Because we like to come up with excuses to celebrate (and drink beer), and because we like to pay tribute to the things that help us become prime specimens of the macho sex, ladies and gents, welcome to the first-ever edition of the FHM Man Awards!
For the next few days you will be treated to a series of articles covering different aspects of guy life—that means no sissy stuff or anything that comes in pink (sorry, ladies). Think of the things that made you go high-five somebody. Think the best cars, shoes, sporting gear, clothes, accessories, even alcohol. If it was created for man and is really awesome, then it deserves an FHM Man Award!
On the following pages you'll be greeted by FHM's pick of the Best in Lifestyle; a list of products that helped us look pogi, feel pogi, and enjoy our puny existence on Earth! Scroll down to start this mother! (Or you can click here for more of the FHM Man Awards!)
PART I: CARS
It’s Not The Size Of Your Boat Award: Ford Fiesta 2013
Given to the car that didn’t let it’s small size hinder it from achieving great things, this award is a celebration of the subcompact car that’s big in features. Witness: the Ford Fiesta 2013. Now in its sixth generation, the Fiesta has evolved into a sleek, sexy supermini that touts features usually found in bigger cars.
Consistently a leader in sales, the current top-of-the-line Fiesta sports a 1.5-liter engine that puts out 110hp, is recognized as a class-leader in fuel efficiency, and boasts features such as keyless entry, push-button start, and even smart sensors that will prevent you from locking the car if it detects that the key is still inside. Smart! And for a small car, its looks speak of a big personality worth holding a feast for.
Price: P698,000 to P868,000
The Come At Me Bro Award: Isuzu D-Max 2013
Some cars are made to be coddled. This award is not for those cars. Instead, this goes to the kind of car that is ready to take all comers, and cockily sneers at unpaved roads and floods. Behold the Isuzu D-Max 2013. The new model, which comes 10 years after its introduction in 2003, is a far more aggressive pickup ready to take on new challenges. Its cosmetic updates make the D-Max far brawnier to look at.
Its strength though lies inside: the top-of-the-line variant has a 3.0-liter diesel engine that spews out 146hp and 294Nm of torque at 1,400 RPM mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission that also allows for manual shifting. It’s aerodynamic, is more rigid than the previous generation, and boasts one of the highest ground clearances among its class. Being the top-selling pickup in the country for three years now, the badass, all-business truck is definitely doing something right.
Price: P697,000 to P1,457,000
The Bakit Ka Pa Mag-Mo-Motor? Award: Suzuki Alto 800
Whether you’re in a car or on a motorcycle, accidents can happen. But it can’t be denied that motorcycles carry somewhat of a bigger risk. Yet we buy them because they’re more affordable. But what if there’s a car that doesn’t cost half a million and is reliable.
This award is for that kind of car. This year, we’re giving it the Suzuki Alto 800, a small hatchback powered by an 800cc engine and claims to deliver an average of 22.74km per liter of fuel. Very motorsiklo-like specs but having a roof above your head is a big (and possibly life-saving) bonus!
The Made For The Cool Family Man Award: Chevrolet Spin
Introduced this year, the Chevrolet Spin sits in between sedans and full-size SUVs. Big enough to accommodate the kids, but not too large that it guzzles up gas like no one’s business and quite unlikely to tip over.
The top-of-the-line model is equipped with a 1.5L gas engine that produces 108hp mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. For the family man who’s after practicality, convenience, comfort and at the same time, doesn’t want the hassle of being mistaken for a shuttle, this cool all-around utility vehicle is worth giving a spin.
Price: P798,000 to P838,000
The Everyone Wants One Award: Toyota Vios 2014
For anyone with good sense, it’s hard to come up with reasons why the Toyota Vios isn’t a solid vehicle. Perhaps the only one is that there’s too many of them. On its own though, the Vios is simply a well-designed vehicle that just works.
Whether you’re a college student, a yuppie, or a young family, the Vios can be relied on to get you places. The All-New Vios released this year ups its game significantly. For one, it’s more fun to look at now—inside and out. While the Vios might not top any beauty or performance award, the fact is it is merely very good at being a car.
NEXT: Time to drink like a man!