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Friday, February 18, 2022

Review: 2022 Toyota Raize 1.0 Turbo


“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” That line from the novel turned movie Forrest Gump could pretty much describe what happened to me in the past few weeks. In the lead up to the Toyota Raize’s launch, I became part of the country’s COVID-19 statistic and because of that, I had to sit out on giving you my first impressions on the much-awaited sub-compact SUV.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise though because after the launch hype died down a bit, here I am sitting in the top-of-the-line two-tone White Pearl and Black Raize Turbo. With no Toyota minder in tow and a couple of hours freed up on my schedule, it’s time to reveal what I think of Toyota’s much-awaited SUV. Holy sh*t, it’s good.



Now, if you spend your time judging a car based simply on its platform, the Raize may not strike you as impressive. It is, after all, “just a Daihatsu.” It may be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota, but for some reason, people think these vehicles aren’t up to snuff. That may be partly true for your dad’s or older brother’s Avanza or Wigo, but it sure isn’t true for the Raize. It’s a clean sheet design with a brand-new platform that integrates the same philosophies that Toyota learned from engineering their own TNGA.

What does this mean for the regular motorist? Well, for starters, it feels hella-solid. Not only does it pass the Filipino favorite “door weight test,” but more importantly, it results in surprisingly good NVH. Driving the Raize through our less than perfect streets won’t upset it one bit. There are occasional moments where the rear end gets jolted up going through bigger bumps, but that’s down to the short wheelbase rather than issues surrounding solidity. In fact, this is one of the only handful of small SUVs out there whose under bits feel like they’re actually made of steel and aluminum as opposed to clay or porridge.

My driving route for this quick jaunt kept me within the urban confines and for that, I judge the steering to be well suited to the task. Though lacking in feel, there’s a level of precision baked at low- and medium speeds. The weighting is very close to the second-generation Yaris (XP90) in that it’s never disconcertingly light even during parking yet still weighs up slightly at speed. It loses some of its precision past 80 km/h, but remains stable. The brakes too work in scrubbing speed with a nice, solid pedal feel.



With two engines available for the Philippine market, I happen to get seat time in the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbo. The 98 horsepower, 140 Nm of torque outputs read like run-of-the-mill numbers and on the road, it performs as much. That said, with a curb weight not exceeding 1,040 kilograms (that’s lighter than the Almera, City or Vios) its peppy especially when it comes to stop-and-go traffic. A firm, but brief squeeze of the gas pedal is all that’s needed to get the Raize up to speed. The initial throttle tip-in is jumpy, so modulating the force of your right foot is key to getting away smoothly. Moreover, because it uses a CVT, it’s best to maintain momentum and be gradual with the gas instead of treating it like an on/off switch.

Speaking of switches, the Raize Turbo does have a lot of things to keep the driver busy. It has paddle shifters, a Sport mode on the transmission, and even a Power (PWR) mode that’s easily missed on the right bank of steering wheel controls. In all honesty, I never had the urge to use them as the drivetrain is well-suited to the task of keeping things exciting.



A word on the turbo. Don’t let that word lead you to think it’s a hot hatch. The boost is there to get the Raize up to speed, which in turn delivers good fuel efficiency (12.1 km/L). There’s certainly no kick in the back, but listen carefully and you might faintly hear the old school whistle. Now, as to the smoothness of the motor, it’s actually good, but not perfect. There are some vibrations (evident if you touch or lean on an open door at idle), but from behind the driver’s seat, it’s alright.

Now that I’ve spent some time discussing the Raize’s mechanicals, let’s see what it offers in terms of the interior experience. Compared to other crossovers or SUVs out there that go car-like in their dash executions, Toyota has gone the opposite direction. Here, it’s filled with geometric shapes and sharp angles. It’s quite funky, and I can understand that some may be turned off by the entire thing. However, personally, this unconventional approach suits the character of this car very much.

