Spec-sheet brawl: Honda City vs. Mitsubishi Mirage G4 vs. Toyota Vios

Take your pick
by Drei Laurel | Oct 30, 2020
ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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If you’re one of the millions of Filipinos left helpless earlier this year due to the government’s public transportation ban, there’s a good chance you’ve considered buying yourself a set of wheels since then. As far as starter cars go, a subcompact sedan is usually a good place to start for first-time buyers.

Today we have with us three of the most relevant subcompact sedans in the country at the moment: The all-new Honda City, the refreshed Toyota Vios, and the tried and tested Mitsubishi Mirage G4. The first two are in the spotlight because, well, they’re new arrivals. The Mirage G4, meanwhile, is selling very well thanks to some promos Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has introduced to the market.

For this spec-sheet brawl, we’re going with the City 1.5 S CVT, Mirage G4 1.2 GLS CVT, and Vios 1.3 E CVT. All three are similarly priced, but the Honda packs a noticeably larger engine than its two competitors. Its 1.5-liter DOHC engine capable of 119hp and 145Nm is simply a cut above both rivals on paper. The Vios runs on a 1.3-liter DOHC engine with 98hp and 123Nm, while the Mirage G4 comes with a 1.2-liter DOHC engine that churns out 77hp and 100Nm. Shifting in all three cars is handled by a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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The Vios 1.3 E CVT, meanwhile, boasts seven airbags—a quality neither the City or Mirage G4 has. It has driver and passenger front airbags, side airbags, as well as curtain airbags. This unit is the most expensive of the bunch though at P891,000. If you value safety above all else, the cost likely won’t be an issue.

And finally, since we’re on the topic of cost, the Mirage G4 GLS CVT at just P869,000 is the most affordable option here despite being the only top-of-the-line variant. It’s also the smallest sedan on this list, making it the most viable choice of the three for those with limited parking space.

You can check out a spec-by-spec breakdown of the three Japanese subcompact sedans in the table below. Once you’re done with that, we’d love to know which of these three vehicles you’d go for. Let us know in the comments.

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Honda City 1.5 S CVT

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLS CVT

Toyota Vios 1.3 E CVT

Price (Philippine Peso) 878,000 869,000 891,000
Drive FWD FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5 5
Engine setup 1.5-liter DOHC gasoline 1.2-liter DOHC gasoline 1.3-liter DOHC gasoline
Power (hp) 119hp @ 6,600rpm 77hp @ 6,000rpm 98hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque (Nm) 145Nm @ 4,300rpm 100Nm @ 4,000rpm 123Nm @ 4,400rpm
Transmission Continuously variable transmission Continuously variable transmission Continuously variable transmission
Fuel tank capacity (L) 40 42 42
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Wheels 185/60 R15 185/55 R15 185/60 R15
Tires 15-inch alloy 15-inch alloy 15-inch alloy
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Torsion beam Torsion beam Twist beam
Seat material Fabric Fabric Fabric
Power-adjustable seats No No No
Telescopic steering wheel adjustment Yes No No
Paddle shifters No No No
Infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen 6.75-inch touchscreen 7-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes No No
Smart keyless entry No No No
Push-start ignition Yes Yes No
Remote start No No No
Automatic climate control No Yes No
Power-folding side mirrors No Yes No
Automatic headlamps No No No
Rain-sensing wipers No No No
Tire pressure monitoring system No No No
Built-in dashcam No No No
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Stability Control Yes No Yes
Hill-start assist Yes No Yes
Hill-descent control No No No
Cruise control No No No
Blind Spot Monitor No No No
Lane-keep/lane-change assist No No No
Forward-collision alert No No No
Rear cross-traffic alert No No No
Parking assist No No No
Reverse camera Yes Yes No
Seatbelt warning Yes Yes Yes
Airbags Driver and front passenger, sides Driver and front passenger
Driver and front passenger, sides, curtain
Dimensions (mm) 4,553 x 1,748 x 1,467 4,305 x 1,670 x 1,515 4,425 x 1,730 x 1,475
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 2,550 2,550

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