Which is more fuel-efficient, Toyota Vios or Honda City?

Updated Feb 23, 2023 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

This can be handy if you’re planning to get one of these two cars.

Toyota is known locally to be a car brand that manufactures fuel-efficient, reliable and affordable cars. It is evidently seen in the streets – they are literally everywhere. Another car brand that shares the same features? Honda with the Honda City Philippines model

Everyone wants to get their money’s worth, especially in a machine that costs six digits and over.

This is why we decided to discuss which of the subcompact cars from both brands, the Toyota Vios and Honda City, is more fuel-efficient, so you could decide which of them gives more value to your money.

A Vios on the road

The Toyota Vios 2021

To start off, there are many factors to consider that can affect the overall fuel efficiency rating of a car. This may be a surprise or maybe it’s something you knew from the get-go.

Either way, it still pays to know so that you can have in-depth knowledge about a car’s fuel efficiency. We will be starting off the comparison between the Honda City and Toyota Vios fuel consumption with their overall weight.

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Toyota Vios vs Honda City: Weight

Imagine this, one is carrying a 5-kilogram bag while the other is carrying a 10-kilogram bag and both of them basically have the same strength. Which do you think will require more effort in carrying their bag? Well, obviously, the one who carries a 10-kilogram bag. The same principle works for cars.

Did you know that the power-to-weight ratio is the primary factor why cars these days get limited to what their engineers dream them to be? With that being said, weight is really a factor when determining a car’s fuel efficiency rating.

A City with a blue background

The 2020 Honda City

The average curb weight of the Honda City is measured at 1,098 kg while the curb weight of the Toyota Vios is measured at approximately 1,140 kg.

To put those measurements on a scale, the 42 kg difference is more than half a sack of rice. Keep in mind that the number of passengers and how much they weigh affects the overall fuel efficiency of a car.

Honda’s R&D team said that it is busy developing new construction methods that will use super-light body technologies to Honda’s passenger vehicles – resulting in better fuel efficiency.

This is the reason why Honda cars are known to be lighter than the average. In fact, it is estimated that there is a 20 percent reduction in fuel economy with this technology.

Toyota Vios vs Honda City: Engine

Just like what was mentioned earlier, the power-to-weight ratio plays a big role in determining a car’s fuel efficiency. For that, let’s look at the engines of the Vios and City so we can have a clearer difference in mind between the two.

For starters, generally, the bigger the engine, the more fuel it consumes. This is the reason why most sports cars with massive engines are generally known as expensive to fuel. Most fuel-efficient cars use from 1.0-liter engine to 1.5-liter engine.

But again, there are a lot of factors to consider when determining a car’s fuel efficiency rating. These are just to name a few.

Spoiler of a Honda CIty

Did you know that aerodynamics also affects a car's overall fuel consumption?

The Toyota Vios Philippines uses two different engine sizes. The first size is a 1.3-liter engine used by the base, J, XE, XLE, and E Vios variants. The second engine size is measured at 1.5-liter and it is used by the G Vios variant.

Meanwhile, the Honda City uses a 1.5-liter gasoline engine found in its E, VX Navi, and VX+ Navi variants. We can say that the Vios and City are relatively matched in terms of engine size.

So we’ll be looking at another factor under their engine that affects the fuel efficiency of these cars, and that is the horsepower.

Horsepower in simple terms is defined as how fast the work is done inside an engine. To put that in perspective, the higher the horsepower, the more fuel the cars consume.

So this solves the question, “do I consume more fuel when I drive fast or slow?” You will consume more fuel if you decide to run your car faster – if both run at the same distance.

The horsepower of all variants of the Honda City Philippines 118 hp at 6,600 rpm while the Toyota Vios’ 1.3-liter engine generates 98 hp at 6,000 rpm and 106 hp at 6,000 rpm for the Vios’ 1.5-liter engine option.

Rear view of Toyota Vios

The Vios leads the number of sales of Toyota cars in the Philippines with 33,181 units sold in 2019

It is clear that the City is more powerful than the Vios, which makes the latter more fuel-efficient than the former – theoretically. But of course, this is based on the engine outputs alone and as we’ve said, there are many things to consider when computing for overall fuel efficiency.

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Honda City vs Toyota Vios fuel consumption: Conclusion

To sum it all up, we can say both the Toyota Vios and the Honda City are evenly matched in the segments mentioned above. With all that being in mind, you have now an idea as to how you can improve your Honda City or Toyota Vios fuel consumption if you wish to do so.

Now, let’s base the fuel efficiency of the two cars straight off their spec sheets. The Honda City has a fuel efficiency rating of 23.8 km/L while the Toyota Vios fuel consumption rating of 22 km/L.

A white City

The Honda City is now in its seventh generation

It seems like the lighter weight of Honda with its technology gave it an edge over the Vios despite having a lower horsepower. Generally, the fuel efficiency might still vary depending on how you use and maintain your car.

To see which car is more worth it, let’s consider their prices so you can decide which car do you think is better than the other. The Honda City starts at Php 820,000 for its 1.5 S CVT base variant and Php 1,068,000 for its 1.5 VX+ NAVI CVT top-spec variant while the Toyota Vios’ price point starts at Php 662,000 for its entry-level variant and Php 1,113,000 for its top of the line 1.5 G Prime CVT (White Pearl) variant.

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Know more about Toyota Vios 2024

Toyota Vios

Competing in the subcompact sedan segment, the Toyota Vios 2023 is the top sales contributor for the Japanese automaker. The price for the Toyota Vios in the Philippines ranges from PHP 732,000 to PHP 1,055,000. A total of 7 Toyota Vios variants are offered, with the top-of-the-line Vios GR-S variant coming with a tag of PHP 1,055,000. Two engine options are available in the range, which can be connected to either a 5-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Dimensions-wise, the subcompact sedan spans 4,425 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width, and 1,475 mm in height. The main rivals of the Toyota vehicle include the Honda City, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, and Nissan Almera.

The Toyota Vios is not only the best-selling model in the Japanese automaker's lineup, but the entire Philippine market. It serves as a reliable subcompact sedan for those who are looking for a daily driver. Also, the Vios is proudly Philippine-assembled which supports Filipino automotive workers. Now, the vehicle is competing in its respective class head high using the refreshed body released by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) in the country last 2020.

₱ 732,000 - ₱ 1,055,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined Philkotse.com as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.

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