Nov 10, 2016 (updated : Sep 13, 2018)

Best Cars of August 2018 in the Philippines

A new Toyota entrant has finally made its placement on our exclusive list. Meanwhile, find out if the popular pickup from the Japanese automaker is still a success story in the Philippine market.

We've seen Toyota's archetypal tough pick and full-size SUV, the Toyota Hilux, and the Toyota Fortuner lead the charge in our previous compilation. We've also revealed some regular mainstays in the Philippine market such as the Toyota HiAce and the Isuzu Elf blasting on to their respective places, edging the likes of the traditionalists, the Innova and the Xpander.

But as a sea of new cars has reached the shores of our market recently, can we expect to see some movements in our list for August, or will the strong ones still remain high? Well here's the list, the 10 most in-demand cars in the Philippines for the month of August. Note that the ranking is based on actual user access statistics.

10. Mitsubishi Xpander

  • Pros: Flexible interior; one of the most comfortable and easy to use; spacious cabin
  • Cons: No manual variant at the highest type; pricey highest variant

Moving down a spot in this month's ranking is the Mitsubishi Xpander.

The Xpander's lasting appeal can be attributed to a lot of things, chief of which is its standout design that just makes an indelible impression from the get-go. Akin to the current Mitsubishis, the Xpander totes around the famed Dynamic Shield design that also brings about a sense of safety and protection due to its four shields in the facade.

The "ride and drive" of the Mitsubishi Xpander is also noteworthy as it's powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with MIVEC valve timing. The car has an engine that is paired with a four-speed automatic that drives the front wheels, making it one of the most top-spec GLS Sports.

9. Mitsubishi L300

  • Pros: Ideal for business use; extremely durable and reliable
  • Cons: Cooling and A/C systems could be improved

Probably the most enduring entrant on our list is the Mitsubishi L300. As regards to the familiar style and a design that comes with culturally-embedded impressions aside, why the L300 is so popular among the businessmen in the country is a no-brainer. It features a well-adored chassis and has features that will benefit anyone and any need.

So, what exactly does the Mitsubishi L300 have that other cars don't? Simply put, the vehicle is a testament that mechanical simplicity and ubiquity can really be a thing. And while there are not a lot of top-grade offerings the L300 may have against the newer cars of this age, it is still without a doubt one of the most trusted vehicles among various businesses.

8. Toyota Rush

  • Pros: Comes with 3-row seating; high ground clearance
  • Cons: Styling could be more exciting

The multi-purpose vehicle which inevitably rivals the Mitsubishi Xpander is the newest entrant in this segment.

From the onset, you'd know that the Toyota Rush caters directly to Filipino car-buyers who seek modern, great-looking family cars. One of its best features is its high ground clearance (220mm) which makes it more effective in flood-prone locations in the Philippines. Another takeaway from the Toyota Rush is the multi-link suspension at its rear which allows for better comfort. High safety is also an important and strong feature when it comes to this vehicle; it includes front, side and curtain airbags for example. Lastly, the Toyota Rush is equipped with a rear-wheel drive layout which ensures less understeer along with the capacity to drift.

7. Honda Civic

  • Pros: Variety of engine choices; top-grade interior; spacious and comfortable
  • Cons: Possible trouble with touchscreen, smartphone connectivity; a bit pricey

Falling in seventh place is the Filipino household's favorite car, the Honda Civic. Whether you're a doting aunt or an archetypal car guy snooping for the best deal around, the Honda Civic is by far one of the few choices you have in this crowded segment. It comes with a slew of engine choices which start from a 1.5-litre turbo engine to a very competent top-tier 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the latter being the most powerful Honda out there.

The 2018 Honda Civic is also famed for its class-leading interior which can be experienced across all its variants. They are made of soft-touch materials, splashed on the door all the way to the dashboard. Meanwhile, the car's front and rear seats are contoured enough to fit various body shapes while it's enhanced to cater the overall passenger volume.

6. Isuzu Elf

  • Pros: Suitable for delivery and road freight needs; heavy duty performance
  • Cons: None

Ascending two spots compared to July's top ten list is the enduring Isuzu Elf. The medium truck-type vehicle from the famed Japanese automaker continues to impress the world of commercial and business customers.

Perhaps the Isuzu Elf's strongest feature is its fuel efficiency, alongside its noted robustness, and consequently, the versatility that comes with it. The vehicle has a very spacious cabin and extremely comfortable seating, made significantly for long drives. Even with fully loaded cabins, this truck will demonstrate amazing engine strength and overall satisfaction, determining why it is so highly valued. The Isuzu Elf is available in white, blue, green, and orange color variants.