Given its price positioning, there’s not much padded plastic to go by, but almost everything is well-finished. The Raize gets plus points for its use of geometric surfacing in the areas by the instrument cluster and infotainment system as well as its liberal use of Toyota switchgear (the Daihatsu bits are limited to the power window controls which are, in my opinion, downright cheap), and wealth of cubby holes. It gets minus points though not just for the aforementioned window controls, but also the flimsy rear view mirror.



There are also some peculiar executions when it comes to ergonomics, centered around the passive entry system. Unlike other smart entry systems where you just yank the door handle or press a button to unlock, in the Raize, you have to touch or slide your fingers on the two notches on the door handles. The same goes for the hatch where the button to open it isn’t located at the center beneath the Toyota logo as you’d expect, but it’s offset slightly to the right. Good luck in explaining that to security guards during a routine security check at the mall. But hey, at least it gets a full-sized spare tire under there.

Inside, the slight nuisances is limited to the layout of the steering wheel itself. Normally, carmakers bunch together switches based on what they do whether they control the infotainment system, the displays, or driver assist systems. Here, Toyota opted to put the audio controls on the left side of the tiller below the display controls, while the rest—audio source, next/previous track, and telephony is on the right. To make matters worse, that “PWR” button on the right side isn’t there to turn the audio system on or off—that’s to change the engine’s mapping to a more aggressive mode.



Those slight nuisances aside, the rest of the Raize interior experience is unflappable. The 7-inch full digital instrument panel gives it a truly high-tech ambience. It’s super clear too, and a big bonus is that you can change the display to any of four presets. At the center, there’s a 9-inch infotainment system. The typical buttons—Home, Volume Up/Down, Hands-Free, and Favorite are on the wrong side, but hitting the large on-screen menus is easy. Oh, and at least Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

The seats themselves offer a solid level of bolstering, and during this short drive, there are no complaints on how it molds my back and bottom. Based on the most comfortable position I could find, it’s a bit upright and high; similar to the Suzuki Jimny actually. The steering wheel lacks telescopic adjustment, but that’s quite alright in the greater scheme of things. What’s not alright is the lack of a foot rest. Given the Raize’s compact size, the rear space is actually pretty good as well. There are three headrests and three 3-point seatbelts there, but the flat, short cushions equate to less support on the thighs. Oh, and like most others in its class, there’s no center arm rest at the back too.

When it comes to exterior looks, I have no criticisms. Some do prefer a sleeker, hatchback-on-stilts look, but I like what Toyota’s done here. The angular, upright form is refreshing and makes the Raize look larger than it is. Together with the decision to equip 17-inch alloy wheels, it makes everything look all the more condensed and concentrated. The sequential signal lights are a bit of an overkill, but the rest from the two-tone roof to the rest of the lighting elements all get the thumbs up from me.



The Raize Turbo doesn’t come with Toyota Safety Sense which bummed some buyers out, but honestly, equipping it with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is more than good enough. Having another daily driver equipped with these two technologies show how invaluable it is when having to navigate around motorcycles. I’d probably rank BSM and RCTA more useful in Manila than forward collision warning or automatic braking. Mind you, these two safety features are on top of 6 SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, front and rear parking sensors, and a reverse camera with guidelines.

For those keeping score, this has been one of my longest and most comprehensive reviews in a long time. This shows how important the Raize is, and why I’m so eager to talk about it. As a whole, it isn’t just a lot of car (especially for the price), but more importantly, it’s a great car as well. Yes, there are some things that could have been done better, but they pale in comparison to the positives. On the whole, it ticks off more boxes than I expected it to, and couple that with Toyota’s penchant for durability and reliability and you’ve got a shoe-in for what’s definitely one of the best cars of the year.



