Sedan showdown: Mitsubishi Lancer GLX vs Toyota Vios

What's the better option?
by Botchi Santos | Jun 23, 2010

Hi, Botchi!

What can you say about the Mitsubishi Lancer GLX? I need your input on this because I'm close to deciding on this car. I have carefully read the specs of this car and compared it with the specs of the Toyota Vios 1.3 E MT. They have the same market price at P685,000 yet the Lancer is a fullsize sedan while the Vios is a compact car.

I also like the Nissan Sentra 1.6L GSX but it's pricier by P100,000.

Other brands/models you'd suggest would be a great help.

Thank you so much for sparing a few minutes of your time on my query.


Hi, Rolan!

I'm glad to hear you're buying a new car soon! Thanks for considering our inputs.

The Mitsubishi Lancer GLX is an old-model car. It was a car developed almost ten years ago and I, for one, would much prefer buying a newer, smarter, more efficient car like the Toyota Vios compared to a bigger car like the Lancer. Here's why:

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1. A newer car will have much better aftersales support and service.

2. The Toyota Vios is smaller and lighter-hence, more fuel efficient. It also has as much useable interior room and space, if not more than the bigger but older Lancer.

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3. The Vios will have better resale value after five to seven years.

4. In my opinion, the vehicles Mitsubishi designed, engineered and brought to the market prior to 2007 do not have a high-quality feel. They pale in comparison to new Mitsubishi products like the new Lancer, the Montero Sport, Strada and the Pajero.

5. The B-segment car class (Toyota Vios, Toyota Yaris, Honda City, Honda Jazz, etc.) is the new battleground of the Philippine car market. You might find a better deal buying a small car than buying one from the bigger C-segment (Toyota Altis, Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer, etc.).

6. Small is beautiful. I personally agree to the belief that one should get the smallest car he can get away with to minimize total carbon footprint. Admittedly, that's very subjective.

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Here are some more practical and objective benefits of getting a new model:

1. A new car with a new engine delivers better fuel economy and efficiency with cleaner emissions.

2. A new car (in this case the smaller Toyota Vios) is lighter. Aside from improving fuel efficiency, its weight also reduces wear on consumable parts like brakes, tires, suspension parts, etc.

3. The Toyota Vios is easier to park and maneuver in traffic precisely because it is smaller.

4. Don't you ever wonder why the Toyota Vios is a favorite of taxis, service fleets and medical representatives all over the country? It is tough as nails, built like a tank and will withstand a nuclear meltdown (okay, maybe not).

I'm not saying the Mitsubishi Lancer isn't sturdy; the Toyota Vios is just better in every respect.

The one thing that that the Mitsubishi Lancer has going for it is that since it is an old car, it will have a decently large amount of aftermarket and third-party replacement parts for the wear-and-tear or consumable products such as brake pads and rotors, filters, and suspension parts. It will be cheaper to replace service parts should you take it out of the dealership network. But why would you do that on a brand-new car and effectively nullify the warranty, right?

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As for the Sentra, walk away. I have absolutely nothing good to say about it at all. The new B16 platform Sentra 200, though now available at your Nissan dealership, is an eye-opener but well outside of your budget, unfortunately.

Anyways, these are my thoughts on the matter. Drop us a line when you've decided on which car you'll be getting. We'd love to hear from you again.

Good luck, God bless and keep it safe out there!

Botchi Santos
Consumer editor

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