5. Toyota Vios

  • Pros: Excellent exterior and interior design; affordable price
  • Cons: Seats are not that comfortable; low fuel efficiency

The Honda Civic's perennial rival in the world of sedans in the Philippines, the Toyota Vios, is still the undisputed top choice among the car enthusiasts in the country. The Toyota Vios easily squares out the competition in terms of its larger and more powerful engine, especially when it's compared to the likes of the Civic and the Mitsubishi Mirage G4. The Vios is powered by a 1.3L engine while the latter is equipped with a 1.2L engine. Meanwhile, the vehicle is also marginally quicker and comes with more torque pull than most of its competitors.

In terms of its interior, the Toyota Vios is still one of the classiest in its category. It comes with manual air-conditioning, power steering, and power windows. Down to its safety and security, this subcompact sedan's base variant packs just about the essential features such as the driver and front passenger's airbags.

4. Toyota HiAce

  • Pros: Attractive design; huge occupant capacity
  • Cons: Performance tends to deteriorate when the vehicle becomes fully packed; pricey premium variants

Unmoved in its comfortable spot is Toyota's ultimate commuter van, the Toyota HiAce.

The Toyota HiAce's consistent charting can be attributed to its generous outings from its 11 to 13 seating offering down to its sleek and exquisite styling that aspire to be more on the classic side. The vehicle is also noted for the addition of 40 Nm which consequently beefs up its peak torque to 300 Nm at 2,400 rpm. Its engine allows the vehicle to hit 60 km/h with much ease. This can be done whenever you want to sustain its speed.

The Toyota HiAce is also famed for its abundant safety features. Dubbed as one of the safest commercial vans in the Philippines, this entrant comes with an array of features such as dual airbags, an anti-lock braking system with brake assist, three-point ELR seat belts with pre-tensioner, security alarms, and an immobilizer.

3. Suzuki Multicab/Carry

  • Pros: Ideal for cargo and delivery
  • Cons: Prone to experience engine failure especially due to continuous travel

You want the easiest option for your demanding commercial needs? We can assure you that the Suzuki Multicab/Carry will not be a disappointment!

Considered to be one of Suzuki's most reliable and simple entrants, the Suzuki Multicab/Carry is noted for its compact dimension, easily rendering the vehicle as one of the top choices especially when one's locale is always plagued by traffic problems.

The Suzuki Multicab/Carry's interior, like its operation, is also easy on your eyes, compared to all those bells and whistles that come with all other options these days. If you want a car to help get your business from point A to point B without needless complexities of the current trend, this vehicle should do the trick.

2. Toyota Fortuner

  • Pros: Sleek design; robust build quality
  • Cons: A bit too bulky for the city

Another non-mover on our chart is the Toyota Fortuner.

Whenever a manufacturer combines reliability, build quality, and a modern sleek design in a vehicle, more often than not, the entrant easily becomes a winner on all fronts. Accordingly, if you're on the hunt for the perfect amalgamation of these traits, the Toyota Fortuner will simply knock your socks off. There are numerous takeaways to the more upmarket, family-sized, seven-seated Toyota Fortuner, so let's have a look at what they are.

  • Cruise control, parking assist, rear-view camera
  • A touchscreen display with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • A navigation system and audio system
  • Automatic LED headlamps
  • Aluminum alloy-made wheels, full-sized spare wheel and tire
  • Hill-start assist
  • Active traction control, trailer sway control
  • A three-year warranty

With these features, there's not a shred of doubt as to why the Toyota Fortuner remains to be the most popular choice among the premium consumers.

1. Toyota Hilux

  • Pros: Reliable, powerful engine options
  • Cons: Design is too on the nose

The best-selling and still most sought-after vehicle in the Philippines is no doubt the Toyota Hilux.

Since its premiere in the 1960's, the Hilux has been consistent in providing what it's famous for: premium offerings that are interspersed with luxury. The adventure-ready vehicle is essentially a testament of the SUV's popularity in the country, bringing about the tried and tested formulas for success such as great reliability, a compelling engine line-up, a spacious and comfortable interior design, the much-needed and sensible running costs, and an expansive model range.

Conclusion

As far as the trend in the Philippine market goes, consumers are still up for cars that will make the best out of their hard-earned cash. That goes without saying that Filipinos, amidst their polarizing economy, won't hesitate to purchase vehicles at the premium tiers especially if these variants are all equipped with the most reliable of engines and designs that attract both the practical and the modern consumer. And at the end of the day, aren't those the only perks we really need to thrive on the busy streets of Manila?

Best Cars of August 2018 in the Philippines

  1. Toyota Hilux
  2. Toyota Fortuner
  3. Suzuki Multicab/Carry
  4. Toyota HiAce
  5. Toyota Vios
  6. Isuzu Elf
  7. Honda Civic
  8. Toyota Rush
  9. Mitsubishi L300
  10. Mitsubishi Xpander