2003 Toyota Revo VX200 — Honest Car Reviews Philippines

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Toyota Revo

Toyota’s AUV REVOlution

Text by D. Young / Photos: Raymond D.

posted June 10, 2003

Akin to a well-aged wine, the Revo went another so as to portray aggressiveness, the same that transformed the erstwhile AUV market into a very and controversial one.

Backtracking to the 1990s, the then KF/LF 80 Revo was already the perfect for Toyota’s AUV Revolution. Possessing virtues, it quickly won the hearts of Filipinos, whether the purpose of its would be for private or public Luxury cues were in the Revo in its first facelift 81), together with the of a new engine line-up (1RZ-E) to the competition. Variants that the new engine was the GSX, 2.0 Sport and the then VX 200. In the late of its existence the limited edition J was also added.

Now, another facelift (KF/LF/RZF the Philippines’ most popular AUV better than ever. also set to win the hearts of another of Revo owners, which are comprised of budding families and

Telltale signs of age withstanding, the revised exterior is well with attractive creases will put a shar pei to shame, but are all in the right places. Items the chrome grill, bumper, and rear claddings are primary of the lined styling theme. components of the new design are revised taillights, and the subjectively criticized garnish. Functional styling include a nudge bar with accent, door visors and rails.

But what really sets the VX 200 from the rest is what calls the exclusive paint a unique two-tone paint in the of the sheet metal, instead of on the coordinates. Exclusive as they they also bring fond memories of Yankee-wagon-toting of yesteryears.

New design 15 wheels are another revision, although it that its chrome trim its predecessor had just disappeared and to the other areas of the car, as the side mirrors, door and the rain gutter. Nonetheless, the design of the Revo will win the of all the members of the family, young and old


Steering response is a notch above as the Revo a rack and pinion steering which translates to a more feel of the road. It is also one of the wheels to turn because of its steering system, although at the wheel may feel too light high speeds. Well, of at triple-digit speeds it is a must to it with two hands. The Revo’s turning radius of 4.9 m is perfect at situations. The new steering wheel’s is a perfect fit to the Revo with to its size.


Initial driving reveal that the brake is a bit soft but not to the point of being too But this could be used to advantage during driving, as it be easier to modulate it so as to avoid passengers. Pedal feel set braking power is adept on road conditions.


The 1RZ-E engine is not only sound. Although engine are a little bit low compared to the competition, it delivers especially in the low-end, power is needed. Keeping the RPM between 1,500-2,000 rpm will out sufficient performance to pull 1,505 kg. vehicle.


The wishbone/leaf spring tandem is not too in the typical Manila ride compromising payload capacity. To say the suspension setup is tuned for roads characterizes it. It also the vehicle stable during speeds. At times, body is noticeable but this is always a issue among utility


The 4-speed automatic with ECT and overdrive function driving a breeze, especially in traffic. As with Toyota transmission units, shift events are tolerable and engine drop during shifting is Accelerator pedal pressure is always a variable for the automatic so there’s no fear of missed during overtaking or uphill


Those who are accustomed to the traditional interior of AUVs be surprised upon boarding the VX But before the eye could notice the new the distinct smell of leather every passenger.

At first the metal trims for the air-con and center console breaks the of black plastic and complements the exterior fascia. Noticeable is the new leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering (thank God it’s not beige with the Toyota logo and the gauge cluster. All-round door inserts complement the beige leather upholstery, some may prefer that courtesy lights be included to the handsome interior package.

The VX 200 is home to the most car-like position among all AUVs. it’s one fact that owners into buying one and endear this car to the socially Filipino. The seating position the driver to see more of the road for the vertically challenged (like writer) it means turning the driver’s seat knob all the way up.

Interior versatility is raised ante with the incorporation of and reclining seats for the second row Still present are the split/fold-and-tumble just in case cargo in the way. After all, an AUV be one without the versatility factor? For always on the go, cup holders embedded on the center armrest are welcome It could also double as a phone holder, if one it not comfortable it on the door assist grip. On the hand, as with other the Revo has improved NVH figures, is great for an egalitarian, mass-market

Wait, where did the parking go? Where’s the Pull and Turn Hush, it’s still on the floor, but on the driver’s right One need not bend down to grasp a lever; it is now within the hand’s reach.

Looking closely at the dual air-conditioning of the Revo, this is by far the best among all other AUVs. The are located at the area where less heat, thus cooling capacity even Vent count is also to 6 as compared with the old design’s 4. a single-direction output design, as to the old’s two-way output also eliminates cooling between the second and last row area.

An on-board VCD system and Kenwood 3-in-1 radio/cassette/CD combo are equipment on the Revo VX 200. The ones, meanwhile, could their laptops or mobile powered through the auxiliary located at the left rearmost to reach it an adapter with a cable is needed.


In to the crumple zone and childproof the Revo VX 200 is equipped with a sensor to avoid unexpected with unseen obstructions going in reverse. The new design provide excellent road with the new multi-reflector design as by the now bumper level fog lamps. taillights and a high mount, brake light help more Lumens to would-be

With a whopping fifteen to choose from, the Toyota is crafted to cater to the needs of Filipino, whether it be for private or conveyance. Those wanting a with luxury trims but sacrifice people moving or capacity may venture with the VX 200 or the Runner variant. For those the 2.0-liter 1RZ-E power sans optional equipment may to consider the GSX. Those to tradition and basic utility and hauling routines may want to the Spartan DLX, GL and GLX are also with the DLX now sporting multi-reflector Oil motor buffs are not left out the Toyota Revo also has a engine option (2L) for the GL, GLX, and Sport Runner

After summing up all the features the Toyota Revo could is this really an AUV? out by taking a peek at the nearest dealer.

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