Toyota Fortuner

Editorial Test Drive Review of Toyota Fortuner

Comfort
Looks
Engine
Interiors
Safety
Mileage

Toyota Fortuner Front View

Ever since Toyota stepped in the premium SUV segment with the Fortuner, it has ruled the roost and how! .At the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi, the company announced the new models (4x2 MT, 4x2 AT, 4x4 MT) along with changes to the exterior as well as interiors. At 4705mm in length, 1840mm in width and 1850mm in height, the new Fortuner might be smaller than the Ford Endeavour and the Mitsubishi Pajero, but at the same time, it is much wider than both the rivals and this is what gives the Fortuner massive road presence. Additionally, it also has a class leading ground clearance of 220mm, giving it that ‘high’ feeling. The new Fortuner improves on the previous version in the way it looks from almost all angles.

The new 2012 Fortuner gets a Land Cruiser type front-end while simply put, makes it look stunning!rnClimbing into the Fortuner, the first thing that sets the mood for changes to come your way are the sporty pedals – they simply look fab! Next, the steering wheel is new (similar to the one found on the top end Innova though) and feels good to hold. It also houses the usual buttons for various functions including audio system, Bluetooth connected phone and multi-information display. Shift your attention to the central console and you see the new touch screen double-DIN head unit that also has DVD player and USB / Bluetooth connectivity. It also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera.

The Fortuner retains the spaciousness on the inside and can seat seven well built adults in comfort.rnOne of the biggest strengths of the Fortuner has been its engine. It makes use of the famous and ultra-reliable D-4D unit in a 3.0-litre format. On paper, it develops 169PS of power and 343Nm of torque which means it develops more power than its direct rival the 3.0-litre Endeavour though the latter puts out more torque. The new 2012 Fortuner is available in three variants with the same engine but two transmission options and both 4x2 and 4x4. Turn the key, start the car and the engine rests into a noticeable idle. The D-4D engine was never known for its smooth character though the overall NVH levels are superbly under control inside the cabin.

Huge tyres, 220mm of ground clearance and soft suspension means that Fortuner is a comfortable companion over all types of roads with the only issue being the slightly bumpy ride over bad roads at low speeds. This vehicle is not meant to be slowed down for bad roads – drive it this way and you will simply love the way the Fortuner handles. The new 2012 Toyota Fortuner range starts at Rs 19.99 lakh for the 4x2 MT version, going upto Rs 20.99 lakh for the 4x4 MT one with the 4x2 AT cleverly placed in the middle at Rs 20.69 lakh, with all prices being ex-showroom, New Delhi.rnApart from new creature comforts, the Fortuner also looks much better from the outside while pampering and cocooning the passengers in a much better way as compared to the earlier iteration. For a detailed analysis read below-

Pros: Size, presence, Dealership after sales service, Smooth AT gearbox, Better looking and quality interior, Excellent build, off-road ability
Cons: Interior stills lacks luxury touch, Too big for city use, Ride needs to improve, AT only with 2WD

Toyota Fortuner Interiors

The changes to the new 2012 are not limited to the exterior. Before stepping in, or rather climbing into the Fortuner, the first thing that sets the mood for changes to come your way are the sporty pedals – they simply look fab! Next, the steering wheel is new (similar to the one found on the top end Innova though) and feels good to hold. It also houses the usual buttons for various functions including audio system, Bluetooth connected phone and multi-information display. Most importantly, the faux wood finish on the upper part of the steering wheel simply wins the heart – it looks great and feels better when held.

The second thing you notice is the new instrumentation cluster which is finished with a blue back-drop: looks majestic at night! Shift your attention to the central console and you see the new touch screen double-DIN head unit that also has DVD player and USB / Bluetooth connectivity. It also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera. The first thing I do when I get into a new vehicle is get into a comfortable driving posture and this is where I found the 6-way electrically adjusted seat being a boon for me – this is something that most rivals lack in this segment. Look around and you notice that the classy faux wood finish treatment has been applied to the power window switches as well as around the two central air-con vents on the front fascia.

The Fortuner retains the spaciousness on the inside and can seat seven well built adults in comfort. The seats are supportive and comfortable and the list of creature comforts makes sure you are pampered well. Even with all the three rows in place, there is decent space for a couple of medium sized bags.

