The Toyota Mark X is a medium-sized sedan produced by Toyota in Japan. The Toyota Mark X was launched in 2004 as a sporty, high-end alternative to the Toyota Camry. The Mark X was also a replacement for the Altezza, and succeeded where the Mark II left off. Unlike most sedans, the Mark X is rear-wheel driven for sportier handling.
The Mark X is a high-end car that offers high levels of standard equipment and luxury.
The Mark X has always been fitted with a 6-cylinder engine with the only difference being their specifications. These engines ranged from modest and conservative to powerful and sporty.
Production of the Mark X was suspended in 2019, so you can only buy them as used cars. A used Mark X has a price that ranges between US$ 1740 and US$ 56,980 at BE FORWARD.
There exist two generations of the Mark X produced between 2004 and 2019. The models have utilized several 6-cylinder engines. Below we take a brief look at these engines.
- The 2.5-liter 6-cylinder (4GR-FSE) DOHC petrol engine has a power output of 215 hp and 192 lb.ft of torque with average fuel consumption of 11 km/l. This engine accelerates 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 180 km/h.
- The 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (3GR-FSE) DOHC petrol engine has a power output of 256 hp and 231 lb.ft of torque with average fuel consumption of 10.5 km/l. This engine accelerates 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 180 km/h.
- The supercharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (3GR-FSE) DOHC petrol engine has a power output of 320 hp and 304 lb.ft of torque with average fuel consumption of 10 km/l. This engine accelerates 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 180 km/h.
These engines transfer power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmission.
- The 3.5-liter 6-cylinder (2GR-FSE) DOHC petrol engine has a power output of 314 hp and 260 lb.ft of torque with average fuel consumption of 9.4 km/l. This engine accelerates 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 180 km/h.
- The supercharged 3.5-liter 6-cylinder (2GR-FSE) DOHC petrol engine has a power output of 355 hp and 369 lb.ft of torque with average fuel consumption of 8.9 km/l. This engine accelerates 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h.
This engine transfers power to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed (GRMN) manual transmission.
Interior & Exterior
Mark X’s interior is modern whether it’s the 1st or 2nd generation, although the 2nd generation models are more modern. The dashboard is made of beige and dark grey plastics, with some adornment of silver metallic finish around the radio, it is also well arranged with easily accessible and straightforward dials and control buttons on the center console just below the multifunctional digital display. The center console includes black leather, chrome, and a red plastic wood finishing.
The front seats are large, soft, comfortable, and spacious, they also offer significant under-leg and side support. There is enough legroom, headroom, and knee room for both driver and front passenger The rear seats are equally very comfortable and soft, they can accommodate three passengers, with the passengers in the window position afforded much better leg and knee room. The rear middle seat is a bit firm and raised, it is best suited for children.
The Mark X has a 437-liter boot enough to accommodate four medium suitcases. If more space is required, the rear seatbacks can be folded to create that extra space to accommodate much larger goods.
The Mark X has a peculiar look. A jutting crease flows all the way from the front to the rear. This creates an impression like the top of the car is sitting on the lower portion. The Mark X does not feature a Toyota badge, instead, it has a large or small “X” sitting on the grille. The headlights design features three linked light units. As Standard, the Mark X comes fitted with steel rims with caps with alloy rims only available on the high-end models. The Mark X has its exhaust integrated to the rear bumper. It was a new phenomenon that the X was one of the first to introduce.
The Mark X has an outstanding safety rating, and it comes fitted with several optional and standard safety features including driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, curtain shield airbags, driver’s knee airbag, Brake Assist system, Seatbelts, Hill-start Assist Control, Cruise Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, and Active Headrests.
The latest Mark X model also features the Intelligent Adaptive Front-lighting System which shifts the low beams to match the steering angle and vehicle speed when cornering with the headlights on, thereby enhancing visibility in the direction the vehicle is moving.
Technological and extra safety features found on the X include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking.
Other features include a retractable rear sunshade, cruise control with a millimetre-wave radar system, a pre-crash safety system with automatic brake activation, automatic self-parking system, driver’s 8-way power adjustable seat and a 4-way power passenger seat with inbuilt cooling and heating functionalities and an Adaptive Variable Suspension System.
The Mark X is so impressive with its spaciousness and comfortability. It’s a truly luxurious car with several top of the class amenities. Its fuel consumption is not the best, but since the Japanese opted for the Mark X although that meant paying higher taxes, then you can imagine what to expect from the Mark X. Visit BE FORWARD and find your Mark X from our large list.
Originally published Mar 4, 2020, updated Aug 15, 2021
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya