Toyota Rush Review
The Toyota Rush is a mini SUV concept and shares its complete assembly with the Daihatsu Terios. This car was introduced during the climax of the year 2006 as a rear wheel drive vehicle. It possesses a wider frame and longer wheelbase to add rigidity to the over all appeal of the same. The Terios is functional from the year 1997 and Toyota has introduced the same car with a different name and badging after a few years. It uses a light engine to churn out mid range power figures. The tall body stance and ability to chunk over the plane surfaces is the Rush's attitude and it can be taken over long trips, weekends and on road excursions.
Engine, Mileage and Variants
Under the hood, the new Rush is powered by a 1.5-litre 16-valve DOHC VVT-i engine that runs on gasoline. It churns out an impressive 108 bhp @ 6000 rpm and a max torque of 142 nm @ 4400 rpm. The 5-speed manual transmission is the only choice of gearbox available for the new Rush but with the smart fuel injection technology from VVT-i helps the engine optimize the fuel consumption and provides more miles per gallons. It takes around 11.4 seconds to reach from 0 to 100 kmph while the company claiming a fuel efficiency of 14.8 kmpl. From its pacemaker it is clearly evident that the Rush isn't that great when it comes to off-road locations and is much suited for a smooth drive in urban areas.
The Toyota Rush has followed the footprints of its elder kins; the front and the side profile have been lifted up to add muscle with the elongated bumpers and plastic inserts at places for bold character. One might mistake it to be a shrunk Fortuner at corners and few other spots which is incorporated with side body cladding and robust alloy wheels. The car measures its dimensions as 4420 mm of length, 1745 mm of width and 1740 mm of height. It has a long wheelbase of 2685 mm which makes it able to add comfort and firm traveling aspect. The 200 mm of ground clearance is well and good for big pot holes and bad road jerks. The 16-inch alloy wheels are common in the category and they wear 235/60 R16 tyres.
This is few of those mini SUV which provide the ease and practicality of a 3rd row, however, this row comes under the optional package and can be omitted if you are happy with 5 people in your car. All the seats are wisely padded and they offer enough support. The dashboard is very basic and offers very few sort of options. The infotainment system is limited to a 6.1 inch touch screen display which houses all aspects of a modern stereo console. It can take in USB, Aux, CD and Bluetooth tethering. The quality of material used is quite basic and won't spark any enthusiastic pulse in the driver as Toyota has devoted its interest in preparing a practical car rather than a glamorous model. Their is ample boot space at the rear and with 2nd and 3rd row folded, one can store motor sport equipment as well into the car. With all seats upright, its boot space measures 380-litres.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The Rush is not a a heavy sustainer in terms of safety equipments. It is composed of a rigid chassis which promises of the resistance to the base impacts and collisions. Their are airbag units for the front rows and the first five seat occupants are facilitated with the seat belt with pretensioners. The second row seats also comes with ISOFix child safety as well. The anti lock braking system allows relatively small stoppage than the conventional braking systems. The Rush is also met with rear parking sensors for security alarm to keep the vehicle safe. The brakes on the vehicle are disc on front wheels and drums on rear.
The Toyota Rush is a good car with SUV like looks and feel. It is tall and maneuver friendly. It also carries the brand image of Toyota in reliability terms, but doesn't have the impact which other cars of its category posses. The competitors including Renault Duster and Ford Ecosport have a lot of character towards quality and there the Rush appears a bit stressed out.