Toyota Fortuner – a bit of 4×4 and a bit of SUV

Having just tested the Nissan Patrol with a petrol V8 which is smooth and quiet, it was a bit of a surprise to walk up to an idling Toyota Fortuner.

Toyota Fortuner Crusade

The rattling sound of a diesel engine was obvious on the outside, but while it is a large SUV with good off-road capabilities, on the inside, a relatively quiet, solid ambience.

In this latest model, the 2.8 litre turbo diesel delivers 150kW (up 15%) and 500Nm (Up 11%).

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Fuel consumption has been reduced by 11.6 per cent on the combined cycle, and an even bigger percentage reduction on the city cycle, ,Towing capacity is increased to 3,100kgs.

Toyota pitches this between their Prado which is made for the roughest off-roads conditions, their Kluger which is more urban oriented.

Coming with seven seats., the Fortuner is priced from $49,000 plus on road costs.

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Summary

Toyota pitches this between their Prado which is made for the roughest off-roads conditions, their Kluger which is more urban oriented.

Coming with seven seats., the Fortuner is priced from $49,000 plus on road costs.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto