2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Oct 15, 2020
  • Table of contents
  • 1. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: MPV/SUV Slugfest
  • 2. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Exterior
  • 3. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Interior
  • 4. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Engine and Performance
  • 5. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Safety
  • 6. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Variants
  • 7. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Conclusion
Which is the better macho-looking MPV?

1. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: MPV/SUV Slugfest

Since the beginning, MPVs with high seating capacities were always a hot item here in the Philippines. In a bid to make them more attractive, several car companies produced MPVs with SUV-like styling cues. A year ago Toyota introduced the Toyota Rush.

A few months ago, Mitsubishi locally released the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross. Both of these are very macho looking, high riding MPVs. And as we’ve said, they undoubtedly caught the attention of automotive consumers.

But which is better on paper? The Toyota Rush G, or the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross?

A picture of the Xpander Cross vs Rush head to head.

Let's find out which MPV has the better specs

2. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Exterior

From the get-go, the Xpander Cross is the larger vehicle overall. It is 4,500 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, and 1,750 mm high. Compare that to the Rush G which is 4,435 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, and 1,705 mm in height.

The Xpander Cross also has a longer 2,775 mm wheelbase, and more ground clearance at 225 mm. Rush G on the other hand has a wheelbase length of 2,685 mm and a ground clearance of 220 mm.

Xpander CrossToyota Rush

Compare the Xpander Cross (left), and the Rush (right) with this slider.

As for exterior features, both MPVs come equipped with 17-inch wheels, front fog lamps, roof rails, a shark fin antenna, LED daytime running lamps, and LED headlamps.

Mitsubishi Xpander CrossToyota Rush

Which has the better looking rear end?

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3. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Interior

Inside, the Xpander Cross and the Rush G are pretty comfortable. Both can fit up to seven passengers including the driver, and both of their seats can be tumbled down for more cargo space.

Both MPVs also have to charge outlets for every row. Note though that Rush uses an automatic air-conditioning system, while the Xpander Cross has a manual AC. Both do have rear vents.

Their entertainment systems are also similar. Both are linked up to an eight-piece speaker system and can connect via smartphone linking feature, through USB, or aux-in. They even have the same size at seven inches. However, the entertainment system aboard the Xpander Cross is slightly better as it can handle offline navigation.

Xpander Cross interiorRush interior

The interior of the Xpander Cross (left) and the interior of the Rush (right).

Turning to driver amenities, both the Xpander Cross and the Rush supplies a driver with steering mounted audio controls. The Mitsubishi made MPV however does have cruise control, while the Toyota one does not.

Both of these vehicles come with a push to start button, and both are equipped with a keyless entry system. And lastly, the Rush G’s steering can only tilt, while the Xpander Cross’s steering wheel can be adjusted telescopically and for tilt.

It is also worth noting that the Xpander Cross provides a much flatter surface with the seats folded compared to the Rush G.

4. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, both the Xpander Cross and the Rush G are powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. Both also have a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine on the Mitsubishi MPV however is slightly more powerful. It makes 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. The Toyota Rush G’s inline-4, on the other hand, can produce 102 horsepower and 134 Nm of torque.

While the power difference between the two isn’t that significant, their drivetrains are totally different. The Xpander Cross uses a front-wheel-drive layout, while the Toyota Rush sends its power to its rear wheels.

Moving over to suspensions, both of these MPVs come with a MacPherson strut for the front. For the rear, the Rush uses an axle type with five-link suspension, while the Xpander Cross uses a torsion beam. Both have ventilated disc brakes for the front, and leading-trailing drum brakes for the rear.

And lastly, the Rush rides on a ladder frame, while the Xpander Cross uses a unibody chassis.

Specs
Mitsubishi Xpander Cross
Toyota Rush G
Engine
4a91 inline-4 Gasoline DOHC w/MIVEC
2NR-VE Inline-4 Gasoline DOHC w/ Dual VVT-i
Displacement
1.5 liters
1.5 liters
Drivetrain
Front-wheel-drive
Rear-wheel-drive
Transmission
Four-speed automatic
Four-speed automatic
Horsepower (Horsepower)
103
102
Torque (Nm)
141
134

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5. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Safety

For safety, both the Xpander Cross and the Rush G are equipped with anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, an engine immobilizer with security alarm, rear parking sensors, emergency stop signal, stability control, hill start assist, ISOFIX tether points, and childproof door locks. While the Xpander Cross has the usual dual front airbags, the Rush is equipped with a front side airbag, as well as a curtain shield airbag.

6. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Variants

Mitsubishi Xpander Variants
Price
Xpander Cross 1.5 AT
₱1,255,000
Xpander GLS 1.5 AT
₱1,128,000
Xpander GLX Plus 1.5 AT
₱1,088,000
Xpander GLX 1.5 MT
₱1,008,000

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Toyota Rush Variants
Price
Toyota Rush G 1.5 AT
₱1,100,000
Toyota Rush E 1.5 AT
₱1,008,000
Toyota Rush E 1.5 MT
₱968,000

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7. 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross vs Toyota Rush G: Conclusion

Let’s face it, the normal car consumer will always put the look of a car high in their list of considerations. And while we’ve said before that looks are subjective, there’s no denying that the Xpander Cross is the more striking looking vehicle of the two.

Another point of contention between the Rush G and the Xpander Cross is their interior space. The latter after all is far larger than Rush G.

That means that it might provide you with more elbow room and legroom. And as we’ve said earlier, the Mitsubishi MPV’s seats fold flatter than the Toyota’s, allowing for better space optimization.

A picture of the front of the Toyota Rush

Do you prefer the simpler, but still very macho looking front end of the Rush?

Do note though that the Rush is popular for a reason. It is based on the already proven Avanza. It even shares the same 2NR-VE engine found on its smaller brother.

On top of that, there are also some people who will prefer RWD cars over FWD cars. Also, Rush has an actual ladder-style chassis. This is of course far more robust than the unibody chassis of the Xpander Cross.

Next up is the price. The Rush G is significantly more affordable than the Xpander Cross. This difference however becomes obvious when comparing the two’s interiors.

The Mitsubishi MPV provides leather seats and more space, while the top-of-the-line Rush G comes with a lot of hard plastic surfaces and fabric seats.

A picture of the front of the Xpander Cross.

Or do you like the more intricate and futuristic looking front end of the Xpander Cross?

So which MPV is better in terms of specs? Well, if you care about having RWD, a ladder frame, but with a less fancy interior, then the Rush G might be your thing. If you care about space, a flat cargo area, and a flashier looking car overall, then the Xpander Cross might suit your needs better.

For more comparison articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

 

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps. 

 

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