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July 23, 2024

Detractors Beware: The Honda City (Now With Honda SENSING) Is In Its Best Form

Many were sad when the Honda Jazz had to leave the country, me included. Honda Cars Philippines unofficially said ‘sorry’ when they brought in the City Hatchback. It’s not the Jazz but essentially, they’re the same—small hatchback packaging, 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine, creature comforts, ULTR seats, and a good set of safety features. Yet many people (not me) dismissed the City hatchback unfairly simply for not having the “Jazz” name.

Review: 2024 Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport

It’s hard to believe but the current second-generation Mazda CX-5 has been around for roughly eight years now. While it’s managed to outlast some relationships, it was birthed in a completely different world back then—electrification wasn’t a buzz word and no one took Chinese car brands seriously. Fast forward to today and you’ve got everyone and their uncle talking about hybrids (or EVs) and the Chinese have carved a solid five percent share of sales. It’s this sort of world the 2024 CX-5 finds itself in and one where, in some regard, it’s playing catch up.

July 9, 2024

Review: 2024 Toyota Raize 1.0 Turbo

The normally conservative Toyota quickly smelled blood in a segment none of its Japanese compatriots were interested in: the small SUV segment. With other Japanese brands having this couldn’t care less attitude for the segment, Toyota went in with the Raize in 2020. The rest, you could say, is history.

July 8, 2024

Review: 2024 Mazda3 2.0 HEV Fastback

Launched in the Philippines in 2019, the Mazda3 is a hold out in a world overfilled with crossovers and SUVs. The carmaker could have simply thrown in the towel and concentrated their efforts on the CX-30—the Mazda3’s crossover sibling. However, realizing that there are a few who remain dedicated and loyal to sporty handling, lower riding passenger cars, they’ve instead re-oriented it make it the best iteration of the Mazda3 yet.

July 3, 2024

BYD Proves Their Cars Aren't Just Good In A Straight Line

Aside from their zero emissions, electric cars are known for their quickness. The instant delivery of power to the wheels makes them a new option for those with a need for speed. Some of them are even pitting EVs against performance cars.

July 1, 2024

First Drive: 2024 Mitsubishi Triton

It’s been a busy first half in the motoring beat. New cars, new brands, a car show, and out of country trips came one after another that there was barely any breathing room for us in the media. Even Mitsubishi found it hectic as they cannot schedule a drive after launching the Triton pickup in January.

June 28, 2024

Here's Our Honest Take On The 2025 Mitsubishi Xforce GT

Compact crossover buyers can sense a great disturbance in the force. Just when you thought the market has settled down to a constant rhythm, here comes the Mitsubishi Xforce and its promise of bringing everything you know and considered on its head (check out the full specs here or watch our video here).

June 27, 2024

The GAC M6 Pro Changed The MPV Formula And It Worked (Kinda)

What comes into mind when you think of an MPV? For sure it will be a 7-seater, modern amenities for the front occupants, cabin comfort, and of course - a nice price. But when every offering in the segment has checked those boxes already, how else will you differentiate yourself?

June 22, 2024

First Drive: 2024 Ford Bronco Outer Banks

Ford Philippines has brought in two legendary vehicles—the seventh-generation Mustang and the first-ever Bronco. In Part 1, we tackled the Mustang and now in Part 2, we’re going to talk about the Bronco.

First Drive: 2024 Ford Mustang GT Premium

Of late, Ford’s been playing it safe in the Philippines. With a vast majority—roughly 60 percent—of its sales brought on by the Ranger, you could argue that they could re-brand themselves as the “Ranger Motor Company.” And while that’s great for the bottom line and all, it’s not doing enthusiasts much favors. That is, until a flash in the pan moment somewhere up the corporate ladder has given us this: the seventh-generation Mustang and the first-ever Bronco for the local market.