2022 Toyota Raize 1.0 Turbo

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Ownership 2022 Toyota Raize 1.0 Turbo CVT
Year Introduced 2022
Vehicle Classification Sub-compact SUV
Warranty 3 years / 100,000 kilometers
The Basics
Body Type 5-door SUV
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.0
Aspiration Turbocharged
Fuel Delivery Direct Injection
Layout / # of Cylinders I3
BHP @ rpm 98 @ 6,000
Nm @ rpm 140 @ 2,400-4,000
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 93~
Transmission CVT
Cruise Control No
Fuel Economy @ Ave. Speed 12.1 km/L @ 16 km/h
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,030
Width (mm) 1,710
Height (mm) 1,605
Wheelbase (mm) 2,525
Curb Weight (kg) 1,040
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Parking Brake Manual
Tires Dunlop Enasave EC300+ 205/60R17 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 6
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes, with EBD
Traction / Stability Control Yes
Parking Sensors Yes, Front & Rear
Parking Camera Yes, Rear
Front Seatbelts 3-pt ELR with pre-tensioner x 2
Rear Seatbelts 3-pt ELR x 3
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor Yes
Other Safety Features Blind Spot Monitoring
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Exterior Features
Headlights LED
Fog Lamps Yes, Front
Auto Lights No
Rain-sensing Wipers No
Tailgate Manual
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjust Tilt
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Adjustment (driver) 6-way, Manual
Seating Adjustment (front passenger) 4-way, Manual
Seating Surface Leatherette/Fabric
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40
Sunroof No
Trip Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes, w/ Fold
Rear View Mirror Day/Night
Proximity Key Yes
Climate Control Yes
Audio System Stereo
USB
Bluetooth
Smartphone Connectivity Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
# of Speakers 6
Steering Controls Yes

66 comments:

  1. Uly, the height & wheelbase figures are the same, correct those. "four presents" - presets. "sequential taillights", you mean turn signal lights? "and on the road, and it performs as much" - and on the road, it performs as much.

    Anyway, enough with the editor mode. I still need to know how this would fare going uphill with 4 or 5 passengers. Or even just steep parking ramps.

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    1. Thanks for the corrections.

      It should be okay on parking ramps or even up hill--I mean, we did take an Eon and Wigo up Baguio (Kennon Road) before. The poor thing sounded like it was screaming for dear life, but we did make it up. The Raize should do better.

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    2. Uly, apart from the slightly higher ride, why is this better than a similarly-priced Almera or City? The latter 2 have a longer wheelbase, which should translate to a better ride & more rear space. The Almera has the complete NIM safety suite, while the City has cruise control but no Honda Sensing. Both sedans are also more aerodynamic, they should be a bit faster than the Raize given similar power-to-weight ratios. Sell me this car.

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    3. Also, shouldn't this require 95 octane gasoline like the rest of the recent turbocharged gas engines from the other brands?

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    4. I won't sell you the Raize. I'm not a sales agent for Toyota nor do I get a commission, but I will give you my honest opinion on where things stand.

      If you're looking for the best balance in terms of overall packaging, my vote still goes for the City in RS trim. Among the three that you mentioned--the Almera, City, and Raize, it offers the best overall handling and everyday performance. I'm disappointed though that Honda opted not to equip the City RS with Honda SENSING...I find that a missed opportunity yet again for Honda to runaway in this segment.

      That brings us to the Almera. The Almera is the surprising performer out of the three. Thankfully, they made it a bit more future-proof by equipping it with NIM technologies which I find very useful. However, for its price, I don't understand why didn't go all out and equip it with cruise control (or a center arm rest for that matter). The rear headroom too is a bit disappointing, and this may limit its appeal for those who have longer limbed relatives or friends.

      Finally, we have the Raize. It's a great urban runabout and with 200 mm of ground clearance, it's the best suited car for our roads. It's great a personal car and it reminds me pretty much of my Yaris in the way it handles. It's zippy and fun, but not too great for long, high-speed driving. Also, if you need to ferry five people at any given time, you'll find that the interior space isn't as big as the two others that I mentioned.

      Bottom line, if you could only have one car in your garage, my vote goes to the Honda City. If you need a daily runabout or coding car, I'd get the Raize.

      Hope that makes sense.

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    5. I don't have a copy of the owner's manual, but Toyota says it can run on 93 octane.

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  2. Wheelbase appears wrong in the specs 😅

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    1. Apologies. Corrected it already. It's 2,525 mm.

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  3. Awesome review as always.

    My wife wants one 😅

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    1. It's actually not bad as a daily commuter. Far more interesting than getting a B-segment sedan. If you have a bigger car in the house for the family or don't need the rear seats as much, this is a pretty good choice.

