Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: The rookie vs the seasoned veteran

Updated Mar 18, 2021

Uncover which is worth your budget to purchase as a family MPVs in our head-to-head comparison between Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova.

1. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Introduction

At first glance, you might assume that the Toyota Innova and the Mitsubishi Xpander belong to two separate vehicle segments (to say nothing of Toyota's Rush which is closer to the Xpander in terms of size and pricing). So why are we comparing these two?

Believe it or not, they're both classified as compact MPVs, with the Innova’s E MT and J MT variants priced within striking distance of their equivalent Xpander trims. And while an argument can be made on how these lower-spec Innova variants might cannibalize sales of the Rush, that’s a story for another time.

So without further ado, here’s our comparison between the Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova. Let's get started with!

2. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova Philippines Exterior

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Dimensions
Mitsubishi Xpander GLX MT
Toyota Innova 2.0 J MT
Length (mm)
4,475 mm
4,735 mm
Width (mm)
1,750 mm
1,830 mm
Height (mm)
1,695 mm
1,795 mm
Wheelbase (mm)
2,775 mm
2,750 mm
Ground Clearance
200 mm
167 mm
Number of Seats

Judging by their dimensions on paper as well as real-life sightings, you can immediately deduce that the Innova trumps the Xpander's measurements. The surprising bit though, is that the Xpander has a slightly longer wheelbase. A 25-mm difference might be negligible at a glance, but note that a longer wheelbase results in a better ride and will feel more stable at speed. 

A picture of the 2019 Mitsubishi Xpander in red

The Mitsubishi Xpander's styling looks hyper-modern and edgy

When it comes to the suspension setup, the Mitsubishi Xpander packs a torsion bar rear suspension, while the Innova J has a more versatile four-link suspension. Although the Innova's system can handle rough terrain with aplomb, the Xpander's relatively simpler setup provides a softer and cushier ride.

For the front end, the Xpander GLX pits independent MacPherson struts against the Innova J's independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs. While being costlier to manufacture due to its complexity, the latter is able to supply negative camber when jounce travel commences, resulting in increased stability and better contact between the tires and the road surface.  

A picture of a 2019 Toyota Innova

While it looks more basic in comparison to the Xpander, the Innova's design has a certain sleekness to it

Overall, the Toyota Innova offers a more robust suspension setup that befits its dimensions, enabling it to take on bumps and humps a bit better even under full loads.

Since its introduction, Innova has always been underpinned by Toyota’s IMV Platform, sharing many of its characteristics and components with the Hilux and the Fortuner. The body-on-frame nature of the chassis grants the Innova a certain air of indestructibility, or added robustness at the very least. On the other hand, the Xpander's Lancer-based platform is more crossover than SUV.

A picture of the side of a 2019 Toyota Innova Touring Sport

The Innova's lines bring plenty of character, such as those seen on the Touring Sport trim

A picture of the side of a 2019 Mitsubishi Xpander

The Xpander's futuristic theme extends to the sides.

>>> Get the deeper understanding of these two MPVs in the full-scale review of each model:

3. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Interior

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Interior Features
Mitsubishi Xpander GLX MT
Toyota Innova 2.0 J MT
Cruise Control
Air Conditioning System
Manual air-conditioning with rear vents
Manual Air Conditioning
Entertainment System
2-DIN, 4 speakers
2-DIN4 speakers
USB, Bluetooth, Aux IN, iPod compatibility
Power Steering
Power Windows
Power Outlet
Steering Wheel Audio Control

The Xpander GLX  and the Innova J both feature a dashboard that just seems to flow along the length of the windshield. However, the base-trim Xpander already offers audio controls on its three-spoke urethane steering wheel, compared to the blank tiller on its rival. The biggest advantages feature-wise on the Xpander however is cruise control.

A picture of the front cabin of the 2019 Mitsubishi Xpander

The front cabin of the Mitsubishi Xpander looks clean and well designed

A picture of the front cabin of the 2019 Toyota Innova

The same goes with the front cabin of the Toyota Innova

With regards to other stuff though like these two’s entertainment systems, they’re as simple as white rice. These both have 2-din units but the Innova does get more in the way of speakers. All in all, in terms of tech, we’ll have to give this one to the Mitsubishi made MPV.

When it comes to the interior room though, that’s another story altogether. The Toyota Innova 2020 as we’ve already said is wider and taller meaning it has better leg-room and headroom. The Innova J can also carry around eight passengers which is one more than the Xpander. And you know us Filipinos, the more the merrier.

A cutout of the Toyota Innova revealing the seats

Other Toyota Innova variants now come with captain seats

As for interior design, while the Xpander’s dashboard looks clean and neatly arranged, the one on the Toyota Innova J looks just about the same as the one found aboard the Altis. And that’s a good thing. The Innova’s top of the line 2.8 V Diesel variant, however, gets a whole lot more stuff than the Xpander’s top of the line variant. But then again, you get what you pay for.

A cutout look into the Mitsubishi Xpander's passenger seats

Here are the passenger seats of the 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander.

