The Toyota Avanza gets a stylish midlife refresh

May 16, 2019

The Toyota Avnaza is no stranger to the Philippine market. Toyota Motor Philippines first introduced the subcompact seven-seat MPV to the local scene back in 2006. Since then, it has gone on to sell some 100,000 examples. Now, the current, second-generation Avanza gets a mid-cycle refresh to help keep things interesting.

Boasting a sporty vibe, the 2019 Toyota Avanza gets a bold new look with a large front grille, split-type LED headlamps, foglights that have been revised, a new set of alloy rims, and a redesigned rear end. All these complement the side profile with dominant character lines that give the vehicle a stylish demeanor.

Stepping inside reveals the familiar seven-seat cabin that has become a hit among Filipinos who love to take the whole brood along for a ride. The biggest highlight here is the 6.8-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Display that allows easy integration with mobile devices. This makes for fun trips thanks to a wide range of entertainment and media options available to everyone.

Powering the new Avanza are the tried-and-tested 1.5L and 1.3L motors. The former still pumps out 103hp while the latter produces 95 horses. Each one can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. Both transmissions are tuned for fuel efficiency and adequate power delivery.

As for safety, dual SRS airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and side mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters are all there to help keep the whole family safe. And yes, tjhis is a family vehicle penned for the likes of the Filipinos clan.

The 2019 Toyota Avanza is now available in the following variants with their corresponding prices:

  • 1.3J MT: P731,000
  • 1.3E MT: P864,000
  • 1.3E ATL P907,000
  • 1.5G MTL P957,000
  • 1.5G ATL P1,000,000
  • 1.5 Veloz AT: P1,065,000

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.