When it comes to buying cars, every peso counts. More so when you take into consideration all the uncertainty brought about by the looming increase in automotive excise taxes.
Now, motorists are making an extra effort to find the best bang for their buck, and it shows. Lower variants of popular vehicles are receiving more interest now, and thankfully carmakers have taken note. One such example of this is the Chevrolet Trailblazer. At P1,509,888, the popular midsize SUV's 2.8 LT AT variant is priced just a peg above the manual transmission base variant.
While the interior might not offer as much compared to the Trailblazer's more premium variants feature-wise, essentially, everything you'd want is still there. The 2.8-liter diesel engine underneath the hood packs the same 200hp and 500Nm as the top-of-the-line model. What's more, you still get a nifty touchscreen infotainment system and an instrument cluster with an information screen inside. That's not bad at all.
Remember: These days, base doesn't necessarily mean bare. Relative to a car's price, one or two extra features could mean the difference between a good deal and excess. But hey, if you really want automated climate control, no one's stopping you from splurging.