The way the automobile market churns out new cars nowadays, one might think that its consumers are now desperate for alternatives. But that isn't the case, really. Truthfully, cars of today are now getting more expensive by the day. With even the most basic of small cars rarely averaging below the PHP 500,000 mark, one also gets to ask: How can the minimum-wage earning Filipino consumer afford these new installments?
Luckily, our local market features a sizeable used car market that is awash with just about many affordable options for every Juan dela Cruz out there. The only trick to find which among these countless alternatives are the ones that really tick the right boxes.
In our compilation today, we name ten of the best used cars in the Philippines. And by the end of this discussion, we also reveal, inadvertently, the best car brands in the locale.
Here now are the best used cars in the country for the month of August.
10. Jeep Wrangler
Without dilly-dallying, the Jeep Wrangler is our curious entry for the month of July. Its debut on our list isn't the most interesting at all as we have already seen the Suzuki Multicab/Carry frequenting our compilation for quite some time.
Anyone who drives a Jeep Wrangler understands just how this vehicle is among the best not only in its rare class, but also across all segments. Right at the top of the reasons as to why such a vehicle is sought-after is its famous off-roading capability, over any kind of ground. For a country that boasts of various terrains, the placement of the Jeep Wrangler on our list couldn't have been more obvious.
In the same vein, the Jeep Wrangler is also famed for its versatility in all sorts of weather, which comes in handy for drivers who navigate any part of the country in any given climate.
On top of these, the Jeep Wrangler is also celebrated for its fun design, flexible modifications, and above all, its awesome tire covers.
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9. Toyota Hilux
Toyota's ultimate pickup, which is the eighth-generation variant in its long line of reliable trucks, now sports a more daring look, with improved luxuries and a more powerful engine lineup in tow. Also notable is its protruding wheel arches which display a more stable prominence. Meanwhile, its front fascia is now rendered sleeker and more pronounced with its grille receiving more chrome accents.
The rest of the Toyota Hilux's charm can be attributed to how the brand has developed it. Its strongest points can be found in its reliability, its revered engine lineup, sensible running costs, expansive model range, and its car-like interior design language.
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8. Toyota Avanza
Family cars have always been one of the most popular choices in the country. The Toyota Avanza comes at such a vantage point as it is not only one of the ablest ones in its class, but it is also one of the most affordable that the average middle class Filipino families can readily access.
And as the market now approaches another decade, the groundbreaking feat of the Avanza still winning in this category among the multitude of competitors in its segment is very much worthy of consideration, much less a study.
In terms of perks, the Toyota Avanza features just about the most prized features in family-oriented vehicles – 7 seats, easy on gas, and exceedingly cheaper when compared to its compatriots.
Among its noted drawbacks are its underwhelming engine and lack of safety and convenience features.
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7. Toyota Vios
The Toyota Vios is still the Philippines' best-selling passenger car. Since its debut on the local market, the ubiquitous vehicle has always been the preferred vehicle among Filipinos due to a variety of reasons. Foremost of these reasons is its great value, right alongside its easy ownership and maintenance. And with it being back by Toyota's commitment to quality, reliability, and durability, one might say that this car is easily the most accessible sedan in the country.
The Toyota Vios has accounted for 25 percent of the 50,097 total passenger units across all brands in the country. This shouldn't come as a surprise though, as the vehicle has remained to be the car of choice for TNV and Taxi operators, courtesy of its design, decent performance, and accessible pricing.
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6. Toyota Innova
There are a lot of reasons why the Toyota Innova has always been the go-to vehicle on Philippine roads. For instance, the all-new Innova boasts of better powerplants under its hood. Its popularity in the market has also been boosted with its latest update which features a more proper improvement over the outgoing variant. In essence, its facelift has now been streamlined into a more attractive package.
The new Toyota Innova is also lauded for its enticing cabin. In its V and G variants, consumers are rewarded with an ambient cabin lighting, leather steering wheel with control buttons, and automatic climate control, among others.
Other notable features of the new Toyota Innova are its bespoke multimedia system, decent space allowance, more-than-adequate brakes and handling, and its great fit and finish.
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5. Toyota Wigo
If you're on the hunt for your first small car, the Toyota Wigo is simply second to none.
The Wigo is a compact car that is easy to drive. This is all thanks to its friendly dimensions that should make it easy to navigate while you're in the metro which is more often than not overloaded with cars. Relative to its sizing, the vehicle should also be easy to maintain.
The Toyota Wigo also features a commodious and humble interior that even rivals some of the most proper sedans out there. With Toyota's smart use of space optimization, four people can be accommodated with just about the right amount of leg and headroom for all the passengers.
The Toyota Wigo also prides itself for featuring all the basics when it comes to safety. Despite the brand keeping its cost in check, the vehicle manages to sport dual airbags (for the driver and the passenger), and an Anti-lock Braking System feature.
