Spec-sheet brawl: Honda City vs. Toyota Vios

Subcompact sedan showdown
by Drei Laurel | Jul 23, 2018

Finally, the all-new Toyota Vios has revealed itself. The subcompact's official Philippine launch was held last week, and with more variants and a more dynamic design than ever, it looks poised to strengthen its place as the country's best-selling sedan.

With that said, great sales figures don't necessarily mean a certain vehicle is the best option available. The Honda City—the above-mentioned Toyota's chief rival—isn't going to take this new car's arrival sitting down, more so considering it just underwent a refresh in 2017.

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Looking at the E variants, which are both priced at P828,000, the City looks like it has an advantage up front thanks to its higher-displacement gasoline engine and size. That is, until you see that the Vios 1.3 E, despite being a mid-end variant, packs seven airbags and 15-inch alloys instead of steel rims like the City.

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All things considered, we think it's a fairly even match. Safety is a pretty big deal to us. Which of these two subcompact sedans do you think is the better overall package? Check out each one's specs below and let us know in the poll.

  Honda City 1.5 E MT Toyota Vios 1.3 E MT
Price (Philippine Peso) 828,000 828,000
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 1.5-liter gasoline 1.3-liter gasoline
Power 118hp @6,600rpm 98hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque 145Nm @ 4,8000rpm 123Nm @ 4,400rpm
Transmission Five-speed manual Five-speed manual
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Disc/Drum
Front suspension Independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer MacPherson strut with stabilizer
Rear suspension H-shaped torsion beam with stabilizer Torsion beam with stabilizer
Wheels 15-inch steel 15-inch alloys
Tires 175/65 R15 185/60 R15*
Airbags  Driver/passenger Driver/passenger, side/curtain/knee
Dimensions (mm) 4,440 x 1,695 x 1,477 4,425 x 1,730 x 1,475
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 2,550

*Note: The tire size of the Vios is based on Thailand spec sheets. We are still confirming with Toyota if this is similar to units launched in the Philippines.

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