Toyota Fortuner Crusade 4WD 2021 Review

We drive the Toyota Fortuner on a road test review

Toyota upgraded their mid-sized Fortuner late in 2020 with a more powerful engine and other modifications.

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 grill Fortuner has been a success for Toyota, based on the HiLux the 4WD wagon. The Crusade is aiming at buyers that want 4WD capability along with a higher level of luxury.

Fortuner now has 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque from its 2.8L engine and it really shows both on and off road as well as with better fuel economy. It retains the selectable 4WD system as well as the 6 speed Automatic transmission. Towing capacity is now 3100kg and comes with a standard rear diff lock.

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 front seats

The Crusade includes heated leather eight-way power adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, front and rear climate control air-conditioning, LED fog lights, roof rails, leather look steering wheel and a premium 11-speaker JBL audio system.

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 instruments

While the Fortuner is built for outback roads, the beach and forest trails, it’s also comfortable and easy to drive around town as I did this week. That’s where it will spend most of its life and I really appreciated the little luxuries for extra comfort. The fold up third row seats did get in the way though.

Fortuner Crusade is priced from around $62,945 plus the usual costs.

Im Brianna Fraser

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 rear seats

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • New engine power and torque
  • 4WD Ability, rear diff lock
  • Reasonable levels of comfort
  • No additional lumbar support
  • Scratchy Bluetooth
  • Fold up 3RDrow seats – Seriously???

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 boot

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  Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 engine

Model   

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 4WD 

Model Price $61,410 MLP*
Engine 2.8L DiD 4Cyl Turbo Diesel
Drivetrain 4WD 6 speed auto
Power 150kW @ 3,400 rpm
Torque 500Nm @ 1,600 rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 228 g/km
Economy ADR 8.6 L/100km
Tow Capacity/Tow Ball 3100 Kg / 310kg
Servicing 6 Months / 10,000 km  Capped Price Service Plan
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with full roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 profile

Overall Rating    

84/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 8
Towing Capability 9
Off Road Ability 10
Value for Money 9

Toyota Fortuner Crusade 2021 rear

Dimensions

Overall Length 4795mm
Wheelbase 2745mm
Width / Height 1855mm / 1835mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 216mm / 700 mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure angles 29 degrees / 23.5 degrees / 25 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 80 Litres / 11.6mts KTK
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM 2155kg / 645kg / 2800kg / 4900KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 31000kg / 310kg

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  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Performance             - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality             - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fit for Purpose - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Towing Capability  - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Off Road Ability - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

While the Fortuner is built for outback roads, the beach and forest trails, it’s also comfortable and easy to drive around town as I did this week. That’s where it will spend most of its life and I really appreciated the little luxuries for extra comfort

About Brianna Fraser 23 Articles
Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her. Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed. In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.