• Sep 27, 2007
Joe Camel spends a night with an R Class, and what do you get? The Toyota Mark X ZiO. Surprisingly stylish, the "new class vehicle" from Toyota is further proof that the rest of the world gets their interesting stuff while we're stuck with the geriatric Corolla, fugly Solara, and various bulbous Utility Giants. The production realization of the FSC concept from 2005, the ZiO is available in two versions, the four-cylinder 240G, or the more sprightly 350G with a 3.5-liter V6. With four large doors and a well appointed interior, not to mention the car-like demeanor, this is a far more useful and practical vehicle than, say, the Highlander. Its pricing puts it in the mid-to-high $20,000s for Japanese consumers -- RAV-4 territory. The target customers are up and coming 30 and 40 year olds, and were it to ever come Stateside, there might be family appeal for people that'd buy a Camry wagon if afforded the choice. Not everyone wants to pretend they're Ivan Stewart.

[Source: Winding Road]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      please bring this to the states! I want a Camry SE wagon manual but they dont make it. My WRX cna barely fit car seats and carry my windsurfing equipment. And now that the camry SE is more a sports car than the new WRX, im considering it for my next purchase. Only prob is that the SE doesnt have foldable seats. So this with a V6 and manual please!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the wagon, bring them on!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah big achievement, woo pee, same ole ugly crap,,,please DON'T bring this to the states.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Crossovers are perfect for people that don't want a mini-van and can't fit their things in a gas guzzling SUV.

      This one would be great for a young family that just outgrew thier sedan or compact wagon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hrm...front end is the only good part. It's a 4 door station wagon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gallery doesn't show it but there's a small 3rd row: http://toyota.jp/markxzio/

      Concept car version: http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/future/ftsx.html

      This vehicle is supposed to replace the slow-selling Solara.

      Dimensions:
      L 184" x W 70" x H61" x WB 109.4", 3461-3660lbs

      Mazda5 by comparison:
      L 181" x W 69" x H64" x WB 108", 3333 lbs
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hope it looks like these - R class on the budget. With AWD, perfect people hauler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good, though the front end isn't perfect. I think this could sell in the US, maybe even better in Canada.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Toyota move the front wheels forward half a foot and slim the D pillar. Otherwise, quite nice.

      I'd like to see more vehicles of this size - the Mazda5 and Rondo don't quite have the formula down pat yet.