Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Vios GR-S vs. Honda City RS

Which sporty subcompact sedan are you taking?
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 11, 2021
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Toyota Motor Philippines boosted its Vios lineup with the introduction of the new Vios GR-S this week. Of course, we went right ahead and lined it up for a spec-sheet comparo. Its opponent? Another popular subcompact sedan from a fellow Japanese carmaker: the Honda City RS.

What are we looking at here? Well, in terms of power output, it’s a close one. The Vios GR-S is powered by Toyota’s familiar 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline engine that generates 106hp and 140Nm of torque. The City RS also gets a 1.5-liter four-banger, but it churns out a slightly higher 119hp and 145Nm of torque.

Both these motors are mated to CVTs, but this particular Vios packs Toyota’s new ‘10-speed’ CVT that’s exclusive to the GR-S variant. Both vehicles feature a front-wheel-drive layout, the same suspension setup, equally sized alloy wheels, and sportier styling compared with the other variants in their respective model lines.

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As for their price tags, the Vios GR-S sells for P1,020,000, undercutting the P1,058,000 sticker price of the City RS.

So far, things are looking tight. We’ve put together below the specs of each car—check it out, then take your pick and tell us below which of these two sporty subcompact sedans you’re going with.

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2021 Toyota Vios GR-S

2021 Honda City RS

Price (Philippine Peso) P1,020,000 P1,058,000
Drive FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine setup 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline
Power (hp) 106 119
Torque (Nm) 140 145
Transmission 10-speed CVT CVT
Fuel tank capacity (L) 42 40
Brakes (front/rear) ventilated discs/solid discs ventilated discs/drum
Wheels 16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys
Tires 195/50 R16 185/55 R16
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension torsion beam torsion beam
Seat material leather leather and suede
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment yes/no yes/yes
Paddle shifters yes yes
Infotainment system 6.75-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker steup 8-inch touchscreen, 8-speaker setup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto yes/yes yes/yes
Smart keyless entry yes yes
Push-start ignition yes yes
Remote start no yes
Parking brake mechanical mechanical
Automatic climate control yes yes
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes
Hill-start assist yes yes
Vehicle stability assist yes yes
Cruise control yes
Parking assist reversing camera with clearance sonars multi-view reversing camera
Airbags 7 6
Dimensions (mm) 4,467 x 1,730 x 1,475 4,553 x 1,748 x 1,467
Wheelbase (mm) 2,550 2,600

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