For a casual observer, it's understandable that you show familiar uneasiness when you're about to buy a car. The large investment aside, there is a plethora of considerations that need to be placed on your list right before you make that final decision. Ranging from the much-needed road test output, its reliability, and owner satisfaction, down to its safety scores, name all of them and before you know it, you're already agitated and all confused. And when you're caught up with this task, these are just the last things you'll ever want to feel.
We at Priceprice.com think that you deserve a well-informed decision on this journey. As such, we're here to make your search much easier with this list that we've come up. With this compilation, we have high hopes that you'd be able to access what the general public has been looking into buying. I mean, let's face it, there is a reason why these cars are ranked higher than their competition, one of which goes beyond the hype.
Based on actual user access statistics, we've tallied the 10 most in-demand cars in the Philippines.
10. Toyota Innova
One of Toyota's quintessential bread-and-butter variants in the Philippines, the Toyota Innova has endured and still remains as mainstay choice for many big families in the country. For a surefire diesel power that can house seven users, this alternative is the one to beat.
Already spanning two generations from 2004 to present, the Japanese automaker's famed compact MPV is still a looker even in 2018. It now comes with a more prominent nose right along with the sharper body lines, and all of them render a sleeker finish. For its interior, the Innova is still decidedly more upmarket-looking.
The latest Toyota Innova is also feature-packed, too packed that it gives the sedan or SUV's C-segment a run for their money. For the same price range, users get a slew of powerful features such as the auto climate control, a leather-wrapped tiller, ultra-comfortable seats, and a lot more.
9. Mitsubishi Xpander
There's a potent reason why the Mitsubishi still enjoys the success of the Xpander; the vehicle is simply beastly, the archetypal all-rounder that impresses upon a limitless interior.
The largest in its class at the moment, the seven-seater Mitsubishi Xpander comes with up to 16 bottle holders on its door frame and central panel. Right in its front, the vehicle's screen is amalgamated with a floating effect by the horizontally-stacked dashboard.
Perhaps the most attractive feature of the latest Mitsubishi Xpander is its inclusion of a headlight system that is situated on its bumper with the LEDs placed on its hood. Such distinctive placement makes this variant more enigmatically appealing. Just take a view from its side and you'll see what a spectacle this iteration is.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander comes with four variants in the Philippines.
8. Isuzu Elf
Isuzu's popular medium duty truck isn't only one of its consistently charting vehicles in the country but is also one of it's few that gets singled out for its facility on fuel efficiency, versatility, and durability over its rivals. As such, the vehicle still has remained as the top choice for most enterprises and entrepreneurs alike nowadays.
The Isuzu Elf is also noted for its beefed-up safety features, comfort, and overall performance. And as it comes with more modernly diversified applications, this variant almost always ends up at the top for everyone who works on construction or deliveries, and from trade to even those who come with some road freight needs.
The Isuzu Elf's NQR, NPR, and NKR variants are powered by 4HG1-T Turbo engine while its NHR is propelled by a 4JB1-TC engine.
7. Mitsubishi L300
Classic. Enduring. And Filipino-centric. With all these features associated to Mitsubishi L300, there is no doubt why it still remains popular among the entrepreneurs here in the country.
The conventional cab we all have come to see along the road comes with a chassis that is specifically engineered to accommodate every entrepreneur's dream to flourish in their individual segment. And whether it's medium-scale or larger enterprises, the L300 is equipped with amenities and features that support these initiatives.
Apart from its chassis that seems to be built as a workhorse variant, the Mitsubishi L300 has also been famed for its evolution into being one of the most comfortable and appropriate passenger transports in the Philippines. It can house 17 people and is equipped with air-conditioning and more space for luggage.
6. Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is no longer one of those car variants that you see on the road in the Philippines. The Civic, over the years, has already become a household name to both the doting moms and car guys who value performance, efficiency, and value for their money.
Alongside its relatively low cost, the Honda Civic boasts of a dealer-provided maintenance that comes without that usual headache you'd experience from other brands. Meanwhile, the vehicle is also famed for being one of those cars that retain its value well after five years. And for a notorious market that we have, that's saying something.
Ultimately, the Honda Civic is also one of those variants that just doesn't become a cab over time. So if you're especially keen on this, you may want to opt for Civic. And you have got Honda and its dealers to thank for that.
