Update - I've sold it!
OK, this is an update to my previous reviews. I've sold it. Due to the pandemic and the shortage of vehicles, I got so much more for it than I was expecting. After 5 years and almost 120 000km, I just couldn't bond with the car. My experience with Toyota Australia really spoilt this ownership experience for me.
I put a lot into trying to make the vehicle mine..upgraded the suspension, rear drawers and fridge slide, roof rack etc...etc. Fundamentally, the vehicle is actually pretty good. I never really encountered the DPF issues so many other ow...
12 month ownership review, very happy so far
I purchased my Fortuner to replace my much loved D40 Navara of 8 years that after 180k was becoming expensive to keep.
this vehicle is my work car as well as used for most of our family travel and as a tow rig for holidays and long weekends ( 2t camper trailer )
over several weeks I tested all in this medium sized 4WD wagon category and the Fortuner while not my first choice came out on top when I shopped and negotiated deals against the Ford Everest.
being a demo with 2k on the dial i picked it up for $38k with Tow pack and brake controller fi...
Purchased in January 2020 at Llewellyn Motors for $38,000.00.
Toyota's poor response
I bought this in 2019 for towing my 2 tonne van (around 2.4 laden) & for general use. It tows well but rear springs are so soft. The addition of air bags didn't seem to improve as much as my previous vehicle because of stupid size limit inside the coil springs. Only got a lift of around 15-20 mm with van weight. Appalling!
The car is fairly easy to drive but very bouncy on the bitumen. We initially got around 8.6 to 9 L per 100ks.
These Fortuners don't come in a five seater only in a seven, WHY?... Removing the rear seats was not that diffi...
Purchased in July 2019 for $42,000.00.
Manual Crusade - Very Happy
When I was hunting for a 4wd, I really wanted a manual. I am just old fashioned like that, I guess? When I looked at the same year Prado (2017), the manual option was not available in GXL and it did not come with the factory rear diff lock.
I was surprised to find a top of the range Fortuner in manual, but I took it for a test drive and decided to buy it. I have since modified it for touring and 4wd'ing.
The only real "cons" to me are the seats not offering lumbar support, and how stiff it can be when not loaded. However, that was my choice...to run stiff springs due to our extensive touring/camping & 4wding. The winch has never been used in the last three years, and whilst I don't drive the biggest/baddest 4wd tracks, it's never been stuck. It is also quite stiff off-road, so once you get used to lifting wheels it's a joy to drive! Keeps up with my live-axle friends no worries! I definitely trust this truck to take me wherever I need to go. I've had no DPF issues, and being a manual - none of the automatic hunting issues!
Purchased in August 2017 at Toyota Dealers.
I am not getting the Toyota feeling
Hi, 2018 model, 50k on the clock. Car does country work and some towing. I am over it with, the dpf, mine does ideal 100+km/h running and I still have had smoking issues and extended burn times; transmission, no manual control unless you think limiting the highest gear it can change to is manual, my commute of 70km has no more than a 20m max elevation change yet it will not stay in 6th and often wants 4th, why cant the car access its torque? ans its got totally stupid tranny mapping, you cant programme the gps on the move and isnt that what p...assengers are for; ride is abysmal; service people cannot answer questions and when you ask Toyota they say ask your service people (catch 22?). I have have Nissan, VW and Audi diesels, they are much more fun and stay in top gear over any terrain once you're over 80km. Come on Toyota stop selling second rate products; I do regret this purchase, every day
Purchased in February 2018 for $55,000.00.
Generally very happy
just ticked over 110,000 klm. Overall happy with car. Seats are a little hard as is suspension. So run pirrelle tyre's at 30psi. For better ride. Towes well, 2500kg boat very well. Nice and nimble on twisty roads unlike Prado. 8.9l p/100 constantly. Have had PDF white smoke issues from new. Toyota have been very good in Hobart trying various things. Second replacement unit coming. Feel like I'll get 350,000klm easy as motor seems refined. Not sure what to get next. Love the discovery series 5 looks, but dam they have a bad reputation. So may well hang onto this for a few more years.
Purchased in September 2016 for $47,000.00.
Practical and reliable motoring
Its been 1.5 years and 24,000 kms since purchasing this vehicle. Reliability wise, I doubt I can find anything better.
1. Spacious 3rd row and sliding 2nd row makes for a comfortable ride for all.
2. Ample cupholders all the way up to the 3rd row(more than what you can find in the Prado)
3. Effective Airconditioning and vents in all three rows.
4. Great off-road capability(rear diff lock & high ground clearance)
5. Decent fuel economy.
6. Decent styling (doubt I have heard anyone complain about the looks when compared to other SUVs out there)
7. Very good throttle response and negligible turbo lag.
8. Very direct steering....
Purchased in January 2018 at Melton Toyota for $52,000.00.
Good 4x4 but miss out the essential gadget
Own one for a year now, mostly local commuting with 3 trips off-road so far. I love the shape, drive well offroad, highway cruising is ok for a truck.
Interior is not bad however the third-row seats fold up, look awkward, couldn't fit a large box that would fit in a Mitsubishi Colt. I guess the only good thing about the third-row seats is that you can remove it.
The infotainment has no Apple or Android connectivity, the navigation is frustrating with map way outdated for a vehicle made in 2018, I use smart-phone instead.
Things I wish Toyota wo...
Purchased in April 2018 at Toyota Dealers for $53,000.00.
Easy and reliable car. A Toyota through and through.
Bought a 4x4 for the occasional family camping but mostly used in the city. It's a very easy car to drive, doesn't feel bulky or overly large (I'm a petite 5"2 lady). What I actually love the most about it is their maintenance flat rate/cap. I think it's only like 160-250$/service? My compact jeep renegade SUV (Not 4x4) costs me at least $400/service! Toyota is always a reliable choice. Highly recommended!
Purchased in August 2018 for $51,000.00.
Bought for a long distance drive towing a heavy trailer it performed almost without incident. The wires connecting the ABS must be exposed as one got broken in a road driving situation. While this didn't affect the handling we lost ABS for the rest of the trip as a new part was quite expensive. The drive and take off is good and it's ability to tow is great. There was no tie down points in the rear so we had to fit some ourselves for the fridge and then the fuse blew that powers the socket that the fridge plugs into. We found it was a very dodg...y wiring fault. The wires to the plug had positive and negative bare wires next to each other and had shorted. I also found that the head rests for the front seats lean forward and this tilts your head forward uncomfortably. It also makes it impossible to wear your hair up while driving without siting forward which is also uncomfortable. However these are minor faults and generally the car has been great.
We purchased the top of the range toyota fortuner 2017.
Really loved the car especially the 4w driving side of it.
Spacious leg room , comfortable and luxurious leather interior. This car has also a built-in reverse camera and GPS.
We would say that the car is extremely reliable as we havent had any issues with it since purchased date.
Added the steel bulbar and it is just amazing.
- GUN156R Crusade Auto (2015-2021)
- Verified purchase
A Very Good 7 Seat
After having 2 versions of Toyota Kluger in the last 10 years we looked at other options in the market with a minimum of 7 seats. The Fortuner came up trumps in terms of value for money and running costs. We bought the top of the line Crusade that came with all the bells and whistles (power rear door, leather interiors, navigation, digital radio, etc). It is noiser considering it is diesel but overall we are extremely satisfied.
What can I say.. wow this car has exceeded my expectations for a $50000 or around 4wd and Toyota's reliability and great builds long lasting cars. Great on sand, dirt, rocks, mud (with the right tyres) this car has gone thru it all.. quite fuel efficient for a 4x4 (city driving most days $75per tank)
- GUN156R GXL Auto (2015-2021)
- Verified purchase
Recently bought a new 2017 Toyota fortuner . So far have had a good ride not to mention the fuel economy visited great ocean road , on a full tank and still had enough fuel for commuting to 3 days to work mentioning I travel at least 25 km each way , am really happy I chose this car ,the diesel 2.8 engine gives you enough power the car is modest in comfort
The engine is powerful for climbing. The car is pretty high and has a good design. The interior is also good. The seat is on brown leather and all interior light is LED. But, the shock breaker is a bit hard and a bit unstable in highway if you travel over 120.
Great car simple and easy to drive
Driven this SUV about 2 years now 60,000km on the dot.
-Fuel economy about on 60litres nearly 650km to 700km on Maxxis AT980 standard size.
-Suspension is too soft but good enough to tackle some rough terrian.
-Driven on sand on 21psi for fishing.
-Towing a small boat around is easy.
-Breaks are good stops too well I have to say.
-3rd row seat are useless maybe good for really small adults or children. However the seats folded up it takes up alot of room also causes rubbing that makes a stupid black mark on your interior easy clean put pi...
Really a good one.
I would say it's handling is much better than Ford Endeavour 2016 but the performance is just the same in feel. Noise is little bit more in the diesel version ( From Singapore ). But yet It's really good car and I would never sell it as it act as my second Home. Really big and comfortable. It's also very stylish.
- GUN156R Crusade Auto (2015-2021)
- Verified purchase
Best one around!
I test drove the car and loved the throttle response, I was very impressed with the suspension and the car handling while steering around a corner.
The interior is nice, I wish they could give you a more flexible option to get electric car seat and sat nav in the GXL.
The third row leg space is one of the smaller I seen in most compared cars and the side folding makes it a bit weird and takes a bit of space.
Decided to get this car as a friend has one from 2009 and he said not a single issue with it and his father owns other fortuner, ...also in family we had some toyota before and not a single one gaves us an issue, so I will stick to the well know. Also like the price reduction going on now, Looks like is due to a new fortuner coming out but I can not afford more, so happy with this model.
Perfect all round seven seater
I've owned this vehicle for a year now after buying it new, I've done 22000k's in that time, some dirt roads, some off road, some highway cruising, some while towing and some around town. I often have had several of my grandkids and family on board and have found it more than capable and comfortable, the engine is quiet and powerful while being economical and the interior is comfortable and spacious even when carrying seven people and the tech all works well and adds to the experience, the 6 speed manual gearbox is nice and light and the cruise control is easy to use and makes highway cruising a pleasure. I can highly recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a family all round vehicle or as a workhorse to with plenty of room and grunt.
What a great car - Fortuner Crusade
Very comfortable car - leather seats lots of options (8) to adjust. Excellent fuel economy with the Diesel 2.8 litre turbo. Tows well. The rear suspension is a little bit jumpy but car shines in 4WD mode. Brakes like a sedan. I feel very safe. Just had a 2nd battery installed by TJM, bull bar and snorkel wedge. Looks awesome. Make sure you upgrade the tyres to A/T when you do the deal with the dealer. Remove 3rd row seats a must to maximise space. Automatic tailgate very nice.
Questions & Answers
Hi guys,any one have problem with fortuner AC on and hearing clicking noise every 20secs or so..,will go away as soon as AC turn off,is it normal circulation or something(Fortuner 20).Thanks all !
Is the dpf issue fixed after 2018? Thanks
I think my driver used wrong oil,now my 2016 fortuner has a DPF full,check dealer error.How mant KMs can it go before I see dealer.its already done 1000kms since.or how can the error be reset?
|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.6 L/100km||8.6 L/100km||8.6 L/100km||7.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||80 L||80 L||80 L||80 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.8L||4 Cylinder 2.8 L||4 Cylinder 2.8L||4 Cylinder 2.8L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3400rpm||130kW @ 3400rpm||130kW @ 3400rpm||130kW @ 3400rpm|
|Max Torque||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm||420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||2,800 kg||2,800 kg||2,800 kg||3,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Oct 2015||Oct 2015||Oct 2015||Oct 2015|
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