Nov 10, 2016 (updated : Sep 11, 2020)

Best Cars in the Philippines in August 2020

As the Philippine automotive industry continues to cope amid struggles brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Toyota vehicles maintain unwavering popularity with seven out of ten Toyota models spread across our August 2020 best-selling cars roster.

Despite the modified enhanced community quarantine that was imposed in the National Capital Region for the first half of the month, signs of gradual recovery are being felt in the automotive industry, with new cars launched during August such as the Ford Territory, Toyota Corolla Cross and Maxus G50. So, here we are once again sharing with you our top ten best cars for the month of August.

As usual, Toyota leads the flock, with seven vehicles smugly spread across the listing. The trend in July wherein the two cargo haulers Mitsubishi L300 and Suzuki Multicab/Carry joined the top ten best-sellers has continued this month, with Mitsubishi and Suzuki filling the three remaining slots unoccupied by Toyota.

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10. Toyota Innova

Pros

  • Spacious cabin with lots of cubbyholes
  • Large trunk space expandable by folding third-row seats, and even further by folding second-row seats
  • Has gasoline and diesel engine options
  • Has manual and automatic transmission options
  • Range toppers have a handful of safety and ride-assist features

Cons

  • Base models' driver-assist and safety features are very minimal
  • Low-level NVH insulation
  • Not-so-engaging handling

Down from its eighth position in August, the Toyota Innova has managed to cling to the last slot in our top ten list. This practical and dependable seven- to eight-seater compact multipurpose utility vehicle (MPV) proudly rolls out of Toyota's Sta. Rosa, Laguna assembly line, and consistently proves to be a favorite family hauler, company transport, and more.

Sitting on Toyota's Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform, the Innova is powered by two engine options: the diesel-fed 2.8L turbocharged mill and the gasoline-fed 2L engine, with both attached to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic tranny that pushes power to the rear wheels. The Euro 4-compliant 2L gasoline powertrain can cough up a maximum 136hp of output and 183Nm of torque. The bigger diesel powerplant's power output and torque differ slightly between the manual and the automatic transmission, with the former producing up to 167hp of output and 343Nm of torque; the latter 171hp and 360Nm.

The compact MPV's suspension system consists of an independent coil spring and double-wishbone with a stabilizer up front and a four-link coil spring at the rear. Stopping power is taken care of by front ventilated discs and rear leading-trailing drum brakes. Unlike many of its competitors, the Toyota Innova still uses hydraulic power steering instead of electronic power steering (EPS).

The current iteration of the Toyota Innova has four variants with 2L gasoline engine, namely the Toyota Innova J MT (PHP 1,036,000 SRP), Innova E MT (PHP 1,178,000), Innova E AT (PHP 1,248,000) and Innova G AT (PHP 1,320,000).

There's a wider range of trims that sport the 2.8L diesel mill, viz the Innova J MT (PHP 1,146,000), Innova E MT (PHP 1,250,000), Innova E AT (PHP 1,320,000), Innova Touring Sport MT (PHP 1,320,000), Innova Touring Sport AT (PHP 1,390,000), Innova G MT (PHP 1,452,000), Innova G MT White Pearl color variant (PHP 1,467,000), Innova G AT (PHP 1,522,000), Innova G AT White Pearl color (PHP 1,537,000), Innova V (PHP 1,680,000) and the Innova V AT White Pearl (PHP 1,694,000).

9. Mitsubishi L300

Pros

  • Practical and versatile
  • Low price point for a purpose-oriented vehicle
  • Decent payload and hauling capabilities

Cons

  • Outdated exterior and interior design
  • Only one engine option
  • Safety features are limited to front impact and side-impact beams, disc brakes, and engine check warning

The Mitsubishi L300 slides down one notch from its eighth position in July; nevertheless, its inclusion in our August list proves that many Filipinos love this versatile and ever-practical workhorse.

