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The crossover for car lovers

Crossover is a term more familiar with basketball types really, but in auto lingo, it refers to taller vehicles with a sedan or car platform. This allows the crossover to provide the best of both worlds — a higher ground clearance and more driving versatility, à la an SUV, without giving up the comfort and amenities a sedan provides. The all-new Honda Pilot 3.5 EX-L all-wheel-drive is one such model. It is a mid-size crossover with three rows and eight-person seating, copious amounts of interior space and car-like features.   Softer, less boxy exterior Compared to its predecessor, the third-generation Pilot is curvier along the edges, and while it may seem to appear smaller, is actually longer and wider. As with previous generation, it is still assembled in the United States, but its more …

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All-new Elantra shows exceptional handling in Cebu

How a vehicle handles sudden braking, tight corners and sharp turns reveals so much more about it than a simple acceleration test because let’s be honest, any four-wheels with a big engine can redline on a straight line. That is why Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) so meticulously hunted down the ‘perfect’ route to show how far the all-new Elantra has come in both form and function. Six months after its official launch in the Philippines, the motoring media was invited to drive the sixth-generation Elantra on a 158-kilometer route through Cebu, from the heart of the city all the way up to the northernmost tip of the island.   The all-new Elantra We were provided a mix 15 all-new Elantra GLS and GL units from the Cebu dealership for the four-hour drive. Both …

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So you really want the Mazda2 Midnight edition?

You’re in the market for a brand new car and at this point you’ve already done your due diligence and you know exactly what you want. Maybe this is some kind grad gift from Mom and Dad or the very first auto purchase with your hard-earned money; the circumstances behind it are really irrelevant. What I’m here for is to assist you in breaking down the cost of ownership of your desired vehicle from purchase and onto the next five years, and for the purposes of this article, let’s say you’re over the moon for the Mazda2 SkyActiv Midnight edition.   The vehicle The Mazda2 SkyActiv Midnight edition comes with all that the basic Mazda2 hatchback has, including the highly efficient SkyActive-G 1.4L engine and SkyActive-Drive six-speed A/T. As a Premium Series model, it does …

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For the ultimate journey

Photos by Eric Tipan and Iñigo Roces Long drives (not the three-hour, 2.5-kilometer payday Friday kind) on long weekends seem like a must for most Filipino families. We’re probably one in only a handful of countries that’s made it a habit to count the number of long weekends in a year, before the year has actually even started. As much fun as it always sounds, a long drive can become an epic fail should the ride fail to deliver on two simple things — reliability and comfort. The all-new Honda Odyssey, at Php 2.3 million, may not be price-friendly to all but it does come with plenty of upsides for big families with regular long drive habits. Plain and petite Launched early last year to replace the American-made version sold by Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. …

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Toyota’s new IMV lineup impresses at Roadtrek 12

Newer models don’t always mean better performance, and newer engines almost certainly don’t equal improved fuel efficiency. Well the country’s leading automaker Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), having won its 14th consecutive Triple Crown last year, went all out to prove otherwise as it brought select automotive journalists to Palawan for a 258-kilometer drive. This included a 53-kilometer fuel-economy run to determine if their internal tests would live up to real-life scenarios. The lineup Toyota shipped 10 units, which included five Hiluxes, two Fortuners, and three Innovas, from Manila to Puerto Princesa. The Hiluxes were a mix of three 4x4s (one M/T and two A/T) and two 4x2s (an M/T and an A/T) while the Fortuners and the Innovas consisted of a gas and diesel variants, all 4x2s and a mix of M/T and A/T. Save …

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EDSAnity

Illustration by Oteph Antipolo If you think traffic is bad now, well to put it bluntly, the fit has yet to hit the fan and it’s just going to get worse. Sure, the auto economy is booming, probably one of the best in the region, but the feverish rate we’re buying cars is simply inversely proportional to the money we’re losing from productivity hours and other traffic-related expenses. So no matter how you look at it, we’re coming out of this situation smelling like tailpipe emissions, that’s for sure. The only way to reduce the negative impact of this whole traffic mess is to hit the road prepared. Traffic may take away your time and money, but don’t you dare let it take away your soul. Use your ‘apps’ There’s hardly an auto owner out there who doesn’t have a mobile device with Internet access. That being said, download …

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Safety First

Driving can be daunting, especially when local law enforcement is poor, which results in unpredictable driver behavior on the road. It can also be worrisome if you don’t keep up with the maintenance of your vehicle. The Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, also comes with it own unique set of challenges that make for a one-of-a-kind driving experience you’ll find nowhere else in the world. Pedestrians There’s the passive and the aggressive type. Passive pedestrians seek out crosswalks and wait patiently as seconds turn to minutes for a chance to cross the street. What they don’t know is that as per R.A. 4136, pedestrians on a crosswalk always have the right of way, except when such crosswalk happens to be in an intersection manned by a traffic officer or a signal light. Then there are aggressive …

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Around Bohol in an Avanza

Text and Photos by Eric Tipan Bohol has been steadily climbing up the list of top tourist destinations in the Philippines. Aside from the must-see’s like Chocolate Hills and the endangered Tarsiers, this tiny island of about 1.2 million people has been able to highlight various more attractions, both natural and mad-made. The Hinagdanan Cave, two different river cruises, a butterfly farm, various picturesque resorts, a zoo, adventure parks and restaurants offering uniquely Bohol cuisine have become itinerary staples, which makes mobility around the island the first challenge to overcome. With a little help from Team Toyota and their newly opened dealership in Tagbilaran, I took on the challenge of taking a family vacation in Bohol, complete with visits to all the major tourist spots using one of Toyota’s most efficient movers, the …

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All-new Honda Civic is here

The Civic, throughout its history in the Philippines, has been one of the few models that stayed true to its DNA — performance, reliability and sportiness. Those traits will be put to the test soon as Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has officially announced the arrival of the 10th generation Civic, which comes with a completely redesigned exterior, modern and expansive cockpit interior with a host of new and advanced technologies, and Honda’s first locally available VTEC Turbo engine. Design The all-new Civic comes with a more aggressive exterior that takes inspiration from Honda’s Revolutionary Silhouette Advanced Neo Sedan design concept. It has a coupe-like stance that’s sort of dictated by these swept-back bodylines while artsy character lines on the hood and along the sides give it the unmistakable and inimitable Civic ‘sporty’ …

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Terrific Tucson

The Tucson was arguably one of the most popular compact SUVs not too long ago. Its second generation had leveled-up with a uniquely fresh exterior and highly improved performance, which got motorists not just buying Tucsons, but also talking Hyundai as well. Late last year, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) launched the third generation Tucson in a compact SUV market that simply gets tougher and more competitive each and every year. So I took the latest Tucson 2.0L CRDi to find out how far it has come since the previous model and how it fares in a market with such discerning buyers. New look The 2016 Tucson exterior seems to take more from its sibling, the Santa Fe, and gives off a more mature, less frisky vibe. Hyundai swapped out the curves for more flat surfaces …

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