2016 Toyota Mark X Review

The Toyota Mark X is a mid-sized sedan that was launched in 2004 as an alternative to the Toyota Camry and to replace the Mark II. The Mark X has grown to become a favorite sedan for the majority of the youth due to its sporty styling, high levels of standard equipment and great 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 Mark X was in production for two generations before being discontinued in 2019.

The first generation known as the X120 was produced between 2004 and the end of 2008. The second generation known as the X130 was produced between 2009 and 2019.

The 2016 Mark X comes with two engine options: a 2,500cc six-cylinder petrol engine, generating 212 horsepower and a 3,500cc six-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 314 horsepower.

2016 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 2016 Mark X has a modern interior with the dashboard being made up of beige and dark grey plastics, with a silver metallic finish around the radio. The center console is finished with leather, silver, and red plastic wood.

The front seats are wide, plush, roomy, and comfy. They also provide a lot of sides and under-leg support. The driver and front passenger each have an appropriate head, leg, and knee room. Three passengers can fit in the rear seats, which are equally soft and comfy, with the window-side passengers having significantly more room for their legs and knees.

Safety Features

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

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 If more space is required, the rear seatbacks can be folded to create that extra space to accommodate much larger goods.

Exterior

The Toyota Mark X has a unique appearance with a protruding wrinkle extending from the front to the back. This provides the illusion that the top of the vehicle is sitting on the bottom. The Mark X lacks a Toyota emblem and instead features a large or small “X” on the grille. The exhaust of the Mark X is integrated into the rear bumper.

Ground Clearance

The 2016 Mark X has a ground clearance of 6.1 inches. 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.

Fuel Consumption 

The 2.5 engine has a fuel economy of 12.9 km/l while the 3.5 engine consumes 10.2km/l

Fuel Tank Capacity 

71 liters

Reliability

The 2016 Mark X is well built and has a good reputation. Its engines use a timing chain, which does not require regular replacement. The sole typical problem is the engine oxygen sensors failure. These help the engine work out how much fuel and air is being burnt and allow it to self-tune for power and emissions. If the sensor fails, the ‘Check engine’ light will come on.

Conclusion

The Mark X is quite stunning due to its spaciousness and comfort. It is a genuinely luxurious automobile with numerous top-tier features. Its only sideshow is the low ground clearance.

Also Read: 2015 Toyota Mark X Review

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