The L300 cab is designed to be purpose-driven, hence coming in a number of body configurations. Its FB body configuration accommodates up to 17 people with extra space for luggage. This configuration can also be replaced with a freezer-type body which can be used to deliver ice, frozen goods or perishable food produce to name a few.

The vehicle's latest iteration is powered by a 2.2L four-cylinder inline 16-valve DOHC diesel engine equipped with a turbocharged intercooler system that can deliver power output up to 98hp at 3,500rpm and 200Nm of peak torque at 3,500rpm. This Euro 4-compliant mill is hooked to a five-speed manual gearbox. These figures allow the L300 to produce 40% more power and torque than its previous models which translate to improved pull and payload capabilities.

Its suspension system is made up of a front independent wishbone and coil spring with a stabilizer and a rear semi-elliptic leaf spring. Its two-spoke polypropylene steering wheel is paired with a ball-and-nut gear type with power steering. Braking power is ensured by the front ventilated discs and rear leading and trailing drums equipped with Master Vac brake boosters.

The Mitsubishi L300 has two configurable variants. The three-seater Mitsubishi L300 Cab & Chassis, which is referred to as Exceed 2.2 Diesel Euro 4, sells for PHP 804,000, while the 17-seater Mitsubishi L300 Exceed with FB Body with dual AC sells for PHP 998,000. If you're wondering why you only see white L300s around, that's because this vehicle available in that color only.

8. Toyota Avanza

Pros

  • Affordable price point
  • LED headlights are standard across the range

Cons

  • Uncomfortable, rough ride, especially with few passengers or less cargo
  • Engine needs to work harder with a heavy load
  • Steering feedback is not so good
  • Cramped rear seat space

Sliding two slots down to the eighth spot this August from last month, the Toyota Avanza continues to be among the widely popular vehicles in the Philippines' MPV market alongside its more upscale sibling, the Toyota Innova.

The latest iteration of the Toyota Avanza shares the same the Daihatsu Terios platform with the Toyota Rush, and a refresh last year gave the aging MPV's design a more contemporary look and feel. It has, however, retained its dual VVT-i inline four, 16-valve DOHC powertrain that comes in two types and sizes. The 1.3L 1NR-VE chain-drive mill fires up to 95hp and 121Nm of torque, while the 1.5L 2NR-VE motor can fork up a maximum of 103hp and 136Nm of torque, with both being paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic tranny.

A MacPherson strut with a stabilizer in the front and a four-link with lateral control rod at the rear make up the Toyota Avanza's suspension setup. Front ventilated discs and rear lead-trailing drum brakes take care of the MPV's braking power.

The current-model Toyota Avanza comes in several variants, the 1.3L trims being the Avanza J MT (PHP 743,000), the Avanza E MT (PHP 876,000) and the Avanza E AT (PHP 919,000). Those preferring the 1.5L versions can choose from the Avanza G MT (PHP 969,000), the Avanza G AT (PHP 1,012,000) and the top-of-the-line Avanza Veloz (PHP 1,077,000). The Veloz comes with an exclusive Dark Red Mica Metallic paint scheme, while the rest are available in White, Gray Metallic, Black Metallic, Beige Metallic, Silver Mica Metallic, and Dark Blue SE colorways.

7. Toyota Hiace

Pros

  • Appealing new body shape; no longer lackluster as its predecessor
  • New shape provides more interior cabin space
  • NVH insulation
  • Sufficient power output and torque
  • Practical and functional Commuter variants
  • Range toppers offer comfortable cabin
  • Decent safety features

Cons

  • Handling can be jittery
  • Body roll at higher speeds

The Toyota Hiace climbs up from its ninth spot last month to seventh place in our August bestsellers list. No surprise here as Toyota's light utility van is almost an indispensable companion of many individuals, families and companies alike. With its new look and form, and its new Cargo variant, there's no doubt that the Hiace's fan base will continue to increase.

