2013 Toyota Mark X Review

From Ksh 1,300,000
  • Toyota, Mark X
  • Petrol
  • 25,000 cm³

The Toyota X120 was renamed to Toyota Mark X to attract the younger generation of car buyers. Over the years, it has become a highly beloved car in the Kenyan market for a number of reasons. First, it’s a worthy competitor to the more expensive German cars. Additionally, it has a premium built borrowing its body styling, chassis and interior from the Lexus GS, one of Toyota’s luxury cars. Most importantly, it’s offers great performance, comfort and reliability at a budget-friendly price. It meets the requirements of a luxury car without the hefty price tag. Some of its competitors in the market include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Benz C200, BMW 320i, Nissan Fuga 250GT.

  • Body Type: Saloon
  • Extras: Cruise Control
  • Safety Features: ABS, Driver Airbag, EBD, Engine Immobilizer, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag, Traction Control
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Daytime Running LIghts, Fog Lights
  • Interior Features: Dual Zone Climate Control, Infortainment System

Detailed Review

The 2013 Mark X is a second and final generation car as the Japanese carmakers announced the end of production in 2019. This luxurious sedan has been in production since 2004. The first generation Mark X known as the X120 was in production from 2004 to 2009. The second generation known as the X130 has been in production from 2009 to 2019.


  • Excellent performance
  • Good fuel consumption
  • Luxurious design
  • Low maintenance
  • Spacious cabin

The 2013 Mark X comes equipped with 2 engine options, the 2.5L 4GR V6 engine and the 3.5L 2GR V6 engine, all mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

2013 Toyota Mark X Grades

  1. Toyota Mark X 250G – This is the standard package and comes with the 2.5L 4GR engine, 2WD, 16″ Steel rims with plastic covers, CD/DVD Player, key start, no fog lights, No steering controls
  2. Toyota Mark X 250GS – This is the sports version that comes with the 2.5L 4GR engine, 2WD, 17″ alloy rims, fog lights, Infotainment screen with Navigation, keyless, sharper throttle response, and chrome pedals, steering controls.
  3. Mark X 250G Four – This is the 4WD version that comes with the 2.5L 4GR engine, 17″ alloy rims, fog lights, and infotainment screen, key start, No steering controls.
  4. Toyota Mark X 350S – This is the sports version that comes with the 3.5L 2GR engine, 2WD, 18″ alloy rims, infotainment screen with navigation, keyless, sharper throttle response, chrome pedals, steering controls
  5. Toyota Mark X Premium – This is the premium grade that comes with the 3.5L 2GR engine, 2WD, 18″ alloy rims, fog lights, infotainment screen with navigation, keyless, beige interior, wood trim on the dashboard, steering controls

Interior & Exterior

The inside is equipped with high-quality finishing and modern technology to maximize luxury and comfort. Since it’s a wide car, there’s ample legroom both in the front row and back row. However, the middle seat in the back row might be a bit cumbersome because of the protruding transmission. The dashboard is clean with a wood trim finish and neatly arranged dials. The instrument cluster is also easy to read thanks to the backlit technology in the car.  The higher models have leather upholstery, heated front seats and a comprehensive infotainment system that includes GPS navigation, a TV tuner, and 12 speakers.

The 2013 model took the luxurious design a notch and got a major facelift. This makes the car even more appealing than its predecessors. It maintains the long body design with continuous lines running from the front to the back. However, the 2013 model has a few new additions to the design. It bears a huge “X” on the front grille giving this luxury car a masculine look. In addition, the car gets LED infused headlights, rear spoiler and wraparound taillights that resemble the Toyota Camry. In terms of looks, the 2013 Toyota Mark X is a winner.

Cabin Storage

The 2013 Toyota Mark X has sufficient cabin storage compartments. These are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. For the 1st row, there 4 cup/bottle holders, door panel storage, a storage shelf below the dashboard, a glovebox and the center-box. For the second row, the storage is on the front seat jacket pockets and door side pockets.

The boot space is sufficient for small to medium luggage. It can comfortably carry suitcases, groceries and small packages. However, the back row seats fold to the front opening up the boot to more space.

