I admit I wasn't impressed with the Toyota Rush at first. I first tried it out during Toyota Motor Philippines's Road Trek driving event this year. The ride was too stiff for undulating provincial roads. At the first opportunity, our team switched Toyotas (most of the crossover and truck lineup was available to drive). I chose the stylish RAV4, and we never wanted to leave its monocoque embrace after that.
Recently, I scheduled a test drive with the top-spec Rush, so as to get to know this subcompact SUV better beyond first impressions.
What I learned changed my perception of the Rush. Here are my main takeaways: