Toyota Fortuner Review 2004 – 2022 Model Year

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Introduction

The Toyota Fortuner is a mid-size SUV manufactured by the Japanese automotive company Toyota since 2004. The Fortuner was based on a similar platform as the Hilux pickup truck, it features 2/3 rows of seats and is available in either 4-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive configuration. 

There are two generations of the Toyota Fortuner that have been produced from 2004 to the present. The 1st generation started production from 2004 to 2015 and can be identified by a chassis code AN50 & AN60, the 2nd generation started production from 2015 to the present and can be identified by a chassis code AN150/AN160.

2004 – 2014

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The first-generation Fortuner came with a greater cabin that is spacious and comfortable offering adequate leg space on all rows enabling the driver and passengers to sit comfortably. The dashboard design, comfortability, and seating levels all are better than some other Toyota models like Surf, 4Runner, and Hilux. The dashboard is made up of some tough surfaces and hard plastics. An upper trim such as Fortuner Crusade comes with package seats like luxurious leather.

Initially, the 1st generation Fortuner was offered with a choice of 4 different engines, two petrol and two diesel. These engines were mated to either a 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic, or 5-speed manual transmission. Available drivetrains were 4WD or RWD configurations. 

In July 2008 a Fortuner received a minor redesign. This model features new rear lights, Bluetooth connectivity, a new light sand interior, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat in the 4×4 V model, new projector headlights, a new grille, and the rear air conditioning vents relocated to the ceiling for the second and 3rd-row which were originally located on the sides. Optional features were Electronic Brake Force Distribution with Brake Assist and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) which was introduced for the first time on the Fortuner. The newly redesigned headlights and front grille styling resemble those of the Land Cruiser 200 Series.

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Toyota Fortuner comes with numerous engine options depending on the country of sale, including a 2TR-FE 2.7L and 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 petrol with Variable Valve Timing and 2KD-FTV 2.5L and 1KD-FTV 3.0L common rail variable geometry turbocharger diesel models.

The 2KD-FTV 2.5L common-rail turbodiesel engine was upgraded in 2012 to a variable nozzle turbocharger (VNT) which was already fitted in the 1KD-FTV 3.0L common-rail turbo diesel since its introduction in 2005 to increase torque and power about 60%, also reducing fuel consumption up to 30%. (NB: this paragraph has been relocated from above the above paragraph to below it)

Upper trims are G and G Luxury for rear-wheel drive petrol and diesel, and V for 4×4 petrol and diesel. 

In 2011 the Fortuner received its 2nd facelift. It was first introduced in Bangkok, Thailand. The front fascia was completely redesigned, it featured a new grille, headlamps, fender, hood, tail lamps, bumper, and fog light housing, like the J200 Land Cruiser. The tail lamps were redesigned with a clear housing alike the 1st generation Lexus RX. The rear garnish plate and rear bumper were also redesigned.

Also received the minor changes in the sides include a new LED integrated side-view mirrors, and sharper fender flares, and the wheels were also revised similarly to the 2012 Hilux. The interior also received minor changes including the audio/video system, center console, and steering wheel were also upgraded.

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2015 – Present (2nd generation)

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On 16 July 2015, the 2nd generation Fortuner was introduced simultaneously in Thailand and Australia. The 2nd generation Fortuner features the “Keen Look” design language that has already been used on the Toyota Corolla (E170) with LED daytime running lights and slim projector headlights. 

In this generation, Fortuner stopped sharing the interior design with the Hilux to give a distinct character between the two. Both the Fortuner and Hilux share the transmission, engine lineups, and chassis with two new diesel engines 1GD-FTV and 2GD-FTV. The 2.7L and 4.0L petrol engines were upgraded with Dual VVT-i. The full-time 4WD system used in the previous generation has been phased out and replaced by a part-time 4WD system.

The second-generation Fortuner models are equipped with dual airbags, knee airbags, ABS, EBD, follow me home headlights, glove box with chiller function, an all-around sensor, all auto power windows along with tilt and telescopic steering wheel as standard, and digital automatic climate control. All variants have Power Mode and Eco Mode features to adjust throttle responses.

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Whilst the rear braking system uses drum brakes, the front braking system consists of 17″ disc brakes except in Australia and India where disc brakes are used all around. The Fortuner was upgraded to disc brakes all around in all markets in 2017.

The 2nd generation comes fitted with several engine options such as 2.7L 2TR-FE Dual VVT-i I4 (TGN156/166), 4.0L 1GR-FE Dual VVT-i V6 (GGN155/165) petrol engines, 2.4L 2GD-FTV D-4D turbo I4 (GUN155/165), 2.5L 2KD-FTV D-4D turbo I4 (KUN155/165), 2.8L 1GD-FTV D-4D turbo I4 (GUN156/166), 3.0L 5L-E I4 (LAN155) and 3.0L 1KD-FTV D-4D turbo I4 (KUN156/166) diesel engines. These engines are linked to a 5-speed R151/R151F manual, 6-speed RC60 manual, 5-speed A750F automatic, or 6-speed AC60E/AC60F automatic transmission.

