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Top 4 Most Popular Honda Cars 2017: Fuel Efficiency and Price Rates

It’s amazing that Honda’s founder, Sochiro Honda, grew his company from a humble wooden shack that manufactured bicycle motors to a highly-respected, multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer in the world. But what’s even more spectacular was that he didn’t have any formal education when he first started.

Now, sixty-nine years later from where it all began, we’ll be discussing four of his bestselling  cars that Filipinos love to drive today.

Ranked from the lowest to the highest in fuel-efficiency ratings (in terms of city driving), here are the most popular ones that deserve to be placed on the top four, most coveted spots:

4. Honda BR-V (starts from ₱ 998,000)

Highway: 16-17 km/l

City: 7-10 km/l

Brown Honda BR-V

The Honda BR-V is handsomely sporty, with a dash of hefty strut that lets others know it’s a Honda. This vehicle serves its main purpose of seating 7 people comfortably well. But more than that, it offers the right amount of comfort, performance, and practicality for those out-of-town trips and long travels you’ll do with your family.

Note that the last row seat can be cramped though, so think twice and hard before seating three hyperactive adults for hours and hours on end. Otherwise, your “idyllic” trip might turn out to become the “ultimate” nightmare.

So how does it perform? Much better than before. Honda has improved its performance, lessening the vibration and noise problems that its previous predecessors once had. Its fuel efficiency is quite good, giving its best performance in the higher RPM ranges.

It doesn’t do as well in very rugged terrains, though, but it does serve its purpose of being an all-round compact SUV at a good price.  And since it’s a Honda, expect great safety features as its best selling point.

Honda BR-V Price

3. Honda Civic RS Turbo (starts from ₱ 1,425,000)

Highway: 21.30 km/l

City: 7.73 km/l

Blue Honda Civic RS

It took a long time for Honda to jump in the “turbocharged” craze, but it made the entire waiting game all the more worth it when it finally did.

The Honda Civic RS Turbo is extremely good-looking. Then top it off with a more confident, youthful, and aggressive vibe, and what do you get? A major head-turner, to say the least.

The interiors offer a more sophisticated finish, with lots of room to accommodate five people. Visibility is good, thanks to a large windshield and side mirrors.

Performance-wise, the Civic RS Turbo offers a smooth ride that can give a mean shove when you step on the gas assertively. And while you might argue that you really can’t do a mad dash with all the traffic congestion happening everywhere, you’ll at least take comfort in knowing that this car does live up to its  “turbo” hype — and not just in its facade.

Honda Civic RS Price

2. Honda Civic 1.8 E (starts from ₱ 1,115,000)

Highway: 17 – 17.5 km/l

City: 10.3 km/l

Silver Honda Civic

Honda Civic has been given a new lease in life, but from the looks of it, actually deserves a new name altogether — at least in terms of design. This car’s latest style aggressively veers away from the more laid-back, conservative style of its predecessors. In fact, it closely edges toward a “futuristic” vibe in some angles without going overboard.

Indeed, Honda certainly made the right decision when they changed Civic’s design.

Performance-wise, it’s a Civic, so we don’t need a thorough introduction here. This car has solid handling, good stopping power and precision steering through its electric power steering system.

Its sophisticated and state-of-the-art chassis design allows excellent ride quality and receptive handling, making it all the more fun to drive. The Civic also offers a great cushion when you drive over potholes, thanks to a good suspension that helps segregate vibrations on the road.

Safety features are great, and something that’s worth mentioning is the auto brake hold. This feature allows you to engage the brakes even when you take your foot off the pedal. Imagine the convenience it does when you’re stuck in heavy traffic.

Honda Civic Price Philippines

1. Honda City 1.5 E CVT (starts from ₱ 764,000)

Highway: 31.03 km/l

City: 20.99 km/l

Blue Honda City

Honda City may be a locally-produced product (manufactured in Santa Rosa, Laguna), but this sub-compact sedan offers a good and easy ride that won’t break your budget in the process. And who would even know that it’s affordable? With such a sophisticated style and head-turning design, it’s classy enough to make a statement everywhere you go.

One of its best features is great steering that offers good feedback and weight. This gives drivers more confidence on the road, since they don’t need to be vigilant in making those minor corrections on the road.

This City is good for first-time drivers. It performs best in city driving, though it tends to lose grip when you drive it in uneven trails. Safety is already a given, and its smooth and responsive engine, capable performance on the road, and good fuel efficiency offers added value at a spectacular price.

Honda City Price Philippines

Runner-Up Models

Aside from the four ones mentioned above, we’re also including models that pretty much deserve a spot near the bestsellers:

4. Honda Jazz 1.5 VX+ CVT

Highway: 25.34 km/l

City: 14.99 km/l

Yellow Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz offers one thing that will make it attractive to first-time drivers: it’s easy to drive. What’s more, its quiet, spacious cabin and extremely versatile seats are a huge plus for those who like to carry many things around.

And don’t forget that it’s an extremely agile car, so expect to drive around tight corners and turns like a gymnast on wheels. However, it’s not as punchy when it comes to outright grips, so you’ll have to support those fast turns with slight adjustments to your driving.

On the outside, this car looks straightforward in design. We would love it if it there are more sexy angles than round corners, but then again, we think this would sacrifice its ample headroom and legroom inside. And if you still need space, just shift the fuel tank under the front seats, and voila — you get more room under its rear.

So really, its design is a small price to pay for the convenience and practicality that it offers in spades. Besides, the design grows on you the longer you drive it.

Honda Jazz Price Philippines

3. Honda CR-V 2.0 AT

Highway: 31.20 km/l

City: 17.97 km/l

Red Honda CR-V

Do you like Civic, but need the practicality and convenience of an SUV or even a station wagon? Then no need to look far. The Honda CR-V fits all these requirements right to a tee. Functional, fuel-efficient, and fun, this crossover is a safe bet for versatility as well.

What do we love about this car? It’s attractively simple and fuel-efficient, with a very spacious interior, thanks to its great seat-folding mechanism. Four medium-sized adults can have a ball inside this compact crossover without (hopefully) breaking any joints.

It’s cabin is very quiet, although it can get a bit noisy when you rev up the engines to high levels. Whatever the case, its good suspension and steering makes it an easy ride for drivers.

Looking for a lot of interior space? The Honda CR-V has easy flipping and folding seats, with great back-seats and overall comfort that make it one of the best vehicles for long travels.

And although the acceleration may slow down a bit when there are more than four passengers, its good ride quality is great for all-weather driving — especially when the roads are slippery. It has average off-road abilities, though, so it’s not ideal for extremely rugged terrains.

Honda CR-V Price Philippines

2. Honda Brio 1.3 V Navi AT

Highway: 31.92 km/l

City: 18.27 km/l

Blue Honda Brio

There are not many vehicles that offer a lot more for less money. And if it looks attractive, then that would be a bonus itself. So when Honda Brio came into the market, it created a lot of buzz from Filipinos who want all these features without spending a lot in the process.

This car’s likable nature is as great as its comfortable performance on the road. And while its handling capability isn’t razor-sharp all the time, it’s still a capable little car that offers good stability even when driven at fast speeds.

What’s more, it’s also easy to drive, making it an ideal car for first-timers who are basically looking for a car that will move them around town.

Brio’s quiet, effortless, and laid-back interiors can lessen your stress levels during traffic congestion. And its automatic transmission all the more makes it the ideal vehicle in these situations.

Honda Brio Price Philippines

1. Honda Brio Amaze 1.3 E MT

Highway: 33.88 km/l

City: 20.37 km/l

Honda Brio Amaze

Honda’s main goal when they created Amaze was to create a unique sedan version of the Brio hatchback that blends high performance and a unique look.

And by the looks of it, we think they’ve succeeded.

