Which 2020 Toyota Innova should you buy? [Philkotse Guide]

Jul 16, 2020 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?
The Innova has a whopping 12 variants. So which one’s the right one for you?

If you’ve ever stared at Philippine roads for several minutes, then you’ll notice that the most popular MPV here in the country, is without a doubt the Toyota Innova. It’s spacious, comfortable, powerful, and without a doubt robust.

On top of that, its price tag is actually quite reasonable, considering that what you’re getting is a body-on-frame eight- or seven-seater vehicle, which you can probably bequeath to your children whenever that time comes. So all in all, it’s a pretty sweet family ride.

The Toyota Innova in green

It can fit seven, it's powerful, and it uses a body-on-frame chassis

However, the Toyota Innova has a whopping 12 variants, which can then be subdivided into five main sub-variants, which are the following: the top of the line Innova V, the midrange Innova G, the very rakish Innova Touring Sport, the Innova E, and the entry-level Innova J.

If all these Innova choices are making your head spin, then you’re in luck because this time, we’ll be helping you choose the right Innova by distinguishing each variant from each other.

Toyota Innova Variants: Exterior

With regards to dimensions, all Innova variants measure 4,735 mm long, 1,830 mm wide, and 1,795 mm in height. All have a wheelbase length of 2,750 mm, and a ground clearance of 178 mm.

When it comes to looks with respect to its variants, the Innova will progressively look fancier as you go up its trim levels. The entry-level J is the simplest with its set of 16-inch steel wheels, although it does share the multi-reflector halogens, and resin grille with silver paint with the Innova E. The J also shares the body-colored door handles, intermittent wipers with mist and window defogger with the Innova E and the Innova Touring Sport. 

A Picture of the Toyota Innova Touring Sport

The Toyota Innova Touring Sport stands out from the rest of the Innova variants 

Then there’s the Innova V and G, with their chrome door handles, chrome grille, and intermittent rear wipers with a time adjuster. Being the top variant though, the V is alone in being equipped with LED fog lamps, LED projector-type headlamps, and a chromed exterior mirror with a side turn lamp and puddle lamp.

Note though that the Innova also has the Touring Sport variants which somewhat sits in the middle of the pack but is equipped with some distinctive exterior features like the smoked multi-reflector halogens, black and chrome grille, and a set of matte black 16-inch alloy wheels.

A picture of the Innova climbing a hill

Due to its robust chassis and decent ground clearance, the Innova can actually take rough roads pretty well

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Toyota Innova Variants: Interior

For the interior, let’s start with what’s common with all the Innova variants. The wide range of model trims are equipped with a drive mode select with an eco-mode and power mode, all variants also have two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets, as well as a tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

When it comes to major differences, only the Innova V and G have automatic climate control, while the rest of the variant lineup comes with manual AC. The Touring Sport, E, and J also have identical 60:40 split, folding seats, as well as the fabric-covered door, trims with an integrated door pocket and armrest, and the dome lamps for an illuminated entry.

The higher trim G on the other hand adds center armrest to the second row, while the top-spec V has captain seats. Also, the door trim on both the G and V comes with silver trim. The V and G Innovas are also equipped with more lights for illuminated entry.

A picture of the interior of the Innova V

Of course, the top-of-the-line Innova V has the most premium looking interior

The dashboard of the Innova V also stands out with its soft-touch dashboard and console box with faux wood trim, and a push to start button. The Innova G does come with a soft lid console box without the faux wood, the same leather and chrome shift lever, and the sun visor with mirror and lamp for both the driver and front passenger. The rest of the Innova variants, however, comes with a simpler looking dashboard with less in the way of soft surfaces.

The second row of the V also vastly differs from the rest of the variant lineup due to being captain seats, while the ones on the G are merely 60:40 fold with a center armrest. The 2nd-row on the Touring Sport, the E, and the J has a more basic 2nd row that can still slide and recline, but these don't come with a center armrest. The driver’s seat except for the entry-level Innova J is also very comfortable with its reclining, sliding, and vertical height adjuster functions.

A picture of the interior of the Innova Touring Sport

Although the interior of the Touring Sport is also well arranged and comfortable

In terms of onboard entertainment, the J and the E are both equipped with a simple entertainment system capable of playing CD’s, can tune to AM and FM, and can connect via Bluetooth or USB or Aux jack. Note though that the J only comes with four speakers, while the rest of the lineup has six.

