After a 2 months of waiting, StreettalkPh has managed to get a Toyota Rush TRD Sportivo M/T for a review…sort of. A lucky colleague managed to get first dibs on a demo unit, and being astute as we are, we managed to convince him to let us join in his drive to a pictorial site. Naturally, we lugged our everpresent camera equipment with us. What can I say? We are Boy Scouts!
Heavy rains did not dampen our enthusiasm. As a matter of fact, we welcomed this weather, as we knew that our destination would bring us to some flood prone areas. True enough, we encountered a few meter stretch of 1ft floodwaters. Our first test: Wading Depth! As expected, the Rush had no problem wading . The 600mm clearance proved “Height is might!” You couldn’t hear water splashing on the underside, which is a good sign. However, the tall stance makes for more body roll on tight turns. Although, the firm suspension compensates for this, it results in a more harsh ride quality.
The overall profile of the Rush is reminiscent of its bigger sibling, the Fortuner. The fascia has the signature big blacked-out grille, with triangular slots that houses the fog lights. The headlights are slim enough to integrate with the fender lines and hood.
The rear has the roof spoiler, which is a nice touch. Big rear lamps sit at the middle with a sporty black panel connecting both sides. The rear valance panel looks like those diffusers from performance cars. The Rush TRD comes with roof rails and a neat set of 17-inch wheels. The interior hosts a plethora of features, such as a push start button, tilt-adjusted steering, and a reverse parking camera.
As you guessed it, it’s a Rear Wheel drive platform, as derived from the old Avanza. Interestingly enough, it has the same 1.5-liter, , DOHC Dual VVT-i gasoline engine with102 hp and 134 Nm of torque, same as its sibling, which makes the RUSH underperform, considering that its at least 500kg heavier. Transmission choices are the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. It’s not a rocket but more of a people hauler and cruiser.What sets it apart is its better-looking appeal compared from the Innova and Avanza.
There is the profuse use of plastic especially on the dash, finished in black and gray. The design is simple but practical. Fortunately, the steering wheel has audio controls which is a must-have nowadays. An overhead bin with lights is a useful option, as well as the center console with cupholders.
Most welcome are the plush seats, which has ample back and leg support, with seemingly thicker cushions as compared to the Avanza. There is decent legroom on the second row, but quite a tight squeeze on the third row. 6-footers need not attempt to sit at the back, as the seats sit high because of the raised floor.
Overall, the Toyota Rush is a looker all right; an SUV wannabe if you would. It can transport 7 people with comfort although it seems to struggle on highways and uphills. Nevertheless, the RUSH is worth it weight in gold; a mini-SUV with a crossover heart.
For more information visit: Toyota Motor Philippines at toyota.com.ph/
Text/Images by Earl Manalansan