10 most fuel-efficient cars in the Philippines today

Saving up on gas? With petroleum prices going up and traffic congestion that never seems to go away, many are looking for relief from the escalating costs. In the context of the day, fuel economy and efficiency will definitely be up there when considering what to look for in your vehicle. But where to start weighing your options? Hopefully this article can help you make that crucial decision in having a more fuel-efficient private transport in the near future.

edsa carl lamiel yugatech • 10 most fuel-efficient cars in the Philippines today

Chevrolet Spark

Factory claim: 12.8 – 16.2 km/l

Combined estimate: 8.5 – 21.9 km/l

Fuel capacity: 35 liters

Models: 1.4 LT MT, 1.4 LT AT PREMIER

Description from Chevrolet: The Chevrolet Spark is big on what matters – space, power, fun, and connection. Energetic and full of attitude, this mini passenger car commands attention anywhere you go. So, buckle up and get ready to go big in the city with the Spark.

Chevrolet Spark

Ford Everest

Factory claim: 9 – 14 km/l

Combined estimate: 8.5 – 18.9 km/l

Fuel capacity: 80 liters

Models: 2.0 Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT, 2.0 Turbo Titanium 4×2, 2.0 Turbo Sport 4×2 AT

Description from Ford: Designed to tackle tough terrain and unexpected obstacles, the new Everest is rough and ready. Discover what lies beyond the road’s end. Get off the beaten path. Everest’s capability gives you the confidence to tackle any terrain.

Ford Everest

Honda City

Factory claim: 23.8 – 25.2 km/l

Combined estimate: 13.9 – 24.1 km/l

Fuel capacity: 40 liters

Models: 1.5 RS CVT, 1.5 V CVT, 1.5 S CVT, 1.5 S MT

Description from Honda: Every angle of the Honda City exudes confidence. From its sweeping, dynamic corners to the bold, black trim, to its specially designed, sleek RS bumpers, it is the vehicle you know is headed places.

Honda City

Hyundai Accent

Factory claim: 14 – 17.4 km/l

Combined estimate: 8.4 – 23.3 km/l

Fuel capacity: 43 liters

Models: 1.6 CRDi GL MT, 1.6 CRDi GL AT, 1.4 GL MT, 1.4 GL AT

Description from Hyundai: Sleek lines, breathtaking curves, and that signature hexagonal grille come together in sophisticated fashion to make the Accent a stunning image on the road. Make your everyday drive remarkably efficient with Hyundai’s phenomenal CRDi sedan.

Hyundai Accent

Kia Picanto

Factory claim: 17.2 – 20.8 km/l

Combined estimate: 10.7 – 26.3 km/l

Fuel capacity: 35 liters

Models: 1.0 LX MT, 1.0 LX AT, 1.2 EX MT, 1.2 EX AT

Description from Kia: If the city makes you feel young and alive, and you’re eager to explore new places, you’ve found a soul mate in the Picanto. It may be small, but it’s roomy inside, and it’s full of big ideas. Reliable, efficient, and fun when you need them to be, the Picanto’s engines and transmissions offer you a boost of confidence as you drive through life.

Kia Picanto

Mazda 2

Factory claim: 13.6 – 17 km/l

Combined estimate: 13.2 – 22.8 km/l

Fuel capacity: 44 liters

Models: 1.5 PREMIUM

Description from Mazda: Set yourself apart with a drive that oozes stylish appeal and sophistication. The new Mazda2’s devotion to detail speaks highly about the brand’s premium leanings. Bold and beautiful, with a touch of fun. Equally lean and athletic, this is a Mazda that is perfect for the daily drive.

Mazda 2

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Factory claim: 14.8 – 22.8 km/l

Combined estimate: 10.4 – 21.6 km/l

Fuel capacity: 35 liters

Models: 1.2 GLS SPORT CVT, 1.2 GLS CVT, 1.2 GLX MT, 1.2 GLX CVT

Description from Mitsubishi: The dynamic new look of the Mirage G4 makes a statement. Its clean lines, keen angles, and subtle curves are hard to miss. Even the smaller details have been refined to be just as easy on the eyes. Get ready to turn heads with every drive.

