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Seven seats. If you follow the Philippine automotive industry, you’ve probably heard these two words mentioned quite often over the past year and a half. It’s the magical seating number at the moment, and it has been more the past decade actually. Now Toyota has launched one of its most solid seven-seater offerings to date—the Rush. But how does this new ‘entry-level’ SUV compare to more established offerings?

For this spec-sheet brawl, we’re pitting the Rush against another entry-level SUV, the BR-V. This Honda has been around since 2016, and you could say it helped pioneer the current seven-seater craze, which eventually led to the arrival of the Mitsubishi Xpander, and yes, the Toyota Rush.

So how do these two stack up against each other? Well, one advantage the BR-V has is that only the Rush’s top-spec G variant packs seven seats. The Rush’s engine is also down on power and torque, and only packs a four-speed transmission. On the other hand, Toyota’s offering has more airbags, and has higher ground clearance.

Can’t decide which one you prefer? Maybe the table below can help. Let us know in the poll below which seven-seater you think offers more bang for the buck.

 

HONDA BR-V
1.5 S CVT

TOYOTA RUSH
1.5 G

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,030,000 1,070,000
Drive FWD RWD
Seating capacity 7 7
Engine 1.5-liter SOHC gasoline 1.5-liter DOHC gasoline
Power 118hp @ 6,600rpm 102hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque 145Nm @ 4,600rpm 134Nm @ 4,200rpm
Transmission CVT 4-speed AT
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension Macpherson strut Macpherson strut
Rear suspension Torsion beam

Rigid axle and five-link

Wheels 16-inch alloys 17-inch alloys
Tires 195/60 R16 215/60 R17
Airbags Driver/passenger Driver/passenger/curtain
Ground clearance (mm) 201 220
Dimensions (mm) 4,453 x 1,745 x 1,665 4,435 x 1,695 x 1,705
Wheelbase (mm) 2,662 2,685

Which seven-seat entry-level SUV is better?

Honda BR-V

Toyota Rush

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