Toyota Rush 2020: Sub-compact crossover contender for Car of the Year

Updated Mar 23, 2021 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

In a sea of crossovers, Toyota Rush proves that you can get a legit SUV and a comfortable 7-seater vehicle without having to break the bank

Toyota Rush 2020: Sub-Compact Crossover Contender for Car of the Year

  • Seats 7, No, Really!
  • Body-on-Frame Construction
  • High Ground Clearance
  • Is actually an SUV

Toyota Rush 2020: Don’t Call it an Avanza

People have come to see that the 2020 Toyota Rush is exactly just a dressed up Avanza, that can’t be further from the truth. If that were true you can call your Chrysler Caliber crossover “pretty much” a Lancer Evolution because they too share the same platforms.

The Toyota Rush is an answer to the ongoing trend of the market leaning towards SUVs. People want bigger cars, something more substantial and rugged than your average sedan or MPV and with the Toyota Rush, the Japanese brand gives clients a more affordable gateway into the SUV life.


The Toyota Rush is the answer to the question: what is the SUV version of a Vios?

Toyota Rush 2020: It’s Got the Look

Unlike most sub-compact SUV wannabes in the Philippine Market, the 2020 Toyota Rush not only runs on an actual SUV Body-on-frame platform, it actually looks the part. The Rush is actually more SUV than its stablemate the Toyota RAV4 which is a monocoque bodied vehicle like a sedan but with a raised suspension.

This gives the Toyota Rush 2020 actual cred in calling itself an SUV than the current crop of raised MPVs and wagons. When standing toe to toe with its rivals in the market this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is still mighty narrow when compared to mid-sized SUVs but powerful body lines and fender arches give it the look of a proper SUV.

The Toyota Rush even has plastic cladding around its fender flares and a front fascia that makes it resemble the Fortuner. You cannot go wrong with the way the Toyota Rush looks and no one can tell you otherwise.


While its rivals make do with soft crossovers, Toyota gives us a legit SUV

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Toyota Rush 2020: Performance is up-to Par just don’t rush it

Speed is overrated really. In the Philippines, especially in our congested urban city streets what matters most is that you have a vehicle that can get you to where you’re going reliably and in absolute comfort.

I cannot talk enough about the fact that this runs on a body-on-frame construction because thanks to that fact you get a floaty suspension setting that gives both the driver and the passengers a plush and relaxed drive.

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You won’t and should not carve canyons or attack the highway at high speed in this one but what you can do is haul yourself and your loved ones wherever you need to go. Turn the key and it starts first time, every time.

You can get a much faster SUV and out-run the Toyota Rush but make sure to say hi to the exact same vehicle when they come across you at the next traffic jam and envy at how good they look riding the Toyota Rush and how comfortable they are inside.


Baby Fortuner thanks to that front fascia

Toyota has been on a roll this year, offering amazing vehicles at every price point and category. The Toyota Rush is the perfect family car for those who want to drive an SUV but not break the bank for the purchase, at the pump and when the time comes for a PMS. The Value proposition offered by Rush is in my opinion, unmatched.

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Know more about Toyota Rush 2023

Toyota Rush

The Rush 2023 is Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP)’s entry to the local competitive multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment. Considering its relatively large size and affordable pricing, the MPV is regarded by some as an entry-level SUV to the Japanese car brand. Toyota Rush Price in the Philippines ranges from PHP 983,000 to PHP 1,176,000 with 3 different variants. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE inline-4 DOHC gasoline engine that makes 102 hp and 134 Nm of torque. This engine can be connected to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Dimensions-wise, the Rush spans 4,435 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, and 1,705 mm in height. In the local market, this vehicle from Toyota Philippines competes against the likes of the Mitsubishi Xpander and Honda BR-V.

There are many SUV-like features that the Toyota Rush offers such as a relatively high ground clearance rated at 220 mm and its new seating configuration that makes seven as standard across all variants. It is considered as one of the best value for money especially for those who wish for a relatively affordable family car. In other markets, the Toyota Rush is called the Daihatsu Terios due to the Japanese automaker's partnership with Daihatsu Motor.

₱ 1,012,000 - ₱ 1,176,000

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