Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review: 2014 Toyota Vios 1.3 E TRD Sportivo


You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Toyota; in a span of a few years, maybe two at the most, they’ve managed to inject some adrenaline into their once Valium-inducing line-up. Now, waku-doki or “fun-to-drive” has become the adjective that describes everything that Toyota does. Of course, some are more successful than others, but at the end of the day, they’re intensely focused on delivering cars that are more than just plain reliable and durable. Take for instance, the Vios, Toyota’s B-segment mainstay that’s the favorite of everyone from cabbies to young executives. It’s gone from a simple Point A to Point B transport to a sharply styled number that’s hip.

Now, on top of that, you add the magic of the one-make Vios Cup racing series. The end result is the immortal ethos of motorsports: Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday. However, as much fun as the Vios Cup Car is, it’s not exactly the most practical thing to drive to work or school. It’s tuned for high-end power and track handling, so unless you enjoy wringing the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and having your dental fillings shaken at every bump, the most practical sporty Vios you can opt for is the Vios TRD Sportivo, which is essentially a Vios (whether 1.3 or 1.5) dressed in original TRD accessories.



Having driven the Vios 1.5 G before, it comes as a surprise that Toyota opted to use the 1.3 E A/T as the starting point for the TRD Sportivo; not that it really matters since with the TRD body kit, it’ll look like essentially the same car (of course with less chrome). In order to merit the “TRD Sportivo” badge, you’ll have to spend quite a bit of money: P 151,300 to be exact. For that, you’ll get: front bumper (P 20,300), side skirts (P 20,900), rear bumper spoiler (P 25,200), trunk lid spoiler (P 28,900), 17-inch TRD alloy wheels with center cap and tire valve cover (P 56,000 or P 14,000 apiece). That bumps up the price of a stock Vios 1.3 G A/T from P 762,000 to P 913,300—a 16-percent price jump. The same kit brings the P 812,000 1.5 G M/T from P 812,000 to P 963,300 or just P 186,700 short of the Vios Cup Car. Mind you, the TRD Sportivo doesn’t even get you other racing goodies like the Limited Slip Differential, roll cage, etc. What it does give you is good looks. Say what you want about the Vios, but after it’s kitted in TRD apparel, it looks pretty sporty. Plus, despite the lower bumpers and side skirts, the Vios TRD Sportivo won’t scrape though anything, guaranteed.

The Vios TRD Sportivo is generally a styling exercise, so there’s nothing changed under the hood. There are no mechanical modifications in here; just a couple of TRD parts such as the radiator and oil cap to add an extra bit of style. Since this is a 1.3-liter Vios, you basically get 85 horsepower and 122 Nm of torque. These figures aren’t sporty by any measure, but the boy racer look notwithstanding, the on-road performance is perfectly fine. Without any instrumented tests, the Vios feels perfectly perky being driven around in traffic, though top-end power is a bit wanting, especially if you traverse expressways a lot. And although the 2NZ-FE engine is known to be rather coarse sounding, its application here is surprisingly quiet; credit that to the Vios’s extensive NVH isolation measures. However, the extra sound deadening also makes this Vios a much heavier car than it ever was. And to top that off, there’s the body kit too. This doesn’t do wonders to the Vios’s fuel economy which is a shocking low 8.28 km/L, compared to the 1.5 A/T’s 10.40 km/L. Of course, the stickier Yokohama A Drive R1 205/45R17W tires do contribute to the poorer fuel economy figures.



Setting your expectation that this is purely a styling exercise, everything begins to fall into place the moment you step into the Vios TRD Sportivo’s cabin. With the 1.5 G’s two-tone black-and-beige cabin, putting on the aggressive aerodynamic kit looks just off. But since the 1.3 E has an all-black interior, it looks all business from the driver’s seat. There’s not one ounce of leather in the 1.3 G, but you won’t miss it. The interior’s well-made with consistent levels of fit and finish. Everything has a solid feel to it, whether it’s the buttons, stalks, levers or what have you. Unlike the exterior, there’s not much TRD bits in here save for what looks to be a Duracon shift knob. Still, there’s no faulting the Vios’s driving position. It’s not sporty as the most comfortable seating position is more upright, but there’s good visibility all around and the flat-bottom steering wheel actually does a great supercar impression.

