Hino 500 series features as a common class of medium duty and heavy commercial vehicle available in the market today and have been competing with rivals for a while now.
Over the years, Hino has made improvements to Hino 500, the most notable improvement is on fuel economy as seen in the Hino 500FE group in which the approximate fuel consumption is 20litre for 100Km. Driver's comfort has also been considered with an adjustable driver seat and steering, and also the foot pedals and controls are accessible. On the other side, the exterior of Hino retains old design, big headlights near the sides and fitted on the bumper, common for all Hino 500 trucks.
The cabin though appears outdated in design, the plastics is pretty durable, accessible controls and adjustable steering and seat. An excellent visibility all round plus the clear exterior mirror posed by the exterior comes in handy during parking and in traffic.
Driving Hino 500, the steering is quite responsive on corners, exhaust brakes supported with a little hydraulic brakes makes hino 500 pick speed fast during maneuvers and the feedback from gas pedal burns is satisfactorily.
Hino 500 comes in different models/families but in whichever case it is either 5 cylinder, 6 cylinder engine and 9 cylinder for larger . Also the transmissions vary from model to model. Hino 500 FT ranger has featured as a racing 4WD truck in the past. The transmissions also vary from 5,6cylinder and 9 cylinder for heavy duty trucks in the FM and FL families. Hino Super Ranger SG260J is distinguishable from the rest in design and power.
Featured technology innovations and safety measures included in some models of Hino 500: turbo charging, cooled EGR, and lack cruise control.
The table below outlines the comparison between popular Hino 500 ranger models/families:
|Hino 500 series features and comparison|
|Family||Models||GCM||wheel base||power at 2400RPM||torque at 1500RPM|
|Hino 500 FC||3850mm-4990mm||162KW||647NM|
|Hino 500 FD||
|Hino 500 FE||206KW||824NM|
|Hino 500 FG||38000kg||206KW||824|
|Hino 500 FL||32000kg||6500mm||206KW||824NM|
|Hino 500 FM||