Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines: Full review & Comparison with the Xpander

Aug 28, 2018
Editor's rating 4.0
User's rating 1.5
Latest price, specs, release date, interior, exterior and pros & cons are all gathered in our in-depth Toyota Rush 2018 Review.

1. Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines: A bitter rival in 7-seater SUV segment

In defiance of an extremely firm position in auto world, Toyota still wants to renew its ranks of cars in global market. The clearest and most recent evidence is what the Japanese marque has done with its noted Toyota Rush. Now, we see a completely different Toyota Rush after a plethora of updates on both exterior and interior.

Yes, the second-generation Toyota Rush is far sportier, more luxurious and certainly, more powerful than its predecessor.

Toyota Rush 2018 angular front

The second-generation Toyota Rush is far sportier, more luxurious and more powerful

In May 2018, the much-awaited Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines finally made its first appearance to the local car enthusiast community. According to Toyota Philippines, the new Rush is a 'perfect match' of practicality and roominess of an MPV and the ruggedness and functionality of a high-end SUV.

With the price range announced from P948,000 to P1,070,000, what this 7-seater has to offer? What to expect from this Xpander's rival? Look into our Toyota Rush 2018 review by team to get the answers.

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2. Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines: Exterior

For starters, the Toyota Rush 2018 exterior is seemingly inspired by its big brother Toyota Fortuner. On the whole, it’s more sporty and appealing than the first-generation model. In truth, Toyota has made a revolutionary alteration on the outside, from the overall size to styling tweaks.

Point by point, the Rush is stretched out by 230 mm, so it now measures 4,435 mm x 1,695 mm x 1,705 mm (W x L x H). Besides, the wheelbase is also extended to 2,685 mm while the front-rear spacing is worth 1,450 mm. With the aim of remaining characteristics of a real SUV, the lowest ground clearance is as high as 220 mm.

All in all, these figures make the new Toyota Rush ready to hit the roads comfortably and safely as well as boosting more space for the inside.

Toyota Rush 2018 front view

The front fascia currently comes decked with a dark chrome four-slat front grille

2nd-gen Toyota Rush1st-gen Toyota Rush

Second-generation Toyota Rush vs. First-generation Toyota Rush

Going into each facet, the front fascia currently comes decked with a dark chrome four-slat front grille flanked by revised LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and new round fog lamps.

Moving rearwards, you will not find a spare tire which used to be previously attached to the back door anymore. Instead, it’s hidden under the car body or under the trunk. Plus, if you have got used to opening the back door to the side with the last Rush, now your habit should be changed as it is opened to the top.

Other refinements at the back include LED quarter-flanking taillights, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, and a rear spoiler. The outer side is beautified with directional-style 16-inch alloy wheels and roof rails.

For the top-of-the-line TRD Sportivo variant, it will be more spoiled with a Tough Front TRD Underguard at the front end, Side Molding Striking on the side and Sturdy Rear TRD Underguard at the rear.

>>> Read more: 7 reasons why the Toyota Rush is a good buy in 2019

Toyota Rush 2018 angular rear

Refinements at the back include LED taillights, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, and a rear spoiler

Toyota Rush 2018 wheel

The outer side is beautified with directional-style 16-inch alloy wheels

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3. Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines: Interior

The 2018 Toyota Rush interior is more lavish and spacious than that of the old model although it recalls the cabin of the Fortuner and Innova.

The most conspicuous is soft-coated front panel with refreshed dashboard design. There places a head unit 7-inch touchscreen which is able to connect to your smartphone and is optimized by a set of eight speakers. Nearby, driver’s sitting position is lifted so as to provide a wider and commanding view for the driver while behind the wheel.

Toyota Rush 2018 interior

The Toyota Rush interior is more lavish and spacious than that of the old model

Toyota Rush 2018 dashboard

The most conspicuous is soft-coated front panel with refreshed dashboard design

Toyota Rush 2018 analog gauges

It comes with new analog gauges

Not only that, to make the driver control the SUV with ease, tilt steering feature is added to move up the steering wheel position. If only it came with support telescopic, your steering job would be more effortlessly. Moreover, smart start/stop button, air conditioning double blower and parking cameras linked with the head unit are fully offered in both trims.

Being a 7-seater, the Rush boasts an airy cabin for your entire family and also, for cargo. In the TRD Sportivo, every row seat is also loaded with a power slot for phone charging and many other convenient gadgets. Particularly, the cockpit is look more exclusive with the presence of automatic air conditioning system accompanied with a digital screen displaying the temperature.

Toyota Rush 2018 steering wheel

Tilt steering feature is added to move up the steering wheel position

Toyota Rush 2018 seating

Being a 7-seater, the Rush boasts an airy cabin for your entire family and also, for cargo

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4. Toyota Rush 2018 Review: Performance

Under the bonnet, the Toyota Rush 2018 model packs a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 2NR-VE engine with Dual VVT-i tuned up from the previous Veloz and Sienta. Owing to this new engine, considerable power of 104 PS can be made at 6,000 rpm together with a peak torque of 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm.