Although the TRD body kit does seem a bit cost prohibitive for a typical Vios buyer, at least Toyota’s actually now offering would-be owners the chance to spruce up their ride even before they leave the showroom. In addition, if you do get your Vios through financing, the TRD body kit can also be amortized with your car loan; try doing that to an aftermarket body shop. The one-make Vios Cup has certainly raised Toyota’s sporty credentials tenfold and now with the introduction of TRD genuine accessories, they’re doing the next logical step: after all, motorsports is part engineering know-how, part marketing know-how.



2014 Toyota Vios 1.3 G TRD Sportivo
Ownership 1.3 G A/T TRD Sportivo
Year Introduced 2013
Vehicle Classification Sub-compact
The Basics
Body Type 4-door sedan
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.3
Aspiration NA
Layout / # of Cylinders I4
BHP @ rpm 85 @ 6,000
Nm @ rpm 122 @ 4,000
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 93~
Transmission 4AT
Cruise Control No
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,410
Width (mm) 1,700
Height (mm) 1,475
Wheelbase (mm) 2,550
Curb Weight (kg) NA
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Tires 205/45R17
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 2
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes
Traction / Stability Control No
Parking Sensors No
Exterior Features
Headlights Halogen
Fog Lamps No
Auto Lights No
Auto Wipers No
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt
Steering Wheel Material Urethane
Seating Adjustment Manual
Seating Surface Fabric
Folding Rear Seat No
On-Board Computer No
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes
Climate Control No
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
Aux
USB
No. of Speakers 4
Steering Wheel Controls Yes

76 comments:

  1. WAAAAAW...another nice car from toyota...imu wa tada iniku...ahaha...and fun to drive...waku doki?..anata wa watashi o karakatte iru hitsuyo ga ari...garakuta...ko no koto wa Nihon kara demonai betsu no garakuta...duh!

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    1. Um what the hell are you talking about?? Its not nice, its actually ricey. Putting exterior add ons to make it look fast but it does not increase performance of the car. Yep, its a rice rocket.

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    2. We are on the same side dude..what i said here was..i was being sarcastic and this car is crap and its not even from Japan..duh!..ahaha..toyota and honda needs to be dressed up to look nice

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  2. well that's what's important to most vios drivers - pangporma looks so it might be a hit

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  3. this is crap. all show and no go..buy a base car and spend P151,300 elsewhere. This makes more sense.

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  4. This ricey bodykit won't stop people at night from hailing your car thinking it's a taxicab. Lolz.

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  5. merun kaya TRD din sa Altis 2014 1.6 E?

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  6. kahit anung i add nyo....vios pa rin yan! pang taxi!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Pang taxi? did you ever ask yourself why vios are used as taxi? 1. Its made from toyota 2. It has proven itself to all taxi companies that it is reliable. 3. doesnt cost so much. Please lang. wala kang alam wag ka mag salita.

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    2. sa germany nga mercedez pinang tataxi din... wala nga sigurong alam lol

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    3. Shungangers mo

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    4. sa dubai ang pang taxi at buses nila ay at least BMW or Mercedez Benz din. hindi brand ang titignan dito kungdi kung praktikal sa FC at maintenance. duhhh!

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  7. ganda ng mags!

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  8. Wow, porket Vios pang taxi na agad? Hindi po ginawa ng Toyota ang Vios para gawing taxi. Ang mga taxi operators ang pumili sa Vios para gawing taxi. I personally own a Vios, 6 years na at wala ako naging problema.

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    1. Agreed. Its the taxi operators' fault for making the vios a manong driver's car. Hahaha. A nice reliable car but has a tarnished image.

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    2. This will be my first car. Ok lang naman siguro na pang taxi, ibig sabihin reliable talaga sya. Medyo common nga lang atleast my car.

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    3. mababa ba tingin nyo sa mga taxi drivers..?

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    4. Mura po kasi ang vios. Pag fleet ang kunin mo, 10 vios or more, ang isa ay 300k lang, same na model din ng binibili niu twice or more the price. No offense meant. First hand info lang po sa inyo, kung gusto niu din mag tau ng taxi company. Same is true sa mazda, nissan, ford. Toyota kasi choice dahil kahit sa karinderya sa kanto ika nga may toyota na parts at super cheap xa. Kung gusto niu, fx na fortuner/montero/everest, 500k lang isa nian, same model din sa mga pinupunasan ng iba dian. Pero hindi viable kasi lakas kain ng diesel, lugi ang taxi company mo. Innova nman, sirain king. Kya grandia ang taxi fleet na malakihan, 500k din if you buy ten or more fleet taxi.

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    5. Ang tanga mo sir..ang mura sa vios yung base variant.