What we like
New features and lots of space are the plus points of the Fortuner
What we don't like
Looks too much like the Innova's interior

Toyota Fortuner Interiors Details

Toyota Fortuner Boot space

Toyota Fortuner is available with boot space capacity of 200-600 liter with folded rear seats which is more than enough for carrying luggage.

Toyota Fortuner Speedometer

Analog speedometer has been used in this sport utility vehicle to give an outstanding look.

Toyota Fortuner Gear lever

Gear lever of Tata Fortuner is designed keeping in mind the esthetics and ergonomics.

Toyota Fortuner Cup holders

Cup holders are provided near the gear levers.

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Toyota Fortuner Exteriors

At 4705mm in length, 1840mm in width and 1850mm in height, the new Fortuner might be smaller than the Ford Endeavour and the Mitsubishi Pajero, but at the same time, it is much wider than both the rivals and this is what gives the Fortuner massive road presence. Additionally, it also has a class leading ground clearance of 220mm, giving it that ‘high’ feeling. The new Fortuner improves on the previous version in the way it looks from almost all angles. The new 2012 Fortuner gets a Land Cruiser type front-end while simply put, makes it look stunning! Our test car came in white and surely had all its new curves and design flaunting in the winter morning sun.

The headlamps (they get HIDs too) are protruding and along with the massive chrome splash on the chrome and the bigger hood scoop, lend a modern design touch to the way it looks. The bumpers are also new and the front one gets a bigger air-dam for better engine cooling. Seen side on, you notice the slight change made to the wheel arches and also the new multi-spoke (12 spokes to be exact) alloy wheels. The side steps are also changed and now are of the ribbed variety. At the rear, it gets clear lens type tail-lamps as well as other subtle changes like integrated reverse camera etc. In all, these changes go a long way in making the huge SUV modern, chic and pleasing to the eyes. Toyota says the new Fortuner is also available in two new colors – shade of silver and gold.

What we like
The Fortuner has massive road presence.
What we don't like
Rear tail-lamp design not to all taste

Toyota Fortuner Exteriors Details

Toyota Fortuner Front design

Fortuner the new SUV gets Toyotas signature grille, logo and other family design elements. The changes made in the front gives it a fresher look. The wide grille has a lot of chrome on it with many slats

Toyota Fortuner Rear design

A new chrome bar steals the show from rear. On tailgate FORTUNER is embossed on the thick band.

Toyota Fortuner Side profile

On the sides, 17 alloy (aluminum) wheels have been tweaked for good. The over fender and side step add a sense of sharpness to it.

Toyota Fortuner Ground Clearance

The ground clearance is 221 mm which can handle any terrain.

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Toyota Fortuner Engine & Performance

One of the biggest strengths of the Fortuner has been its engine. It makes use of the famous and ultra-reliable D-4D unit in a 3.0-litre format. On paper, it develops 169PS of power and 343Nm of torque which means it develops more power than its direct rival the 3.0-litre Endeavour though the latter puts out more torque. The new 2012 Fortuner is available in three variants with the same engine but two transmission options and both 4x2 and 4x4. Turn the key, start the car and the engine rests into a noticeable idle. The D-4D engine was never known for its smooth character though the overall NVH levels are superbly under control inside the cabin.On the move, the Fortuner feels very eager.

Torque flows from as low as 1400rpm and this is the reason why it picks up speeds in higher gears at lower speeds easily and effortlessly. Out on the highway, the engine feels at home at an indicated 120-130km/h with enough juice left to shame quite a few expensive sedans.The bucket loads of power and torque means that off the road, the Fortuner is easy to drive in tricky situations. The 4x4 variant has both ‘H’ (high) and ‘L’ (low) modes and until unless you are a bad driver, it is hard not to take the Fortuner out of the messiest of roads and patches. With so much weight to lug around, expectedly, fuel economy isn’t its forte. However, we still got over 9kmpl easily in Delhi’s traffic with a few ‘fun’ moments thrown in as well.

The 4-speed automatic though robs the engine is around 10% when it comes to fuel economy, however, it is a great unit and takes away the load (mental and physical) away from shifting gears. Once again, the availability of power and torque means the engine is pretty responsive in the automatic variant and like other conventional automatics, this one too changes gears in accordance with the driver’s throttle inputs. The Fortuner also gets a cruise control function in the AT variant – a boon for open highways.

