Toyota Rush: Same price, different options
Despite its popularity, this crossover from the number one Japanese car brand isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, so car buyers will naturally want to see more of their options out there.
If you want to know other great alternatives to the Toyota Rush (priced between PHP968,000 and PHP1.1 million), here are some of your best options.
Honda BR-V (PHP1.04 to PHP1.16 million)
Under the Honda BR-V hood lies a 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine that outputs 118hp and 145Nm of torque. The engine’s standard i-VTEC technology is further enhanced by the addition of Lift Electronic Control, which improves engine performance at low and partial throttle. The BR-V’s engine comes solely with an Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which ensures smooth shifts while helping with fuel efficiency.
With a wheelbase of 2662mm, the BR-V boasts ample headroom, legroom and shoulder room in all three rows for seven people in all. Speaking of three rows, getting to the third one is a cinch thanks to 60:40 sliding and reclining seats in the second row as well as the 50:50 reclining function in the last row. And you also don’t have to worry about the comfort of the rearmost passengers, as they have their separate roof-mounted AC along with their own manual control.
As for creature comforts, the Honda BR-V hosts front and rear center armrests, automatic climate control system, two USB inputs, adjustable steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls, paddle shifters, and a 7-inch digital touchscreen display, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity, to name but a few.
Mitsubishi Xpander (PHP1.01 to PHP1.13 million)
At 4475 mm, Xpander’s cabin is the lengthiest in its class. There's enough space for seven full-grown adults, courtesy of the three-row 2-3-2 seating configuration. Ingress and egress to the third row seats are made easy by the tumbling system used in the second-row seats.
All four of the Xpander’s trims are equipped with Mitsubishi’s signature 1.5-liter MIVEC engine that delivers 104hp and 141Nm of torque. Both the GLX and GLS trims come with a five-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the GLX Premium and GLS Sport have four-speed automatic gearboxes.
Hyundai Kona (PHP1.19 million)
The combustion engine-equipped Kona (wholly different from the EV version) runs on a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This pairing is good for 147hp and 179Nm of torque.
Inside, an intuitive 7-inch instrument cluster display makes critical trip information visible at a glance, but there’s also the 8-inch head-up display to keep trip details within line of sight. As for infotainment, the Kona relies on a floating-type radio display with built-in navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions, and even voice commands.
The Kona boasts a suite of advanced driver assistance systems that fall under the Hyundai SmartSense safety technology umbrella. As for standard safety, the Kona covers all bases starting with the SuperStructure high-strength steel vehicle chassis, six airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Kia Seltos (PHP1.1 million to PHP1.5 million)
Designed as a replacement to the quirky Kia Soul, the Kia Seltos is built on the same platform as the Kona from sister company Hyundai. Both share the same engine producing the same power (147hp, 179Nm) but the Seltos uses an infinitely variable transmission (IVT) for shifting. Meanwhile, a Drive Mode Select feature allows the driver to choose between five different driving modes (Smart, Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom) to control different drive functions including steering response, throttle, and transmission RPM shift points, among others.
Inside, driver controls take on an intuitive and ergonomic design, with a head-up display providing the driver with vital trip information while ensuring eyes are on the road at all times. Exuding an “elegant and comfortable functionality,” the roomy interior is made more welcome with comfortable seats and tasteful appointments such as an 6-speaker, 8-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic climate control (SX only), and Smart Entry and Push Start convenience (SX only).
Safety-wise, the 2020 Seltos comes equipped with a suite of standard safety features that you would expect to find exclusively in premium luxury vehicles. Check out this impressive list: an advanced high strength steel (AHSS) body, front side and curtain airbags (SX only), electronic stability control (SX only) rear parking distance warning (SX only), rear camera display with rearview driving function, downhill brake control (SX only), hill-start assist control (SX only), and cruise control (SX, EX).
Suzuki XL7 (PHP1.07 million)
The All New Suzuki XL7 is powered by a 1.5-liter K15B engine, the same one found in the Ciaz sedan and Jimny mini Suv. This engine delivers 103hp and 138Nm torque while mated to a 4-speed transmission.
Interior-wise, the XL7 enjoys a highly flexible seating arrangement, with impressive legroom for third row passengers courtesy of the lengthy 2740mm wheelbase. Built on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, the XL7 boasts better weight reduction, energy dispersal during collision, as well as improved NVH performance compared to the old generation model.
The XL7 also has 199 liters of luggage room and has been fitted with advanced automatic climate control, keyless push start function as well as a multi-information LCD display, and 10-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Safety features of the XL7 include dual airbags, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electric Brake force Distribution (EBD) Electronic Stability Program (ESP), rear parking sensor and rear parking camera.
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