Toyota Rush: How much do you need to earn to buy one?   

Updated Apr 19, 2021 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

It’s neither a crossover nor an MPV.

As a mini SUV, the Toyota Rush is likely responsible for the sporty MPV segment, yet still seems to stand a category apart from its rivals. That’s because the Rush, a badge-engineered version of the third-generation Daihatsu Terios, has yet to find a contender that can truly go toe-to-toe with two of its most important attributes: a ladder-frame chassis and a rear-wheel drivetrain.

Toyota Rush

None of its rivals as yet matches the Rush's platform and drivetrain

Despite the platform and market positioning, the Rush offers no all-wheel-drive option. The model didn’t start off on the right footing from the get-go, with Toyota Motor Philippines’ dubious decision to offer seven seats and a reverse camera only on the top-spec G trim level. That oversight has since been corrected, and all’s right with the world again.

We’ll give you a rundown of how much you’ll need to save up for this entry-level SUV from the country’s top-selling carmaker.   

Toyota Rush 1.5 E M/T

The base 1.5 E variant already comes with front foglamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and fabric seats that fold down for increased cargo-carrying capacity. A 5-speed manual transmission handles the power generated by the 1.5L chain-driven gasoline engine towards the rear wheels. The rear camera with guidelines makes it easy to back the Rush into parking spaces.

Toyota Rush exterior

The exterior body cladding is just icing on the cake

At a listed price of Php 983,000, the Rush E M/T can be yours for a downpayment of 30 percent or Php 294,900 and 36 monthly payments of Php 24,056 each. Stretching the loan period to 48 months brings down the bill to Php 19,360, or you can opt for a 40 percent downpayment of Php 393,200 for even lower installments of Php 16,695 each.

Toyota Rush 1.5 E A/T

The midrange variant gets a 4-speed gate-type automatic transmission as part of the powertrain. It sports LED headlamps flanking a chrome radiator grille, along with a sharkfin antenna and LED combination lamps. Drivers take command of a 3-spoke urethane steering wheel with audio controls, and 6 speakers are patched to its 7-inch touchscreen head unit.

Toyota Rush dashboard

A 7-inch touchscreen head unit handles communications and infotainment

It has a sticker price of Php 1,023,000, which can be divided into 48 monthly payments of Php 28,611 on a 20 percent initial outlay or Php 204,600. Doubling the downpayment at 40 percent or Php 21,458 returns a monthly amortization of Php 21,458, or if you don’t mind a longer 60-month payment term, the billing goes down to Php 14,796.

Toyota Rush 1.5 G A/T

The top-spec 1.5 G A/T brings a smoked chrome grille on the fascia and 17-inch alloys on the ground. Roof rails come standard, along with power-folding side mirrors. Inside, occupants can expect a leather tiller, three accessory outlets, and automatic airconditioning. Eight speakers surround passengers in a sea of sound, while six airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control form part of the safety kit.

Toyota Rush airbags

Standard safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control

Expect to pay Php 1,100,000 for the range-topper, available at 36 monthly installments of Php 26,919 at a downpayment of 30 percent or Php 330,000. Moving up the downpayment to 50 percent or Php 550,000 gets you Php 19,228 for the same payment term, or Php 13,258 if you stretch it to 60 months.

These are all estimates of course, without taking into consideration other factors such as color (the pearl white option carrying an additional premium) and location (regional dealerships usually tack on shipping and delivery charges). Whichever variant you decide to go for, keep in mind that you’ll still need some spare cash for maintenance, fuel, insurance, and registration at the end of the first three years of ownership. Your nearest Toyota dealer will be able to give you a more accurate computation based on your current finances.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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