The 2022 Toyota Raize is now officially available in the Philippines. It serves as Toyota Philippines' latest entry into the highly competitive 5-seater subcompact crossover segment. With its attractive looks and pricing, can this Japanese crossover make its mark in the local market?
Like many Toyota models, the Raize is essentially a rebadged Daihatsu—with a few key differences. The crossover takes after the Daihatsu Rocky but gains a slightly wider body, a more prominent rear bumper, and a metal tailgate.
On the outside, the Raize exudes a youthful, sporty look that has proven to be a hit in Japan and other Asian markets. Its angular design gives an SUV-like impression, and the black-top treatment helps add some modern flair.
The headlights are either halogen or LED, depending on the variant. Standard lighting fixtures include LED daytime running lights (DRLs), halogen fog lamps, and LED rear combination lamps. The LED sequential turning lights are exclusive to the higher-spec variants. Wheel size also differs according to the variant, with either 16-inch or 17-inch wheels available.
Interior and technology
Inside the Toyota Raize, you'll find a primarily black cabin with some silver accents lining the dashboard for good measure. The seats are all fabric for the lower trims, while the higher models get a combination of leather and fabric for a more premium look.
The Raize's steering wheel looks like standard Toyota fare with notable stitching and button controls. There's a 4-way manual adjustable driver's seat for the lower models, with the higher trim levels upping that to a 6-way setup.
Similarly, the higher-spec models benefit from a 7-inch TFT digital gauge cluster. The lower variants settle for a segmented-type instrument cluster instead. The Toyota Raize comes with either an 8-inch touchscreen display with four speakers or a 9-inch screen with six speakers. Both units come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Other notable interior features include two USB chargers and a 12V accessory socket found at the front half of the crossover.
There are two powertrain options for the local-spec Toyota Raize. The first is a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine that delivers 86 hp and 113 Nm of torque. The other option is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder mill that makes 96 hp and 140 Nm of torque.
The Raize sends power to the front wheels through a manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Toyota equipped the Raize with a MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a torsion beam setup for the rear. The Raize gets stopping power from front ventilated disc brakes and rear leading-trailing drum brakes.
The new Toyota Raize starts at a relatively affordable P746,000 for the 1.2 E MT variant. Springing for the top-of-the-line model will set you back P1,031,000. At this price point, the Raize becomes one of the more affordable subcompact crossovers in the Philippines. Available colors for the Toyota Raize include Gray Metallic, Silver Metallic 4, Red 2, Turquoise Mica Metallic/Black, and White Pearl SE/Black. There are four Raize variants in total, so visit our Car Guide for the 2022 Toyota Raize for the latest pricing information.