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Nissan Almera

Factory claim: 15.9 – 23.8 km/l

Combined estimate: 13.7 – 23.4 km/l

Fuel capacity: 35 liters

Models: 1.0 EL Turbo MT, 1.0 VE Turbo MT, 1.0 VE Turbo CVT, 1.0 VL Turbo N-Sport CVT

Description from Nissan: When it comes to looks, you never have to settle for anything less with the Almera’s premium design that makes you stand out on the road. And with its innovative tech by your side, you’ll be more than ready to take your ride to the next level and challenge everything that the future has.

Nissan Almera

Suzuki S-Presso

Factory claim: 20.4 – 21.7 km/l

Combined estimate: 13.7 – 26 km/l

Fuel capacity: 27 liters

Models: 1.0 GL MT, 1.0 GL MT (Alloy Wheels), 1.0 GL MT (Special Edition)

Description from Suzuki: With a bold design and robust stance that radiate vibrant energy, the S-PRESSO brings alive every place in the city it ventures to. It’s a car built for you to take on the world and make your mark. Every drive is a self-expression of the zesty spirit that defines you. Hop into the S-PRESSO, and kick start excitement in life.

Suzuki S Presso

Toyota Vios

Factory claim: 15.9 – 19.6 km/l

Combined estimate: 8.1 – 22.3 km/l

Fuel capacity: 42 liters

Models: 1.5 G CVT, 1.5 G MT, 1.3 E CVT, 1.3 E MT, 1.3 XLE CVT, 1.3 XLE MT, 1.3 XE CVT, 1.3 J MT, 1.3 BASE MT

Description from Toyota: The Philippines’ best-selling got upgraded: a finessed exterior design that’s swift on the street, with the same reliable grip and steering that you can trust. Strength and ease harmonize to deliver a world-class driving experience, all from a class-leading fuel-efficient sedan.

Toyota Vios

Perhaps worth mentioning which may rank well along with the vehicles in the list would be the following:

Kia Rio

Factory claim: 14 – 20 km/l

Combined estimate: 9 – 22.2 km/l

Fuel capacity: 45 liters

Models: 1.4 LX AT, 1.4 EX AT

Description from Kia: The convention-breaking Rio continues to evolve, packing new technology and smart style into a practical subcompact sedan, all at an affordable price.

Kia Rio

Mazda 3

Factory claim: 10.6 – 14 km/l

Combined estimate: 8.3 – 21.8 km/l

Fuel capacity: 51 liters

Models: 2.0 Sedan Sport, 2.0 Fastback Sport

Description from Mazda: With refinements in engine, chassis, suspension, and interior design, every Mazda is a harmonious system that operates at its finest in any condition. Uniquely elegant and undoubtedly sophisticated inside and out, the Mazda3 raises the bar in driving joy and satisfaction. A true premium driving experience.

Mazda 3

Suzuki Celerio

Factory claim: 19.9 – 27.7 km/l

Combined estimate: 15.3 – 25.7 km/l

Fuel capacity: 35 liters

Models: 1.0 CVT

Description from Suzuki: Introducing the new Celerio, a small car that is creating big standards. Loaded with Suzuki small-car know-how, but with space for more, Celerio beckons for a drive in the city.

Suzuki Celerio

Toyota Wigo

Factory claim: 15 – 25 km/l

Combined estimate: 9.6 – 24.3 km/l

Fuel capacity: 33 liters

Models: 1.0 TRD S AT, 1.0 VVT-i G AT, 1.0 VVT-i G MT, 1.0 VVT-i E MT

Description from Toyota: A cool and compact exterior that’s refreshing to the eyes and easy on the road. Enjoy daily drives with easy access to Wigo’s infotainment system and air conditioner panel. Beyond being comfortable, the Wigo keeps you safe with an advanced security system designed from Toyota’s safety standards.

Toyota Wigo


Kindly note that the list is not ranked by fuel efficiency, but is arranged in alphabetical order with the intent to feature at least one fuel-efficient vehicle available in the period 2019-2022 for each brand. Also, the list excludes electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles. For reference in this comparison, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in charge of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, reports that the combined average of manufacturers’ required fuel economy levels (excluding EV and hybrid) would range between 15.6 to 16.5 kilometers per liter (km/l) for Model Year 2021. Ultimately, the choice will be in your hands.

Sources: fueleconomy.gov, auto-data.net, automobile-catalog.com, fuelly.com, motoreu.com, Oneshift, The Car Guide, Natural Resources Canada, Department of Energy (Philippines), respective websites of aforementioned brands (Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Kia, Hyundai, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet)

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