The classiness extends to the back, where a shiny chrome element rests atop the license plate holder. Overall, the Innova, specifically in this top-spec 2. 5V DSL AT guise with a Thermalyte paint job, has far transcended its humble predecessors. You could park it in an upscale mall’s basement and it wouldn´t look out of place among midsize sedans and premium crossovers.
This 2. 5V variant trades in a little practicality for the comfort of second-row captain’s seats. Instead of seating eight, the V can accommodate only seven--a fair compromise if you don’t need to maximize the passenger capacity. You won’t mistake the leather and beige appointments for an Alphard, but they can still evoke an atmosphere of comfort and plushness. And in terms of roominess, there’s little to complain about.
We did notice that the panel housing the 12V sockets in the center console flexed too much when we’d plug in a charger. It raised a fit-and-finish issue in an otherwise solid cabin. Despite our unit having more than 17, 000km on the odometer, it was holding up well.
The 2. 5-liter four-cylinder DOHC turbodiesel may only have a relatively humble 101hp and 260Nm, but it manages to be responsive off the line. This is more surprising considering the mill only has four gears to work with, care of the four-speed automatic transmission. That being said, we look forward to the time when Toyota moves past four-speed gearboxes.
Fuel economy averaged 8. 4km/L in light city traffic, usually with minimal passengers. While that may not sound very thrifty, diesel costs about P26/L these days, so the running cost of this Innova comes out at roughly P3/km! And that’s without any kind of intentional fuel-saving driving technique.
The friendly exterior shape hides the fact that the Innova is a large vehicle. That’s why the sensors Toyota placed in the rear bumper are very helpful. The foglights and side-mirror-mounted turn signals add a touch of class, as well as usefulness, to the vehicle.
TOYOTA INNOVA AUTOMATIC 2014 FEATURES
Keyless remote entry
Power door locks
Monthly Installment:₱ 9,878
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