Other Extras: Infotainment System, Navigation(Optional), Keyless Entry, 7 Airbags,

Safety features: Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag, Traction Control, ABS, EBD, Engine Immobilizer

2013 Toyota Mark X Fuel Consumption
2013 Toyota Mark X 2.5L Fuel Consumption: 12.9 km/L (On Average)
2013 Toyota Mark X 3.5L Fuel Consumption: 10.2 km/L (On Average)

2013 Toyota Mark X Acceleration
2013 Toyota Mark X 2.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.4 sec.
2013 Toyota Mark X 3.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 sec.

2013 Toyota Mark X Fuel Tank Capacity: 71 Litres

2013 Toyota Mark X Ground Clearance
The 2013 Toyota Mark X has a ground clearance of 6.1 Inches(155mm). This is a very low car by Kenyan standards and will not clear some speed bumps. It might be necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Kenyan roads. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

2013 Toyota Mark X Stability and Handling
The Toyota Mark X is a very powerful car, the 250G blasts from 0-100km/h in 7.9 sec. That 314 horsepower under the hood combined with its mass(1550Kg), requires good stops, but unfortunately, this is an area the Mark X 250G falls short. During hard braking, the car feels strained under its weight and takes time to stop. Under normal driving, this should not be a problem, but any enthusiastic driving or racing exposes the car to this weakness. The Mark X 350S and the Premium do not seem to suffer from this problem.
Stability-wise, the Mark X is a wide car with a low center of gravity and therefore stable on the road.

2013 Toyota Mark X Service Intervals
Minor Service – At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service – At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service and suspension parts for the 2012 Toyota Mark X are widely available in Kenya. These parts are shared across many Toyotas and therefore are affordable and easy to find. Body parts are still expensive as the car is still new in the market but will come down with time. In Nairobi, most spare shops in Industrial Area and Kirinyaga Road stock these parts. You can get listings for these shops in this link

2013 Toyota Mark X Reliability
The driving conditions in Kenya are significantly different from those in Japan and Europe. Reliability reviews done for those markets largely do not apply to the Kenyan market. There are differences in roads, fuel, climate, spares, and technical expertise. To give you accurate and reliable local insights, we interview experts such as mechanics and car dealers, who have in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan market. We also test the cars ourselves. Our aim is to give you the right information to enable you to make an informed decision when buying a car.

The 2013 Toyota Mark X is a reliable car with no major long term problems. The engines are virtually the same as in the previous models and we, therefore, don’t expect any new problems to crop up. The mechanics we interviewed for this review all praised Mark X’s reliability. The V6 is a big engine that requires extra care, genuine parts and punctual service.

Always follow the recommended guidelines as per the Owner’s manual. To download the 2013 Toyota Mark X Owner’s Manual click here

Resale Value: Good

Toyota Mark X Competitors: Mercedes Benz C200, BMW 320i, Toyota Lexus GS, Nissan Fuga 250GT

Cost of Ownership

Purchase Price: Between Ksh.1,300,000 and Ksh.1,600,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 64,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 40,000/- for 4 Tyres
NB: figures as of December 2019

What we like about the 2013 Toyota Mark X

  1. Excellent performance
  2. Luxurious design
  3. Comfortable cabin
  4. Good fuel consumption
  5. Readily available parts
  6. Relatively affordable

What we don’t

  1. Low ground clearance
  2. Small boot

The 2013 Toyota Mark X lives up to its expectations with easy and enjoyable driving experience. With this car, you get the feel of a Mercedes and the consumption of a Toyota. It doesn’t compromise on performance either. In fact, the acceleration is so fast that it can be mistaken for a sports car. This makes Mark X an excellent car choice especially for young drivers and small families. Overall, the car scores highly in reliability, fuel economy and comfort.

Where to Buy the 2013 Toyota Mark X in Kenya
If you are looking to either import or buy the Toyota Mark X locally, we can help you with this process. Over the years, we have developed a network of trusted dealers both in Kenya and Japan who supply us with exceptional cars. Simply call us or send us a message through our contacts below and we’ll get you the right car at the right price.

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