Easy to drive can mean a lot of things. Easy to own is another. However, the cars that we’ve listed today go beyond smooth-sailing driving characteristics. Beginners and veterans alike can appreciate a car that is simple to operate and own. No unnecessary clutter and no-frills ownership. Drive can mean a lot of things, and these are the cars that are just plain easy.
It would be a sin not to include this in the list. manufactured in the Philippines, the Vios is definitely available in the country as the premier option for many. Those looking for a reliable daily with not a lot of fuss should enjoy the Vios in its lower trim levels. For those that want a Vios with more sportiness and features, Toyota also provides a model that can cater to a higher price bracket with its top-of-the-line offerings such as the G and GR-S variants. You can choose between a 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter motor. You also get an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, bringing some much-needed convenience to the car’s infotainment screen. If you get the snazzier variants of the Vios, expect a reverse camera to go with the package. With so many options, perhaps the hardest part about the Vios would be to decide on what variant you’ll go home with.
Easy to buy, easy to drive, and easy to maintain. Our time with any Vios was as expected: it does what it is supposed to do. It gets you front point A to point B with no fuss, and it also comes equipped with a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Without a doubt, whether you’re behind the wheel or in the waiting room of your service center, you’re assured that this car is as simple to drive as it is to own. Many shops and many mechanics are familiar with the Vios, so having it maintained will be easy.
The big H has had a long-standing track record of making quality products with great driving dynamics. On top of that, the brand has dialed in all of the controls to deliver a superb driving experience. This rings true with the Honda City. Light steering coupled with a smooth transmission, and compact dimensions make this sedan a smooth-driving, and light-handling vehicle for any driver. Its 1.5-liter engine is the most powerful on the list, delivering 119 hp to the front wheels. The infotainment is also great and can be connected to using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, the reverse camera is a great addition to keep you from getting into small accidents.
Ownership is also a key contributing factor as to why the Honda City is one of the easier cars to own. A good aftermarket and a nice service network of Honda dealers allow Honda to make ownership easy. Honda is also quite known for its reliability, often making cars that last generations, like the prior generations of the Honda Civic.
The South Korean brand is no stranger to the subcompact sedan scene. The Kia Rio was the only nameplate then, but AC motors have since expanded its offering to include the Kia Soluto. Even more compact than the Rio, but with enhanced interior space, the Soluto makes do with a lot less. Its features allow it to be an easy car to putter around town with. With its 1.4-liter engine, you won’t be winning a lot of drag races, but it makes 94 hp and can be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Infotainment is unheard of in its price point, offering up a full set of features for a very low price. Equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it keeps your hands on the wheel and displays your navigation data, so you don’t need to fumble about with phone mounts or your actual phone. To aid you in parking, Kia has outfitted the Soluto with a reverse camera along with parking sensors. It’ll keep your rear bumper nice and shiny.
If you’ve heard of Kia’s service woes in the past, you won’t have to worry about them this time around. AC Motors committed itself to make the experience of owning and maintaining a Kia as hassle-free as possible. More spare parts are being kept by the brand, and the brand has also emphasized its reduced ownership costs.
Mazda is world-renowned for its driving dynamics, and when you put a lightweight chassis in a car that is infused with the brand’s Jinba Ittai philosophy, you have a car that will effortlessly carve corners, and offer you a planted and polished driving experience. The smallest sedan in the lineup, the Mazda2 delivers a sharp driving experience, along with great slow-speed or high-speed handling characteristics. The 1.5-liter SkyActiv engine also delivers a capable punch with 108 hp on tap. We’re also a fan of Mazda’s 6-speed automatic transmission The vehicle also features a capable infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To top it all off, you get a reverse camera as standard.
Ownership is also well taken care of thanks to Mazda’s warranty and after-sales service. Nothing screams easy like getting a 3-year warranty, with a 5-year service plan. Mazda has gone the extra mile to deliver you a hassle-free ownership experience. So if you want to drive your car to far-off places, don’t worry because Mazda is the brand with a plan.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4
The Mirage G4 is said to be one of the more basic options for people looking to buy a vehicle, but being simple doesn’t mean that it is a difficult car to drive. Its compact dimensions make it a cinch to take around in the city. You won’t have to worry too much about clipping a curb or scuffing your wheels. It offers great visibility so you can see everything around you. It has a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder motor that won’t set the world on fire, but the engine is so light on gas that it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. It’s one of the more economical options on the market and the guilt-free experience of gassing up only makes it that much easier to drive. It doesn’t have the fanciest features, but you can expect that simplicity is a factor in longevity.
Mitsubishi Philippines is well-known for its reliability. Whether you’re looking at an SUV, a truck, or a sedan, you know that the Japanese company has a solid track record and reputation for making cars that will stand the test of time. By getting a Mirage, you also gain access to the many dealerships that Mitsubishi has across the country. Parts should not be an issue as the Mirage is manufactured in the Philippines.