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Toyota Vios

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Text by Pornelos / Photos: Vince

posted October 06, 2013

What comes to mind you hear the word ‘Vios’?

and efficient? Definitely. Spacious? Reliable? Check. Good It’s a Toyota, so definitely

There are probably more, but all of are great selling points on the floor. Let’s be honest, the number one automaker in the Philippines’ in the subcompact sedan segment has one of those cars that we couldn’t call fun or even It’s not a car that you wake up in the and think to yourself, “Man, I wait to drive to work

My, my, how things have changed this all new Vios. but we’re ahead of ourselves.

Flip the calendar back a few and Toyota, under the leadership of Toyoda, found itself from a series of incidents in the States regarding sudden acceleration, so much so that the CEO found himself apologizing to the Congress directly for what Toyoda then redirected the his forebears founded, making a commitment to not just produce safe everyday cars but fun as well, and at the 2011 Tokyo Show, he unveiled the new slogans of the ‘Reborn’ and ‘Fun to drive,

So where does Toyota’s level sedan fit into new direction then?

To start: the has never looked this The sporty and aggressive design is quite similar to the Yaris Toyota China launched in the year, albeit without the bumper trim. The front and headlamps wrap around the end from just above one to another, while the lower looks like it was inspired by a favorite of ours: the Lancer Evo X.

Not much to report from the and the rear end completes the design with wraparound taillamps and a trunkline. The 15-inch rims a little understated for the body, so if you to change them for something there are plenty of better out there. Overal -and off in orange metallic- the Vios is the head turner. not a very characteristic of a car sold in economy

The interior too is properly updated and over the old model. The most difference if you’re familiar the previous two generations of the Vios isn’t?) is the migration of the gauge from the middle of the dash to its supposed to be: directly in front of the

Everything about the cabin is an to make the Vios feel expensive than it actually is, and never a bad thing. The ‘floating’ console using textured is a neat touch, along the faux ‘stitching’ on the leading of the dashboard and door panels. The scheme of the interior in this grade models is quite with beige/cream seats, carpets and other bits, by the satin silver trim and the dashboard. Overall, the cabin like it belongs in a car a class

For features, everything is standard that this is the top spec You get power windows, mirrors the fold function), steering audio controls, iPod (via the USB port), auxiliary a multi-info display (trip, consumption, range, among and a very powerful manual system. Anti-lock brakes and airbags are standard for safety, with a keyless entry Also, the stock 4-wheel brake system in this G could well be the best in the after testing them aboard the Vios 1.5G Cup

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At the heart of this orange is a 1NZ-FE 1.5-liter, twin-cam, 107 mated to a 4-speed automatic I know what you’re why didn’t they change or the current engine, and why still the gate-type, 4-speed automatic? from driving it around for a the engine and transmission combo is fine.

Fuel economy in the with moderate traffic is at a decent 8.5 kilometers to the liter and kilometers to the liter on the highway. Not Acceleration too is quite good, though the car actually got bigger and The real trick that the had is in improvements to the suspension and noise-vibration-harshness lessening.

The new Vios is far more comfortable what passes for paved in the metro nowadays. Handling? On the the new Vios actually (and performs better than the one it easy to maneuver at speed and (hence predictable) when hard. And again, the brakes are

The best part is that new Toyota Vios 1.5G 4AT has experienced a slight increase in over the previous generation. As it this variant costs PhP If you want it in White Pearl, add PhP 15,000.

Toyota as a global has always been known for the purveyor of practical, everyday Akio Toyoda is revolutionizing notion of the company he leads and bolder, more striking, exciting Toyota Vios is of that new direction.

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