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  4. Uly, this exact Raize or top of the line T-Cross?

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    1. If we're comparing 2022 T-Cross SE to the Raize, I'd say the T-Cross isn't that great of a value anymore given its P 1.25M price tag already. You are squarely in the Coolray category which is a much better SUV to own IMHO.

      But, if we're comparing the MY2021 T-Cross at P 1.168M versus the Raize, I think we'd have a fairer fight. There are pros and cons to each. The T-Cross is bigger, for one. And in some ways, it has more "toys" versus the Raize. However, while the platform itself is solid, the engine performance wasn't really to my liking. It was "okay" but nothing really great. On the other hand, the Raize felt like the peppier car to drive in the city, and you have much more confidence darting it around in traffic.

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    2. I keep on hearing/reading that T-Cross engine lags a bit and Raize' engine is punchy despite the displacement and low performance figures. Is it because T-Cross is heavy and its 1.4 engine is just enough to make it move?

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    3. It uses a 1.5-liter NA, but yes, the engine is having a hard time pulling all that weight. Perhaps a turbo could have made the T-Cross perform better.

      Based on tests done by foreign publications, the T-Cross is quoted to have a 14-second 0 to 100 km/h time. The Raize? 11.1 seconds.

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    4. why would anyone be interested in 0-100 for anyone considering these cars. matic, they're slow as hell

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    5. What could make you choose T-Cross over Raize 1.0 turbo? A bit, bigger, wireless Carplay, and design?

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    6. @1:34 because the person asked about the T-Cross's performance?

      @5:52 T-Cross for interior space and if you don't like going to the casa 4 times a year for service (Volkswagens only require once a year PMS).

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    7. every 3 MONTHS for servicing? EEEEP. I thought Honda's twice a year is already too much. Thanks, Uly!

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    8. Yeah. Every 3 months or every 5,000 kilometers. So far, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and I believe, Isuzu has so far stuck with that service interval. Nissan has already moved to a 6-month / 10,000-km interval for its newer models matching Ford and Honda.

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    9. Oh, and also Hyundai and Kia are also every 5,000-km intervals too.

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    10. FYI, in Toyota Silang, my PMS schedule is twice a year (April 2021 when the vehicle was bought, 1st PMS September 2021 (synthetic oil was used), 2nd PMS on April 2022.

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    11. That differs from the norm. Toyota (at least on a corporate level) still recommends the 3-month/5,000-km interval. Maybe if you opt for synthetic oil, they've allowed dealers to make adjustments to make it every 10,000-km or 6 months.

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  5. In terms of driving dynamics, refinement and comfort, how well does the Raize stack up against the Stonic and Ecosport? I'm not surprised the Raize is good, it has that global Toyota magic to it.

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    1. I'd say that I'm more sold on the Raize's overall dynamics and packaging compared to the Stonic and EcoSport. Raize feels like the larger car thanks to its squarish design, especially from the front seats. When it comes to the back seats though, it's even with the Stonic. Packaging-wise, the EcoSport already feels its age...not much cubby holes to speak of and cargo space is also fairly limited.

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  6. Me and my wife's about to get a picanto ex mt, but here comes the base raize that's also better equipped, love the elevated gearbox coz it looks so sporty. How do you guys think about its performance with its engine similar to a mirage(1.2 3 cylinder) but with a slighty bigger body? Base stonic just looks good outside but the interior's not appealing. We're still arranging a test drive for the raize and was able to drive my friend's 2016 picanto so perhaps it's just similar to a 2020/2021 picanto but i'm still not sure as i haven't drive the current model yet.. also, toyota's dealership is nearer than kia so it's a plus already. It's what we consider because of similar prices. Tia!

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    1. Hi Sir, I think the hp and torque of the 1.2 Raize are better than those of the Mirage. The performance maybe is similar to that of the Brio, but w a much higher ground clearance.

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  7. It is still a rebadged Dahaitsu and I suspect its NVH performance... People should try to do a test drive and see if they can live with it.

