Friday, May 4, 2018

6 Take Aways When You Pit the Toyota Rush vs the Honda BR-V and the Mitsubishi Xpander


The small SUV segment is heating up with the arrival of the much-awaited Toyota Rush SUV. Priced competitively and speced well, it’ll go against the likes of the yet-to-be-released-to-customers Mitsubishi Xpander and the current de facto choice, the Honda BR-V. Naturally, we just had to see which one reigns supreme.

You can scroll down to the large table below for the complete blow-by-blow, but there are some interesting takeaways:
  • The Toyota Rush manages to sandwich both the Mitsubishi Xpander and Honda BR-V in terms of pricing. Comparing all automatic variants, the Rush 1.5 E is the cheapest one followed by the Xpander GLS and then the BR-V 1.5 S. On the top-trim variants, the Rush sits just P 10,000 above the Xpander but offers an impressive list of equipment such as LED headlights, larger rims, dual climate control, and 6 airbags.
  • The Rush is the shortest and narrowest among the three MPV-cum-SUVs, but it actually the tallest. It’s wheelbase is also longer than the BR-V’s, but just by a tad (23 millimeters).
  • With all of these choices running 1.5-liter gasoline engines, the Rush is the lightest among the three in terms of curb weight. However, considering its power-to-weight ratio, the Rush’s 0.0387 horsepower per kilogram still trails the BR-V’s 0.0435 horsepower per kilogram. The Xpander narrowly lost this battle with its 0.0384 horsepower per kilogram.
  • Although Toyota has yet to reveal any sort of fuel economy figures, the Rush does have the largest fuel tank in this group at 50 liters. Theoretically, it should mean less fuel stops during a long drive.
  • Toyota’s also done their homework to improve the Rush’s maneuverability. With a turning radius of just 5.2 meters, it matches the Xpander’s. Yet, it’s got a 220-millimeter ground clearance and generous approach and departure angles: 31 degrees and 26 degrees respectively. The loser? The BR-V whose 5.6-meter turning radius is unwieldly.
  • The Rush also takes a page off the Honda playbook and equips the entire line-up with ABS and stability control as standard equipment. The Toyota does have the advantage by having 6 airbags across the entire line-up. Opting for the Xpander means only getting stability control with the top-of-the-line GLS Sport.

22 comments:

  1. Wala pa rin yan sa Honda Civic Type R at 3M. Debba Carding JoAss Tan?

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  2. Toyota Rush is the most bang for the buck among the three. But it's still a Daihatsu rebadged Toyota, such a piss poor quality.

    Simply take a look at Avanza's and Wigo's, squeaks and rattles everywhere. High NVH levels, very thin body, jurassic manually adjustable side mirrors, weak aircon, etc etc.

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  3. How come the Suzuki Ertiga wasn't included among them?

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    1. That goes against Mobilio and Avanza.

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  4. the article didnt mention that the lowend AT is a 5 seater. maybe a deal breaker when compared to other two

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  5. sir uly, are you sure the width is 1685? other websites consistently indicate 1695.

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    1. Toyota Motor Philippines didn't give any technical specs during the launch. But this is straight from Toyota Indonesia:

      "the width of the All New Rush is maintained 1,685 mm."

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  6. Isn't the Rush just an Avanza with a bigger body the same way the BR-V is a Mobilio? And I think the Expander was meant to compete with the Mobilio and Avanza since it isn't really marketed as an SUV.

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    1. Basically yes, the Rush is an Avanza with an SUV body. The reason why the Xpander is included is because it's also new. Plus, Mitsubishi is touting its SUV-like ground clearance.

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  7. Is the expander an all new platform or is it based on the outlander/lancer platform?

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  8. What do you mean -- Rush also takes a page off the Honda playbook and equips the entire line-up with 6 airbags? BRV has only 2 airbags even with TOTL 1.15m variant

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    1. Sorry I meant having ABS and VSA as standard.

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  9. Toyota Rush power to weight ratio = hp/curb weight = 104/1140 = 0.0414 hp per kilogram or 0.414 hp per 10 kilograms NOT 85.

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    1. Weight to power? I just used an online calculator to get this. I’ll re-check this again.

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    2. Okay, I initially used this website:

      http://www.launchtech.co.uk/bhp-calculator/

      Which produced erroneous results. I have corrected the story to reflect the proper power to weight ratio computation.

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  10. Looks- front fascia
    1. Expander - Former anime creator turned car designer
    2. Honda Brv - Designer formerly member of Mortuary Association
    3. Rush -Designer inspired by Whale shark (Butanding)

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  11. Only ignorant people would buy this. I'm a Mazda guy but if you want a better Toyota with high ground clearance, just get the base innova which is just 26k more than the base Rush.

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    1. You can not get an automatic in the J Innova, to get an automatic you have to move up to the E which costs an extra 160,000 for the E automatic petrol (which is the cheapest auto). And the top range Rush, Xpander and BR-V are all automatics (CVT type in BR-V).

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  12. Todo Ads ang Toyota Rush lol. Maybe because sa Indonesia kulelat ang benta compare to Xpander.. Advise ko lang sa mga soon to be owners ng new car, try to research po muna, huwag po kayo papaloko sa mga Ads..

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    1. Unfortunately, patok pa rin to kasi nga Toyota kahit rebadged Daihatsu lang. Nasa pinoy mentality kasi ang brand loyalty.

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