With the latest technological advancements and more powerful performance, the price for a brand new car has increased significantly as well. If you find yourself looking for a budget car, luckily in our country, there are still decent and reliable cars in the second-hand market.
Best Used Cars for Sale Below PHP 200k in the Philippines 2020
1. Toyota Avanza (~2010)
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Toyota's entry to the MPV segment, the Toyota Avanza has been in the run around the country since 2006. Even with the latest model today, the first generation introduced in the Philippines of the Avanza is still desired by second-hand car hunters as it is one of the most reliable cars in terms of utility and comfort. With a seating capacity of 7, it can be your next family car or your companion for meeting your work deliveries.
Released with 2 variants, the Avanza is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.3L Gasoline Engine for the base J variant that is capable of producing a maximum power of 93hp and maximum torque of 120Nm and for the G variant is by a 1.5L engine. As outdated as it may seem, safety is still up-to-date as it features SRS Airbags and seatbelts.
2. Toyota Corolla (1991~)
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When Toyota returned in the Philippine automotive market, also entered was the fifth-generation of the Toyota Corolla in 1989. The first Corolla that was built in the brand's plant in Laguna was the AE92 or more commonly known by car enthusiasts as the "small body" being smaller in size than its predecessor. It was sold in three variants, with a choice of 1.3L and 1.6L engines, and was later offered with a twin-cam 1.6L mill. The AE92 model served as Filipinos' first taste of Toyota's renowned high-performance line of engines.
The iconic Corolla did not stop there. As a matter of fact, Filipino car enthusiasts had nicknames for each model it came out with.
Following the "small body", came the E100 or best-known as the "big body". In this model, Toyota took inspiration from the Lexus LS400 to improve its standard of quality. Powering it is a 4-cylinder 1.6L 4A-FE Gasoline engine that delivers 113hp and 140Nm of torque mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox with an overdrive function.
In 1995, the facelifted eight-generation Corolla was introduced as the E110 or the "Love Life" as what the car was promoted with. It used similar engines with the previous E100 but is promised with greater fuel efficiency. Safety as a primary concern, it is equipped with common safety features and this generations' top of the line variant, it additionally has airbags and ABS.
Over the years, the Toyota Corolla transformed from being used popularly as mere taxicabs to the present-day contemporary Corolla Altis it is today. It made an impact in the automotive industry in the Philippines that even it is rooted from many years ago, it is still competitive in the second-hand market today.
3. Honda Civic (1995~)
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As it is always seen almost everywhere, most likely, someone you know has owned a Honda Civic at some point in their life way back. When the new VTEC engine was introduced in 1989, the Civic received much more recognition than before with its fifth-generation model. As a matter of fact, the Civic SiR from the same generation is known as one of the most sought-after sedans in the Philippines' automotive industry until today. Though in reality, a stock SiR is rare to come by these days as most owners have modified theirs.
The fifth-generation Civic is launched with various body styles such as the hatchback, the coupe, and the sedan. It came with 3 engine options: a 4-cylinder 1.5L 70-hp unit; a VTEC-E 92hp that is loaded with recyclable and greener components; and the top-of-the-line 1.6L 125hp SOHC VTEC engine. Despite the boost in power, fuel economy figures were kept ideal for all variants.
Even with the many variations, exterior-wise, all came with a more aerodynamically designed body with smoother lines and strong body construction. This led to a better ride with reduced drag, less cabin noise, and an improved suspension system.
Honda made the decision to offer common safety features for all Civic models in order to promote safety with the standard front airbags. There were also added features usually reserved for higher variants, such as a passenger airbag, ABS, and a higher-output stereo.
4. Mitsubishi Lancer (1997~)
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Like Toyota, Mitsubishi's then player in the sedan segment was a hit among Filipino buyers. The Mitsubishi Lancer was also tagged with alias for each new generation.
After the fifth-generation "hotdog" in the early 90's, Mitsubishi came with a more edgy-looking model. Its taillights were redesigned with a triangular and slice-shaped look getting its name "Pizza Pie". It was available in 3 variants: the EL, the GL, and the GLXi. Being the top-of-the-line the GLXi is powered by the brand's 4G92 engine which is a 1.6L SOHC 111hp unit. The lower EL and GL variants are powered by a 1.3L carburetor engine and a 1.5L engine, respectively.
The Pizza Pie reigned until the "Cedia" came in 2001, named after an amalgamation of Century Diamond. Later, Mitsubishi arrived at the eighth generation Lancer that brought an edgier and sportier look to the Mitsubishi's compact. With it also came the return of the EX nameplate dated back from the second-generation Lancer. Hence, the nickname "EX".
5. Kia Rio (~2005)
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The Kia Rio is a subcompact vehicle introduced by the Korean automobile manufacturer in 2000. It was introduced into the market to replace the Kia Pride which is the first from the brand to be sold in the Philippines.
The second-generation Rio is a 5-door station wagon powered by a 1.5L DOHC 96hp gasoline engine. Subsequently, a larger mill was introduced that was used for year models 2003 through 2005. It is a 4-cylinder 1.6L DOHC that is capable of producing a maximum output of 104hp mated with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed F4A-EL automatic transmission.
The model was given a facelift in late 2009 for the 2010 model year. This takes the steering wheel from the Kia Soul and Kia Forte models, as well as the Kia 's new tiger nose grille. It features optional hands-free Bluetooth phone service and a new red backlit feature for the gauges cluster.
6. Kia Picanto (2004~)
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Being in the same segment, the Kia Picanto looks much more on the contemporary side comparing to the former Pride. The first generation Picanto was revealed at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was available with a choice of two gasoline engines: a 1.0L mill capable of producing a maximum output of 61hp and 86 Nm of torque; or a 1.1L that churns out an output of 65hp and 97 Nm, both with multipoint injection. The latter being the one introduced here in the country.
The Picanto received some minor interior and exterior changes for the 2010 model year, including a new front fascia introducing the "tiger nose" grille.
7. Ford Focus (~2007)
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The second-generation Focus was announced at the Paris Motor Show on September 25, 2004 being the Focus Mk 2 as a three and five-door hatchback and a station wagon. The Focus is powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0L DOHC with Duratorq Turbo Direct Common rail Injection (TDCi) that is capable of producing a maximum output of 124hp and 340Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior-wise, it carries a sporty front end with mesh lower front grille. New technologies include a KeyFree system, a solar-reflect windshield, adaptive front lighting, Bluetooth connectivity, and climate control systems.
In 2005, Ford released an Mk 2 version of Ford's sports division of Focus, the Focus ST. Following after 2 years, a minor facelifted version was introduced featuring Ford's Kinetic Design philosophy.
8. Hyundai Accent (~2010)
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Hyundai's entry in the sedan segment also made it on the list. The older-generation Hyundai Accent is equipped with just enough technology to simply do its purpose of bringing people to their destinations. While the other players are trying to outdo each other, it takes on the minimalist way with its plain yet classy looking exterior.
Under the hood runs a 4-cylinder 1.5L CRDi Turbo that puts out 110hp of power and 235Nm of torque that is mated with 5-speed manual transmission.
Though promising simplicity at its finest, the Accent falls short in its safety systems. With the standard seatbelts of course, it is unfortunately not fitted with airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) which makes it exert oversteer during sudden braking.
In the case of a tight budget, one can still find his luck with less than half a million. Ranging from the classics to the more recent ones, from hatchbacks to MPvs, the local second-hand market has a lot to offer.
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