Please help make a comparison of these two cars: Toyota Premio 2002 and Toyota Vista 2002 , which have the same engine capacity of 1,800cc. I’m told the Vista has a higher fuel consumption.

Why is it so when they have the same engine capacity? What is the mechenical condition of the Vista, durability and maintenance in terms of spare parts availability. Why does the Vista have a low resale value.

Your advice will help me make an informed decision. Regards, Ezra Nyesigire

Hello Ezra, it is true that the 2002 Toyota Vista and Toyota Premio share the same 1ZZ-FE 1.8 litre gasoline engine.

This engine is reliable and economical because it is built with the Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and employs the multi-point electronic fuel injection to ensure good fuel economy.

However, the Premio fuel economy is better than Vista’s. This is because the Vista is 105mm longer (4,670/4,565 mm), 35 mm higher (1,505/1,470 mm) and 140 kg heavier (1,310 / 1,170 kgs) than the Premio. The heavier Vista uses higher power and torque curves to cover the same distance as the Premio. This means more energy (fuel) is required to carry the heavier Toyota Vista.
The Premio, which shares the same heritage as the Corona and Carina, is more youthful and sporty while the Vista which comes from the Camry lineage is more family like.
Both cars have reasonable comfort and styling with walnut wood trim, silver accents, power windows and mirrors, air conditioning as well as a CD player.
Camry’s agile looks and better fuel economy make it appealing to the third hand locale resale car market.
Vista has better road holding when driving fast on the highway because its top heavier than the Premio.
Premio’s more sporty profile gives it less coefficiency of drag and therefore better handling and fuel economy during highway driving.

But that should not be a show stopper if you are conservative motorist with a crush for the more stately Vista.