For over a decade now, the Toyota Vios has been our country's top-of-mind name when it comes to everyday subcompact sedans. The abundance of units doubling as ride-sharing vehicles, as well as the ones painted in taxi colors, should be ample evidence of that. It's easy to see why, too: It's affordable, reliable, ubiquitous, backed by a trusted carmaker, and you'll find spare parts for it quicker than you can spell Banawe.
In recent years, though, many competitors have come to the fore to challenge Toyota's supremacy in this segment. They're priced competitively and offer similar features. The question now becomes, is the Vios still an attractive investment for the buying public?
We test-drove the 1.3-liter E AT variant to find out if this is still the case. We found it to be exactly as reputed—it's easy to drive, ergonomic, and offers class-leading cargo space for daily errands. So what's the final verdict? Click play on our video to find out. Let us know in the comments if you think the Vios is still the subcompact king in 2017.