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On 4th June 2020, the facelifted Fortuner was introduced for the Thailand market. The VRZ in Malaysia, LTD in the Philippines, Diamond in South America, and Black Onyx in Russia (known as Legender flagship sub-model) were introduced to replace the Thailand market TRD Sportivo model. The VRZ grade is powered with different headlight units from the standard grades and different front and back bumper designs which are designed to be in line with Toyota crossover SUVs. It also comes with interior ambient lighting, 20-inch wheels, 2-tone leather seats, a set of Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems, and a JBL sound system. The 1GD-FTV 2.8L diesel engine received an upgrade, generating 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It is only available in a 2.8L diesel engine option with 4WD.

On 22 January 2016, the 2nd generation Fortuner was launched in Indonesia. Initial grade models were G powered by a diesel engine, available in 4WD with the automatic transmission only and 2WD with an automatic and manual transmission, VRZ model powered by a diesel engine, available in either 2WD or 4WD, only with automatic transmission, and SRZ model powered by a petrol engine available in 2WD automatic. Initial engine options were the 2TR-FE 2.7L Dual VVT-i petrol engine or the 2GD-FTV 2.4L diesel engine.

From August 2017 up to August 2021, the SRZ and VRZ variants were available in TRD Sportivo body kits for the 2WD model only. The Fortuner was updated to comply with the Euro 4 emission standards in August 2018. In July 2019 the TRD Sportivo model received a minor update.

On 15 October 2020, the facelifted Fortuner was launched in Indonesia. The TRD Sportivo variant was renamed to GR Sport while the standard SRZ grade was removed from the lineup, leaving only its GR Sport variant on 9 August 2021.

The 2GD-FTV 2.4L diesel engine option for VRZ trim and its GR Sport variant was replaced with the 1GD-FTV 2.8L unit on 13 January 2022. Alongside the discontinuation of the 4WD G trim, the standard 4WD VRZ trim was also replaced by its GR Sport variant with the 1GD-FTV engine.

Inside the Fortuner, you will access bottle holders on all 4 doors, although those are found in manual transmission models. In front of the shifter, there’s storage for a smartphone, with small door pockets and a small center console bin.

Also, there are some safety features equipped in Fortuner such as Multi-Reflector Quad Headlamps, Dual Front SRS Airbags, 7 Airbags, GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) body, ABS with EBD, LED High Mount Tail lamps, back sonar, immobilizer, seatbelts (front – 3-point ELR x 2 with the adjustable anchor, 2nd row – three-point ELR x 2 + 2-point NR x1 and 3rd row – 3-point ELR x2), and VSC, shift lock system.

2022 Model

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The 2022 Fortuner has received a whole new look and boasts a cool-looking grille, an overall tough-looking exterior, and elongated headlights. With modern angles and looks, it’s still square-ish in shape like it means business.

Inside the 2022 Fortuner, the interior is upgraded also. It has a woodgrain look steering wheel and leather accented interior. With everything in easy reach, the center console is well thought out. It’s a big improvement over the previous model and this interior is built to last over long camping trips, will go the distance, and lots of off-roading.

The 2022 Fortuner comes with plenty of legroom and headroom for front passengers, the mid-row occupants do also have enough space to accommodate average-sized adults comfortably with little shoulder jostling. The cabin is spacious and luxurious. Inside the 2022 Fortuner, you will enjoy Bluetooth connectivity, digital radio, and an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen.

There at 161cm inside (I am not sure what the writer is trying to say here), you can easily sit back, and there’s enough room between knees and the seat in front that taller adults and teenagers will be fine also. The 50:50 split-fold 3rd-row seats can each or both be folded down to extend the cargo area, which is so practical as it offers you more cargo space when that row is not in use.

The cargo space does get enough into when these seats aren’t in use, but it still easily fits 2 double prams or large suitcases with the 3rd-row seats in place. The other can be folded up for extra cargo space when you’re only using one of these seats. The cargo volume is 200 liters with all seats upright, with the 3rd row folded that expands to 716L, and with the 2nd and 3rd rows flat the cargo space reaches 1080L.

The 2022 Fortuner comes with advanced features such as ‘Toyota Safety Sense’ which includes auto emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, high-speed active cruise control, and lane departure alert. There’s also rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring

Fortuner comes with 7 airbags, which cover the driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags. It received a maximum 5-star ANCAP rating in 2019.

Like other Toyota models, the 2022 Fortuner now comes with Android and Apple CarPlay Auto connectivity, which means you, can sync instantly with your phone’s main apps. The 2022 Fortuner is only available with a 4-cylinder 2.8L turbo-diesel engine with 201 hp of power and 500Nm of torque and this engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission and switchable 4-wheel drive.

The 2022 Toyota Fortuner consumption is 13.1 km/l combined city and highway cycles. The 2022 Fortuner comes with a fuel tank capacity of 80L.

Final Verdict

Fortuner is still a good partner for off-road driving which comes with a package of luxury, comfortability, and off-road capability that offers a good fuel economy.

When you drive Fortuner, especially the 2022 Fortuner you feel like you own your own world. The Fortuner still is the best SUV in the Toyota lineup. Fortuner is the vehicle to partner with for all your need. Feel free to visit BE FORWARD for a wide selection of used Toyota Fortuner listed for sale.

Originally published July 9, 2020, updated Jun 25, 2022

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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