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4. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Engine and performance

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Engine
Mitsubishi Xpander GLX MT
Toyota Innova 2.0 J MT
1,499 cc
1,998 cc
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Transmission Type
5-speed manual
5-speed manual
Max Output (HP)
Max Torque (Nm)
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
45 L
55 L

If there’s one word to sum up the Toyota Innova’s engine options, whether gasoline or diesel, it would have to be “indestructible”. As it turns out, this is one of the biggest reasons behind the enduring popularity of Toyota's MPV. In markets from India to much of Southeast Asia, the Innova has been the top choice for those looking for a reliable family vehicle.

And thanks to the considerable torque it makes, coupled with the durable suspension setup, the Innova possesses the grunt that complements its style, even dabbling in some minor off-roading when necessary.

The Mitsubishi Xpander 2020 comes with only a single 4A91 engine option across the range, producing 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. By contrast, the Innova J’s 2.0L 1TR-FE inline-four gasoline mill is significantly larger and more powerful, good for 136 horses and 183 Nm of torque.

But it doesn’t stop there, as Toyota also offers a 2.8L diesel option that makes 171 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque, blowing the Xpander out of the water in terms of power.   

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The good thing about the Xpander’s less powerful engine though, is that it makes for a slightly better fuel economy at around 9.4 km/l in city driving. The Innova J returns around 7.7 km/l, an acceptable compromise considering its engine output.

Most notably, the Innova comes with rear-wheel-drive, a layout that's beginning to fall out of favor among MPVs. Xpander's front-wheel-drive layout might be more cost-effective, but Toyota has sportier driving characteristics. But hey, FWD MPVs do have their virtues; they work well for tooling around the city, have loads of front-end traction, and the lack of a driveshaft and transmission tunnel frees up more room in the interior.

5. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Safety

Mitsubishi Xpander GLX MT
Toyota Innova 2.0 J MT
Dual Front Airbags
Knee Airbag
Electronic Brake Distribution
Anti-lock Braking
Security Alarm
Stability Control
Electronic Door Locks

Despite the Innova J and Xpander GLX having a somewhat spartan set of safety features, the Innova offers a knee airbag in addition to the dual front units, although it doesn’t have an engine immobilizer, unlike the Xpander. As for the top-of-the-line variants, the Xpander GLS Sport still has two front airbags, which is already far outpaced by the Innova 2.8 V's full complement of curtain, side and knee airbags.

6. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Price and Variants

Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines price list
Mitsubishi Xpander GLX MT
Php 999,999
Mitsubishi Xpander GLS AT
Php 1,119,000
Mitsubishi Xpander GLX Plus AT
Php 1,075,000
Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport AT
Php 1,175,000

>>> Get full Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines price list with estimated monthly payment

From a wider selection of trims at various price points, it's easy to see why the Innova has been dominant for so long; there’s just an Innova for everyone. If you want to go the affordable yet simple route, there’s the Innova J. If you want to shell out more for a premium MPV experience, there’s the Innova 2.8 V. The features and capabilities on the different Innova trims also largely eclipse those on the Xpander. 

Toyota Innova vs Mitsubishi Xpander: price

Xpander vs Innova: Which is worth your money?

Toyota Innova Philippines price list
Toyota Innova 2.0 J Gas MT
Php 1,025,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 J Diesel MT
Php 1,133,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas MT
Php 1,177,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas AT
Php 1,247,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel MT
Php 1,249,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 G Gas AT
Php 1,319,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel AT
Php 1,319,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel MT
Php 1,320,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel AT
Php 1,390,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel MT
Php 1,451,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel AT
Php 1,521,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 V Diesel AT
Php 1,679,000

>>> View full Toyota Innova Philippines price list with details on price installment

7. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Innova: Verdict

From its body-on-frame construction to its wider selection of variants, it looks like the Toyota Innova has got a very big one-up against the Mitsubishi Xpander. Don’t get this statement wrong though, as the Xpander regardless of variant is still a very good buy; whereas the Innova has had time to establish a following across two generations, the Mitsubishi Xpander is a newer model that still has plenty of room for improvement in the coming years.

A picture of the 2019 Mitsubishi Xpander

Being a rookie in the field means more room for improvement

In the end, we'll have to recognize the supremacy of the Toyota Innova as an MPV. Despite a recall issued back in 2013 due to issues with the spiral cable retainer from 2004 to 2010 models, the Innova has managed to bounce back. Meanwhile, the Xpander had a more face-palm worthy recall, regarding its fuel pump, which happened the same year it was released.

 To their credit, Mitsubishi was able to respond promptly and take corrective measures. All in all, the Toyota Innova fulfills the need for power and space, with a tested platform to boot; it certainly lives up to Toyota's reputation for durability, as long as you religiously observe the proper maintenance intervals. 

A picture of the 2019 Toyota Innova

The Toyota Innova takes the proverbial cake in this spec sheet comparison

If you’re looking for the best deals on the Xpander, Innova, or any other MPVs models, make sure to check our listings of car for sale section from our authorized dealers, and let them know that you found them here on Philkotse!

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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