Fresh MPVs for the family: Toyota Avanza vs. Mitsubishi Xpander

Fresh MPVs for the family: Toyota Avanza vs. Mitsubishi Xpander

Families looking for their next ride are spoilt for choice today, as Toyota and Mitsubishi are offering them an all-new and revised MPV— in the form of the Avanza and Xpander, respectively. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What improvements has Toyota applied to the all-new Avanza?

    Toyota has given the 2022 Avanza newly developed engines, platform, and advanced safety kit.
  • What updates does the 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander carry?

    The 2023 Xpander is made fresh with a redesigned styling with sharper lights front and rear, new infotainment system, and charging points inside.
  • The Avanza is already a household name, and this latest version looks the most handsome one to date. For starters, the 2022 Avanza is grabbing the attention of families with its trapezoidal front grille and LED lights up front, side character lines, and LED tail lamps. 

    The Xpander is said to be a best-seller for Mitsubishi, and now benefits from styling updates as part of its mid-life refresh. For 2022, the Xpander gets subtle yet significant design tweaks such as a black grille, T-shaped headlights with LED DRLs and turn signals. The rear gets LED lights, too, along with a more chiseled bumper.  

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    2022 Mitsubishi Xpander

    Bringing the Avanza and Xpander in the now are a list of features commonly expected in contemporary vehicles.  

    The all-new Avanza is fitted with an eight-inch audio display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and USB ports. For safety, apart from reversing camera and sensors, the  Avanza adds more advanced kit such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Camera Traffic Alert, Vehicle Stability Control, and six airbags. 

    The interior of the 2023 MY Xpander is largely similar to its pre-updated version, but with added gadgets such as a seven-inch infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, digital LCD A/C panel up front, as a larger console with a 12V outlet and USB port. Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Brake Auto Hold (BAH), Active Stability Control (ASC), Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Traction Control (TCL), and rear cameras and sensors make up the safety kit. 

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    For the five other passengers, they'll appreciate the Avanza's interior highlight called the Long Sofa Mode. In this mode, the second-row seats fold to meet with the third-row's seat cushions to create, well, a sofa with a long seat cushion. When cargo needs to be prioritized over passengers, the Avanza's rear seats fold flush with the cargo floor to create a flat loading area. 

    The 2023 Xpander caters to the second- and third-row occupants with two rear USB ports, rear A/C dial and louver with inviting colors, and cup holders on the seat armrest. Multi-function seat-back pockets and third row power outlets add to the creature comforts. The 2023 Xpander two rear rows also fold flat for cargo. 

    2022 Mitsubishi Xpander2022 Mitsubishi XpanderHelping the Avanza transport families and cargo are a pair of newly developed 1.5- and 1.3-liter engines, with the former producing 106hp and 138Nm of torque and the latter packing 98hp and 122Nm. The upper two Avanza variants use a CVT, while the remaining two use a five-speed manual. 

    Amid all the exterior and interior changes, the 2023 Xpander retains the running gear the model always had. That's a 1.5-liter 4A91 engine that makes 105hp and 141Nm of torque, and is mated to four-speed automatic transmission and five-speed manual options. 

    These two modern family cars are already impressive at first glance, but wait till you've seen their spec sheets below. The vital statistics of the 2022 Avanza 1.5 G and 2023 Xpander GLS 1.5G AT make two MPVs that offer strong capabilities for the brood. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Toyota Avanza 1.5 G CVT 

     

    Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5G AT

     

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,395

    4,595

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,730

    1,750

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,700

    1,750

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    190

    225

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,750

    2,755

    Seating Capacity

    Seven

    Seven

    Engine Model

    2NR-VE

    4A91

    Engine Type

    Four-cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), with VVT-i

    Four-cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), with MIVEC

    Displacement (cc)

    1,496

    1,499

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    106/6,000

    105/6,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    138/4,200

    141/4,000

    Transmission

    CVT

    4-Speed Automatic 

    Drive

    Front Wheel Drive

     

    Front Wheel Drive

     

    Fuel Tank (L)

    43

    45

    Curb Weight (kg)

    1,140

    1,260

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: Torsion Beam 

     

    Front: MacPherson Strut  Coil Spring with Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam 

     

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drums

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drums

    Tires and Wheels

    195/60 R16 Alloy

    205/55 R17 Alloy

    Headlamps

    Split-Type LED 

    T-Shape 

    Daytime Running Lights

     LED

    LED

    Front Fog Lamps

    With

    With

    Side Mirrors

    Adjust and Auto Retract

    Adjust and Auto Retract

    Front Grille

    Material Black 

    Chrome 

    Panoramic Sunroof

    Without

     

    Without

     

    Power Tailgate

     

    Without

     

     

    Without

     

    Seat Material

    Fabric Black and Brown Two Tone

    Fabric Black 

    Seat Type and Adjustment

    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Slide with Long Sofa Mode and Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble and Long Sofa Mode

     

    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble

     

    Seatback Table

    Without

    Without

    Information Display

    With

    With 

    Steering Wheel Material

    Urethane

    Leather

    Shift Knob 

    Urethane With Sequential 

    Urethane

    Steering Wheel Switch

    Audio and MID

    Audio

    Sun Visors

    With Passenger Mirror

    With Passenger Mirror

    Inside Door Handle

    Chrome

    Chrome

    Assist Grip

    Front: One

    Rear: Two

    Front: Two

    Rear: Four

    Door Trim

    With Brown Accent

    With Silver Accent

    Glasses Case

    With

    With

    Seat Back Pockets

    With

    With

    Deck Box

    With

    Without

    Front Personal Lamp

    With

    With 

    Room Lamp

    With

    With

    Luggage Room Lamp

    With

    With

    Keyless Entry

    With

    With

    Push Start

    With

    With

    Power Steering

    With

    With

    Power Windows

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

    Power Door Locks

    Speed-Sensing 

    With 

    Air-conditioning System

    Manual Digital

     

    Manual 

     

    Audio Type

    8-Inch Display Audio ,USB, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

    7-Inch Touchscreen ,USB, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

    Wireless Charging

    Without

    Without

    Speakers

    Four

    Four + Two Tweeters

    SRS Airbags

    Driver,  Passenger, Side, Curtain Shield

    Driver, Front Passenger

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

    With Brake Assist and  Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    With Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

    With

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

    With

    With

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Third Row: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Third Row: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Child Restraint System

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

    Emergency Brake Signal

    With

    With

    Security System 

    Toyota Vehicle Security System (TVSS)

    Immobilizer and Horn

    Parking Support

     

    Reverse Camera and Clearance and Back Sonar, Rear Cross Traffic Alert

     

    Without 

    Blind Spot Monitor

    With

     Without

    Cruise Control 

    Without

    Without

    Available Body Colors

    Greenish Gun Metal Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic 4, Black Metallic 1, Dark Red Mica Metallic

    Blade Silver Metallic, Graphite Gray, Quartz White Pearl, Red Metallic 

    PRICE

    P1.039 million

    P1.160 million  

     

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    Toyota Avanza vs Mitsubishi Xpander Comparison

    Toyota Avanza
    • ₱813,000 - 1.039 Million
    Mitsubishi Xpander
    • ₱1.05 - 1.18 Million
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