In terms of cars, the Philippine market, like its culture, is also diverse. Take a look at EDSA right at its most heightened traffic and you will see a sea of cars, all varied, a mixture of all sorts of car types. But when you get to look into it closely a certain pattern appears, well, more like a gaping clue as to which vehicles Filipinos are most enamored to. However, this pattern tends to break out more than you might think and disintegrates back into what it really is – a manifold of car entrants.
Worry not though as we will help you filter the most visible cars in the country. In this compilation, we'll look into which vehicles are getting a huge percentage in this otherwise heterogeneous market. Note that the ranking is based on each car's statistics on user access and does not rely on personal bias.
Here now is the list of the best cars of September 2018 in the Philippines.
10. Toyota Rush
- Generous 7-seater capacity
- Beefed up ground clearance
- The Rush could still improve its styling to make it more like a butch SUV to reflect its high ground clearance
If you happen to own the Hyundai Creta or the Honda BR-V, chances are you might have already seen the familiar push and suave of one of the most riveting SUV releases in 2018 – the Toyota Rush. Specifically built for emerging markets like the Philippines, the mid-sized seven-seater SUV comes with a throng of knock-out features in this SUV segment, such as its ground clearance which settles at 220mm, easily making it a bigger SUV in disguise.
The Toyota Rush's interior offerings also stand out among the most recent releases of the brand. This can all be attributed to its no-frills aesthetic, culminating at its touchscreen infotainment system. Dubbed as the "Baby Fortuner", the Rush also offers a quintessential black interior that gets contrasted by a light beige trim right on its doors and the dashboard.
Internationally, the vehicle is propelled by a 1.5-liter petrol engine, with the option of a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
9. Toyota Wigo
- Perfect car to navigate the city easily
- Generous interior space
- Affordable price
- A manual transmission is a bit of a challenge for some drivers
- Not exactly the most fuel-efficient
Remember that shortest high school classmate of yours that also turned out to be the smartest in your class? Think of the Toyota Wigo that way, with more perks apart from its low price tag.
The Toyota Wigo, since its debut, has remained to be one of the uppermost choices, if not the best, in the A-segment hatchback. With a cost that is below 1 million pesos, the vehicle soars beyond the most basic functions of a compact car.
The 2018 Toyota Wigo now comes with a more streamlined design that should cater to both the practical and the modern driver. The entrant is also now equipped with a boost to its engine performance. It now makes 66PS and 89Nm of torque which effectively translates to a more robust horsepower and torque.
8. Mitsubishi L300
- Low-maintenance vehicle
- Lots of engines available
- Looks could have been more refined
- Performance is average
Despite its real age already showing both in the interior and exterior, the Mitsubishi L300 is still one of the most reliable cargo and passenger vans in the Philippines.
Perhaps its most defining feature is its decidedly no-frills transport offerings that are both easy to repair, while still offering a decent and reliable performance. As it is considered a low-maintenance car, the L300 is also ultimately long-lasting. Finally, the vehicle is also noted to come with lots of available engines around.
7. Isuzu Elf
- Great value for money
- A hardworking and reliable vehicle
- Ideal for business operations and commercial purposes
- Load capacity could be more improved
- The diesel engine can oftentimes be harsh and noisy
The Philippine market-based Isuzu Elf is without a doubt still the most archetypal workhorse that has aided the country's economy for decades. Despite its basic design, the vehicle is noted to carry a wide range of body frame, resulting in reliable utility. Also a no-frills entrant, the Elf's most notable features include a single in-dash CD tuner, a 2-speaker system, a tilting/recirculating steering system, alongside the efficient air-conditioning and a throng of safety features such as the Isuzu Electronic Stability Control and the anti-lock braking system.
The Isuzu Elf's design is also congruent to the vehicles wide scope of features. Among its features are the idling switch control, the glove box, the fixed room mirror, and the utility ashtray. Its exterior, on the other hand, has all the standard necessities.
6. Mitsubishi Xpander
- Impeccable design on both the interior and exterior
- Spacious cabin
- High ground clearance
- Understandably pricey
- Dated 4-speed automatic transmission
If you're on the hunt for the ablest MPV in this segment and you haven't penciled in the Mitsubishi Xpander yet, then there's something seriously wrong with your list.
The Mitsubishi Xpander packs a bevy of advantages over most of its competitors, chief of which is its design. Its exterior comes with prominent details akin to the Pajero Sport SUV. Its style, on the other hand, is inarguably the most virile offering an MPV could possibly offer.
Other defining perks of the Mitsubishi Xpander are its spacious cabin, the cool and comfortable seats, the highest ground clearance in its class, and its sport suspension. It's powered by a 1.5-liter engine, it's fuel-efficient and has a complete brake feature to boot.
