Toyota Wish review – Aspiring to be the perfect practical family vehicle

Facelifted for the 2015 model year, the ever popular Toyota Wish receives lots of improvements. This multipurpose vehicle has proven to be popular among families, rental fleets, and taxi companies for its fuel efficiency and practicality. Will the improvements help it continue its popularity in the ever growing field of competitors?

 

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The refreshed Wish receives a redesigned front bumper and tail lights. The exterior style and dimensions remains the same at a length of 4,635 mm (182.4 in) and a width of 1,720 mm (67.7 in). Styling wise the Wish isn’t much of a looker, but it shines with its great use of interior space. The interior is very spacious for the driver and especially the rear passengers. The 2,750 mm (108.3 in) wheelbase makes for vast interior room with the wide opening rear doors for easy entry and exiting. The Wish seats 5 passengers and there is an optional third row that allows for an additional 2 passengers. For passengers sitting in the rear there is lots of space to stretch the legs for those long roadtrips or trips in and around town. However, as with any vehicle with offering a third row, it maybe best for kids to sit comfortably behind. Interior-wise the Wish gets a redesigned steering wheel along with an in dash infotainment that offers touch screen functions for the optional GPS and standard audio system. New this year is the addition of dual zone climate controls for the front passengers. As with almost every Toyota there are numerous cup holders and storage bins to hide your stuff! Bluetooth connectivity for hands free phone use and USB jacks allow you to charge your devices or listen to your favorite tunes.

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The Wish retains the 3ZR-FAE Dual VVT-i 2.0L engine, however, the Super CVT-i with 7-speed sport sequential shiftmatic with dynamic sport mode replaces the previously used 4 speed automatic. The horsepower remains the same 156hp at 6,200 rpm and 145 lb–ft. @ 4400 rpm, which is unchanged. The starting price of the Wish begins at $24,500 USD (NT$783,000), which makes it affordable for anyone wanting something spacious for the whole family. The model tested in this review has an added sportier package and an MSRP price of $26,000 (NT$845,000). At this price the interior gets aluminum trim on the dashboard and door sills, plus racing inspired floormats and trim on the seats. The exterior on this trim gets LED running lights and the 16 inch rims rather than the standard 15 inch rims.

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On the Road:

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How does the new Wish drive? Accelerating is brisk, however, if loaded with extra passengers the Wish’s 2.0L tends to struggle a bit. Improved NVH brings engine noise down quite a notch. On the highway, the Wish does suffer from noticeable road and wind noise. Also the car is very does not feel very stable, passing big rigs maybe a hair raising experience due to the vehicle being on the light side (roughly 3,050lbs curb weight). In town, is where the Wish shines as tight spaces are easy to maneuver. Handling-wise, there is very noticeable body roll when making quick turns. Visibility is also very good with huge windows all around and a D pillar that isn’t an obstruction as with some models.

Stars:

3 out of 5

The Wish is functional and practical for just about any family or taxi driver, no wonder it is popular in Taiwan. For the price it comes with many standard features. Again the space for passengers and cargo cannot be beat. The Wish strives in being a great A to B vehicle and it does that perfectly. Toyota did not need to improve much in the formula, but why should they?

Update:

In Taiwan, the Toyota Sienta has replaced the Toyota Wish MPV for the 2017 model year.

You can read the review HERE

Toyota Sienta review – The versatile family hauler

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