Toyota Vios: How does it stack up against its rivals? 

Updated Jul 08, 2021 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

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The Toyota Vios has been sold locally since 2003. Since then, it has become one of the most popular sedans in the market. It's commonly used as a family car, as a vehicle for public utility, and it even stars in Toyota Motor Philippine’s Vios Cup racing series. To this end, we can say that it’s definitely a very versatile car that can fulfill many different needs.  

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But how does it compare to its main rivals here in the Philippines?

Toyota Vios: Specs Summary

The Vios, as many of you might already know, is a five-seater sedan with four doors. It uses a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout, and it either uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a five-speed manual transmission.  

A picture of the Vios G variant

The Toyota Vios G

In terms of dimensions, it measures 4,425mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,475mm in height. It also has a wheelbase of 2,550mm, and a ground clearance of 133mm. Do note however that the top-spec Vios GR-S has a longer overall length of 4,467mm due to the addition of  the Gazoo Racing body kits. 

A picture of the Vios GR-S

The Toyota Vios GR-S

For its engines, it either comes with a 1.3-liter or a 1.5-liter mill. Both are inline-4 engines, and both run on gasoline. The smaller engine that’s found on the Vios Base, J, XE, XLE and E trims is capable of making up to 98 horsepower and 123 Nm of torque. The larger engine found on the G and GR-S meanwhile, can produce up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. 

A picture of the Vios G interior

Inside the Toyota Vios G

Inside, the Vios gets an automatic air-conditioning system or manual AC depending on the variant. Also, it either gets a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, or a 2-DIN head unit depending on the trim. Save for the base model though, the Vios comes standard with stability control, hill-start assist, and a driver’s knee airbags. The higher-spec models starting with the Vios E, also come with more airbags totalling in seven. 

As for pricing, the Toyota Vios ranges from Php 681,000 to Php 1,020,000.

Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera 

In terms of size, the Nissan Almera measures 4,425mm long, 1,695mm wide, and 1,505mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2,600mm long, and it has a ground clearance of 150mm. As such, it is just as long as the Vios, but it’s wheelbase is 50mm longer. It is also narrower but shorter. Lastly, it has more ground clearance. 

A picture of the Nissan Almera

The Nissan Almera

Like the Vios, the Nissan Almera also assumes a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. It can also fit five passengers, and has two engine and transmission options.  

The said engine and transmission options for the Nissan sedan however, are a bit different. The first engine for the lower variants is a 1.2-liter inline-4 capable of making 78 horsepower and 106 Nm of torque. The larger engine for the Almera is a 1.5-liter inline-4 that produces up to 98 horsepower and 134 Nm of torque. Suffice to say, the Toyota-made Vios obviously makes for horsepower and torque. 

In terms of transmissions, the Almera’s smaller engine is only available with a five-speed manual transmission. In turn, the 1.5-liter Almera engine can only be paired with a four-speed automatic. This is in contrast to the Vios’ two engines, which can both come with either a CVT or a five-speed manual. 

A picture of the interior of the Nissan Almera

The Almera's cockpit

As with the Vios, the Almera can either get an automatic AC or manual depending on the variant. All Almera trims however, come standard with a 2-DIN, which is more frugal than the Vios’ touchscreen. 

Safety-wise, all the Almera’s variants come standard with two airbags. This is in contrast to the Vios’ high-spec trims that come standard with seven. It does have anti-lock braking like the Vios. 

Prices for the Almera starts at Php 657,000, with the top-spec variant currently sitting at Php 933,000. This means it has a comparable price range as the Vios, although it is slightly more affordable overall.

Toyota Vios vs Honda City 

When it comes to size, the Honda City is the larger car compared to the Toyota Vios. That’s because its length measures 4,553mm, its width is 1,748mm, and its height is 1,476mm. Furthermore, its wheelbase is 2,600mm, which is also 50mm longer than the Toyota sedan’s wheelbase. It also has more ground clearance but the difference is only 4mm compared to the Toyota model. 

A picture of the Honda City RS

The Honda City RS

At most, the City can fit up to five people including the driver. Just like the Toyota model, it uses a front-wheel-drive, front-engine layout. But while the Vios has two engine choices, the City only has one. More specifically, it uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. On that note, the Honda-sedan's engine offers a bit more than the Vios’ 1.5-liter mill. 

Just like the Toyota sedan however, the Honda-made subcompact also has two transmission options. The higher-spec City trims use a CVT and the entry-level variant comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. This is in contrast to the Vios whose mid-spec G variants can also come with a manual transmission. Although, the manual gearbox for the Vios is a five-speed. 

