New and Used Toyota LiteAce for Sale Philippines
The Toyota LiteAce’s main selling point for many Filipino families is its affordability. This little van is a bargain for those who prioritize size, and although the vehicle is no longer in production, finding a replacement for damaged Toyota LiteAce parts can be easy because of the many Japanese surplus imports circulating about, not to mention the multitude of aftermarket sellers that have these parts on stock. Don’t underestimate the influence of the Toyota LiteAce. They have actually established a solid fan base that can be defined as a “cult following” in the Philippines. The LiteAce in particular has an official LiteAce Club made up of local owners, aficionados and enthusiasts who regularly express their love for the diminutive van through various gatherings and events held all over the country. For families with members that number 5 to 7, the LiteAce can be a more than an ideal vehicle to own.
The LiteAce is Toyota’s line of small commercial and derivative passenger vans. These vehicles initially relied on a cab-over-engine arrangement, but changed to a semi-cab-over-engine configuration from 1996 onwards. First launched in 1970 as a light-duty truck, many commercial and passenger van/wagon variants were added the following year, and in 1976, Toyota released a LiteAce with a larger cab and called it the TownAce. A truck version arrived later in 1978 and between 1982 and 1992, the model received an upscale passenger wagon version in the guise of the Master Surf. The model is still available today under either the TownAce or LiteAce badge. During its most popular time in the 90s, the Daihatsu Hijet and Nissan Vanette were considered the its toughest competitors.
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Toyota LiteAce Specs and Performance
All of the LiteAce vans that were sold locally were equipped with the 5K engine, a 1,486cc gas engine capable of posting 64 hp at 4,800rpm and 102 N of torque at 3,200 rpm. It didn’t have a fuel injection system. Instead, it relied on a basic carburetor to feed fuel to the engine. Fortunately, the Toyota LiteAce engine can travel up to 145 kph without stress.
Toyota LiteAce Fuel Consumption
Fuel consumption for the Toyota LiteAce is pretty average—7 km/l when maneuvering city streets and 11 km/l when cruising on the highway.
New Toyota LiteAce fuel consumption:
- Toyota LiteAce 2013: 8.2 l/100km
- Toyota LiteAce 2012: 9.2 l/100km
- Toyota LiteAce 2012: 9.2 l/100km
Second hand Toyota LiteAce fuel consumption:
- Toyota LiteAce 2011: 9.5 l/100km
- Toyota LiteAce 2010: 8.2 l/100km
- Toyota LiteAce 2009: 10 l/100km
Toyota LiteAce Features
Toyota LiteAce Convenience and Entertainment Features
It’s apparent in the design that the LiteAce was never meant for fast driving. Though the minivan lags in the speed department, it excels in other areas, especially those deemed more important by families and business owners.
The Toyota LiteAce van was released in the Philippine vehicle market in 1989. Roomier than the Hijet but consuming less road space than the L300, the LiteAce was an instant hit. The van was a favorite among average-sized families and rich college kids who enjoyed road trips. As a reliable van, the LiteAce captured many hearts (and wallets) at the height of its popularity.
- Power accessories
- Automatic shutter
- Radio/FM/AM stereo
- Front door speakers
- Cigarette lighter
- Central locking
Toyota LiteAce Safety Features
To adhere to modern occupant safety regulations, Toyota moved the cab-over, mid-mounted engine to the front of the passenger compartment starting from the 1996 version onwards. Full-time 4-wheel drive was optional, and body dimensions were enlarged but remained compliant within the limits of the mini-van category. High-roof variants were made available for persons and families of taller stature and also those who wanted better storage capabilities out of their van.
- SRS Airbags
- Seatbelt Pretensioner
- Traction Control
- Electronic Stability Control
- Forward Collision Warning
- Rear Side Curtain bags
Toyota LiteAce Design
Toyota LiteAce Interior
The LiteAce may look deceptively small from the outside, but previous owners know to look beyond the van’s exterior appearance, for the vehicle is big on interior space, with seven average-sized persons easily fitting into its comfy seats. And though the dashboard is low on flash, it certainly is high on functionality. The steering wheel has a 60-degree tilt, so it can take some getting used to, especially for drivers accustomed to sedans. Upon close scrutiny, here’s how the Toyota LiteAce design fares from inside out:
- Tilted steering wheel
- CAE analysis
- Rear door strap
Toyota LiteAce Exterior
The LiteAce may be old, but surprisingly, the boxy exterior doesn’t look dated, which is probably owed to its tapered front. Early models were characterized by headlamps wrapped in framed seal beams, while later versions did away with the frames, allowing for better vision at night.
- Long Wheelbase (LWB)
- High roof
- Wide body
- Super Long Wheelbase (SLWB)
- Straight line stability
- Aerodynamic design
Toyota LiteAce Color Options
The Philippine market Toyota LiteAce was available in various colors including:
- Yellow Pearl
- Dark Blue Mica
- Solar Gold
- Two-Tone Gray
- Meteor Maroon
Toyota LiteAce Price List in the Philippines
A newly-built Toyota LiteAce for sale can be hard to find as they are sometimes sold under the TownAce badge. However, there are plenty of Japanese imports wandering in the Philippine used car market, some which have been converted from right-hand to left-hand drive. Those interested in purchasing a 2nd Toyota LiteAce can easily obtain a second hand LiteAce well under P100,000. Basic models from 1989 to 1992 easily fall within that price range. However, models from 1993 and up—like the power-loaded Toyota LiteAce GXL variants— generally come in on the upper side of that range.
New Toyota LiteAce Price in the Philippines
- Toyota LiteAce 2011 price in the Philippines: P410,000
- Toyota LiteAce 2010 price in the Philippines: P370,000
- Toyota LiteAce 2009 price in the Philippines: P380,000
- Toyota LiteAce 2008 price in the Philippines: P325,000
Second Hand Toyota LiteAce Price in the Philippines
- Toyota LiteAce 1998 price in the Philippines: P180,000
- Toyota LiteAce 1997 price in the Philippines: P130,000
- Toyota LiteAce 1996 price in the Philippines: P120,000
- Toyota LiteAce 1995 price in the Philippines: P110,000
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