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    1. it was already stated in the review that NVH is surprisingly good and the whole car feels solid

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    2. I could live with it. NVH is actually pretty good. Surprisingly, it can be smoother and quieter than some 4-cylinder Chinese crossovers--*cough* Chery *cough*.

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    3. I consider Chery as an underdog, esp to Geely. I want Chery to succeed (an affinity for underdogs), but I already watched and read several reviews, and the majority favor Geely over Chery.

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    4. Among the Chery line-up, the Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 are actually pretty good. Anything below that--the Tiggo 5X, Tiggo 2, Tiggo 2 Pro need some work.

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    5. Discounted Tiggo 7 Pro @ 1.058M vs TOTL Raize @ 1.031M. Compact SUV vs Sub-compact SUV. You get more metal & tech in the Cherry than a re-badged Daihatsu.

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    6. Throw in the 2022 GAC GS4 Compact SUV at less than Php1.1M after discount into the mix.

      Chinese / Value / Unproven long-term reliability and ownership experience VS Small SUV / Tested Brand - you pick


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  8. Sir Uly, hope you can do a comparo of this 1.0 turbo w the 1.2 G or even the lower variants. Thanks!
    - Mark J.

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  9. The 1.2L is already enough. Doesn't have the added complexity of a turbo engine.

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  10. may C-HR paba? so raize<c-hr<corolla cross<rav4? ang dami haha

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    1. Not for the Philippine market, no. And from reports, it seems Toyota may be ready to kill off the C-HR anyway. Looks like it'll just be Raize, Corolla Cross, RAV4 for 5-seaters, and then you have Rush, Fortuner for the 7-seaters.

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    2. Just curious sir, is raize replacing the C-HR or did Corolla Cross already replace the C-HR? size wise it looks like raize and C-HR and magakapareho pero nasa 1.2m ata dati yung C-HR.

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    3. For the Philippines, the C-HR was never offered. BUT for the markets which have the C-HR, it seems the Corolla Cross is being used to replace the C-HR.

      The Raize is a smaller vehicle than both the Corolla Cross and C-HR.

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    4. Thank you sir, i was just curious since there are two more segments below compact (tucson, rav4), both are called subcompacts however (bigger:seltos,territory) (smaller:stonic,venue) , the bigger subcompacts are nearer to compacts in terms of size but are prized closer to the smaller subcompacts

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    5. Yeah that's true. The Chinese SUVs actually blurred the distinction between price and size. So, what we did was we split it into two:

      Sub-compact SUV
      Compact Crossover

      Compact Crossovers would be where the likes of the Territory, Coolray, Corolla Cross, HR-V, CX-30 would be, while the Sub-Compact SUV would be where the Stonic, Raize, MG ZS are.

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    6. thanks for info sir!

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    7. Uly, the Geely Coolray is a subcompact crossover. The direct competitor of the Raize and MG ZS. Geely's compact crossover is the Azkarra. It is competing with the likes of the Territory, Rav4, CR-V, CX-5, Forester, Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, Tucson and Sportage.

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    8. Yup I know that. That’s why we have 3 categories internally for CarGuide:

      Subcompact SUVs
      Compact Crossovers
      Compact SUVs

      The Coolray is a Compact Crossover while the likes of the CX-5, CR-V are Compact SUVs. I hope that makes sense.

      Uly (using my mobile phone to reply to this thread).

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    9. Oh good. My name came out hahaha.

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  11. now sir uly, please do a test drive and review of the 1.2 liter naturally aspirated engine. if the 3-cyl na engine could really pull or carry the 1.000 or so kg raize

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    1. The 1.2-liter is supposedly lighter than 1,000 kg (around 940 kg at the lightest). It is, however, 80 kg heavier than the Wigo (860 kg) which is equivalent to carrying another person.

      It would be interesting to see how the Raize 1.2 performs.

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    2. I'll expect it to perform closer to a 1.3L Vios than a Wigo.