What we like
It develops more power than its direct rival the 3.0-litre Endeavour
What we don't like
Start the car and the engine rests into a noticeable idle, refinment could be better.

Toyota Fortuner Engine and Performance Details

Toyota Fortuner Acceleration

This SUV can achieve the 100 Kmph mark in just 9.61 seconds approx

Toyota Fortuner Top speed

Fortuner can touch top speed mark of 176 Kmph approximately

Toyota Fortuner In-gear acceleration

the in-gear acceleration for 40-60kmph in 5th gear is 13.24 seconds

Toyota Fortuner Gearbox

Fortuner is equipped with 5 speed manual transmission gear box

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Toyota Fortuner Mileage and Running Costs

Toyota Fortuner Diesel Mileage 13 kmpl

With so much weight to lug around, expectedly, fuel economy isn’t its forte. However, we still got over 9kmpl easily in Delhi’s traffic with a few ‘fun’ moments thrown in as well. The 4-speed automatic though robs the engine is around 10% when it comes to fuel economy. So expect 7-8 kmpl in traffic, the 4x2 model is the most efficient of the variants.

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Toyota Fortuner Diesel Variants
Toyota Fortuner 2WD MT 13 kmpl
Toyota Fortuner 2WD AT 12.55 kmpl
Toyota Fortuner 4WD MT 12.55 kmpl

Toyota Fortuner Diesel Mileage

Toyota Fortuner gives 14.5kmpl on higway and 9.5kmpl in city traffic, whereas it gives 10.75kmpl overall.

Toyota Fortuner Mileage Details

Toyota Fortuner City fuel economy

In cities Toyota Fortuner gives the mileage of 8 kmpl approx.

Toyota Fortuner Highway fuel economy

while on highways its Mileage is 12.5 kmpl in the Fortuner approx.

Toyota Fortuner ARAI rated economy

As specified by ARAI the mileage of the Fortuner is 9.12 Kmpl.

Toyota Fortuner Tank Range

Fuel Tank Capacity is 80 liters so the tank range of Fortuner is 720kms approx.

Toyota Fortuner Handling Braking & Safety

You simply can’t expect the Fortuner to ‘handle’ well at high speeds given its high center of gravity yet, drive it in a spirited manner and it responds well. Toyota had added VSC (vehicle stability control) on the 4x4 MT model which adds to the confidence factor while driving the vehicle fast in tricky road conditions. This function can also be switched off for those who don’t like their driving being intervened by electronic gadgetry.While the first and second row passengers get pampered well, it is the third row occupants who get thrown around expectedly. This is mainly due to the body on ladder chassis and a small pay off for being a true blue off-roader.

What we like
Handles well for its size
What we don't like
Has body roll

Toyota Fortuner Handling, Braking & Safety Details

Toyota Fortuner Handling

Car is having power steering and ABS with EBD thats why the car has got four stars for the handling which is quite good after being a bulky SUV.

Toyota Fortuner Braking performance

For braking performance it has got 5 stars which is the result of its quick responsive ABS with EBD system.

Toyota Fortuner Safety features

Dual Front SRS Airbags reduces the chance of injury in case of front collision, ABS with EBD enables the driver to control the vehicle even during hard braking, 15 Front Disc Brakes de-accelerate the vehicle instantly.

Toyota Fortuner ABS

ABS is available with EBD that enables the driver to control the vehicle even during hard braking

Toyota Fortuner Traction control

Traction control is available only in high end variants.

Toyota Fortuner Comfort & Suspension

Big burly SUVs are meant to fly past bad roads and pot-holes, right? Actually, it is SUVs like Fortuner which do justice to the above mentioned statement. Huge tyres, 220mm of ground clearance and soft suspension means that Fortuner is a comfortable companion over all types of roads with the only issue being the slightly bumpy ride over bad roads at low speeds. This vehicle is not meant to be slowed down for bad roads – drive it this way and you will simply love the way the Fortuner handles. Steering effort isn’t really very light though at the same time, it didn’t give us a chance to complain even at crawling speeds. While the first and second row passengers get pampered well, it is the third row occupants who get thrown around expectedly. This is mainly due to the body on ladder chassis and a small pay off for being a true blue off-roader.

