The small MPV segment has been growing exponentially over the past few months, with the likes of the Mitsubishi Xpander, Honda BRV, and Toyota Rush leading the pack. Those looking for a multipurpose vehicle that can haul your stuff plus your family members on a weekend getaway and still brave the roads of the metro on your way to work will find that the this segment is attractive, indeed. With that in mind, Toyota has a very compelling contender, and the best part is, you don’t miss out on the very best bits that make it a safe and tempting choice.
Let’s first make one thing clear, the base model Toyota Rush is limited to five seats. Those looking for the seven seater option will have to go for the range topping G variant, but does that mean missing out on two seats means you lose on the feature and safety side of things? The Toyota Rush 1.5 E will actually surprise you.
What Exterior Changes?
If you’re a stickler for your car looking like the top variant, you’ll be happy to know the the Toyota Rush E shares the same Fortuner-esque look, and the 220mm ground clearance is carried over. You also get the same LED headlights and taillights for maximum visibility and impressive lighting signature. You only miss out on three small things – the darker chrome accents, roof rails, and 17-inch wheels on the G variant. Even then, only automotive journalists and Toyota fanatics can tell the difference. Oh, and the ones that read this article. Impressive kit for an entry-level Rush, eh?
Top Safety is Standard
Toyota has been hitting it out of the park with their standard safety kit in their newest models, creating benchmarks for each segment. The Toyota Rush comes standard across the board with six airbags, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, and an immobilizer. That’s more kit than most top variants from competing brands, and it’s all in a base model Toyota Rush.
Technology is Still King
Toyota does do away with some non-essential buttons and features. You lose automatic climate control for the manual knobs and temperature settings, and the headlights and wipers lose their automatic functions. You still have audio controls on the steering wheel, but gone are the handsfree call buttons. That’s a fair trade. The best part is that the infotainment is the same 7-inch touchscreen that’s found on the G, as it’s standard across the range. You lose two speakers, but that’s only because those were for the third row passengers.
Not only will you be saving extra cash on purchasing an E variant in either manual or automatic, which are P958,000 and P998,000 respectively, you’ll also benefit from a larger cargo capacity without the two third row seats. You’re looking at 514 liters of space at your disposal, and the weight savings translate to a bit more fuel savings. Speaking of fuel, the five seater Toyota Rush returns 7.9 km/L in the city, and can get a solid 15.2 km/L during steady highway runs. That’s at least one kilometer better in all driving conditions when compared to the G variant.
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