Launched: All-new Toyota Vios

By Dinzo Tabamo

New car launches in the Philippines

2013 Toyota Vios in the Philippines

The Vios is Toyota's answer to the question, "Is there one car that can cater to the needs of the most number of people?" For proof, one need only look at the sales figures. In 2012, there were 16,517Vios units sold in the country. That's more than Honda Cars Philippines' total sales for the same year.

Indeed, versatility is a big factor for the Vios's success. Over the years, it has become a college car for students, a first car for junior managers, a family car for young couples, and, most important to the bottom line, a dependable fleet car for taxi companies and sales organizations.

Since the first generation, the Vios has been victim to its own success. Its Toyota masters barely fiddled with the formula to the point that the generation change from first to second made even car guys like us look closely to see the difference. But that didn't stop Toyota's dealers from selling about 1,500 units on a good month.

The good news is that Toyota decided to increase the Vios's fun factor. Its tagline for the new model is "Start the Fun." Actually, it's more of a hashtag now (#startthefun).

First off, this latest iteration looks so much better than the model it replaces. The outgoing Vios was designed not to offend the most number of people. It never got people excited either. The new car has a large dramatic grille and sleek headlights connected to a prominent chrome grille. It's a purposeful stance that will draw attention on the road. Well, until the roads are full of Vios cars anyway.

But owners will still have the satisfaction of knowing they're behind the wheel of something stylish and in a cabin greatly improved from the previous generation. In the top-spec G variant, swaths of cream material and bits of chrome and shiny black plastic engulf the passengers. The black stuff is actually interesting in that it looks glossy, but it has a matte texture when you touch it.

The cabin is a lot roomier, too. The old Vios was a bit on the snug side, but now occupants don't necessarily have to feel bad that they can't afford an Altis.

When it comes to the power train, there's good new and bad news. The bad news is that the engines are unchanged. The 1.5-liter unit is still the 107hp 1NZ-FE mill that predates the very first Vios because it was the engine in the Echo Verso of the late '90s. The 1.3-liter motor is the same 85hp 2NZ-FE also from the previous-generation Vios. So, if you were happy with how the old Vios drove, you won't be disappointed with the new one.

The good news is that this means the new Vios should be as reliable and fuel-efficient as ever. And since there are so many of them on the road, they are easy to service. A mechanic who doesn't know his way around Vios engines and drivetrains shouldn't be called a mechanic. This also means parts should still be in abundance.

So here's the new Toyota Vios. It looks better, drives the same, and is still backed by Toyota's famous reliability and sturdiness. We wish it inherited a little more oomph from the exciting cars in the Japanese carmaker's stable. But for the rest of the population, this is still the no-brainer choice.

We already reported the price list last month, but for the benefit of those who missed it, here it is again:

1.3 Base -P592,000

1.3 J (MT) -P630,000

1.3 E (MT) -P727,000

1.3 E (AT) -P762,000

1.5 G (MT) -P812,000

1.5 G (AT) -P847,000

Now, watch our exclusive video below, then view our equally exclusive photo gallery.