What we like
Huge tyres, 220mm of ground clearance and soft suspension means that Fortuner is a comfortable companion over all types of road
What we don't like
The only issue being the slightly bumpy ride over bad roads at low speeds.

Toyota Fortuner Comfort & Suspension Details

Toyota Fortuner Comfort

The car has got four stars for the comfort which also shows its ergonomics level.

Toyota Fortuner Front suspension

The newly developed double wishbone front suspension with a high mount type upper arm offers exceptional ride comfort

Toyota Fortuner Rear suspension

2WD Toyota Fortuner version is equipped with non-independent rear suspension while the 4WD model has 4-link with lateral rod rear suspension that enhances the handling capacity and reduces jerks to a great extent which results a comfortable riding experience.

Toyota Fortuner Specifications

Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 4705 mm
Overall Width 1840 mm
Overall Height 1850 mm
Ground Clearance 220 mm

Engine

Torque 343Nm @ 1400-3400 rpm
Displacement 2982 cc
Power 171PS @3600rpm
No of Cylinders 4

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage Highway --
Mileage City --
Mileage Overall --

Wheels & Tyres

Tyres 265/65R17
Wheel Size 17 inch
Wheel Type Alloy

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Toyota Fortuner Colors

  • Super White
  • Blue Metallic
  • Silver Mica Metallic
  • Black Mica
  • Silky Gold Mica
  • Silver Mica

Toyota Fortuner Price

Toyota Fortuner Price in New Delhi

Rs 22.25 L - 23.52 L
ex-showroom price in New Delhi
Check On Road Price

The ex showroom price of Toyota Fortuner ranges from Rs 22.25 Lakh to Rs 23.52 Lakh. Toyota Fortuner is available in 3 variants. To find the on road price of Toyota Fortuner you need to click on the check on road price.

Toyota Fortuner has 3 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Toyota Fortuner 2WD MT which has a Diesel engine, and starts at Rs 22.25 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Toyota Fortuner 4WD MT which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 23.52 Lakh .

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best toyota
Posted on May,05,02 4:58 PM

Pros best in class

Cons 9892329017

i m impressed . superb innovation and creativity .

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Fortuner- The White Elephant
By Posted on Sep,09,25 6:44 PM

Pros Great Looks,Fuel Efficiency,

Cons Average Performance,Average Interiors,

Got the Toyota Fortuner in March this year, needed a rock solid car with minimum maintenance compared to this category cars. Could have bought an Superb, X1, Merc C or something but wanted a car for all terrains. This is the best in the SUV class in this price mainly due to its high sale figures as I intend to keep it for a long time. ODO is almost touching 10k and after the initial 6k the car suspension became soft or so, atleast thats how I feel. No more bouncing like earlier. The OEM tyres are pathetic, have had 5 puntures in 6 months. Waiting to wear them out so can upgrade to Michelin. The only problem I see is with the quality of seats, they should have been more comfortable, as the price is not low. Its 27 Lac OTR. Rest , I dont care about pot holes or speed breakers anymore. It goes with ease. Lets see how this baby last .

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Review of toyota fortuner ATW
Posted on Sep,09,25 12:57 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,

Cons Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,

Overall i would rate fortuner to be a great SUV with great looks and performance. Interiors and gizmos could have been little better and personally i feel that there should be 4WD in Automatic model too.

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Looks big but not spacious
By Posted on Jan,01,29 3:08 PM

Pros Great Looks,

Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,CongestedUncomfortable,

Ruff and tuff ,low maintenance cost not so much space compared to it looks, fuel economy is not good ,pickup is not good my I20 hundai has better pickup it easily beats fortuner on highway, overall good SUV compared to other SUV present in market.

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Awesome onroad and offroad vehicle
Posted on Sep,09,24 9:08 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,

Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,

I Love every cars of Toyota Brand..... especially love Toyota Fortuner because this car have a great look, style, performance and Comfort..... I love the interiors of the car... the 4 wheeel drive of the car is awesome..... which helps a lot in desert or any terrain areas...

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By devendra yadav Posted on Nov,13,2014 at 20:30 PM

great looks, great ineriors,.. good performance, comfrt


By devendra yadav Posted on Nov,13,2014 at 20:28 PM

good looking fortuner vichle ,performance and comfort.... great interios


By gopu arjun Posted on Sep,30,2014 at 16:46 PM

awe some and mind blowing simply superb and astonishing.


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