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    6. eh anu kung pang taxi...eh madami ngang hirap makabili nyan...

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  9. In Thailand, it's the opposite. The Altis are the common taxis while the Vios are usually privately-owned.

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  10. I think the Malaysian version of the Vios TRD kits looks a lot better than this.

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  11. I had this Vios for my daily drive very refine and fuel eff. good looks also compare for my old s2000 which is gas guzzler : (

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  12. own 1 and those really like driving it .can't w8 to come back to philippines and drive my vios.looks better compare to the previous model.

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  13. sir do you have a review of vios 1.3e m/t, 1.5g m/t, yaris 1.3e m/t. thanks sir

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    1. vios 1.3e m/t nabili kulang no last sept 5 2014 about sa fuel consumption nya from abra to pagudpud, pagudpud to abra around 13 to 16km per liter. saka pag sa akyatan naman ayaw nya yung nabibitin. 5 passenger po yan. para sa akin po ok na ok yung handling nya. mga 5'11 po ako pag umopo sa likod ok na ok yung leg room. cluth ang tatapakan para ma start ang engine.

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  14. that thing is a dress up!.. this is the real deal.. and not yet available in PH.. http://www.autofreaks.net/2013/12/test-drive-review-toyota-vios-1-5-trd-sportivo/

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  15. Siguro pag ikaw nag drive magmumukhang taxi. :)

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  16. Sige pagandahin mo pang ang taxi brand mo, kakatuwa, gumastos k, pero sa tabi mo naman yupi yupi at kalawang kid na taxi lang. Bottom line kung gusto mo ng totoong kotse, wag ka style call center employee na super sa yabang na super poor nman, or in short bumili ka ng hind taxi or auv chipipay brand. Get real Pinoys, AUV montero fortuner everest SUV daw na daw. Ha Ha Ha very funny. SARAO DIESEL SUV???? VIOS TAXI KOTSE??? Funny

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  17. ang daming comment ng comment puro pang lalait wala namang mga kotse!! hahaha

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  18. haha, bitter folks out there... as if they owned one :)

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  19. Napakayabang naman mag comment ng mga tao dito regarding vios as taxi. Ano bang issue dun? Hindi ba maganda nga yun dahil it means vios is battle tested? Yung mga nanlalait sa vios ano bang mga kotse nyo? Ganun ba ka big deal sa inyo na ang isang brand ay ginagawang taxi? Oa? Hehe I owned a 2014 vios 1.3 AT .. Dapat ang kukunin ko ay kia rio, g4 or accent.. Pero since toyota corolla ang dati kong car alam kong mas mura mag maintain ng toyota.. I dont care if its a taxi fleet. Di naman ako senador, artista or racer. I need a realiable car that can bring me here and there :)

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    1. Boss kamusta performance ng 2014 Vios 1.3 AT mo? I also bought one and will be released sometime this week.

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    2. correct reliable talag ang vios 2014 at kabibili ko lng and I don't care kung taxi or what else ang importante nakakarating ako sa pupuntahan comfortably at nakakabalik without any hassles kya para sa mga critics lagyan nyo ng bakod yung mamahalin nyo na kotse habang bumibiyahe hahaha!!

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    3. Tama. Mas madaling hanapan ng parts ang toyota pag may problema ka s auto mo. Chaka di worth it dito sa pinas mag magandang auto ka o malaking makena ng auto. Kasi palaging traffic dito. Sa ibang bansa lang pwede yung mga sports car pangit pa ng kalsada dito.tanga mo. FYI babae ako wag kang tanga lalake ka.ignorante ka kasi.

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    4. Tama. Mas madaling hanapan ng parts ang toyota pag may problema ka s auto mo. Chaka di worth it dito sa pinas mag magandang auto ka o malaking makena ng auto. Kasi palaging traffic dito. Sa ibang bansa lang pwede yung mga sports car pangit pa ng kalsada dito.tanga mo. FYI babae ako wag kang tanga lalake ka.ignorante ka kasi.

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    5. Buti na lang hindi 9nine ang performance...

      That's whay i like toyota even other model. But i like vios 1.3 e m/t
      That's why i like driving...

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    6. Buti na lang hindi 9nine ang performance...

      That's whay i like toyota even other model. But i like vios 1.3 e m/t
      That's why i like driving...

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  20. Kahit vios pa yan kotse pa din yan! Madami lakas manlait wala naman kotse. Haha..

