2014 Toyota Mark X Review

The Toyota Mark X is one of the most sought sedan by young people in the Kenyan market due to its reat performance, comfort and reliability. It competes with the BMW 5 Series, Subaru Legacy, Mercedes Benz C200, BMW 320i and Nissan Fuga.

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Detailed Review

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 which marked the end of production as announced by Toyota.

The 2014 Mark X comes with 2 engine options, the 2.5L 4GR V6 engine and the 3.5L 2GR V6 engine that are all mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

2014 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, an infotainment screen, key start, and 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 Legroom & Space

The overall cabin quality and standard amenities are comparable to those of the Toyota Camry, but everything is well assembled and user-friendly.

The front seats are manually adjustable; there are no additional controls on the steering wheel. The driver’s seat appears to be somewhat high, but it is comfortable and offers a superb forward view through the windscreen. The backseat has sufficient headroom and legroom, as well as a bit of foot space under the front seats.

Cabin Storage

For the 1st row, there are 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.

Boot Space

The Mark X is a saloon car hence has a small boot space that can only be meant for light luggage. It can carry maybe 2 large suitcases and some space for groceries. For larger items, the rear seatbacks can be folded forward to create additional space.

Safety Features

Standard safety features in the 2014 Mark X include Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag, Traction Control, ABS, EBD, and Engine Immobilizer

Exterior

On the outside, the 2014 Mark X has a sharper front end and a trimmed back. Some have claimed that the revised rear makes the vehicle appear smaller than the previous model, however, this is highly subjective. The standard model has steel rims with plastic covers, whereas the higher models include alloy rims and fog lights.

2014 Toyota Mark X Fuel Consumption

It has an average of 10.4km/L

2014 Toyota Mark X Fuel Tank Capacity: 71 Litres

2014 Toyota Mark X Ground Clearance
The 2014 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.

2014 Toyota Mark X Stability and Handling

The steering is light enough to be maneuvered with one hand in a parking garage Except for some road noise this vehicle glides comfortably, especially on the highway. Mark X is proactive and aware when it comes to abruptly alter course or stopping. Stability-wise, the Mark X is a wide car with a low center of gravity and therefore stable on the road.

Reliability

The Mark X has a solid reputation in the car industry for its body quality and dependability. The engines utilize timing chains that do not require replacement on a regular basis.

Failure of the engine’s oxygen sensors is the sole typical problem. These assist the engine to determine how much fuel and air are being burned, allowing it to self-adjust for optimal performance and emissions.

Conclusion

The Toyota Mark X is a thrilling machine to drive. Its roomy and opulent interior gives it a touch of elegance only found in German automobiles. The vehicle’s acceleration is so rapid that most individuals mistake it for a sports car.

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