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SPEC SHOWDOWN: 2023 Nissan Almera VL vs. 2023 Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT

VJ Bacungan · May 25, 2023 05:30 PM

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The pre-facelift Almera was a good car, but didn’t quite have enough to take on the best-selling subcompact in the Philippines, the venerable Toyota Vios.

But with new styling and more safety tech, does the latest Almera now have a chance? We find out in this edition of the AutoFun Philippines Spec Showdown!

Almera larger, more elegant

2023 nissan almera exterior

For this comparison, we’ll be checking out the top-of-the-line, Thai-spec Nissan Almera VL and the top-spec Toyota Vios 1.5 G.

2023 toyota vios

Why not the Vios GR-S? That’s because the Almera VL is not a sporty model, although the Thai market offers various body kits. 



Nissan Almera VL

Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT


4,495 mm

4,425 mm


1,740 mm

1,730 mm


1,460 mm

1,475 mm


2,605 mm

2,550 mm

Minimum Ground Clearance

135 mm

133 mm


15-inch alloy

16-inch alloy


The Almera VL is slightly larger than the Vios 1.5 G, with the 55 mm difference in wheelbase helping with the Almera’s cabin space. 

Style-wise, both cars feature huge front grills that extend into the lower bumper. However, I think the facelifted Almera manages to look distinctive without being as in your face as the Vios. 

Nissan has more plush interior

2023 nissan almera interior

Step inside both cars and the Nissan driver gets a lot more.

Aside from the sky-blue interior trim, the updated Almera also comes standard with leather and a larger touchscreen infotainment system.



Nissan Almera VL

Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT

Seat Material



Infotainment System

8-inch touchscreen

6.75-inch touchscreen

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto



Cargo Capacity

482 liters

475 liters


Meanwhile, the Vios' cabin is sensible and well-laid out, but doesn't really stand out in terms of aesthetics.

SPEC SHOWDOWN: 2023 Nissan Almera VL vs. 2023 Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT 04

Again, I’d pick the Nissan for having a more exciting interior design that offers better value.

Almera trumps non-turbo Vios

2023 nissan almera engine

Under the hood, the Almera and the Vios diverge greatly.

The Nissan is powered by a three-cylinder turbo engine, while the Vios gets a proven four-cylinder, non-turbo engine.



Nissan Almera VL

Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT


Turbocharged 1.0-liter, twin-cam, 12-valve inline-4 gasoline engine

1.5-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve inline-4 gasoline engine


Continuously variable transmission

Continuously variable transmission


100 PS at 5,000 rpm

107 PS at 6,000 rpm


152 Nm at 2,400-4,000 rpm

140 Nm at 4,200 rpm


Stacking up the numbers, the Vios has a bit more horsepower, although you have to rev it hard to get it.

2023 toyota vios engine

However, the Almera offers noticeably more torque at a lower part of the rev range, which means more punch from low speeds.

Almera offers better safety tech

2023 nissan almera 360 camera

Among the updates to the 2023 Almera are tweaks to the Nissan Safety Shield, which includes a variety of active-safety features.



Nissan Almera VL

Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT




Traction control



ISOFIX anchors



Active-safety features

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Hill Start Assist

Hill-Start Assist Control


Although the Vios offers competitive safety equipment, it still doesn’t come with any sort of active-safety system.

2023 toyota vios airbag

Without question, the Nissan takes the cake in the safety department.

Time for the new Vios?

2023 nissan almera exterior

Spec for spec, the top-of-the-line Nissan Almera trounces the Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT.

This is largely because the current-generation XP150 Vios in the Philippines is fairly long in the tooth, most especially since the Daihatsu-based AC100 Vios is already available in various ASEAN markets.

Although many in the Philippines will go for the current Vios’ proven mechanicals and sound design, those who want more out of a subcompact sedan may consider something like the updated Almera.

Which would you pick?

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VJ Bacungan

Senior Writer

An award-winning multimedia journalist, editor, and host for online and TV who has written in-depth stories on road safety and the Philippine elections. Outside of the media, VJ is an accomplished motorsports champion, English teacher, and dancer.

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