Since its inception in 2002 and production in 2003, the Toyota wish has been a favorite in its segment with strong sales up until it was discontinued in 2017. The Toyota Wish is practical, economical and very reliable as we have grown accustomed to with most Toyota vehicles. The second generation variant was introduced in 2009 and featured an entirely new drivetrain, increased length for improved interior practicality and general aesthetic improvements.
The second generation Wish is powered by 2ZR-FAE and 3ZR-FAE engines in Toyota’s ZR engine line. They feature Valvematic engine technology that improves fuel efficiency. It is available in 1.8L and 2.0L displacements. The 3ZR-FAE engine is the first Valvematic engine and first appeared in the 2007 models of Toyota Noah and Toyota Voxy. These engines offer great fuel efficiency and have an inbuilt eco mode feature that allows the car to coast at 30Km/l when the accelerator pedal is fully released. The Wish is available in both 2WD and 4WD variations.
The engine is paired to Toyota’s Super CVT-I 7 speed sport sequential shiftmatic with the 1.8S variant having the CVT sport mode and the 2.0Z having the Dynamic Sport Mode.
The Toyota Wish comes with rear ventilated disc brakes as standard except the 1.8X 2WD variant that features drum rear brakes. All models include standard safety features such as anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). Additional safety features include Traction Control System and Vehicle Stability control.
The second generation Toyota Wish is similar to the predecessor in dimensions except for the increased length that improves the cabin space usability. It features new bumpers front headlights and rear tail lights redesign. This model also features keyless smart entry and ignition system.
In 2012, aesthetic updates were introduced with cosmetic changes to headlights and tail lights featuring LED inserts, a revised front grille and rear tailgate and changes to the dashboard cluster were made.
The interior of the Wish is easy and very practical for everyday usage. It has a ton of storage spaces, all functionalities are easy to reach and outward visibility is very good. The climate control functions are below the infotainment system and next to the gear lever and are easy to reach and use.
The second row is very practical with bigger doors for easy access. The seats are well raised and are very comfortable for long distance journeys. There is plenty of legroom and outward visibility is great. The seats fold 40:20:40 to create additional luggage space. The third row seats are of great quality build and are very comfortable, however like many third rows of cars in this segment, they remain a reserve for kids. When folded down they provide useful trunk space for practical everyday use.
The Toyota wish has remained a great a great sell in its segment, as indicated by the strong sales figures since its introduction. Toyota makes some of the most reliable cars and the Wish is no exception, it is as reliable as they come. Its stable on the road and is great value for money.