The Fortuner has really been the segment leader for a long time and it’s not difficult to see why. It offers most of the comforts of a luxury SUV, with the capabilities of a great over lander. Just look out on the roads today, I don’t have to tell you that in any given point you should see at least a handful of Fortuners on the roads.
Our model is the top of the range 3.0 d4d 4×4 fitted with a rear diff-lock. I don’t have to tell you how capable this vehicle already is in standard form. Armed with a good ground clearance, great consumption and a spacious vehicle for the whole family, it’s clear to see why this really is the nation’s most popular SUV.
As with typical diesel vehicles, performance it not really Earth-shattering, but what they lack in outright acceleration, they make up in torque. This model makes a good 120kw and 343 nm of torque. That is enough to send you crawling up the hills in almost any scenario. Overtaking is also not an issue and there is a sweet spot between 80-140kph.
On the exterior, the Fortuner has stayed mostly unchanged, with the new model having slight revisions here and there. The headlights and grill has been changed and finally some Xenon low beam projectors added. The alloy wheels have been upped to 17 inches and the rear tail lights are very similar to those Altrezza type lights you found on the Lexus’s a couple of years ago. Nonetheless, the new vehicle looks pretty good.
The interior has also had a reworking featuring a new front in dash entertainment systems with touchscreen and reverse camera. The partially leather-covered wheel also has a nice piece of faux wood finishing to it.
However, the seats and interior have always been the issue with most buyers and that is un-doubly still the same. You have a cream type interior theme from the front to the back. I wonder what would happen if they changed it to something a little darker? You do get used to the colour very quickly though – well, I did anyway.
The interior is kept cool with a single zone climate control and, coupled with privacy glass at the rear and smoked windows in the front, it will make those really hot summer days bearable, to say the least.
The Fortuner’s road manners are pretty good. It’s comfortable and it seems that when the cruise control is activated, you could be crossing counties before you know it. The large 80l fuel tank should, under normal circumstances, be good for about 800km. We have managed to get the fuel economy up to 11km/l without trying too hard.
That’s about 9.2/100km, if you were wondering.
The Fortuner is a great South African no-fuss, no-frills vehicle. It does well in just about any environment, from over-landing to taking the kids to school. It’s refreshing to see that a car can be so versatile.
With a 3 year, 100 000km warranty and a 5 years/90 000km ToyotaCare Service Plan, I can see why most Fortuner owners just simply replace the old one with a new one.
The Toyota Fortuner 3.0 D4D 4×4 retails for R455 300. For more details check out Toyota.co.za