Top 8 Best Used Cars in the Philippines 2023
Updated on February 25 2024
With all the brands and models available in the second hand market, picking the right car to fit your needs (and wants) can be a daunting task. Given the several factors to consider when making your purchase, it’s not always easy to find “the one.” Here at Automart.PH, we’ve compiled a list to help you find the best car that meets your taste and demands. We believe that practicality does not have to compromise performance!
Many Filipinos aspire to have their own vehicles. For most, it’s even a lifelong dream since childhood. During tough economic times, however, buying a new car isn’t exactly the smartest move. Instead of using up your hard-earned funds to buy a new car, imagine all the other things you could do with the extra cash. Add it to your investment funds, your health and fitness plans, or that long-overdue trip you’ve always wanted--All this you can do when you buy a used car. With more savings, the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Here are the top 8 best and most popular used cars in the Philippines for 2023.
1. Toyota Vios
The Toyota Vios remains to be the top choice in the Philippine subcompact sedan market. As the reigning king in its respective category, we don’t see it stepping down anytime soon. Since it entered the Philippine market in 2003, its continuous evolution has made it a go-to choice among Filipinos. Whether as a taxi, a personal ride, or even a corporate vehicle, the Vios, new or used, has proven to be a smart choice.
Stylish yet economical, a used Toyota Vios just has so much for everyone to love. Aside from being spacious, fuel-efficient, and ever-reliable, the versatile Toyota Vios is one of the easiest cars to maintain. For this reason, a used Toyota Vios is always in demand. Its popularity is backed up by its ever-easy to find parts that are highly accessible in local shops or official service centers. Parts are also cheap as Toyota has a manufacturing plant in the country. When the time comes and your car will need a repair, with a second hand Toyota Vios for a ride, you can guarantee that you won’t break the bank!
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the brand’s powerful entry into the subcompact sedan category market. In the second hand and repossessed market, it’s also a sought after vehicle. Physically, it offers a bolder and sportier exterior than its hatchback counterpart. Though its interior is not the most spacious, its trunk space is roomy enough to fit your grocery shopping and weekend getaway essentials. A true champion in the city, a used Mitsubishi Mirage G4 tends to the woes of many Filipinos: style, fuel-efficiency, and value for money! With an abundant supply in the second-hand market, a used Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is sure to be reasonably priced. Low on budget? A used Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the second hand market’s best buys.
The Mirage G4 is powered by a three-cylinder 1.2-liter engine. It produces 78 PS and 100 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheel either by a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
The Hyundai Accent was one of the South Korean brand’s top-selling models, which used to come in either a hatchback or a sedan body. A used Hyundai Accent is even better because it sells for really low.
I has a chic exterior, serene interior, a highly responsive engine, and comfortable suspension guaranteed to provide a smooth driving experience. All this, while saving you big bucks.
Powered by a 1.4-liter gasoline or the more efficient 1.6-liter diesel, the Accent also comes in automatic and manual transmission variants. Appealing and efficient, this small-framed sedan makes it ideal for city driving. For those looking for an exceptionally fuel-efficient sedan that meets your everyday needs, a used Hyundai Accent certainly does the job.
If you’re looking for a second hand vehicle that isn't too big or small, a used Nissan Almera is something you should definitely consider. As the Japanese brand’s entry to the subcompact sedan category, the Almera is marked by conservative styling that should not upset anyone.
The Nissan Almera is one of the best cars in its class when it comes to space. It provides generous headroom and legroom. It starts with a 1.2-liter engine with 5-speed manual transmission, while a bigger and more powerful engine choice comes in the form of a 1.5-liter engine that's either equipped with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. What’s not to like with the Nissan Almera’s immense interior space and its notably low fuel consumption?
5. Hyundai Reina
The Hyundai Reina fits the bill for first-time car buyers. This subcompact is bang for your buck, being counted among the country’s top used vehicle choices below the 500,000 Peso mark that doesn’t compromise on style, and space.
The ample 2,570mm wheelbase gives driver and passengers the right room for comfort, while the generous trunk space can store up to 475 liters of cargo.
Despite its affordable price tag, it remains to have all the important safety features such as dual airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
6. Hyundai Kona
If you’re looking for a compact SUV, a used Hyundai Kona should be at the top of your list. It’s a small car with a big personality and offers punchy performance and agile handling.
The Kona rides smoothly and handles well, plus it gets pretty good fuel economy. Inside, the cabin looks good and feels upscale, and the front seats are superb for everyday drives. It also comes with a nice assortment of features, including a user-friendly infotainment system.
7. Nissan Urvan NV350
Nissan's NV350 Urvan is a good alternative to the venerable Toyota HiAce workhorse van. It's available in multiple styles; cargo, passenger, and the premium variants. Seating capacity can also go as high as 18, making it one of the most versatile vans in the market.
Powering the NV350 Urvan is a 2.5-lite diesel engine with a VGS Turbo Intercooler which produces 129 PS and a healthy 356 Nm of torque mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.
8. Toyota Wigo
The Toyota Wigo is an entry-level hatchback offered by Toyota Motor Philippines. Marketed towards young urban dwellers and first-time car buyers, this small city car makes everyday drives a breeze. With the terrible traffic in the Metro, the Wigo’s small dimension certainly makes it the perfect go-to vehicle, allowing you to drive anywhere, even on the tightest streets where larger vehicles won’t dare drive into.
While it has a chic and stylish exterior as well as a thrifty 1.0-liter gas engine, it's biggest selling point is its price tag. Brand new, a Toyota Wigo is among the cheapest cars available in the country. Used, even cheaper.
We hope this list will help you narrow down your choices. Whether it’s for your daily drive to work or something to take your family out on those well-deserved out of town trips, at Automart.PH, a highly dependable used car is waiting for you. Remember, a used car will always be cheaper, and are often just as dependable as brand new vehicles, especially when used and maintained properly.
Despite this, buying a used car comes with risks such as getting an abused unit. Not to worry as Automart.PH has come up with a solution: the Automart Certified Vehicle.
Automart Certified Vehicles have been meticulously inspected, detailed, and restored so that they look, and feel like new again, without the hefty price tag of a brand new unit. They also come with a 5-day, money-back guarantee, and a 1 year, or 10,000 Km warranty.
Content Editor Kyle Liong contributed to this story.
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