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  12. H a jdm = topnotch quality. H lower trims
    wil raze to d ground d sales of stonic, mg zs, in part uper trim of vios, But for mirage it cod b total collapse of sales...u c mirage s overprice n even d top of d line dont hav hillstart asist n stability control

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    1. Raize isn't JDM as its based on SEA version meant for emerging markets.
      Mitsubishi Mirage G4 and Toyota Vios would still sell well as most Filipinos prefer sedans over underpowered small pseudo SUVs.

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    2. ^ as mentioned by someone who has the underpowered, garbage low-specced, overpriced Mirage G4 in picture.

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    3. It was first designed n sold in JDM b4 it was manufactured in indonesia n sold in SEA. Wd h afordable price, features n solid toyota build quality it wil razed to d ground any sedan on h price range. Vios wil b saved by taxi n grab operators but it wont b d same for low spec n overpriced g4 n mirage

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    4. well said. its a very sad news to newly mirage owner who had bought it just before this Raize come out of the market... lucky my wife...

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  13. This Raize is much better than the garbage Rush.

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    1. Why is the Rush garbage?
      It sold more than 12K units last year alone.

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    2. Unrefined, noisy, slow, uncomfortable, unreliable. Very 3rd world feeling, kumbaga. I think the next gen Avanza Veloz will be a much better 7 seater.

      Garbage can also sell well - tingnan mo Mirage G4 at L300. Overpriced trash pero lakas pa rin sales

      Raize is sold in Japan, Rush isn't. That alone tells you the difference between the quality. One is a fresh new model while the other is based on the dinasaur outgoing Avanza with a powertrain from the 90s.

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    3. Wigo, Avanza, Rush.. all re-badged Daihatsu thats why latang lata. Raize is also a re-badged Daihatsu but on a new platform. It's possible its more refined but better do a test drve. DNGA platform maybe shared accross next gen Vios, Avanza & Raize. Not sure with Wigo though... Buti pa Honda Brio thats based on a 1st gen Jazz/Fit as against Wigo which is based on an entry-level Daihatsu model.

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  14. Based on what I saw in Toyota Silang yesterday, the Raize is best for 4 persons at most. I really like its ground clearance.

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  15. Heck, just thinking of the sales of car companies, segments, vehicle models, etc. that will be disrupted by the Raize. Even the sales of the Vios and Wigo will be affected. An exciting time for Toyota Motor Ph, and headaches for other car companies in the country.

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  16. Hello. Could you please tell me if Toyota Raize uses a timing belt or chain? Thanks!

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  17. If I choose between wigo and raize, I will choose raize. The engine both car is KR engine but the looks, man raize is like a "mini-fortuner".
    Even if raize has a turbo, its still @ 98HP, lower than the HP of vios, which is kinda ehhh for me. If only raize's HP is higher than vios' . But still this is a better option than wigo.

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  18. We actually bought it after 1 month waiting for turbo! for me its a solid buy. The gas consumption is good for city driving. i think its more fuel efficient than my vios 2005 but we'll see. And the power button really works you could actually feel that its much faster when you press the PWR button.

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  19. Uly, did you test the new Raize with 5 passengers and some heavy cargo at back?

    I test drive the Raize CVT 1.2 (non-turbo) variant with four passengers at back (with some cargo) recently and I noticed that the 200mm ground clearance is suspect. Even when stationary, the suspension tends to wallow and, at some cracked paved roads, tend to slightly go dangerously close to the wheel arc/fender (not yet touching it, but eventually it prompted me to finish the test drive sooner) but not as worse as Wigo (don't even think putting three at the back with that.)

    I don't know if the new Avanza will be like this since both are Daihatsus, but the suspension and ground clearance is suspect.

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    1. For sure the Avanza would have different suspension tuning to the Raize...it'll be stiffer to accommodate a heavier payload.

      You mentioned that you fit four passengers AT THE BACK? That's amazing. I'd say there's only room for two (three in a squeeze) back there. Regardless, when I tested the Raize, we only had up to two people onboard.

      The 200 mm ground clearance is based on the vehicle unladen and is measured from level ground up to the lowest metal point of the vehicle. So...if there are plastic parts hanging lower (side skirts, etc.), the measurement doesn't account for that.

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