All of Toyota Hiace's trims are powered by a 2.8L inline four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC diesel engine, same as that of the Toyota Fortuner, which is paired with either a six-speed automatic or same-speed manual gearbox. The powertrain's output and torque, however, vary per Hiace variant, with the Commuter Deluxe generating up to 176hp and 420Nm, respectively; the GL Grandia up to 176hp and 450Nm; the GL Grandia Tourer up to 163hp and 420Nm; and the Super Grandia up to 168hp and 450Nm.

The ever-dependable Toyota van's suspension layout consists of MacPherson struts up front and a rigid leaf-spring combination setup at the rear. Whereas ventilated front disc brakes are standard across all trims, rear brakes are variant-dependent, fitted with either disc brakes or drum brakes.

The Toyota Hiace Commuter now has three trims with TMP revealing a new Commuter Cargo variant with an MSRP of PHP 1,101,000 in July. The other two are the Commuter Pre-FMC priced at PHP 1,480,000 and the Commuter Deluxe priced at PHP 1,634,000.

The price of the Toyota Hiace GL Grandia depends on its transmission, with the MT variant's price tag at PHP 2,070,000 and the AT variant at PHP 2,145,000. The same goes for the Hiace GL Grandia Tourer, with the MT version retailing for PHP 2,244,000 and the AT trim for PHP 2,319,000.

The Toyota Hiace Super Grandia comes in automatic option only, and the price varies according to cabin materials with the standard fabric costing PHP 2,533,000, while a more premium-feel leather material costing PHP 2,623,000. The price of the range-topper, the Hiace Super Grandia Elite, depends on its paint scheme: the Dark Gray Metallic retails for PHP 2,983,000 and the Luxury Pearl for PHP 2,998,000 SRP.

The all-new Hiace offers low levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) courtesy of its completely new body that is based on the brand's TNGA platform. Overall, the new iteration of the Toyota Hiace makes for decreased driver fatigue when driving over extended distances, and at the same time provides a high level of safety as proven by its ratings equivalent to five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

6. Toyota Fortuner

Pros

  • Striking and sporty design
  • Powerful headlights
  • Powerful torque figures and good power output
  • Decent cabin materials and layout
  • Superior build quality
  • Lots of variants to choose from

Cons

  • The current iteration can benefit from more advanced safety features
  • No rear backing-up camera, although the newly launched model in Thailand already has this
  • Price point is not for everyone

After being absent in our July 2020 top-selling cars list, the muscular and good-looking SUV Toyota Fortuner makes a comeback slotting in at sixth place in August. The seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) has already proven itself as among the most-preferred SUVs by many customers looking for a ride that oozes with power, performance, appeal and comfort.

This Toyota head-turner comes in three powerful engine variants: the standard 2.7L inline-four 2TR-FE dual VVT-i gasoline engine capable of a maximum power output of 163hp and a peak torque of 245Nm; the smaller 2.4L turbocharged D-4D 2GD-FTV diesel motor that can thump out up to 147hp max power output and up to 400Nm of torque; and the biggest powerplant ― a 2.8L 1GD-FTV turbocharged diesel engine that produces up to 174hp and 450Nm torque. A five-speed manual tranny or a six-speed automatic gearbox can be paired with each engine variant. The top-range variants have four-wheel (4WD) drivetrains while the rest have rear-wheel (RWD) drivetrains.

Toyota's Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform runs in the family, so, like the Toyota Innova and the Toyota Hilux, the Toyota Fortuner also takes on a ladder-frame chassis with a front suspension system consisting of a fully independent double-wishbone and a rear setup of rigid axle on coil springs. This offers a comfortable, safe ride even on difficult terrains. Talk about rugged but soft.

Tech-wise, the Toyota Fortuner is equipped with the latest modernity, depending on the variant, such as keyless entry with a push-to-start button, crash sensors, rear parking sensors, hill-start assist, cruise control, door-ajar warning systems, power liftgate and automatic climate control.

