Friday, May 18, 2018

5 Things We Observed Driving the 2018 Toyota Rush


We just happened to finish shaking down the much-awaited Toyota Rush with a quick zip around Manila, Angeles, Bataan, and Tarlac. While our impressions aren’t enough for a full-on first-drive, we did discover a lot of things with Toyota Motor Philippines’ first-ever sub-compact SUV offering.

Here are 5 observations we’ve made that we think are important to would-be buyers.



#1. It looks sorted.

If buyers used looks as the only metric to buy a small SUV, the Rush wins hands down. Compared to everyone else, it actually looks convincing. Its blueprint—220-millimeter ground clearance, 31-degree approach, and 26-degree departure angle is great for SUVs, but the crisply styled body bolted onto it isn’t bad either. Some say it’s a bit derivative, but overall, not one line looks out of place. It’s clean, pleasant, and modern. Inside, it’s fairly the same story. As expected in this price point, the materials used are hard to the touch, but the overall execution is far more modern than something like the Avanza or Wigo. In fact, we reckon that if the Avanza came out right now, it’ll benefit a lot from the Rush’s interior.



#2. It feels like an authentic SUV

When Toyota called the Rush an SUV, there were some apprehensions and raised eyebrows. Given it shares the Avanza’s platform, everyone simply dismissed as “an Avanza on stilts.” In reality though, Toyota’s managed to work their magic to make the Rush feel like an authentic SUV. In particular, the high eyepoint is wonderful. Not only does it emphasize the Rush’s high ride height, but it makes it easier to maneuver through traffic. On the flipside, the headroom, especially at the front, feels less compared to Toyota’s entry-level MPV.



#3. Handles tidily

If there’s one surprisingly pleasant surprise about the Rush, it’s the way it handled itself on the road. Admittedly, our expectations aren’t really that high, but in the end, it passed this road trip with flying colors. The steering is light and while the body does tend to tip through hard cornering, it always feels secure and stable. The steering actually lightens up at higher speed, but it never once posed a problem. The ride’s also firm, but that’s to be expected on a vehicle designed to carry 7 adults. Still, NVH is well-sorted. In particular, we love how it’s extremely quiet even at highway speeds.



#4. Best enjoyed in the city

Speaking of speeds, the biggest question mark looming over the Rush’s head is the performance of its 1.5-liter Dual VVT-i. With 104 horsepower and 136 Nm of torque mated either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, one would think it’ll end in some lackluster performance. In reality, it depends on where you take it. For as long as you keep to city speeds (below 80 km/h), it’s got reasonable pace even when carrying a complement of 4 people and luggage (including a giant cooler) on board. The engine, despite being shared with the Avanza, is far less vocal—a product no doubt of better NVH. It’s only when the speeds climb up that the pace turns glacial. Going for the manual helps things a bit, but whatever the gearbox, 100 km/h comes in at around 3,000 rpm. Obviously, this doesn’t do wonders for the fuel economy, dropping to around 12 km/L on long cruises (NLEX and SCTEX) compared to 15 km/L when doing mixed pace.



#5. The base version’s great value

As with any new vehicle, most of the attention is squarely focused on the top-trim 1.5 G. And for good reason: it’s got all the ingredients for success because it’s got 7 seats, good value, and is a Toyota. That said, Toyota’s done something unique with the Rush and with a single vehicle, they’re aiming not just for the Honda BR-V crowd, but the EcoSport and Vitara as well. With that, the 1.5 E presents itself as an even better proposition. The absence of the third row and some cosmetic trimmings aside, it’s actually well packaged and priced; it may be the Rush variant to get.

29 comments:

  1. A 10-year old engine (no difference in numbers between single & dual VVT-i) mated to a 20-year old transmission, and the sheeple would still buy it because of perceived "reliability" & "resale value". Indeed, a fool and his money are soon parted.

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    1. At least this '10 year old engine' is not known for having head gasket issues and the paired 20 year old transmission is not as problematic as newer DCTs. Time will only tell if this car will save you money or break your wallet on maintenance and repair costs.

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    2. Really??? Seems you know all too well oh wise one...

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    3. Why be bitter then if these sheeple does? are they borrowing money from you?

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    4. @Anonymous 10:25 PM
      Lait pa more! Akala mo kung sino kang magaling ka jan! You are the fool and stupid! Wala kang pakialam kung bibili sila nyan, pera nila yun. Bumili ka na lang ng sasakyan mong "maganda" ung everything updated, kung may pambili ka! Obob mo!

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  2. ^Uly do you have photos of G variant with 2nd and 3rd row folded? can they fold them flush to the floor?