Outwardly, this new engine is smaller than the former. That said, its performance is adequate and its fuel consumption even becomes more decent. By way of illustration, this 16-valve engine has a fuel economy 10% better than the predecessor’s.

Toyota Rush 2018 engine

All-new Toyota Rush packs a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 2NR-VE engine with Dual VVT-i

Working in tandem with the new engine is either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual. Further, the Rush SUV features a rear-wheel drive system so uphill task would be easier than front-wheel drive. Electronic power steering technology is likewise at your fingertips. Being pampered with Hill-Start Assist technology, the car’s stability is well maintained during your trip.

Suspension system is also reworked using MacPherson Strut front suspension combined with Stabilizer and Coil Spring. After refinement, it is softer and ready to overcome any kind of roads smoothly and comfortably. Other than that, the strong and solid 215/65 R16 and 215/60 R17 alloy wheels with

Machining tires for the G and TRD Sportivo respectively also give a great assistance in the performance of the new Rush.

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5. Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines: Safety Features

It’s always the same story when it comes to safety of Toyota vehicles. To commence with, the braking system is enhanced with disc front- and rear brakes. Seatbelt indicator is also fully equipped in every seat. In addition to that, all variants will come completely with:

  • 6 SRS Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Emergency Brake Signal (EBS)
  • Solid Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and more.

>>> Read more: Toyota Rush 2018 receives a five-star safety rating from ASEAN NCAP

6. Toyota Rush 2018 Price in the Philippines

Despite being a hot MPV, the Rush is definitely a vehicle that is worth paying. In our shores, the Toyota Rush 2018 price has also been unveiled, if you really want to drive home this 7-seater, you might want to check out the full updated price information in the Philippine market below:

Toyota Rush 2018 price in the Philippines
Model Price
Toyota Rush 1.5 E MT (5 seats)  P948,000
Toyota Rush 1.5 E AT (5 seats)  P988,000
Toyota Rush 1.5 G AT (7 seats)  P1,070,000

* Find estimated actual cost for each variant in our Toyota Rush price list here

Toyota Rush 2018 angular front

The Toyota Rush price, straight from the shoulder, cannot be said cheap

7. Toyota Rush 2018 Specs in the Philippines

Toyota Rush 2018 Specs in the Philippines

Name Toyota Rush 2018
Body Type SUV
Length 4,435 mm
Width 1,695 mm
Height 1,705 mm
Wheelbase 2,685 mm
Ground Clearance 220 mm
Curb Weight 1,670 kg
Number of Seats 7
Engine & Performance
Machine Type 2NR-VE, Dual VVT-i
Engine Size 1.5 L
Number of Cylinders 4
Number of Valves 16
Capacity 1,496 cc
Diameter x Step 72.5 x 90.6
Transmission Category
  • 5 Speed Manual
  • 4 Speed Automatic
Max Output 104 PS @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 136 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Safety Features
  • 6 SRS Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Secured Hill-Start Assist (HSA)
  • Emergency Brake Signal (EBS)
  • Parking Camera
Other features
Steering System MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring and Stabilizer
Front Suspension McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Rear Suspension 5 Link Lateral Rod with Coil Spring and Stabilizer
Front Brake Disc
Rear Brakes Tromol
Braking System ABS
Tire Size
  • 215/65 R16 (Type G)
  • 215/60 R17 (Type TRD)

Note: Specs and prices information about the all-new Rush that we submit may change at any time. Kindly contact the nearest Toyota Philippines dealerships for the latest specs details as well as available promotions.

8. Toyota Rush 2018 Philippines Review: Pros & Cons

Toyota Rush 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
  • Sporty and modern exterior design
  • Comfortable and luxurious interior
  • Spacious cabin for 7 passengers
  • Efficient engine
  • Quite affordable price
  • Still run standard automatic transmissions, not a CVT
  • The wheel does not feature telescopic
  • Torque and power under the predecessor

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9. Toyota Rush 2018 Review: Verdict

Initially launched in the Indonesian Market in November last year, the Toyota Rush has now come available in the Philippines since May and is set to compete with the Mitsubishi Xpander which was rolled out earlier in March. Look through our reviews to gain deeper understanding of these two players:

With a wide array of advanced features pinned on the workhorse, it is certain the all-new Rush can confidently take the fight to other SUVs. To cite an instance for its quick sale, the Rush SUV has sold out more than 250,000 units since its first 2006 debut in Indonesia. In the local motoring market, it was said that 1,000 units of the Rush would be produced per month so as to meet the overwhelming need of Filipino car buyers.

Is this review convincing enough to prompt you to drive home this handsome 7-seater? Check out our list of Toyota Rush 2018 for sale by cerified dealers in the Philippines. Your next car may be just a few clicks away!

Toyota Rush 2018 angular front

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