• Jul 22, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Toyota Mark X Zio.

Toyota's JDM Mark X Zio has been caught testing in the arid climes of Death Valley, and while a Japanese-only vehicle running on U.S. soil is nothing new this time of year, the pseudo-crossover has made the switch from right-hand to left-hand-drive.

Despite its size, the Mark X Zio is actually capable of seating four, six or seven passengers by using a flexible seating layout that can accommodate either a 2-2-2 or a 2-3-2 arrangement. Essentially, it's a glorified minivan/crossover wearing wagon sheetmetal, and has the potential to slot in between the Toyota Venza and the tanking Highlander.

For consumers downsizing their SUVs, the Mark X Zio has the potential to fill a niche between niches, and with a LHD arrangement, we could see the Zio on U.S. shores before the close of the decade.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't the RAV4 supposed to slot between the Venza and highlander?
        • 6 Years Ago
        In response to how Toyota's SUVs are lined up it goes (smallest to largest):
        RAV4, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great to see that the yellow bath towel has become the de rigeur interior camouflage of automotive testing industry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uuuugggly!!
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      seriously, you can get that close and not even snag one interior shot!? i am really starting to get pissed of at these spy photographers...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota finally answers the calls of the Mazda 5 and Kia Carens/Rondo...
        • 6 Years Ago
        They have an exact counterpart to the Mazda5 in the Corolla Verso, sliding doors and all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        These vehicles are categorized as "microvans"...and narrowly grouping these based on how doors are opened is irrelevant...

        You both just pitted the Aveo 5dr hatchback to the Hummer H2 SUV as in the same category...what can I say, you both are...brilliant (!).
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah... and how are US sales of either of those models doing?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I WISH that were true. I wish this was the WISH. I think the WISH is the size of the Mazda5.

        I don't think Toyota gets it about how hard Americans are being hit by gas prices. They should be adding cars that are smaller than this thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Mazda5 has sliding doors, so you can not compare that to any car without a sliding door. The entire point of the Mazda5 is that you get a small vehicle with sliding doors for easy access.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Mazda5 has sliding doors, so you can not compare that to any car without a sliding door. The entire point of the Mazda5 is that you get a small vehicle with sliding doors for easy access.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's with the Honda grill?
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHAT DO WE HAVE THE VENZA FOR!??!!?!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Prediction: this gets sold as a hybrid-only model in the US market, in addition to the Prius, and gets reskinned as a premium Lexus hybrid-only model.

      In fact, bank on it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting theory...Definitely has some merit....but this sure is a bland design for a 'new' model... Seems like it would be the black sheep of the Lexus family (not that Lexus' are particularly good looking to begin with)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know about slotting in between the Venza and the Highlander - the Zio is over four inches *shorter* than the Venza. It's barely larger than the Matrix.

      Out-of-left-field guess: we'll see this as a Scion, not a Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring the Alphard (or Vellfire) over....not this tripe.

      Bring a minivan over that we can at least consider reasonable, not the Sienna, not the crossover, but something that all rows have room in, something that has a 2nd sunroof, something that we have A/C in the rear, Something that we have LEG RESTS in almost all seats (Front and Middle row), something that we can (sleep in), and something that looks better than the other minivans on the US market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Mark X Zio is exactly the same as the upcoming Toyota Venza for the North American market.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no its not. teh mark zio is not the venza. That is like saying teh sequoia is the same as teh rav4. The mark zio is smaller, lighter, more car like. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE offer this with a manual trans and the 3.5 v6. A dad can dream cant he :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, it's not. They have almost the same wheelbase (may be the same due to rounding), but are sized entirely differently.

        Venza: 4800mm long / 1905 mm wide / 1610mm high / 2776mm wheelbase

        Mark X Zio: 4695 mm long / 1785 mm wide / 1550 mm high / 2780 mm wheelbase
      • 6 Years Ago
      " slot in between the Toyota Venza and the tanking Highlander. "

      wrong... the Mark Zio is smaller than the Venza. the Venza is very close in size to the highlander. This thing is obviously smaller, and lower to the ground.
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