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    1. Ung 3rd row po ndi pde ang adult/teenagers talaga for a long trip pde lang sya sa mga kids 6 yrs and below..kasi it seems na nakaupo ka sa gatter..imagine it..taas kasi ng floor and ung sit po parang nakapatong lang talaga sa floor ndi xa kagaya ng ibang 7 seater like xpander and ertiga mas comfortable ang 3rd row nila.

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    2. Tried sitting on the 3rd row. Im 5'9" mag side view ka to relax your upper legs sa seat. Hindi pede 2 adults sa likod unless you want to get intimate.
      Suspension was a bit stiff and you can feel the concrete aggregates beneath pero pede na for the price. Ganito naman gusto ng mga Pinoy, pilit sa seating capacity kahit siksikan.

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  3. It still the sane old avanza with a new suit.it still revs at 3k at 100 kph. I really dont know why toyota hasnt installed a new tranny for the RUSH.

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    1. Because we are too stupid to realize we are being short-changed by toyota.

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    2. Seems no one yet tested the Xpander. I have not seen any comment nor short reviews about its rev at 100kph considering it is also a 1.5L 4-speed tranny. Would it also result to a 3k rev with Rush?

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  4. Save up a little more then go for a better value Toyota, if you're really bent on getting a Toyota.

    If you currently have a DP money for the Toyota Rush, save up further for 3-6 months then go for the Innova or save up further for 6-12 months then go for the Fortuner. Don't settle for less than what you deserve.

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    1. Agree, don't settle for less than what we deserve. Just visited their showroom recently and checked out some units, with the features, build quality, & tech they offer on the altis and innova made me cringe when i saw their prices.. that indeed takes toyota out of my list.. sadly, honda phils is apparently following toyota's approach with their recent offerings..

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  5. It's a toyota? Yeah right,another incompetent appliance that noobs and 7 seater peeps would buy. Buy a proper and competent car instead. Ask yourself again if you really need those 2 extra seats and ground clearance. At the top variant's pricepoint, compacts such as the Civic, Mazda 3 and even the Corolla are better overall buys. More power, better chassis, better transmission, more space, better interior and exterior, the feeling that you're not in an eco car, etc.

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  6. No doubt this would be a best seller along with the expander

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    1. How come? What's the deal breaker with Rush against Xpander? Probably you can share your most insightful thoughts.

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  7. so relieving to see that somehow people are becoming more aware of toyota phil's schemes..
    this brand has been setting a bad precedent through the years, their cars are more expensive and you get way less for the money.. perceived reliability & resale value? yes, that's all what it is perception.. as if they're the only brand who makes reliable cars.

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    1. That perception is not only here in Philippines. When you go to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar, they also perceive Toyota this so-called "reliable" and "resale value" as basis for a good Toyota brand. TBH, they have very good quality cars long time ago (e.g. Corolla small and big bodies) but I cannot vouch now specially their after sales service.

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    2. question is, does toyota shortchange them there as badly..

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    3. tayo lang talaga inaabuso ng mga japanese brands. kita mo yan isuzu at honda inabot ng ilang buwan o taon bago ibenta dito ang mga bagong modelo. sa atin nila inuubos ang mga sobrang produkto nilang lumang modelo na di na nila mabenta sa thailand malaysia indonesia.

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  8. ccrain lang eto sa kasa pag dun k nagpa maintain....long wait tas in the end d rin naayos yung mga issues n cnabi mo...

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  9. Get the E. This is really just a 5 seater. It's just too small to be a 7 seater. Filipinos should stop thinking a 5 seater turned into a cheap 7 seater is good value. There's no such thing. There's a right size for a 5 seater and there's a right size for a 7 seater.

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    1. That's why Toyota is no.1 here, due to the hordes of ignorant noobs with the third world mindset of having more seats is better, fuck the other aspects of the car.

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    2. Fortuner, Hilux and Innova should be updated with additional airbags (side, knee, and curtain airbags from mid to top variants (G and V, E maybe hehe) and expect a higher price, boom!

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    3. toyota was late in the game for this segment and trying to play catch-up by offering 6 airbags, funny knowing that toyota phils. was never known to be generous when it comes to safety features..

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    4. @Anonymous 12:24 PM
      How do you said that Toyota Ph was never known to be generous when it comes to safety features? Does it mean that people are not aware of their safety features knowing that Toyota is "pang-masa" and known to offer affordable vehicles? hehe, just asking

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    5. Most toyota models have no back up camera or sensors, tinipid sa airbags, still has drum brakes, overpriced, etc.

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  10. according to an SA there will be a price increase for toyota vehicles this june. guess the published prices of rush will not be affected by this new increase.

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  11. It may not be a proper SUV and it my have the wrong engine and transmission, but at least Toyota is trying their best to catch up with the competition and grab a piece of the pie.

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