2016 Toyota VIOS G 1.5 gasoline


Nice to drive, fuel-efficient, and pretty comfortable


This car does not have speed sensing door locks and back up sensors. I thought they existed on all cars regardless of class since the early/mid-2000s.

Apparently, the car does not have a temperature gauge. Weird.

Adjusting the seats can be complicated.

General Comments:

At first, we were thinking of buying either a Toyota Prado, Ford Explorer, or a Mazda CX-5 as a replacement for our 2004 Dodge Durango which we sold 2 years ago. Although since we decided to get something that is cheap to run and maintain, and that we will be getting a brand new Toyota Fortuner next year, we just decided to get Vios. We bought it last July 30.

We got the top of the line model mated with a 1.5 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. Even though the body is quite heavy, the car still has a good pick up and runs fast. Haven't tried it on the expressway though. Hoping to take it to Pampanga, Tagaytay, and Enchanted Kingdom one time.

Fuel efficiency is very good. Everyday city driving would give me usually 8-9 km/L, while on Sundays, most especially in EDSA or C-5, the car would usually get around 16-18 km/L. I heard that this top of the line model has better fuel efficiency than the E and lower models.

Comfort is pretty good, although I would bump myself all the time (My height is 6'1"). Despite that, it is still comfortable and legroom at the back is surprisingly spacious for a small car. The legroom of this Vios is even better than our old Mitsubishi Galant '99 model which we had for 13 years (1999-2012). Aircon is also very good.

The thing that I truly appreciate most here in this car is its radio/entertainment system. It is touch screen so it's easy to use and very convenient. Most of the time, I plug my iPad, where my playlists are, and I don't touch it since the list of songs appears on the screen. Both sides have vanity mirrors unlike the previous generations.

Even though the car lacks other features mentioned above and others like push start ignition and leather seats (these ones are found in its competitors like the City and the Mirage G4) the Vios is a very good car and gives you value for money. It's actually nice taking the Vios to a 5-star hotel, an upscale shopping mall, or just driving it around a posh subdivision/gated community.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2016

2012 Toyota VIOS E 1.3 gasoline


A reliable car that is easy to drive and fuel efficient


The clutch is too hard to step in.

The horn does not sound so good. He had it replaced before.

The tires and rims were replaced with more sporty ones.

General Comments:

This is my friend/thesis mate's car, although my friends, thesis mates, and I have ridden in this car at least once.

The Toyota Vios is a very popular car here in the Philippines. In fact, this car has been the best-selling vehicle in the country for several years now. This particular model is the facelifted second generation that was first released in 2010. My friend/thesis mate uses this car to go school every day and to go on dates with his girlfriend. This car has a very peppy engine and has very good performance. Comfort is surprisingly very good for a small car and it even has ample legroom at the back. The seats are very comfortable and have good quality fabric. Aircon is very cold and works well all the time. Even though this car has a manual transmission, this car is very easy to drive even in heavy traffic. You'll definitely have an easy time parking this car even in tight spaces. Fuel efficiency is very good, just like its competitors like the Mitsubishi Mirage/Mirage G4, or the Honda City.

Overall, just like any other Toyotas, this car is very reliable and can last for a very long time. In fact this car is not just used as a family or personal car here in the Philippines. The Vios is commonly used here as a taxicab, airport limousine, police car, practice car (I've also driven this model of the Vios, although not the facelifted one when I went to driving school.) and even an Uber car (in the case of the current generation Vios). The only thing I don't about this particular model of the Vios is that I don't like the styling too much. The current generation Vios looks much nicer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2016