Now with a fresher design and modern style, the Brio Amaze offers more curves compared to the angular models that Honda cars are known for. This is not the Civic, folks — so it doesn’t pump out jarring muscles. It offers a more sensual, wholesome appeal that is quite refreshing on its own.

The Brio Amaze is refined, well-engineered, and comfortable on its own. Its steering wheel can be a bit sensitive sometimes, so you might have to make small corrections occasionally.

It’s also a bit pricey compared to other entry levels its class. But the added price is worth it, since it performs well on the road. Truth is, this car’s price is quite a steal, considering you’ll get a vehicle that offers great value through and through.

And just like its sibling, the Brio Amaze has excellent cabin noise suppression that gives you a tiny haven of calmness amidst the hustle and bustle of traffic noise around you.

Honda Brio Amaze Price Philippines




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  1. Benjamin Erice
    May 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Why Brio Amaze does not included on your list…

    • May 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm — Reply

      Hi Benjamin,
      It was originally included, but I had to cut it out because the article was getting too long.
      I’m including it right now, though.

  2. mark
    September 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    hi good day, i would like to seek a personal advice before i buy a new car,. i’am choosing between honda jazz 2017 and kia rio hatchback 2017,. i would like to ask if what is much better in-terms of fuel efficiency ?

    • September 30, 2017 at 7:24 pm — Reply

      Hi Mark,
      When we’re only talking about fuel efficiency here, then Honda Jazz wins–hands down. Its economy rating is around 26-28 km/l, while Kia Rio stands at around 17-19 km/l.

  3. jimmy
    October 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    Hi ma’m Cherryl! Seeking for your professional advice before buying a new car. I’m particularly interested with the all new Honda CR-V 2017 but which one, gasoline or diesel? Using this vehicle most of the time for 1 or 2 persons, city driving with history of about 4,500 km/yr usage. I appreciate your honest opinion. Thanks a lot.

    • October 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm — Reply

      Hi Jimmy,
      I would say the gasoline version.

      Here’s why: If you’re going to travel less than 5,000 km/year, and only within the city most of the time, then gasoline is enough for you. This is because the diesel ones do better over long distances and open roads, although they’re admittedly much noisier compared to the gasoline ones.

      What’s more, the petrol version is more refined and quieter compared to diesel. However, the downside is that it has less punch (torque), so performance-wise, the diesel version performs way better on the road.

      If you can, try to go for the higher variants when you buy a CR-V. 🙂

  4. fred
    November 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    hi ma’am,

    i am planning to buy a honda brv since it is just within our budget.

    my worry is the fuel consumption since i will just be using it within cebu city.

    need your advise.



    • November 20, 2017 at 9:27 am — Reply

      Hi Fred,

      I see no reason why you shouldn’t buy it. BR-V’s lightweight body and Earth Dreams Technology makes its engine very efficient, with adequate fuel consumption.

      By the way, Cebu’s traffic can be a nightmare sometimes, so this can consume a lot of gas. If you’ll be doing a LOT OF LONG DRIVES DAILY and/or intend to drive it JAM-PACKED IN MANY DAYS, then it will eat up a large chunk of your budget fast.

      In this case, I would suggest you try out other more fuel efficient SUVs in the market today.

      However, if you’re just going to use it to go to work, drive your family in nearby vicinities around Cebu, or take short/long trips occasionally, then the BRV is enough for you.

      • Anonymous
        November 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm — Reply

        hi ma’am cherryl,

        thank you for your advise. i usually do a lot of long drives daily since my work is with sales.

        my wife and i have decided to maybe just get the new 2018 honda city 1.5 cvt.

        i would appreciate if you can provide your insights on the said sedan.

        thanks again and more power!


        • November 21, 2017 at 5:32 am — Reply

          Hi Fred,
          Now that’s WAY BETTER. 🙂

          This fuel-efficient car will give you a nicely-balanced ride, and the 2018 model is good not just for city driving, but also on average, rough-to-uneven roads. Space and practicality is impressive, and can be a good family car for all occasions.