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  21. Ganda kya ng vios. 1.3 E M/T sa akin. Proud owner hehehehe

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    1. Same like it manual vios 1.3 E M/T
      Minsan nakaka engot lang mag drive.automatic hehehe
      Pag nasanay sa manual.
      But same as.driving lang naman hehe
      But really i feel like driving vios 1.3 E M/T...
      Broom brooom brooooooommm..

      Enjoy driving toyota guys :-)

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  22. i own a vios 1.3MT. Talipapa, Novaliches to Intramuros VV yung 500 ko inaabot ng 4 days at traffic pa lagi.

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  23. i own a vios 1.3MT. Talipapa, Novaliches to Intramuros VV yung 500 ko inaabot ng 4 days at traffic pa lagi.

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    1. ano yan motor sinungaling

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    2. same fuel consumption here...ikaw anonymous...naka motor ka pa rin

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  24. maganda ang specs ng toyota vios, mula sa looks in and out classy ang dating, sa performance at handling hindi cya stressful, dependable at hindi ka kakapusin ng budget dahil fuel efficient and most of all ndi xa expensive at high maintenance. to those na nanlalait sa vios, kanya kanya tayo ng nagugustuhan, igalang at irespeto natin ang mga nagugustuhan nating sasakyan,

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  25. kahit anung brand pa yan ang importante may kotse ka. un na un.. hirap sa pinoy mayayabang.. kahit na pang taxi lang un vios still pinaghirapan padin ng tao ung pinambili nia.. aanhin mo ang ganda ng sasakyan mo kung sa pangdudugas naman ng kapwa tao mo galing ang pinambili mo...

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  26. grabe, daming mga spoiled brats na nagkocomment dito regarding vios as taxi.

    so what?

    firstly, mga operator ang pumili ng vios, which means reliable. potang ina, sino ba naman mamimili ng ferrari as taxi, baka ilang buwan lang yan sira na, at bankrupt ka na rin siguro pagkasira nyan.

    pangalawa, kamusta naman nanay nyo sa bar na di pa nakakauwi kakaprostitute para lang mabilhan kayo ng layaw nyo, tapos hihingan nyo ng gas pag may gimik kayo ng mga kapareho nyo ring palamunin?

    palibhasa kasi mga nagkocomment ng ganyan yung walang kotse, hindi sariling sikap yung biniling pogi cars kuno.

    ma experience nyo ng bumili ng sarili nyong kotse, aba e, miski base model bibilhin mo proud ka dahil nakapangalan mismo sa C.R. ang pangalan mo, at ang gaan sa loob na kahit mumurahing kotse bilhin mo, at least ikaw nagbayad.

    kaya mga bata, uwi na, mag thank you kayo sa nanay nyo na binilhan kayo ng kotse, kahit anung brand man yan.

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    1. i so love your comment here, sir (ma'am). a lot of kids today are ungrateful, ignorant and boastful. they like to leave unpleasant comments when in fact, they can't buy anything without asking from their parents. kung hindi nyo naman nabili mga kotse nyo sa sarili nyong dugo't pawis, e aba manahimik na lang kayo!!

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  27. it's funny how those without cars comment the harshest. They don't even know what it means to own one even more so to drive one. Others boast their so called high performance and expensive cars when in fact they haven't shed an ounce of sweat to earn one. I pity those who know nothing but act as if you own the world. you're just like the douchebag son of Jinggoy posting the keys of a ferrari bought using the people's money. BTT: the vios is a very nice point A to point B car. i own one and i have no complaints. it has met and exceeded my expectations. it's a car i would definitely recommend. :)

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  28. Toyota Vios 2015 is the best sale car in Vietnam
    FYI: http://toyota247.com/vios

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  29. I have a Vios J MT and my first ever car (brand new) Para sa mga nagsasabing pang taxi. Im agree with that then i am very proud of it dahil pag nagsawa ako dto after 2 or 3 yrs bibilhan ko ng prankisa ng taxi with Php1300 per day Php 33800 a month ang kita sounds like I can afford a mustang or whatever. while your car is naluluma at bumabagsak ang value.

    By the way taxi in europe is AUDI :)

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  30. Thanks to all the positive comments about the Vios . I just bought a 1.5 G A/T for my kids. They love it! I don't really care kung kino convert ito sa taxi. I see nothing wrong with it. The most important thing is the cars reliabikity . You don't need headaches to keep your car running . Sa mga negative na commentators, I would say if you don't like it just don't buy it! That's all.