5. Toyota Vios
- Modern, urban design
- More affordable than its competitors
- Seating could be more comfortable
- Low fuel efficiency
Still, the top choice among the sedan aficionados in the country who also happen to be serial city drivers, the Toyota Vios' wildly popular efficiency and longevity is a no-brainer. Its CVT gearbox, in particular, is very much noted for its seamlessness on any surface. One of Toyota's best-selling variants, the current Vios now features a sleek but sporty exterior and a more spacious cabin.
Beyond its looks, the Toyota Vios also soars high relative to its infotainment system offerings. Alongside its also sporty theme, the system is equipped with a three-spoke steering wheel made of polyurethane, and an even sportier flat bottom and triple-gauge display. Ultimately, its infotainment system's real magic lies in its audiophile perks that are both modern and extremely manageable.
The all-new Toyota Vios is also noted for its beefed up security features, which include an electronic door lock, an immobilizer, and an electronic brake distribution, among others.
4. Toyota HiAce
- Comfortable, warm, and spacious interior
- High ground clearance
- High consumption for a diesel engine (15 liters)
- Expensive maintenance
Small enterprises in the Philippines have remained faithful to the Toyota HiAce's versatility and rigidity. Foremost to this preference is the carmaker behind the vehicle's reputation of being invincible to any type of weather and everyday traffic in the city. Beyond its reputation, the vehicle is also noted for its comfortable warm interior that can easily be transformed into one of the comfiest places whether you're traveling or heading home after a long tiring day.
Despite its size, the Toyota HiAce is equipped with a maneuverable system that is both fast and unpretentious.
The Toyota HiAce is likewise known for its high ground clearance and excellent cross-country passability.
3. Toyota Fortuner
- Masculine and appealing design
- Great visibility
- Its last row bench is a bit short of space
- Overall ride is a little bouncy for some
If your latest is a little too temperamental for your everyday use, the Toyota Fortuner may very well save you from that unnecessary trouble. Famed for its high stability and reliability, the vehicle has never let its fans down in the SUV class.
In the Philippine market, the latest Toyota Fortuner now comes with a more macho and premium appearance – a perfect combination for those who seek toughness and elegance. Its interior is also reflective of its outer offerings – leather, stitching, and with a little bit of plastic. And as this comes from the famed Japanese automaker, an efficient array of safety features is to naturally be expected. Some of these include the ISOFIX, the speed-sensing door locks, and the most essential features too – airbags, security alarms, and electronic brake distribution.
The vehicle packs a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder diesel mill which revs up 147hp, and a peak torque of 400Nm.
2. Toyota Hilux
- Modern, macho design
- Powerful engine
- Not on the affordable side
When it comes to durability, nothing is ever quite in the ranks of the Toyota Hilux. Since its very first model in 1968, the Hilux has remained to be literally unbreakable even in the most challenging of conditions.
The Toyota Hilux is also praised for its aesthetics, the 2.8G 4x4 variant, in particular, comes with a robust yet extremely exclusive appearance which makes the vehicle a sought-after variant in the pickup truck segment. It now boasts of a more rounded look, complemented by a courteous side facet and macho wing mirrors with bold body cladding and a sporty antenna among others.
1. Suzuki Multicab/Carry
- Affordable price
- Highly versatile, can be used for different purposes
- Outdated exterior design
- Leg and headroom space is insufficient
The light, small truck from the Japanese automaker Suzuki is truly very much everywhere in the country. Dubbed as the most popular mini-truck, the Suzuki Multicab/Carry's consistent chart-topping spree is very much attributed to the Filipinos' deeply-embedded preference on practicality as the vehicle reflects its highly-efficient fuel consumption and value for money – two traits that speak volumes in this segment.
The Suzuki Multicab/Carry's prowess on efficiency is also mirrored by its decent engine specifications and car features that are more than enough to transport you from A to B in the metro.
In this very compilation, it is evident that the Philippine car market is still very much attracted to what most Filipinos are looking for in a vehicle – reliability and practicality. From a trusted sedan, SUV, compact car, down to the mini truck, these features still mirror the most attractive values in this particular demographic. And as these consumers have always been watchful on where the money goes, expect this trend to last for years to come.
Best Cars of September 2018 in the Philippines
- Suzuki Multicab/Carry
- Toyota Hilux
- Toyota Fortuner
- Toyota HiAce
- Toyota Vios
- Mitsubishi Xpander
- Isuzu Elf
- Mitsubishi L300
- Toyota Wigo
- Toyota Rush