          It’s also a great car to support your job, since you’ll be driving a lot. The front seats now have better side reinforcements, and standard safety features are more than adequate. You’ll also find that the interiors are well-organized and convenient.

          By the way, a few say that the driver’s seat can get a bit uncomfortable for long drives. I’d suggest you check it out when you test drive it and see if it will cause you the same issues as well.

  5. Gerald
    March 25, 2018 at 4:39 am — Reply

    Hi mam cheryl,

    Im thinking of purchasing the new 2018 honda jazz. Any comments or suggestions if its a good choice or not as compared to the BRV vs the City.

    My travel or drive usually comprised of mostly city driving with weekly long drives going to bataan and bulacan (2× a week)

    Your input is much appreciated. Thanks

    • March 26, 2018 at 10:11 am — Reply

      Hi Gerald,

      It seems you’re doing quite a lot of driving every week. Here are some of my thoughts on this:

      Fuel Efficiency / Space / Versatility
      This is where Honda Jazz shines. This car has been in some of my “Best” and “Top” lists because it deserves to be there. Not only is it extremely versatile and fuel-efficient, it’s also the most space-saving car on my list. Actually, it can do a lot of things really well, so you’re making a good choice here. Try to search Honda Jazz here and read some of the articles I included it in. 🙂

      Features / Practicality / Convenience
      This is where Honda City fares better. And while safety features pretty much are similar with the three, Honda City has more (and cooler) features, such as the Smart Access Card Entry and Multi-functioning steering wheel — even for the base model.

      SUV-experience / Space / Practicality
      You said you’ll drive to provinces during weekends, so off-road performance might be the most important to you. Honda BR-V definitely has the advantage when it comes to wheelbase height, so driving through average floods won’t be a problem. However, BR-V doesn’t stand out to me in many ways — it’s almost a mishmash of Honda models. Its side profile looks like a bit like the Mobilio, while its interiors are vaguely similar to the Jazz and City. Engine performance is quite satisfactory (but not as strong), but honestly, there are other (almost) similarly-priced SUVs in the market that can match it — or do even better.

  6. April 11, 2018 at 8:31 pm — Reply

    Hi maam
    We are planning to buy honda br-v but is it really worth it compare to other rivals base on fuel consumption?like xpander or the upcoming rush?which 3cars have the highest fuel efficacy?

    • April 12, 2018 at 4:21 pm — Reply

      Hi Kristian,
      They almost have the same fuel efficiency ratings, with Xpander having a slight edge over the other two. Still, the difference isn’t significant enough for now–around 1 or 2 km/l higher (for city driving) compared to the two.

      Since fuel efficiency is almost the same for the three, choose the one that meets your other needs. If it’s driving power and performance, choose BR-V. If you’re going for more space and a cheaper price, go for Xpander (but only for this time, since we don’t know how much Toyota Rush will be priced when it arrives here).

  7. eugene
    July 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm — Reply

    hi are the fuel efficiency based on actual results? it seems to me that they are way to fuel efficient beyond standards. i couldnt believe the figures in this post.

    • July 10, 2018 at 5:24 am — Reply

      Hi Eugene,
      These results are from the DOE’s and Petron’s Fuel Economy Run Test. And while they are valid on their own, keep in mind that the actual testing was done on more ideal roads that often don’t mimic the real ones we use for our daily commutes. So yes, the figures are above standard measures.

      Keep in mind that they only serve as a guides–not rules.

  8. Olle
    August 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    Who made these dream calculations. Who believe the C-RV drinks FAR LESS than the Civic.
    The figures are pure bullshit.

    Anyone can understand a 2.0 doesn’t go 30km on 1 liter.
    I own both C-RV and Civic and the C-RV of course drinks a bit more.
    More than double what it’s stated here.

  9. August 2, 2019 at 10:55 am — Reply

    loc ban be fbThat is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very precise information? Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read article!

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