2012 Toyota Allion Review

The Toyota Allion replaced the Toyota Carina, causing dismay to admirers who cherished Carina's athletic charm. The Allion's exquisite design and functionality have gradually won them over with time. It also has a competitive advantage in the Kenyan market due to its low maintenance costs and readily available spare parts. It competes against the Mazda Atenza, the Nissan Sylphy, the Volkswagen Passat, the Audi A4, the Subaru Legacy, and the Mercedes C180.

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Detailed Review

The Toyota Allion was introduced to the market in 2001 together with the Toyota Premio. Technically, they are identical; nonetheless, their exterior styling and interiors differ. The Toyota Premio is marketed as a high-end, luxurious sedan, whilst the Allion is marketed as a sporty, no-frills sedan. Due to its lighter body, the Allion is more agile and responsive than the Premio.

The 2012 Allion comes with 3 engine variants: The 1.5Litre 1NZ engine, the 1.8Litre 2ZR engine, and the 2.0Litre 3ZR engine. All are mated to an automatic CVT transmission.

2012 Toyota Allion Grades

  1. The Toyota Allion A15: This is the base level grade that comes with the 1.5 Litre 1NZ-FE engine, CVT Transmission and 2WD.
  2. The Toyota Allion A18: This comes with the 1.8 Litre 2ZR-FE engine, CVT Transmission, 2WD/4WD options.
  3. The Toyota Allion A20: This is the premium grade version that comes with the 2.0 Litre 3ZR-FAE engine, CVT Transmission and 2WD. Its got many other extras such as Alloy Rims as standard, fog lights, navigation, and a sunroof option.

Interior Legroom & Space

The Toyota Allion’s interior is furnished with soft, comfy sitting materials and wide, adjustable passenger seats. The seats are well-padded and made of soft fabric with good legroom on both rows. The high center console’s elegantly stubby gear lever enables the driver to drive in a relaxation mode. The LCD on the dashboard console provides excellent information regarding the vehicle’s fuel economy and average speed.

Cabin Storage

There are storage compartments placed throughout the vehicle, including four cup holders, a storage shelf beneath the dashboard, a glovebox, and a center console box. The only storage for the second row is the seat jacket pockets.

Boot Space

The Toyota Allion is typical of any salon car. Its boot space can carry mid-sized luggage however extra space can be created when rear seats are folded.


The exterior of the Toyota Allion features a dynamic appearance with a hint of sophistication and luxury. In addition to its sleek metallic body, the Toyota Allion’s side mirror is a popular sign with a sugary touch of modernism. The sharp LED headlights and optional alloy rims enhance this aggressive sporty look.

2012 Toyota Allion Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 Litres

2012 Toyota Allion Fuel Consumption

The 2012 Toyota Allion has an average fuel consumption of 14km/L

2012 Toyota Allion Ground Clearance

The Toyota Allion has a ground clearance of 6.4Inches(165mm) when unmodified. This height may not be a problem if the vehicle is lightly loaded. However, when fully loaded the vehicle may not clear some speed bumps on Kenyan roads. In this case, you may need to increase ground clearance. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

Stability and Handling

The Toyota Allion is reasonably maneuverable and stable under regular driving circumstances. Nevertheless, aggressive cornering is not recommended, particularly at high speeds.


The Toyota Allion is a beautiful car with great reliability and handling. Additionally, it holds its value well in the Kenyan market compared to its competitors. If you want to buy a family car that is both economical and comfy, this is a great option.

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