Which is the better car? Mao mao ra ila presyo but which one is really better ug mas cost-effective long term?
Here's a letter addressing the same concern by Botchi Santos of Top Gear website:
"I also like the newly face-lifted Toyota Vios, especially the classy interior for the top-model variant.
The Vios' engine, as with all Toyotas, has a good low- to mid-range grunt, making it a better alternative for everyday city driving. The Honda City, sophisticated as it looks, is a bit too somber and understated, and some people still find the look polarizing--love it or loathe it. Personally the verdict is still out on whether I like the Honda City or not. The City's engine delivers power very linearly. Out on the open road the engine sings with gusto towards the redline but in stop and go city traffic driving, the engine feels a bit underpowered because you really have to rev the engine to get to the meat of the power. It makes for a more fuel-thirsty driving experience.
The Toyota Vios, though a bit generic and safe, is the better choice because of the engine's power delivery characteristics, the affordable after-sales servicing (compared to Honda in general) and the wide dealership network. Toyota makes owning a Vios far more easier and hassle-free. And since there's decent power and torque from the Vios' engine, you only have to prod the throttle lightly and rev the engine so much to get decent forward motion. It makes for a miserly fuel consumption.
The Vios can be specified cheaper, too, which is great as compared to the City, offering better value for money. Either way, both sedans are great and will offer years and years of motoring pleasure.
Good luck, keep it safe out on the road. God Bless!
So what do you think?