The Toyota Fortuner 2.7 G AT is the only gasoline-mill variant of the popular SUV. The rest of the variants ― the Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G 4x2 MT, the 2.4 G 4x2 AT, the 2.4 V 4x2 AT and the 2.8 V 4x4 AT ― all run on diesel. Prices start at PHP 1,633,000 for the base model while the top-ranger costs PHP 2,316,000.

5. Mitsubishi Xpander

Pros

  • Monocoque chassis offers better stiffness and weight advantage allowing for a comfortable ride
  • Spacious interior and trunk storage
  • Fuel savings at 22.9kmpl
  • Loads of safety and advanced features

Cons

  • With only four gears, the engine takes some time to shift up
  • No diesel engine option

It looks as though there's a slight downward trend for MPVs this August, as the Mitsubishi Xpander also slid down from its fourth position in July to slot into the fifth spot. Mitsubishi Philippines' best-selling seven-seater MPV boasts of form and function combined with practicality and good looks. This spacious vehicle offers a snug and plush ride, even on bumpy roads, as its suspension setup is tuned to the softer side with a Macpherson strut with coil sprint and stabilizer in front and torsion beam at the rear.

Performance-wise, the Xpander is economical with fuel, with its 1.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine that features the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control (MIVEC). This powertrain can deliver up to 105hp of power output at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and is paired with a four-speed automatic gearbox. A five-speed manual variant is also offered. The Xpander has a front-wheel drivetrain and its average fuel consumption is 22.9km per liter, which, for a seven-seater MPV, is impressive enough.

Aside from a roomy cabin, the compact MPV also boasts a spacious rear cargo area which can fold flat when the third-row seats are not needed. Advanced features are available such as a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with up to six speakers, a reverse assist feature via a backup camera in higher variants as well as cruise control.

The Mitsubishi Xpander has the following variants: the Mitsubishi Xpander GLX MT (PHP 1,008,000), the Xpander GLX Plus AT (PHP 1,088,000) and the Xpander GLS AT (PHP 1,128,000).

4. Toyota Vios

Pros

  • Adequate trunk space
  • Decent level of NHV insulation
  • Decent power output and torque
  • Steadier and firmer steering
  • Adequate safety features, especially on top trims
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • No front armrest
  • Back seats are not too comfortable for long drives

With the refreshed 2021 Toyota Vios launched in July, the sedan's already unbeatable popularity has undoubtedly soared to new heights. This August, the car is up one notch from its fifth slot in July. The facelifted 2021 Toyota Vios didn't get any change internally, but on the exterior side of things, the Vios has evolved into a sleeker, more charming car. Some gizmos were also added such as a rear camera for the G variant and improved infotainment system on the top trims. The variant has also been fitted with power-folding mirrors, smart entry with a push-to-start button, automatic climate control and lots of leather.

The 98hp-ouput and 123N-torque generating 1.3L gasoline mill and the 106hp-output and 140Nm-torque capable 1.5L engine remain intact in the 2021 iteration, as well as the five-speed manual and CVT gearbox options that rams power to the front wheels.

Sitting on Toyota's B platform, the Toyota Vios sports MacPherson struts for its front suspension and torsion beam for the rear. The range toppers are equipped with disc brakes, while the J and other base variants have drum brakes for the sedan's stopping capability.

Like other Toyota vehicles, the Vios has received a five-star safety rating from the ASEAN NCAP. All trims are equipped with electronic stability control and hill start assist. Three airbags are standard across the lower-end variants, but there's an option to upgrade to seven airbags. The range toppers get seven airbags as standard.

The 2021 Toyota Vios' many variants are still affordably priced, with the Vios 1.3 Base MT selling for PHP 671,000, the Vios 1.3 Base MT (seven airbags) for PHP 681,000, the Vios 1.3 J MT for PHP 697,000, the Vios 1.3 J MT (seven airbags) for PHP 707,000, the Vios 1.3 XE CVT for PHP 747,000, the Vios 1.3 XE CVT (seven airbags) for PHP 753,000, the Vios 1.3 XLE MT for PHP 791,000, the Vios 1.3 XLE CVT for PHP 841,000, the Vios 1.3 E MT for PHP 841,000, the Vios 1.3 E CVT for PHP 891,000, the Vios 1.5 G MT for PHP 997,000, the Vios 1.5 G CVT for PHP 1,056,000. The White Pearl color scheme is available for PHP 15,000 as with other Toyota models.

