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2016 Toyota Fortuner Review

5 years ago

Good points

  • Tough and durable build quality
  • Strong new diesel works well with manual
  • Classy interior shared with new HiLux

Needs work

  • Diesel bellows under acceleration
  • Navigation only on the top model
  • Third row eats up boot space
2016 Toyota Fortuner Crusade - Chasing Cars

Australians have totally embraced SUVs as the family car of choice. The car brands are responding to our massive appetite by expanding their SUV ranges to cover all the important niches. One of the hottest of these niches right now is the off-roading seven-seater. These cars aren’t new to Australia—we’ve bought ute-based trucks in the past. Think of models like the old Mitsubishi Challenger or Nissan Pathfinder.

However, it’s the new crop of ute-platformed wagons that are reinventing the segment. The Toyota Fortuner is one of them. This 4×4 is a seven-seater based on the new eighth-generation HiLux—the two models share engines, cabin elements, and off-roading kit. The Fortuner name has been popular in Asia for years—and in the face of stiff new competition, Toyota are banking on moving plenty of them down under.

So what’s the stiff new competition? Well, this class of four-wheel-drive is expanding at a canter. There’s the new Ford Everest, which is based on their Ranger ute platform. There’s the new, Triton-based Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. And the existing Isuzu MU-X continues to kick on, previously enjoying a near-monopoly on this hard-edged section of the SUV market.

All of these cars are being marketed as more driver- and family-friendly than ever before. In the past, cars like these were horrendously uncomfortable, with primitive suspension setups and bad interiors. Now, the Toyota Fortuner aims to lead this pack, with a refined new diesel motor, a slick six-speed manual, and car-like dynamics: all while retaining the impressive off-roading prowess that these cars aim for.

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Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
2.8L
Cylinders
4
Induction
Single turbocharger
Power
130kW @ 3400rpm
Torque
420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm
Configuration
Conventional
Power to weight ratio
62kW / tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Diesel
Fuel capacity
80L
Consumption
7.8L/100km
Average Range
1026km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Manual
Drivetrain
Four wheel drive
Engine configuration
In-line
Gears
6
Dimensions
Length
4795mm
Width
1855mm
Height
1835mm
Unoccupied weight
2095kg
Cargo space seats up
654L
Cargo seats down
1080L

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