front provide excellent vision.
A benefit of the dated design is that it usually comes with an uncluttered center stack. The Hino 300 is bereft of any high end technology so its controls are pretty basic and easy to understand. Everything is where it should be and you can reach any control without too many struggles.
Analog gauges are also clear, as the newly designed panel places vital information in a centralized location, requiring minimal eye movement from the driver. The instrument cluster displays usual information such as fuel level, water temperature, odometer meter and other. There is also an Eco Light function which is placed within the tachometer and will illuminate when you drive efficiently.
Hino has also designed the storage areas up to par with the rest of the vehicles in this class. Hence, besides the classical glove box, door pockets and cup holders you also get a convenient over head console and an upper box mounted into the dash.
Engines and performance
The Hino 300 Series is powered by a 4.0 liter diesel engine which develops either 105 hp or 155 hp with 263 Nm and 404 Nm of torque respectively. To offer strong towing abilities the engines hit their maximum power at 3200 rpm or 2700 rpm while the peak torque is achieved form as low as 2000 rpm and 1800 rpm.
The engine incorporates the cool EGR system as well as HINO’s unique DPR (Diesel Particulate active Reduction system) to improve its environmental performance. In addition to being fuel efficient and quiet, the engine is also surprisingly smooth when is driven around the town. Thanks to the added feature of a Diesel Particulate Active Reduction System, the entire Hino 300 Series range, meets the Euro 5 emission requirements.
Hino 300 Engines Specifications
Ride and handling
At the front, the Hino 300 series is equipped with semi-elliptic tapered leaf springs with silencers, shock absorbers and stabiliser bar, while at the rear it gets Semi-elliptic main and auxiliary tapered leaf springs with silencers and shock absorbers. The ride isn’t something to rave about and it could be considered rather bumpy than comfortable. The good part is that it will start to get better if there is some load carried at the back.
As most trucks in this class, the steering and maneuverability isn’t a problem and the 300 is pretty agile when it has to deal with city traffic. Though, don’t expect to any sporty performances as at higher speeds you’ll need to counter act a pretty big under steering effect when cornering.
TO keep you safe, the Hino 300 is offered with supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags which are designed to complement the seatbelts by deploying in a severe front impact. The stopping power is assured by the anti lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which controls the brake bias between the front and rear wheels, depending on the load.
Thanks to its versatile nature, the Hino 300 will appeal to a wide range of customers. The exterior style is pretty modern and we like the aerodynamic approached took by Hino’s engineers when designing the cab.
On the other hand, the interior is a bit dated and you’ll find a better ergonomy at other trucks in the business, while the build isn’t great either. Luckily, the engine is pretty efficient and also offers a fair amount of punch which won’t leave you wanting for more power.
Overall the Hino 300 is an affordable and reliable truck and its build quality is strong enough to get the job done with minimum costs.