For quite some time now, the Toyota Vios has been the best-selling vehicle in the country. One doesn’t need to check the sales charts to see that this erstwhile Toyota sedan is all over the place. Simply hail a taxicab or Uber, for instance, and chances are, a Vios will pull up.
Of course, the Toyota Vios isn’t just meant for the fleet accounts. While a large slice of the sales pie belongs to the taxi fleets, even ordinary folk like youg professionals and people with small families looking for a no-nonsense mode of transport still opt for the Toyota sedan. But with so many variants being offered by Toyota, one wonders which one they should get.
Toyota Motor Philippines offers no less than 6 variants of the Vios. Beginning with the Vios 1.3 Base, one gets what the name implies—basic transportation. Sure, it’s got power steering but doesn’t have power windows and door locks. One has to lock each door manually and roll down the windows using a winder. It’s for those taxi fleets and folks that simply want to get from point A to B without the frills.
Powering the Vios Base is the 1NR-FE 1,329cc DOHC, 16-valve four-cylinder motor with Toyota’s dual VVT-I or variable valve timing technology. It is good for 98hp at 6,000rpm and 123Nm at 4,400rpm. It is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.