5. Toyota Vios
Still the hottest car in the Philippines, the Toyota Vios continues to reign supreme in its class. The sedan-styled variant is insanely popular for many reasons - the most notable of which is its great value for money. For as low as over half a million, Vios can be all yours with its top-of-the-line features and amenities. The vehicle not only looks bespoke in the truest sense but also comes with a well-engineered interior and hardware offerings that rival those of its compatriots.
Toyota Vios is also famed for its smart choice of engines. It comes with either a 1.3-litre VVT-i or a 1.5-litre VVT-i with both of them provided with a choice between a 5-speed automatic or a 4-speed ECT transmission.
The Vios is also among the top choices for vehicles which provide a smoother driving experience. Alongside the Honda Civic, Toyota's entrant is one of the few that doesn't get rivaled right under the B-segment.
4. Toyota HiAce
Looking for a commuter van? The Toyota HiAce is your surefire entry.
Initially introduced as a commercial-specific, cab-over-engine variant, the Toyota HiAce is the most popular utilitarian vehicle in the Philippines, and for good reason.
HiAce comes with a powerful engine and versatile features that both impress the navigator and its passengers. Among its most noteworthy characteristic is its reliable performance. The vehicle is equipped with the efficient 3.0-litre D4-D diesel engine that features the famous common rail direct injection. It also comes with a manual transmission that boasts of shifting capabilities that are both smooth and manageable.
Apart from its reliability, the vehicle is spot on no how comfortable its interior space is. This can all be attributed to its inclusion of rear air-conditioning system and comfortable seats that blend so well in this type of vehicle.
3. Suzuki Multicab/Carry
One of Suzuki's most legendary variants that is specifically engineered to function as a small working horse, the Suzuki Multicab/Carry occupies a cool segment of its own, which also makes it as the brand's most distinctive releases in years.
The truck is offered in both van and chassis cab variants and is developed to cater users with commercial needs. Its most attractive feature could all be gleaned on its simplicity, from its decent interior that features more-than-basic material, down to its exterior that provides just about the right essentials.
The Suzuki Multicab/Carry's popularity can also be associated with the shamelessly easy operation that makes it so easy to drive. And with its compact dimension, the truck should navigate any traffic situation just fine without hassle.
2. Toyota Fortuner
The insanely popular 7-seater SUV from Toyota is in a league of its own. But when everything settles, it all boils down to its prominent features that are sometimes overshadowed by its intimidating design and overall looks.
The Toyota Fortuner is equipped with one of the most reliable albeit powerful and fuel-efficient diesel engine in its class. And with the new GD-series of engines that are equipping the latest generation, you can only expect the best of both worlds in terms of performance and efficiency.
Down the line, the vehicle is famed for its no-frills, low maintenance right along with the firm's equally low cost on spares and services.
Meanwhile, the Fortuner also benefits from the brand's impressive service network that you can come across all the major cities and towns in the country.
Its formidable attributes on this list could go on but I think these are just some of those that propel the Toyota Fortuner as the current and obvious choice for most premium car buyers.
1. Toyota Hilux
Sitting comfortably at the helm of this list is the Toyota Hilux.
The Toyota Hilux spearheads this compilation for one reason, which is without a doubt one of Toyota's most robust yet reliable iterations to-date. And on top of these, the vehicle is also regarded in terms of off-road capability and its impressive value for money.
With all of these ever so prominent, the Toyota Hilux is the most suitable vehicle for those that work painstakingly like builder or farmers who appreciate ruggedness with some luxurious aspirations.
So, in terms of indestructibility, it would be a difficult challenge to pin this invincible vehicle down.
There's a potent reason as to why these entrants have been frequenting our compilation for months now and it has nothing to do with the hype that surrounds them. Truthfully, consumers and would-be users alike agree that these vehicles not only come with the most reliable offerings our modern world and needs would require us but are also in-demand as their value for money is high and well-deserved. And when you get these two hand-in-hand ever so harmoniously, your search could well be over soon before you know it.
Best Cars of July 2018 in the Philippines
- Toyota Hilux
- Toyota Fortuner
- Suzuki Multicab/Carry
- Toyota HiAce
- Toyota Vios
- Honda Civic
- Mitsubishi L300
- Isuzu Elf
- Mitsubishi Xpander
- Toyota Innova