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  32. smartpeoplesave ACNMarch 15, 2015 at 3:42 AM
    If your purpose in buying a car is for convenience go for affordable , reliable , low maintenance car. If your purpose is to show off buy the most expensive you can afford. But plssss... don't make any nasty comments about other people's choice of car. STFU!

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  33. Hyundai Elantra rocks! Time has changed and so as the cars. Yes, Toyota is reliable. Period. But they should change their design team. That who can compete with the Hyundai designs. If that happens, Toyota is the winner!

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  34. I own 2005 Vios 1.5g and i must say di sya pang taxi. Obviously yung mga nag sasabi, e walang alam o walang Vios.

    Mine is 10 years now and it still looks sexy. i just recently bought 17in BBS wheels and 205/45Z17 tyres. its now sexier.

    Well maintained by Toyota Bicutan every 3 months or 5000km whichever comes first. Thanks to service supervisor Randy Ikoy.

    By the way, whats the recommended tyre pressure? Originally on stock tyre it is 33Front 30rear.

    Thanks!

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    1. fuel consumption 11-12 km/liter.
      not bad for a 1.5 cylinder

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  35. i am just thankful to have an efficient car as vios.. those people who say this is pang taxi are maybe the ones who can afford (kasama na yabang typical to many pinoy).. but for me i just need to be mobile for the nature of my work with limited budget and the vios is highly recommended thats why i got 1.. in doha qatar it is i believe the same as the yaris sedan and no one there is thinking that it is pang taxi..

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  36. For them to talk bad to toyota vios 1.3 e m/t
    I would like my driving at vios 1.3 e m/t

    Gush chick
    Perfurmans chick
    Raning chick

    But my draybing huuummm

    Nise driving to toyota may vios 1.3 e m/t.

    May suggestion... buy now or else you can't drive...

    Enjoy driving guys :-p

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  37. For them to talk bad to toyota vios 1.3 e m/t
    I would like my driving at vios 1.3 e m/t

    Gush chick
    Perfurmans chick
    Raning chick

    But my draybing huuummm

    Nise driving to toyota may vios 1.3 e m/t.

    May suggestion... buy now or else you can't drive...

    Enjoy driving guys :-p

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  38. taxi dito sa Dubai Mercedes-benz at mga bus Mercedes din. mga kupal. big deal sainyo ang taxi

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  39. where did you get your car seat upholstered?

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  40. Yung ibang nagco-comment dito husto lang sa yabang at ayaw sa vios dahil ginagamit daw as taxi. Halatang mga walang alam sa sasakyan ang mga ungas, puro yabang lang ang alam!

    Baliktad naman ang dahilan ko, kaya bumili ako ng Vios ay dahil alam ko na kahit saang automotive store ako magpunta, may mabibili akong pyesa in case na may kailangang irepair, at mas mura din ang presyo ng spare parts ng vios kumpara sa ibang brands.

    Kaya kung praktikal kang mag-isip, siguradong Vios din ang pipiliin mo dahil sa proven reliability, durability, fuel efficiency, easy maintenance, at widely available parts ng vios.

    At sa dinami-rami ng vios sa pinas, halos lahat ng mga mekaniko e familiar na sa maintenance and/or repair ng vios kaya menos na ang Trial and error nila pag dating sa service.

    Ngayong minamaneho ko na ang Vios ko, lalo akong natuwa na ito ang pinili ko, dahil bukod sa maganda ang tindig, masarap din i-drive, maliksi sa kalsada, very comfortable ang suspension, maaasahan, at napaka tipid sa gas. Kaya naman pala Vios ang pinipili ng mga operators, kasi talagang panalo ka dito.

    Kaya kayong mga hambog na tanga, manahimik nalang kayo kung hindi nyo maintindihan kung bakit mas praktikal ang Vios -- mapa-negosyo man o pang sariling transportasyon.

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  42. maybe next week makukuha ko na Vios 1.3E MT ko... yung corolla small body ko ko madalas na manglambing kada lambing magastos....kaya i decided to get a brand new na panghatid sa school ng mga anak ko para walang hassle na titirik ka sa kalsada lalo na kung umuulan...( naranasan ko na kasi eh ) ...tapos ng hatid UBER ko na kumita ka ng 700-1,000 petot in a short period of time pwede na!

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  43. Just got my 1.3e mt. So far, happy and satisfied. Taxi na kung taxi. okay lang. Di naman ako mukhang taxi driver eh. haha

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  44. Im planning to buy vios 1.3j MT 2016 model. So far convincing nmn ang comments d2 as long as you dont look like a taxi driver all is well. Haha

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