Photos by Mikko David

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  • maranello_5775 Jul 10 2013 @ 05:09pm
    I hope the new vios' rear suspension isn't as soft as the old one as it has a tendency to chin up even if it's not fully laden on the rear.
    • JamtriX Jul 10 2013 @ 06:21pm
      I think its still the same. Body shape lang ata talaga ang naiba. Same engine, same frame, same same..
  • ceejhay Jul 10 2013 @ 05:09pm
    wishing still . . .
  • GTi Jul 10 2013 @ 05:23pm
    Finally, a Vios that actually looks nice. Too bad it still uses the same unchanged decade-old engines. I wonder, does it have improved rear seat and trunk space?
  • Juan Camaro Jul 10 2013 @ 06:20pm
    Will expect some serious mods on the next few months.
    • DePendot Jul 11 2013 @ 09:50am
      seriously, dont.. people will just laugh at a modded vios. same as avanza, city.. *peace*
  • rdjl_13 Jul 10 2013 @ 07:02pm
    For me, not changing the engine is a good move of Toyota. Reliability is important to Filipinos. About the looks, I'm LOVING it especially the interior. Greatly improved. :bd
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jul 15 2013 @ 02:44pm
      Kpag d nagpalit ng engine ang isang Toyota good move pero pag ibang brand, bad move? WTF?
      • rdjl_13 Jul 16 2013 @ 11:13pm
        This is a car for the masses unlike other luxury cars which buyers do not mind about reliability. And I never said that it's a bad move when it comes to other brands.
  • edwardmartinpo Jul 10 2013 @ 08:10pm
    Off-topic: Ganda ng shots ni Sir Mikko. Wonder what camera he uses. :)
    • art Jul 12 2013 @ 07:44pm
      wala yan sa camera bro. nasa kumukuha yan.
  • isaac3654 Jul 10 2013 @ 10:29pm
    Drives the same? So it's still an appliance and not a sporty car that could outpace a Fiesta, City and Jazz? Pero the looks definitely suggest this is not an appliance and rather, a much more emotional car.
  • gvm0116 Jul 10 2013 @ 11:09pm
    I just noticed that the engine temperature gauge is missing. I am not quite sure if this is also absent from the current model. But, it should not be overlooked as that particular gauge is very vital especially if the car is driven extensively and in heavy traffic.
    • TingMatic Jul 11 2013 @ 01:57pm
      Hindi na uso ang engine temp pare koy. Nuong araw pa yan! He he he
      • Darkmatter Jul 11 2013 @ 02:50pm
        HAHAHAHAHA!!!! D na ba uso? So pag may leak ka sa radiator malalaman mo na lang na nag overheat ka na pag umuusok na kotse mo?
        • TingMatic Jul 12 2013 @ 12:59pm
          Halatang hindi ka nag papaservice sa casa at bago ka magpalit ng kotse lampas sampung taon kaya by that time may leak an radiator mo, he he he!
          • Darkmatter Jul 13 2013 @ 11:31pm
            Hindi ako kasing substandard mo.
      • JamtriX Jul 11 2013 @ 03:56pm
        Joke ba to? Ultimo mga high end exotic super hyper luxury cars merong temp gauge. Sangkatutak pa nga mga temp monitors nila AFAIK. Tapos sasabihin mo hindi uso engine temp? Pls tell me you're joking. LMAO
        • TingMatic Jul 12 2013 @ 01:03pm
          Nope, if you bring your car to the service center every 5,000 kms there is no need for temperature gauge because your car i properly maintained and if you change cars every 5 years or less HINDI NA KAILANGAN TEMP GAUGE. Pero kung umaabot sa sampung taon or more bago ka magpalit tapos kay Mang Andoy ka lang nag papa change oil pakabitan mo na lang ng temperature ang bagong vios mo, he he he! Or baka mahilig ka lang bumili ng pre owned cars talagang kailangan mo ang temp gauge! Eksakto ba pare koy? he he he
          • papa driver Jul 12 2013 @ 02:14pm
            You may not noticed that you bumped your front bumper, or someone did while you were not looking. It slightly misaligned the car's main fan. Then you went through some rain. A few weeks later, your engine overheated. This is where the temp gauge helped when to move the car for servicing.

            You and the Toyota technician look under the hood. The fan is seen not moving. He gives the cage a thump and the fan runs. It is replaced, the old one had rusted. The car has gone through the 5kms checkup for four and half years.
          • gvm0116 Jul 12 2013 @ 05:01pm
            Your reasoning is pathetic. Your car may be properly maintained but the state our roads are less than ideal, the traffic situation is mind boggling plus the fact that we live in a very humid country add stress to the engine. Again, why do we see a lot of Vios, particularly taxi units which, inevitably, this particular model will be one someday, have the hood partially opened? Such hasn't been done to the earlier LPG-converted Corolla Lovelife. Ask any taxi driver, Tingmatic for the reason. Likewise, S@#t does happen, whether brand new or not, and it would be comforting that you are informed of the situation on what is happening under the hood or you'll be sorry. It's ironic how you say it's no longer needed whereas all cars I've known still have it. I just spotted what is missing in the picture, I might be wrong, though as it might be there somewhere but I am not at all convinced by your answer.
        • TingMatic Jul 12 2013 @ 01:05pm
          How long do you use your brand new car? Or when is your car is brand new, do you regularly bring it to casa every 5,000 kms interval?
          • TingMatic Jul 12 2013 @ 01:07pm
            This is supposed to be directed to gvm0116!
        • Kyoichi Sudo Jul 15 2013 @ 02:52pm
          Tuluyan na yatang nasiraan ng ulo ang isa dyan para sbihing d na kelangan ng temp gauges ang mga kotse ngayon tsk tsk tsk...
      • gvm0116 Jul 11 2013 @ 06:09pm
        Where are you from, pare koy? HAHAHA If the Merc S-class, the beacon of all cars, still uses an engine temp gauge, how much more a lowly Toyota which costs 15-20X less. No wonder I see quite a lot of Vios overheating. BWAHAHAHA
        • Kyoichi Sudo Jul 15 2013 @ 02:50pm
          Kaya pla WAHEHEHEHE....
  • reyjason Jul 10 2013 @ 11:37pm
    great looking taxi :D
  • vonschnipp Jul 11 2013 @ 08:21am
    I don't think it looks better at all. The second generation Vios had the best design, by far.
    • Darkmatter Jul 11 2013 @ 02:52pm
      You must be a lady driver
      • vonschnipp Jul 11 2013 @ 08:15pm
        Nope, wrong guess. Try again.
        • Darkmatter Jul 12 2013 @ 12:44am
          Somewhere in between i guess
          • vonschnipp Jul 12 2013 @ 07:44pm
            wrong again
  • aldy888cbu Jul 11 2013 @ 09:24am
    No-brainer choice for those who don't use their brain. There's a new kid on the block, Mitsubishi G4 sedan. A lot cheaper, equal if not bigger leg room, Jap quality. Toyota's Vios is not gonna be the top seller this time.
    • TingMatic Jul 11 2013 @ 01:56pm
      Napakaliit ng G4 sedan na yan pang high school lang ang bagay diyan he he he.
      • Kyoichi Sudo Jul 15 2013 @ 02:29pm
        So pag nagconduct na ng tests ang TGP w/ the Vios and G4 at kpag lumabas na mas spacious sa loob ang latter, tatawanan kita? That would be great!
    • JamtriX Jul 11 2013 @ 03:52pm

