Toyota Fortuner GXL 2021 Radio Review

Toyota Fortuner GXL even better with upgraded engine

Toyota Fortuner GXL, 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 In GXL version is possibly the sweet spot in the range.

2020 Toyota Fortuner GXL.

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.

2021 Toyota Fortuner engine

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

The GXL model is just a little nicer inside than the base GX Fortuner especially with the $2,500 option pack that includes heated leather eight-way power adjustable front seats. To my mind a definite must.

2020 Toyota Fortuner GXL. interior option pack

Other features include LED fog lights, roof rails, woodgrain look steering wheel, automatic Climate control A/C,   Smart entry and downhill assist control.

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 GXL is priced from a touch over $56,850 plus the usual costs.

Im Rob Fraser

 

What’s good:-

  • New engine power and torque
  • 4WD Ability, rear diff lock
  • Excellent base vehicle to build on

What is not good!

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

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2020 Toyota Fortuner GXL. rear

Model: Toyota Fortuner GXL 2,8L 4WD AT

  • Model Price:  $56,850 MLP*
  • Engine:           2.8L DiD 4Cyl
  • Drivetrain:     4WD 6 speed auto
  • Power:            150 Kw @ 3,400 rpm
  • Torque:          500 Nm @ 1,600 rpm
  • Safety:           5 Star ANCAP
  • CO2 Emissions: 228 g/km
  • Economy: (ADR comb) 8.6 L/100km
  • Tow Capacity Max: 3100 kg
  • Tow Ball Rating: 310 kg
  • Servicing: Capped Price 6 months / 10,000km
  • Warranty 5yr/Unlimited km with full roadside assist

Overall Rating      86/100

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

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Toyota Fortuner GXL 4WD
  • Rating
4.3

Summary

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 GXL is priced from a touch over $56,850 plus the usual costs.

About Rob Fraser 1594 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.