The Toyota Voxy is a seven or eight seater van with sliding doors on both sides. The first generation of the Voxy was plagued by technical issues that were attributed to the 1AZ engine, which largely explains the dislike by a number of buyers. These issues were addressed in the second generation through the replacement of the 1AZ with the 3ZR engine. The Toyota Voxy and Noah were the first Toyotas to receive the Valvematic engines back in 2007.
The 2012 Toyota Voxy is only available with an automatic CVT transmission and comes in both 2WD and 4WD options.
The 2012 Toyota Voxy is a spacious car that can comfortably carry up to eight adults and luggage. The elevated, upright seats provide for a natural sitting position and are comfortable for long distance driving.
There are several storage compartments, which are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages and handbags, among others. The boot can carry sizeable luggage such as suitcases and boxes. Also, the second and third row seats can be folded to create a more space.
The Voxy can be mistaken for having a better ground clearance due to its height, but this is not the case. It has a ground clearance of 6.2 Inches (160mm) when unmodified according to manufacturers. This is very low for most Ugandan roads and the car will definitely not clear some speed bumps. For the car of its size and considering its loading capacity, Bosco Kigongo, a mechanic, says the ground clearance is dismal but there are ways to raise the car.
Stability and handling
As noted earlier, the Voxy is a long vehicle with a high centre of gravity. Therefore, when driving into corners and bends, it is advisable to avoid entering at high speeds.
According to Bilal Saeed, the marketing manager at YUASA, a car dealership in Nakawa, Kampala, on paved roads, the Voxy drives smoothly and accelerates well. The CVT gearbox is refined and gear shifts are effortless. Off the tarmac, it has no life. The low ground clearance and length makes entering sharp dips difficult as the front and rear bumper clip the ground.
On slippery ground, the 2WD loses traction and spins out of control. The 4WD does a better job at this, as it holds the ground better on slippery roads. However, the Toyota Voxy is generally not suited for off-road driving.
Bilal says the beauty of driving a Toyota in Uganda is that spare parts are relatively cheap and readily available. With a small budget, you will cover maintenance costs. Used parts generally require negotiations and their prices vary from shop to shop.
The driving conditions in Uganda are different from those in Japan and Europe. Reliability reviews done for those markets largely do not apply to the Ugandan market. There are differences in roads, fuel, climate, spares, and technical expertise.
The first generation Toyota Voxy with the 1AZ engine had many reported failures here in Uganda. Bosco Kigongo, a mechanic concurs that the 1AZ engine was problematic to a large extent. He says these problems stemmed from bad maintenance procedures but thebVoxy with the 3ZR engine is well regarded and failures are minimal. If properly maintained, the engine runs without problems. However, the car should be serviced at the right intervals with genuine parts and quality fluids.
Body Type - Van
Extras - Rear Spoiler
Safety Features - ABS, SRS Airbags, Traction Control
Exterior Features - Alloy Rims, Fog Lights
Interior Features – Seater, Electric doors, Navigation system