As for on-board features, the City can either have an automatic air-conditioning system, or a manual AC depending on the trim. The lower spec variants are also equipped with a 2-DIN head unit, whereas the higher variants are kitted out with a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So yes, the on-board entertainment systems on the City are more or less on-par with the one on the Vios. 

A picture of the Honda City's interior

Inside the Honda-made sedan

Safety-wise though, the higher variants of the Vios have seven airbags while the City has six. In turn however, the lower-spec City has four airbags, while the lower-spec Vios variants has three. And lastly, the City also comes standard with stability control, anti-lock braking, and hill-start assist just like the Toyota sedan. 

Pricing for the Honda City’s four variants ranges from Php 848,000 to Php 1,058,000. Though its top-spec City RS variant is only slightly more expensive than the Vios GR-S, its entry-level manual variant is almost Php 170,000 more expensive than the Vios base model.

Toyota Vios vs Mitsubishi Mirage G4 

Size-wise, the Toyota Vios is significantly larger than the Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Remember though that the Mirage G4 is based on the Mirage hatchback so this comes as no surprise. 

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4

To be more specific, the Mirage G4 is 4,305mm long, 1,670mm wide, and 1,515mm in height. Its wheelbase however is the same as the Vios at 2,550mm. Despite being a smaller model, the Mirage G4 offers significantly more ground clearance at 170mm. That’s 37mm more than the Toyota-made sedan. 

Like the Vios, the Mirage G4 uses a front-wheel-drive, front-engine layout. The Mitsubishi sedan however only has one engine option, and it’s a 1.2-liter inline-3 engine. At most, this three-banger can make up to 77 horsepower and 100 Nm. This makes the Mirage G4 the least powerful model among the sedans we’re comparing to the Vios. 

As with the Vios, the Mirage G4 can either come with a CVT or a manual transmission.  

For interior specs, the Mirage G4’s trims can either come with a manual AC or automatic. The higher-spec variant also has a 6.75-inch touchscreen, but it has less in the way of smartphone connectivity compared to headunit found on the higher-spec Vios trims. 

A picture of the Mirage G4's interior

The Mirage G4's interior

The safety kit on the Mirage G4 is also bare when compared to the Toyota Vios. To be specific, even the Mitsubishi sedan’s top-spec variant only has two front airbags. Just like the Vios, the City, the Almera, and Accent though, the top-spec MIrage G4 does have anti-lock braking. 

Prices for the Mitsubishi Mirage G4’s variants range from Php 735,000 to Php 869,000. So overall, it's a much more affordable model than the Vios.

Toyota Vios VS Hyundai Accent 

When it comes to size, the Hyundai Accent measures 4,440mm long, 1,729mm wide, and 1,475mm tall. This means that it is slightly longer than the Toyota model. The Hyundai sedan however, is as wide and as tall as the Toyota. It’s wheelbase also has the same 2,600mm length as the Vios. Then again, it has marginally more ground clearance at 140mm. 

In terms of layouts, the Accent is also front-engine, front-wheel-drive. Its engine options however, are markedly different from its competitors including the Toyota sedan. In fact, it is the only subcompact sedan model in the Philippines that can come with a diesel mill.  

Specifically, the Accent diesel version uses a 1.6-liter that’s capable of churning out up to 128 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. This makes it one of the most powerful subcompact sedans in its price range.  

The Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent

The other engine available to the Accent is a 1.4-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. At most this engine can make 100 horsepower and 132 Nm of torque, which compared to the Vios’ 1.5-liter, makes less output. 

The Accent also has two transmission options. The first is a six-speed manual, and the other is a six-speed automatic.  

Inside, the Accent comes standard with a manual air-conditioning system, a 3.6-inch LCD display, and two airbags. On this note, it is much more spartan than the Mirage G4, and even more so than the Vios. 

Lastly, the Accent’s price ranges from Php 790,000 to Php 1,038,000. That said, it is slightly pricier than the Toyota Vios.

Did this guide help you compare the Toyota sedan against its rivals? If you want to learn more, do check out our reviews of the Toyota Vios G and Vios GR-S. For pricing, do check out our car guide section.  

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<p><a href="https://philkotse.com/toyota-philippines-price-list" title="Toyota Philippines">Toyota Motor Philippines</a> introduced the Toyota Vios in 2002. This subcompact sedan is made at Toyota&#39;s plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Currently, the Philippine-spec Toyota Vios is offered in nine variants. Prices for the Toyota-made sedan ranges from Php 681,000 to Php 1,020,000. The Toyota Vios subcompact sedan gets two engine options, two transmission options, and a whole host of comfort and safety features. The said model is also available in a wide range of color options. This includes Black, Red Mica, Pearl White, Thermalyte, Blackish Red, Alumina Jade, Freedom White, Grayish Blue, and Super Red.</p>

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