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With these Japanese compact sedans, drivers will be able to get the most car for the least money.

19 Jun 2013

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What used to be affordable and sugar sweet bread-and-butter cars have become way pricier and perhaps a little too bitter for your usual taste bud. While pricing of cars has been constantly changing - with whatever new rules and regulations - the mission of these cars don't.

When it comes down to the crunch, these cars will accomplish their motoring mission without fuss and will make even the regular driver feel fantastic about his ride. And that's not to say these cars can't add a wee bit of fun into their functionality nature. Needless to say, the cars we have here today are the very definition of the said description.

More than just a beauty contest - these compact sedans need to outbeat each other in terms of bang-for-buck

The recently launched Toyota Vios has been a hot seller in Singapore since its debut in 2007. Put together in Thailand (like the other two cars here), the Vios has gone through several changes but hasn't lost its essence: simple, practical and humble. More importantly, keeping its reliability trademark has made it one of the top car choices in Singapore.

The Nissan Almera landed here in the last quarter of 2011. While not as popular as the Vios, the car has a very strong backing, coming from the brand that gave us the GT-R and the 370Z. More relevantly, it has a strong proposition - space. Roomy, refined and reliable, the Nissan Almera is the perfect choice of compact sedan for people who want more car for less money.

The Honda City began life a long, long time ago in 1981. The fifth generation Honda was unveiled in Thailand in 2008 before going through a facelift in 2012. This City, as a result, has an updated chrome grille, new front and rear bumpers, new taillamps design, new alloy wheels and an eco-driving indicator.

But which of these compact sedans can give you the most car for the least amount of money?

Exterior

The revamped Vios has a sheet metal that's very pleasing to the eye. 'Modern' and 'contemporary' are two very apt words to describe this car. The car is also longer than before, growing from 4,300mm to 4,410mm. As a result, it has more road presence than before.

The Almera keeps up with the competition with its modern and inoffensive looks. And it's precisely this look that, somehow, has the pulling influence of drawing praises. But more impressively, the Almera (Premium variant) is the only car of the pack that comes with a keyless entry system. It is also the only contender that comes with 16-inch wheels (the other two came with 15s) as standard.

The Vios' new look scores high in our books

The Honda City, on the other hand, has a dated look when compared to the other two contenders. Perhaps colours play a part in this. The white Vios and silver Almera outshine the dark maroon City. Where it excels, though, is its dynamic sheet metal, thanks to sharp and bold lines that are found missing in the other two jolly Japanese.
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC with VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

1497cc

Horsepower

:

80kW (107 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

141 Nm / 4200 rpm

Transmission

:

4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

12sec

Top Speed

:

170km/h

Fuel consumption

:

15.8 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line DOHC

Engine Cap

:

1498cc

Horsepower

:

74kW (99 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

134 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

-

Fuel consumption

:

14.5 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line SOHC i-VTEC

Engine Cap

:

1497cc

Horsepower

:

89kW (120 bhp)

Torque

:

145 Nm

Transmission

:

5-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

-

Fuel consumption

:

15.2 km/L

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