      Taga ibang planeta ka ata. lol Ahente ka ba ng Mitsu? =))
  • Carfanatic Jul 11 2013 @ 09:24am
    The Vios needs a Power Package to suit the style.
  • DePendot Jul 11 2013 @ 09:54am
    Thumbs Up for the exterior! :-) pero parang lovechild ng Fiesta at City haha

    bat naman pinabayaan nyo yung dashboard (calculator LCD pa rin) saka yung 'under the hood'
  • Mr. McMahon Jul 11 2013 @ 12:32pm
    Toyota Vios More Fun in the Philippines!!! #ItsMoreFunInToyotaVios
  • TingMatic Jul 11 2013 @ 01:55pm
    Ang nakapila ang haba naman! Sobra na sa 7,000 units as of the last count. Ayan paglabas pa ng Altis malamang lampas sa 20,000 units ang pilahan sa Vios at Altis. Thi sis unfair paano na lang ang benta ng ibang brands, he he he!
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jul 15 2013 @ 02:32pm
      Masyado ka yata nasobrahan sa shabu o marijuana para mangarap ng ganyan...

      ... sabagay, d nmn masamang mangarap :)))
  • ice Jul 11 2013 @ 03:30pm
    1.3E AT only has 4 speed! - unbelievable!
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jul 15 2013 @ 02:33pm
      Ok lng yan... as long as 5 spd AT ung 1.5G...

      ... if not, the Honda City would still be my bet!
      • ice Jul 17 2013 @ 09:42am
        sadly, according to the Buyers' Guide and Toyota (PHL) website, the 1.5 also gets a 4-speed AT!

        I'm hoping they upgrade the transmissions soon.

        just a question who test drove the new Vios. Does it come with BT connectivity?
  • The Stig Jul 11 2013 @ 10:45pm
    very nice!.narespect ko na talaga ang vios.haha!.mas maganda na ang interior and yung gauges hindi na sa center ng dash...nice
  • fnatik Jul 12 2013 @ 08:18am
    Maybe there is nothing wrong with keeping an old engine that is reliable. But the thing is, you do not call it ALL-NEW. Maybe all-new look or major face revamp. An ALL-NEW car generally means the body and drivetrain are all new. No serious R and D actually done here with this car. But of course, one of the reasons the resale value is high is because these cars do not go obsolete due to the same parts decades ago. Just my opinion.
  • papa driver Jul 12 2013 @ 02:16pm
    The upper side of Honda Civic and the lower side of Mitsubishi. The Vios hybrid.
  • rdrogel Jul 12 2013 @ 09:11pm
    Vios will be tested in the future Big Test segment against the City & maybe Fiesta/Rio/Accent.
  • Mr. McMahon Jul 12 2013 @ 09:29pm
    Ang May Dislike Dito ay May Gusto sa Hyundai Accent!
  • hyundaifan Jul 12 2013 @ 09:42pm
    The Wheel design ( no offense) looks like those steel hubcaps for the Innova, Revo GL, Toyota Hiace Grandia/ Commuter, and other vehicles which use steel covers. NI for that TMP. To aspiring Vios Customers try Concept One mags on the Vios. :)
  • jrnakaduke Jul 13 2013 @ 08:39pm
    The rear looks like the honda accord.
  • Kyoichi Sudo Jul 15 2013 @ 02:37pm
    Overall the Vios is nice, very decent. But what market does it really target? In my own opinion, it looks like Toyota now wants to target those car-eyed college students than those small and growing families...
  • hiro62486 Jul 16 2013 @ 01:35pm
    exterior really looks better but a new six speed auto or manual transmission will make it the best in it's class!
  • codemonkey23 Jul 16 2013 @ 03:29pm
    di po ba yung 1.5 gen ng vios may orange na din??
  • reggie_arki Jul 18 2013 @ 04:15pm
    same lang lahat yan, pd nga 2010 gawin ganyan change body kit
  • Mondell Sep 22 2013 @ 08:53pm
    My issue with the new Vios is the rims are the same for the 1.5 and the 1.3. There's no incentive to buy the 1.5. I expect bigger rims for the 1.5.
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