One frequently overlooked aspect in today’s vehicles is the difference between Automatic Transmission (AT) and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Whereas “stick-shift” or Manual Transmission (MT) cars are clearly set apart by their use of a clutch pedal to change the gears, the terms AT and CVT are often used interchangeably with each other. This similarity holds true to a certain degree, but let us take a closer look at how the new Toyota Vios makes every day driving all the more easier and fuel efficient with its Continuously Variable Transmission.
While both transmissions are generally easier and more comfortable to operate due to a computer program that automatically controls shifting based on driver input, CVT uses a belt-and-pulley system rather than AT’s gears-and-cogs system. On actual road conditions that have stop-and-go traffic, the Toyota Vios CVT will offer a smoother ride than regular AT gearboxes by means of seamless shifting that reduces shift shock and transmission quietness. This leads to the subcompact’s better cabin comfort in otherwise tiring urban drives.
The CVT also improves fuel economy and fuel mileage by consistently keeping the engine in its most efficient operating range. The Vios CVT variants are known to be kinder and more forgiving to new drivers by automatically adjusting to human errors such as inconsistent foot pressure and pedal movement. It lessens the vehicle’s jerky, sudden movements by reducing lag time through the continuous altering of gear ratios.
As an added feature for more experienced drivers, select variants of the Vios CVT are equipped with Sequential Shift Mode and Paddle Shifters that mimic the sporty feel of manually changing gears. When used along with Drive Mode Select (a choice between Eco & Sport modes), the Toyota Vios offers a versatile and economical driving pleasure for everyone. These make the Toyota Vios an enduring icon on the road, and the preferred subcompact sedan of the Filipino people.
Currently, a total of five out of nine variants of the All-New Vios are equipped with Continuously Variable Transmission, with the latest being the Vios XE, introduced last January.
1.5 G Prime CVT: P1,095,000
1.5 G CVT: P1,040,000
1.5 G MT: P981,000
1.3 E Prime CVT: P933,000
1.3 E Prime MT: P883,000
1.3 E CVT: P878,000
1.3 E MT: P828,000
1.3 XE CVT: P735,000
1.3 J MT: P685,000
1.3 Base MT: P659,000
With an MSRP of P735,000, the Vios XE is currently the best value CVT in Toyota’s wide Vios lineup. It suits the modern lifestyle and driving habits of young professionals in the city, while also catering to new and experienced drivers.
More than its affordable price tag, the Vios XE shares the signature quality, durability, and reliability present across all models that bear the Toyota badge. Choosing the Vios means worry-free ownership that gives customers peace of mind even with aftersales and regular maintenance.
The Vios XE is available in all Toyota dealerships nationwide. It comes in Thermalyte, Red Mica Metallic, Freedom White, and Alumina Jade Metallic.