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This might sound trite, but really, the Vios is a smart choice for those who are looking for a reliable car for driving around the city. [firstpara] It’s one of those cars that it’s hard to feel any buyer’s remorse for. It’s economical, practical, fuel-efficient, comfortable, and surely it doesn’t look half bad.

Now, the 2010 model has arrived, and Toyota has done nothing but improve upon the Vios’ already value-packed set of features. Notably, they have added a new member to the Vios family in the form of the 1.3 automatic transmission variant.

It has undergone some subtle yet refreshing aesthetic changes that are sure to keep the Vios from looking outdated. And with other car manufacturers beginning to introduce newer subcompact models, it has never been more important for the Vios to be on the edge.

Its front profile gets a face lift, starting with a redesigned front grille that features bolder yet still elegant lines. The front bumper and the fog lamps takes on a more angular appearance, giving the Vios a more manly presence on the road.

The opposite end meanwhile features new, fresh-looking rear combination lamps, which while nothing groundbreaking, still serves to give this car a breath of fresh air. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels complete the Vios’ eye-catching, handsome looks.

Inside, the Vios is still about convenience and practicality, as evidenced by the seamless layout of the cockpit, and the easy placement of all the important controls, while the new sporty leather steering wheel aims to help the car keep in touch with the car’s youthful market.

For you and your family’s safety, the Vios is equipped with healthy set of safety features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), brake assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, 4-wheel disc brakes, and dual SRS airbags.

Thanks to its compact size, the Vios doesn’t have to slog through city roads even with the smallest engine variant, the 1.3L DOHC 4-cylinder 16-valve engine. The 1.5L variant meanwhile produces around 107hp at 6,000 rpm. Both engines claim to have best-in-class fuel efficiency.

A city car that ‘s practical, efficient, and affordable, that’s what the Vios is. The most affordable, the 1.3J M/T variant goes for Php 599,000, while the top-of-the-line variant is the 1.5G A/T variant which sells for Php810,000. Other variants include the 1.5G M/T, Php 775,000, the 1.3E A/T variant, Php 720,000 and the 1.3E M/T variant, Php 685,000.

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WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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