Toyota SA's "Baby Fortuner" aka Toyota Rush

FiestaST

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Toyota Rush 1.5 S (2018) Review

Fast Facts
  • Price: R299 900 (September 2018)
  • Engine: 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol
  • Gearbox: 5-speed manual
  • Fuel economy: 6.6 L/100 km (claimed)
  • Power/Torque: 77 kW/136 Nm
Verdict

We totally understand why the Rush is likely to be a sales success in South Africa. For cash-strapped locals that need a trusty, spacious family car, it ticks so many boxes and it does so while looking considerably more expensive than it is. The standard specification (including safety features) is very generous and there is no questioning its spaciousness. At around R300 000, however, there are many more refined vehicles on offer that are simply better to drive. And seeing as the Rush can't be bought with 7 seats, a large luggage bay (and admittedly some spec) appears to be its sole USP. If you need that loading space, then it's quite simple – the Rush is unmatched. But if you need a more complete, better balanced and, crucially, nicer-to-drive car (both in town and on the long road), there are better options out there.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/toyota-rush-15-s-2018-review-wvideo/45513/

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Duan

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But if you need a more complete, better balanced and, crucially, nicer-to-drive car (both in town and on the long road), there are better options out there.
Who does not need a more balanced nicer-to-drive car?

Toyota is just selling on their brand perception here.

Positioning this disappointing vehicle as a baby Fortuner is dishonest.

Sad thing is they are damaging their brand, specifically the Fortuner brand.

Greed rules supreme.
 

thechamp

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Who does not need a more balanced nicer-to-drive car?

Toyota is just selling on their brand perception here.

Positioning this disappointing vehicle as a baby Fortuner is dishonest.

Sad thing is they are damaging their brand, specifically the Fortuner brand.

Greed rules supreme.
Do we know for a fact that the baby Fortuner moniker comes from Toyota? couldn't it be some eager motoring journalist?
 

garp

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Do we know for a fact that the baby Fortuner moniker comes from Toyota? couldn't it be some eager motoring journalist?
True - to my mind it's really just the next generation (improved) Avanza, which makes it odd that the 7 seat version isn't available here.
 
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