Going up the variant line, the Touring Sport, the G and the V all come with a navigation ready display audio system with a CD player, Tuner, MP3 player, and these can also connect via Bluetooth, USB, and Aux.

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Toyota Innova Variants: Engine and Performance

To make this simple, let us first describe the engine options of the Innova. First, there’s 2.8-liter inline-4 turbo diesel called the 1GD-FTV. With the six-speed automatic transmission, the said engine makes 171 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque. With the five-speed manual transmission, it can produce a bit less at 167 horsepower and 343 Nm of torque.

A picture of the Toyota Innova's diesel engine

The Innova's 2.8-liter diesel engine is known for its reliability

The second engine choice is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine called the 1TR-FE. Regardless of transmission choice, it makes 136 horsepower and 183 Nm of torque.

To determine which variant has which engine and transmission, here’s a table;

SPECS

Innova V

Innova G AT

Innova G Gas AT

Innova G MT

Innova Touring Sport AT

Innova Touring Sport MT

Innova E AT

Innova E MT

Innova E Gas MT

Innova J MT

Innova J MT Gas

Engine

2.8 liter Diesel

2.8 liter Diesel

2.0-liter Gasoline

2.8 liter Diesel

2.8 liter Diesel

2.8 liter Diesel

2.8 liter Diesel

2.8 liter Diesel

2.0-liter Gasoline

2.8 liter Diesel

2.0-liter Gasoline

Horsepower

171

171

136

167

171

167

171

167

136

167

136

Torque

360

360

183

343

360

343

360

343

183

343

183

Transmission

Six-speed AT

Six-speed AT

Six-speed AT

Five-Speed MT

Six-speed AT

Five-Speed MT

Six-speed AT

Five-Speed MT

Five-Speed MT

Five-Speed MT

Five-Speed MT

Note also that the higher-spec trims with the six-speed automatic, namely the Innova V, G AT, and Gas AT variants come with sequential control or a “tiptronic-style” semi-automatic.

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Toyota Innova Variants: Safety

In terms of safety, the top-of-the-line Innova V is the best equipped with its stability control, hill-start assist, brake assist, emergency brake signal, dual front airbags, as well as side and curtain airbags. The V also has a backup sensor, as well as a security alarm and immobilizer. Although the G as well as the Touring Sport trims also have the alarm and immobilizer. 

Note also that all Innova variants come with the aforementioned dual front airbags with driver knee bags, as well as an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution.

Toyota Innova Variants: Price

Variant
Price
Toyota Innova 2.0 J Gas MT
Php 1,036,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 J Diesel MT
Php 1,146,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas MT
Php 1,178,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas AT
Php 1,248,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel MT
Php 1,250,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 G Gas AT
Php 1,320,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel AT
Php 1,320,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel MT
Php 1,320,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel AT
Php 1,390,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel MT
Php 1,452,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel AT
Php 1,522,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 V Diesel AT
Php 1,680,000

>>> Monthly-updated price list of all car brands

Toyota Innova Variants: Conclusion

The Innova has a total of twelve variants. Their prices as you can see above also cater to a very vast price point and you also have a decent spread of options when it comes to automatic or manual models. So which one is the right variant for you? Well first, it all depends on your budget but if you’re wanting a basic yet reliable family carrier or something you can use for business, then the Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel MT or AT might be the perfect variant for you. 

The same goes for the Touring Sport models which all look sportier than the rest of the models, they are also the most affordable variants that come with a navigation ready touchscreen. Note however that the cheapest Innova G is priced similarly to the Touring Sport, although it comes with the 2.0L gasoline engine.

A picture of the Toyota Innova with a family.

Regardless of what engine it uses, the Innova has the space to become the ideal family car

Then there’s the top-of-the-line V, which as we’ve mentioned, can only carry seven people. But for the same reason, it has the best in terms of elbow and shoulder room, and the best when it comes to safety equipment.

And finally, there’s the gasoline engine Innovas. Now, both gasoline engines and diesel engines come with their own pros and cons so you’ll have to consider that too. On the Innova however, its gasoline engines are powerful than the 2.8-liter diesel mill, and they’re only available in limited variants like the G, the E, and the J.

In short, if you want something good enough for basic family transport but also powerful enough for a business, consider the E and the J. If you want something more comfortable and also unique looking, but at the same time won’t break the bank, get the Touring Sport. If you want something fancier and more comfortable, you can consider getting the Innova G or V. 

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Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.