Besides these features, the Toyota Wigo is also noted for its economical price, engine and transmission, and a youthful design language.
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4. Toyota Hiace
So, just why is the Toyota Hiace so popular in the Philippines?
The Toyota Hiace's deeply-rooted popularity in the country can all be attributed to its "togetherness" feature, a trait so embedded in the Filipino culture. This passenger van rings so familiarly with the Filipino consumers as most of us love road trips. Apart from that, the Hiace is also the go-to vehicle for families which are used to running different errands such as taking their kids to school, aiding homemakers with their grocery runs, or when purchasing large items or appliances. To say that the Hiace is the ultimate all-rounder is still an understatement.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Hiace, with its generous seating and reliable performance, makes it one of the most sought-after vehicles in the domestic transport sector. As it is, it's a common sight to see when frequenting cities and provinces. With these features, it isn't surprising why the vehicle is also being sought after in the field of medical emergency response. The same can be said with its appeal in the hospitality segment, especially in hotels and resorts.
Whichever variant you choose, the Toyota Hiace easily provides generous space and more-than-adequate comfort for its users.
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3. Mitsubishi Xpander
The ultimate vehicle in the MPV segment, the Mitsubishi Xpander is also the brand's most solid effort in years. Dubbed as the top all-rounder in its class, this entry naturally comes with some of the beefier features its compatriots can't seem to provide efficiently.
The Mitsubishi Xpander readily attracts consumers with families which are already starting to grow- all thanks to its good space, such a crowd can be readily accommodated. The vehicle is likewise noted for its new design language which gives a proper, futuristic look.
The Mitsubishi Xpander's pocket storage is also worth noting as it should help its users tidy up the place especially when their kids are inside the vehicle. Talking about its interior, the vehicle is also commended for its comfortable seats for both the driver and the passenger. These seats can be bent down easily without much fuss, but with more convenience down the line. Ultimately, its cabin is noted to be solid and quite against road noise.
Other exceptional features of the Mitsubishi Xpander include its keyless entry and the push start button.
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2. Toyota Rush
At the top of the Toyota Rush's most attractive features is its compact size. This allows users to come up with better handling, especially on tight corners. As it is with this size type, the Rush can cross tight alleys without being stuck or catching any difficulty and collision in the process. Next on the list is its option to adjust the driver's position – a welcoming feature for tall drivers in the metro.
The Toyota Rush is also one of the top choices in its class relative to its AC performance. Despite it being a low bar, the air-conditioning system of the vehicle is revealed to be much better than the Vios, which has also received positive comments from its users.
The Toyota Rush is also noted for its smart infotainment system. Equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, the system expertly combines a set of eight speakers and the numerous connectivity options – culminating in an interactive experience among its passengers.
One of the more surprising features of the Toyota Rush is its inclusion of an impressive amount of "premium" kit. Some of these outstanding features include power-folding mirrors, auto-on headlights, auto-climate control, and remote key fob.
If you're residing in the Philippines, you'd know just how important a high ground clearance in a car is. This is the section in which the Toyota Rush truly shines. The 7-seater wonder measures a good ground clearance of 220 mm – easily making it an ideal vehicle to navigate through the oftentimes rain- and flood-infested Philippine roads.
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1. Toyota Fortuner
This month, our number one entrant happens to be the Toyota Fortuner. The big, brawny SUV from Toyota has gotten beefier with its 2019 model year update as it equipped the vehicle with some of the most important features, mirroring the ever-evolving needs of its consumers.
Right at the top of the list is its new Chamois interior. As opposed to splashing black and chocolate brown interiors inside, the new Fortuner can be experienced with the bespoke hue that is just easy on the eyes.
The new Toyota Fortuner is also commended for its perforated seats, which conveniently add more functionality apart from its already established looks. Meanwhile, the refreshed model also brought in a new heat rejection glass which should come in handy during climatic conditions, keeping your cabin temperature slightly lower than normal.
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Toyota is still very much unchallenged in the category of the best used cars in the Philippines. Whether an average or a practical Filipino aims for a four-door sedan or a family-oriented 7-seater, the Japanese automaker's presence in the field is as reliable as it is indefatigable.
And its cult-like following isn't such a mystery. Over the years, Toyota has been known to build solid, efficient, and highly dependable vehicles. But when you finally factor in the company's familiar pricing strategy, you get to see just why the firm's popularity among local consumers remains unbothered after all these years.
Best Used Cars in the Philippines in August 2019
- Toyota Fortuner
- Toyota Rush
- Mitsubishi Xpander
- Toyota Hiace
- Toyota Wigo
- Toyota Innova
- Toyota Vios
- Toyota Avanza
- Toyota Hilux
- Jeep Wrangler
- Images from toyota.com.ph