Honda City: How much do you need to earn to buy one?

Updated Jan 25, 2021 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

Now that the City is an import model, will it have an effect on the rates?

The all-new Honda City was one of the anticipated new Philippine releases of 2020, sporting bigger dimensions that dwarf even those of the ninth-generation Civic. Nevertheless, it continues to be slotted into the subcompact car category.    

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Now on its fifth generation in the country, this new City also marks the first time that our market is importing the model from Thailand. Philippine-spec City units had been assembled at Honda’s Santa Rosa, Laguna, facility since the model premiered here in 1996.

Along with the change comes a revamp in the City’s trim levels. The E, VX, and VX+ designations are officially gone in lieu of the V and S variants, the latter available in both base manual transmission and CVT options. There’s also the range-topping RS trim that sports LED headlamps, black trim pieces, and sportier alloy wheels, among others.   

Honda City RS

The new City is now an import model from Thailand

Perhaps the only disappointment (and a big one, at that) is the fact that we’ll have to make do with a 1.5L gasoline engine, as the punchier 1.0L turbocharged mill failed to reach our shores.

However, the new City is very much still a formidable contender in the subcompact segment, especially with the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. How much does it cost to own a City, if you were to get one today? (Note: the computation shown here are just estimates. The actual amount may vary.)

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Honda City 1.5 S M/T

The base City variant comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, a 2-DIN audio head unit, and the lone 6-speed manual transmission in the entire lineup. With a curb weight of 1,083 kg., it’s also the lightest in the range, which should also mean it has the best power-to-weight ratio.

Honda City S 1.5 M/T

The base City already looks sporty 

Carrying a sticker price of Php 848,000, the entry-level City is offered at Php 16,354 a month for the next 60 months with a 20 percent down payment or Php 169,600. If you feel that you can do with a shorter payment term, the monthly amortization rises to Php 23,717 for 36 months on the same down payment.

Doubling the down payment to 40 percent translates to a monthly fee of Php 17,788 for 36 months, or Php 12,265 for the maximum term of 60 months.

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Honda City 1.5 S CVT

If you don’t want to row through the gears, the Honda City CVT variant is for you, with fender-mounted turn signal lights, body-color door handles, black interior, and a urethane shift knob. Other features include a keyless entry system and a 12-volt front accessory socket.

Honda City rear legroom

All City variants boast generous legroom for rear occupants

The 1.5 S CVT is priced at Php 888,000 for cash buyers. When opting for financing, a 20 percent down payment or Php 177,600 will cost you Php 19,988 in monthly installments for the next 48 months, or Php 17,125 for 60 months. Moving the initial deposit to 40 percent or Php 355,200 cushions the monthly fee to Php 14,991 for 48 months, and even lower at Php 12,844 for 60 months.  

Honda City 1.5 V CVT 

Stepping up to the Honda City 1.5 V CVT gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, body color power-folding side mirrors, and smart entry. Ivory interior trims, a fabric armrest, and leather shift knob are also standard, as is a multi-view rear camera.

The asking price for this variant is Php 978,000. For a 30 percent down payment or Php 293,400, the monthly due boils down to Php 23,934 for 36 months or Php 19,262 if you opt for 48 months. If you’re confident enough to fork over half or Php 489,000, the monthly goes down to Php 17,095 for 36 months or even Php 11,788 for 60 months.

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Honda City 1.5 RS CVT

The range-topping City variant boasts a complete equipment loadout, from fog lights, a leather steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, and an 8-inch audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The RS also comes with a complete array of front, side, and curtain airbags.

Honda City RS headlamps

LED headlamps are standard on the City RS

Retailing for Php 1,058,000, the Honda City RS is offered with a Php 12,752 monthly amortization for 60 months, on a down payment of 50 percent or Php 529,000. A more modest deposit of 30 percent or Php 317,400 entails monthly payments of Php 25,891 for 36 months, Php 20,837 for 48 months, and Php 17,853 for 60 months.

Of course, these estimated rates are still exclusive of other costs such as maintenance, fuel, and annual vehicle registration.

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Know more about Honda City 2021

Honda City

<p>The entry of Honda Cars Philippines Inc. to the subcompact sedan segment is the City. Now on its fifth-generation model, the new model comes with a sleeker exterior design along with a revamped interior and an updated in-cabin features. From the looks of it, this vehicle looks well suited to go up against its rivals in the subcompact sedan segment such as the <a href="" title="Toyota Vios Philkotse Car Guide">Toyota Vios</a> and <a href="" title="Kia Soluto Philkotse Car Guide">Kia Soluto</a>.</p> <p>The exterior of the latest release&nbsp;looks sleeker and sportier as compared to the outgoing model. Upfront, the top-spec RS variant&nbsp;comes with full LED headlights, LED fog lamps, a more prominent fog light garnish, a glossy black mesh grille, and a sporty bumper. On the other hand, the non-RS City variants also come with a striking facia but it doesn&rsquo;t have fog lamps. Also, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps.</p> <p>Honda&nbsp;Philippines is offering the City on four variants: RS CVT, V CVT, S CVT, and S MT. All variants come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine. The said power unit generates 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. In addition, all variants come&nbsp;with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that uses a six-speed manual gearbox instead.</p>

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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