We can’t help but feel a bit sentimental around the Toyota Rush, simply because it’s been part of some very significant moments in Top Gear Philippines history. The last time we had it, it was being photographed for the cover of the final print issue of TGP. The Toyota Rush is also the car that ushered in a new era for us, as we went fully digital shortly after its magazine release.
It’s been roughly four months since we did that last, slightly emotional cover shoot (check out the #feels in this video). The team has had enough time to adjust, and we’re
“Baby Fortuner” is a phrase that gets loosely thrown around in conversations about the Rush, and legitimately so. It’s not small, so it can command its own space on the road just like it’s
Yet, despite these, the Rush has a look of its own. High
Two things drivers are constantly in contact with are the steering wheel and the driver’s seat, so let’s start with those. The Rush’s steering wheel isn’t made from premium materials, but the built-in audio controls are easy to use, so points for functionality (the speakers sound good, too). The seats, we actually like. The plushness is noticeable after a few minutes of being stuck in traffic. Also, Toyota seems to have added some extra layers of foam to the seat cushion so that you get this quasi-bucket seat feeling. The added support on the sides is good and it doesn’t feel overdone.
Headroom and legroom up front and in the middle row are more than adequate. The same cannot be said about the third row, but that’s expected. There’s still some space to move your legs back there, but it isn’t much. But, hey, at least the seats have that extra padding.
It was mentioned earlier that the Rush isn’t fast, and here’s why: It uses the same 1.5-liter DOHC Dual VVT-i gasoline engine as the smaller Avanza. The Avanza isn’t quick
Fuel consumption was an average 8km/L, but this can improve after understanding that this car isn’t built for speed. The Rush really can’t be rushed, so there’s no real need to push it and waste fuel in the process.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The Rush’s ride height gives drivers a commanding view of the road, and the 600mm wading depth capacity is just what every flood-faring Pinoy needs. But the taller stance also makes the Rush prone to body roll, so take it easy around the corners in this thing. A noticeably stiff suspension attempts to compensate for this instability, which results in a very bouncy ride. Passengers in the third row will notice this the most, as the back hops up on even the smallest of bumps. Thank God for that extra padding on the seats, right?
The Rush is only comparable to the Fortuner as far as styling and size go. Under the hood, the Rush can’t even be mentioned in the same breath as its big brother. But it has the size and the utility to get things done. And it’s A LOT cheaper, too. So, if you want a big car that doesn’t break the bank and don’t mind it being underpowered, then the Rush might just be for you.
SPECS: Toyota Rush 1.5 E AT
Engine: 1.5 liter DOHC Dual VVT-i Gasoline
Transmission: 4-speed AT
Power: 102hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque: 134Nm @ 4,200rpm
Drive layout: RWD
FAQs about the 2019 Toyota Rush
Q: Can it seat seven comfortably?
A: Yes, it can. however, save the third row for short trips around town, especially if you are on the taller side.
Q: Can it make it to Baguio?
A: Of course. Under the hood is a 102hp engine that develops 134Nm. Progress will be a bit slower with a full load of passengers, though.
Q: How many colors are available?
A: Six colors are available (Bordeaux Mica, Bronze Mica Metallic, Dark Red Mica Metallic, White, Black Metallic, Silver Mica Metallic)