Toyota Rush: Key highlights

Toyota Rush: Key highlights

Toyota Rush has been catering to a large customer base in the SUV space first under the Daihatsu Terios nameplate in the Southeast-Asian market, and later as the five-seat model under the Rush moniker before it was finally evolved in a seven-seater model. The current line-up comes in two variants, Rush 1.5G and Rush 1.5S with a solo engine option and a standard automatic gearbox.

Toyota Rush styling

Positioned as the entry-level model in the three-row SUV segment, Toyota Rush competes with some of the best-selling seven-seat models including Honda BR-V, Perodua Aruz, etc. Akin to other Toyota cars, this one also carries an aggressive look with some quintessential Toyota elements such as the multi-slat chrome front grille, body-cladding and slick headlamps, among others. While it scores high on the aesthetic front, the spacious interior is high on utility with multiple storage points coming to the occupants’ rescue.

Toyota Rush side

Meanwhile, the SUV provides a robust protective shield, which pushes its credibility as an off-roader. With so much on offer, the Toyota Rush price adds another feather to its cap and gives it a cusp over other seven-seater SUVs in the segment. There is no doubt that Rush holds a strong position in the market and the key highlights that make it totally worth the price are as follows.

As usual, before we start, it is customary to go through Toyota Rush specifications and price details.

Toyota Rush specifications

Engine 

1.5L, four-cylinder petrol 

Power 

105 PS at 6,000 rpm 

Torque 

136 Nm at 4,200 rpm 

Transmission 

4-speed torque converter automatic 

Drivetrain 

2WD 

The model misses out on an all-wheel drive, and could be availed with a 2WD set-up with power being channelized to the rear wheels through a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

Toyota Rush price in Malaysia

Variant 

Price 

Toyota Rush 1.5L G

RM 93,000

Toyota Rush 1.5S 

RM 97,000


The Toyota Rush model series is available in two variants priced from RM 93,000. While the top-spec trim is RM 40,000 more expensive at RM 97,000.

Toyota Rush exterior

Aggressive front

Overall, the Rush has aggressive styling, especially the front. The square-like bonnet gives it an upright stance, while the bold creases are completely in line with its bold looks. Also, the pulled back headlamps are positioned such that they meet with the multi-slat grille, which narrows at the end, and appears a single unit. Meanwhile, the bumper sports fog lamps and a large skid plate at the front.

Also, the steeply raked in windshield provides a wide look, which works well for the SUV.

Sporty exterior elements

Adding to the sporty semblance are some key elements such as the sleek LED headlamps, body cladding at the side, bold body creases and 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped around 215/60 large tyres. The roof-rails accentuate the SUV-MPV look, and so does the wheel arches. Moreover, the Rush has a large semblance, thanks to its dimensions which measure 4,435 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,705 mm high.

High ground clearance

High ground clearance is a must in SUVs and Rush sits quite high. This helps handle the vehicle better and prevents the underbelly from getting scratched while driving. Among all body styles, SUVs have the highest ground clearance, especially off-roaders. As for the Rush, it sits 220 mm above the surface, indicating smooth handling even on a bumpy road.

Toyota Rush interior

Large cabin

The large cabin is stretched across a 2,685 mm long wheelbase, which accommodates the three-row layout quite comfortably. However, the cargo space is a bit tight with the third row in use, which could be expanded to 514-litre by folding it completely. The headroom, leg-space and should-room is comfortable at both ends, though the third is good enough for teenagers.

Ample utility points

What do we look for in a cabin? Space, of course; styling, comfort and features. But is that really makes a cabin ideal? No. While we still need all the above things, utility plays a key role in making it a comfy space for the occupants, especially a large family seven-seater. Thankfully, Rush has no dearth of utility points. It features 13 cup-holders, all placed within reachable distance, and four electric outlets for charging electrical devices.

Toyota Rush Engine

Low & mid-range performance

The Toyota Rush specs sheet consists of a 1.5-litre engine tuned to put out a maximum power of 105 PS at 6,000 RPM and a top torque of 136 Nm at 4,600 rpm. This unit offers a good low and mid-range performance, making it perfect for city and traffic driving. Besides, Rush has a tight turning radius of 5.2 meters.

5-Star ASEAN NCAP safety rating

Safety is paramount, and can’t be messed with, no matter what. And Toyota Rush promises a safe experience to both adults and children with its robust body-shell and solid safety shield. The impressive five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating testifies how safe Rush is.

Safety features that come with the model have been listed below.

  • Six airbags (dual front, side and curtain)
  • Anti-lock-braking system
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle stability control
  • Traction control
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Toyota Rush safety

Pre-collision system

In addition to the above features, it also benefits from a pre-collision system. It comprises of a set of advanced driver assistance features that aide safer driving. As for the features, it consists of pre-collision warning and pre-collision braking, pedal misoperation control and front departure alert.

5-year warranty

Toyota is currently offering its seven-seater with a warranty of five years, which shows the car giant’s commitment towards its customers. Moreover, the company has trust in its product and is ready to assist the owners in every possible way.
With this, we come to the end of our article which highlights the key points of the Toyota Rush. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is a dependable SUV, which comes with Toyota’s trust. It looks aggressive and offers a comfortable space for seven passengers (the third row meant for kids or teenagers). The 5-star ASEAN crash test rating testifies its strength as one of the safest seven-seat models in the country. So if you are planning to buy a large family vehicle, Rush could be your next car

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