Toyota Fortuner Crusade 4WD 2021 Review

Toyota upgraded their mid-sized Fortuner late in 2020 with the engine we should have had all along. 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.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Crusade nose

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 better fuel economy. It retains the selectable 4WD system as well as the 6 speed AT. Towing capacity is now 3100kg and comes with a standard rear diff lock.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Crusade profile


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.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Crusade front seats 2

I’ve driven the Fortuner on outback roads, on the beach, forest trails, heavy duty 4WD tracks, I’ve towed with it and driven it on freeways. It’s a great all round 4WD.

Fortuner Crusade is priced from around $61,410 plus the usual costs.

Im Rob Fraser

2021 Toyota Fortuner Crusade profile

What’s good:-

  • New engine power and torque
  • 4WD Ability, rear diff lock
  • Reasonable levels of comfort

2021 Toyota Fortuner Crusade boot

What is not good!

  • No additional lumbar support
  • Scratchy Bluetooth
  • Fold up 3RDrow seats – Seriously???

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Toyota Fortuner Crusade 4WD 

Model Price$61,410 MLP*
Engine2.8L DiD 4Cyl Turbo Diesel
Drivetrain4WD 6 speed auto
Power150kW @ 3,400 rpm
Torque500Nm @ 1,600 rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions228 g/km
Economy ADR8.6 L/100km
Tow Capacity/Tow Ball3100 Kg / 310kg
Servicing6 Months / 10,000 km  Capped Price Service Plan
Warranty5yr/ 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.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Crusade grill

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose8
Towing Capability9
Off Road Ability10
Value for Money9

2021 Toyota Fortuner Crusade rear


Overall Length4795mm
Width / Height1855mm / 1835mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 216mm / 700 mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure angles29 degrees / 23.5 degrees / 25 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle80 Litres / 11.6mts KTK
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM2155kg / 645kg / 2800kg / 4900KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating31000kg / 310kg

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


I’ve driven the Fortuner on outback roads, on the beach, forest trails, heavy duty 4WD tracks, I’ve towed with it and driven it on freeways. It’s a great all round 4WD.

Fortuner Crusade is priced from around $61,410 plus the usual costs.

About Rob Fraser 2469 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.