June 16, 2024

Review: 2024 Nissan GT-R Premium

The Nissan GT-R (R35) was a performance car icon as soon as it launched in 2007. Carrying the torch of the Skyline GT-Rs everyone knew so well from Gran Turismo, it offered true supercar pace at a bargain price. Fast forward 17 years later, its pace isn’t quite so shocking anymore, and its price, at P 12.445-million, is no longer a bargain. Still, for all its old-fashioned brutality and tech, it’ll be remembered as a showcase of what a crack team of Japanese engineers could do. It’s a legend and deservingly so.

VinFast's Cars Are Moonwalking: First Impressions Of VF5, VF7, VF9, and e34

The main purpose of my trip to Vietnam was to try out VinFast’s cars that will make their way into the Philippines soon. The infamous VF8 isn’t included in the list of models for our country so my opinion of these cars are on an empty slate. I was really excited because this is the first time I can try a series of EVs of different sizes.

Review: 2024 BMW i5 eDrive40

You could argue that it’s hard for BMW to mess up the 5 Series, and with more than 10 million of them sold since 1972’s Gen 1, you could say that statement is right. But times are changing and for the latest version, the world’s most beloved mid-size luxury sedan is fighting a battle on two fronts—one considering its typical rivals, the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and second, against the deluge of new all-electric offerings like the Tesla Model S. BMW’s answer? The i5.

June 8, 2024

Review: 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 G HEV

How’s this for a car buyer’s conundrum: for P 1,498,000 you can have this, the base Corolla Cross 1.8 G HEV, or for P 1,604,000, you can have the fully-loaded Yaris Cross 1.5 S HEV. For all intents and purposes, the P 106,000 price spread is negligible, especially if you opt to finance it for a period of five years. Now, internet forums are filled with debates between TNGA (Corolla Cross) versus DNGA (Yaris Cross). Issues with the DNGA (hello recalls) notwithstanding, which one’s the better buy?

June 3, 2024

The Jetour T2 Is Your Millennial, Hypebeast Tito

Whenever I hear the word ‘Tito’ I am reminded of the uncles that are older than me. Them, who are only interested in cars with diesel engines because of its ‘hatak,’ asks if a car can reach Baguio, and worships Lacoste as the holy grail of shirts. I have to keep reminding myself that I, at 33, am a tito too. So do a lot who are younger than me.

June 2, 2024

Review: 2024 BYD Atto 3 Premium

There’s a certain level of expectation when it comes to EVs, particularly on the subjects of price and tech. Thanks largely to the fact that brands that offer all-electric mobility come from either the luxury or premium spaces, EVs are expected to: one, look like spaceships and two, priced like one too. But that’s not the case with China’s BYD. With the Atto 3, they’ve come up with an EV that’s managed to reach price parity with a similarly-priced compact SUV. Of course, this begs the question: is it any good?

May 26, 2024

Review: 2024 GWM Tank 300

The cars an automaker produces is typically seen as a reflection of their local market’s evolving tastes and preferences. This is why American car brands often produce large, hefty vehicles meant for straightaways, while Europeans tend to favor small, agile vehicles meant for tighter confines. The same goes for Asian models where Koreans still have a wide selection of sedans (very popular over there), while the Japanese have much more compact models on offer.

Review: 2024 Kia Seltos 1.4 Turbo SX

When Kia launched the Seltos nameplate in the Philippines in 2020, there was no doubt they had big aspirations for it; after all, it was going to compete in the fast-growing, and lucrative compact crossover segment. But even after getting the foundations mostly right (it had pretty good levels of mechanical polish), alas, it never found mainstream success due to the sheer number of entrants, all of which offered more standard equipment simply because they were all from mainland China.

May 14, 2024

Function Over Form: 2024 Suzuki XL7 Hybrid First Drive

March saw Suzuki unveiling the new XL7 MPV. It now has a mild-hybrid engine, just like the Ertiga before it, along with a few cosmetic and functional touches. Of course, it retained its rugged ready look for a more imposing appeal.

April 1, 2024

First Drive: 2024 Ioniq 5 N

What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N exactly? It’s a straightforward question to ask, but harder to answer. See, it’s not exactly an electric hot hatch—it’s too big to fit that template. An electric high-performance crossover? Strictly speaking, yes, but that doesn’t capture the entire picture either.