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May 15, 2014
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Air-conditioning blowing out nothing but hot air? Weird noises coming from the engine? Tailpipe spewing radioactive material? Brakes only working 33 percent of the time?

Buddy, we're sad to tell you this, but you need to let go. That jalopnik of yours needs to go to car heaven, and you absolutely need a new car—your monthly food budget be damned.

We're at the halfway point of the year, and that means many car brands have already come out with their big guns. For the car shopper, that's a good thing. Below we give you seven on the top of our list of cool, practical cars that won't force you to sign illicit money-grabbing deals with Napoles!


Honda City

Launched on: April 23

Quick specs: 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine rated at 118hp and 145Nm

Eye-catching details: We're digging those strong geometrical angles up front and that deep line running on the side.

Price range: P760,000 to P980,000


Toyota Yaris

Launched in: April 2014

Quick specs: 1.3 liter or 1.5 liter four-cylinder VVT-i gasoline engines that produce 84hp and 106hp respectively; available in four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions.

Eye-catching details: The sporty stance and that black C-pillar give it a very modern, young feel.

Price range: P720,000 to P845,000


Hyundai Accent CRDi

Launched: May 2014 

Quick specs: 1.6-liter U-II CRDi-VGT diesel engine that produces 126hp and mated to a six-speed manual transmission

Eye-catching details: Hyundai's fluid styling gives the car a subtle, dynamic vibe.

Price:  P768,000


Mazda 3

Launched: May 2014

Quick specs: 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine that produces 153hp and 200Nm, and a 1.5-liter Skyactiv engine that produces 110hp and 144Nm

Eye-catching details: Has that magnetic can't-look-away quality to it. It's stunning, and is immediately distinct. Available in sedan or hatchback.

Price range: P948,000 to P1,195,000


NEXT: The i10 Grand, Sylphy, and Altima


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