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Toyota Fortuner Crusade 4WD 2021 Review

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

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.

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.

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

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???

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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.

Overall Rating    


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


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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