3. Suzuki Multicab/Carry

Pros

  • Affordable price point for a commercial light vehicle
  • Can carry huge payload
  • Refined engine
  • Built tough

Cons

  • Lacks modern safety features
  • Lacks good ventilation system and radio in cabin
  • Space around driver is cramped

Dropping one slot to settle in third is the Suzuki Multicab, officially referred to as the Suzuki Carry. This commercial utility vehicle is, like the Mitsubishi L300, well known all over the nation as both a people and cargo carrier.

Initially seen as a small alternative to trucks, the multicab's small yet flexible layout allows it to "carry" cargo more easily as it can wriggle even through tight roads or congested spaces, unlike trucks. Its bed is designed to allow access from all three points ― the left and right sides and the back. This makes loading easier, whether it's farm produce or furniture, the Suzuki Carry can efficiently lug them.

For a mini cargo truck, it actually has a big bed measuring 2,565mm long and 1,660mm wide, which enables the Carry to haul not only long objects such as logs or steel but also wide items including big furniture. Its height is just right, standing 1,160mm from the bed to the top of the cab so that it can fit tall objects as well such as furniture and appliances. The bed was intentionally designed to sit at a low 750mm from the ground to make loading and unloading convenient. If the cargo is not heavy, one can easily load it even with the gates closed; meanwhile, for heavy cargo, the low height allows easy loading without putting a strain on people's backs. Moreover, accessing equipment or payload is quite comfortable even without having to open the gates.

Its petite body can accommodate a maximum of 940 kilograms of payload and/or passengers. Its full-cab layout makes for a balanced weight distribution between the front and the rear tires, even with full-capacity load. Its payload stays in place by means of the 22 rope hooks that are distributed around the bed to secure its cargo and prevent any item from falling. There's also an angle post to block the cargo from banging against the cabin.

The Suzuki Carry's 1.5L gasoline engine can tug and pull with a maximum output of 95hp and a peak torque of 135Nm.

The vehicle is tougher than many may think as it has been fitted with heaps of protection measures from severe environments. Its body is designed to withstand rust and corrosion. And its bumper and headlights are also positioned high upfront and its engine's air intake is placed high under the cargo bed to enable it to wade slowly through 30cm of floodwater. The multicab's short wheelbase is also one of its best advantages; its ramp break-over angle provides lots of clearance space over bumpy terrains and obstacles along the road.

The Suzuki Carry comes in all-new variants: the Carry Cab and Chassis 1.5L variant (PHP 499,000 SRP), the Carry Truck 1.5L (PHP 509,000), the Carry Utility Van 1.5L (PHP 614,000), and the Carry Cargo Van 1.5L (PHP 576,000).

2. Toyota Wigo

Pros

  • Fuel efficient
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Sporty looks, especially the TRD-S variant
  • Affordable price point
  • Decent cabin space in spite of compact stature

Cons

  • Limited internal features
  • Cabin material is made of hard plastic
  • Anemic safety features
  • NHV insulation needs to be improved

After clinging dearly to the pole position for two consecutive months in June and July, the ever-cute and popular hatchback Toyota Wigo slid down to second place in August. Nevertheless, the sporty cutie still rules the local subcompact hatchback market given that it's budget-friendly, a fuel saver, and compact enough to squirm its way through the crowded metro.

With recent cosmetic changes, the 2021 Toyota Wigo boasts a more attractive look and a host of modern features as well as safety and ride-assist features. There's no change under the hood though. A 66hp-output- and 89Nm-torque-producing 1L inline three-cylinder 12-valve DOHC gasoline power plant still fires up the top-selling five-seater Toyota hatchback. A five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.

Based on the Daihatsu Global A-Segment platform, the Wigo sits on a MacPherson strut with coil spring front suspension and a semi-independent torsion axle beam with coil spring on its rear. Braking capability is supported by the front ventilated discs and rear drum brakes.

Ride-assist and tech features are variant-dependent but safety features such as airbags, seatbelt warning and ABS come standard in the 2021 iteration of this car. Top variants are fitted with an immobilizer and alarm system for better security.

The 2021 Toyota Wigo trims are the Wigo E MT (PHP 568,000 MSRP), the Wigo G MT (PHP 623,000), the Wigo G AT (PHP 658,000) and the Wigo TRD-S AT (PHP 700,000). As with other Toyota vehicles, the White Pearl color is available for an additional PHP 15,000.

1. Toyota Rush

Pros

  • High ground clearance
  • Spacious interior especially in five-seater configuration
  • Smartphone-compatible infotainment system
  • Adequate safety features

Cons

  • Cramped driver's seat
  • The rear row of seven-seater is cramped
  • Limited performance of four-speed AT
  • Mostly hard plastic interior

Grabbing the top position from its smallest sibling Wigo, the Toyota Rush leveled up two notches forward this August from its third position in July. This versatile SUV is one of Toyota's contenders in the Philippine subcompact SUV segment and often pitted against the Mitsubishi Xpander, which comes fifth in this list. Slotting between the Toyota Innova and the Toyota Fortuner, the Rush is available in two seating-capacity configurations: a five-seater and a seven-seater with a 1.5L 2NR-VE dual VVT-i gasoline engine under the hood, which fires power up to 102hp and torque that tops at 134Nm. A five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.

The best-selling Toyota SUV is easy to maneuver, especially in crowded and traffic-congested urban streets courtesy of its high ground clearance combined with its compact body form. Its suspension setup is similar to most of its Toyota siblings, with front MacPherson independent struts and rear live axle with coil springs.

Compact as it may seem, the Rush offers decent legroom, especially for the five-seater trim. The seven-seater on the other hand also provides plenty of room in the first two rows.

The cockpit and the cabin of this sporty Toyota SUV boast a fair share of technologies decent enough to satisfy even millennial drivers. An Android- and iOS-compatible digital infotainment system with integrated 2DIN audio and Bluetooth and other media connectivity is found on the dash along with a digital odometer, electronic trip meter, digital clock and a tachometer. Advanced features such as a push-to-start ignition button, an eco-indicator, and steering wheel audio controls are also offered. The best part is, like most Toyota vehicles, the Rush comes with standard safety features including a complete set of airbags, vehicle stability control, ABS with EBD, and hill-assist control.

The Toyota Rush comes in three variants: Toyota Rush 1.5 E MT (PHP 968,000), Toyota Rush 1.5 E AT (PHP 1,008,000) and Toyota Rush 1.5 G AT (PHP 1,100,000).

Conclusion

Toyota has remained an unbeatable leader with seven entries making it to the best cars list this August versus six entries in July. Even though the Toyota Wigo lost its crown as the top-selling car in August 2020, another Toyota vehicle, the Toyota Rush SUV, has taken its place as the best among the best. The rest of the vehicles aren't newbies to the list and their consistent inclusion in Priceprice.com's monthly roster means they have a good track record and deserve all the glory they are getting.

The Mitsubishi L300 and Suzuki Carry made it to the list again, which indicates that there's still a trend of Filipinos valuing budget-friendly workhorses. It's not just all about budget though, because the premium and pricier Toyota Fortuner SUV also joined the list.

Our August 2020 top ten best cars list echoes a healthy mix of vehicles that reflect most Filipinos' requirements, such as practicality, reliability on the road, versatility, flexibility as a personal ride and as a business vehicle, sufficient space to haul people and cargo, and fuel efficiency on top of good reputation of both the particular model and the brand.