Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you regarding Toyota's inexpensive maintenance and reliability. I'm more concern about financial aspect. I used to opt for Innova, but then Montero Sport GLX Non VGT MT is within the price range of Innova so I'm thinking of Montero since it is a SUV. But again adding 86k to the price of Montero sport GLX Non VGT MT, I can get Fortuner 2.5G MT w/ VNT. Which do you think I should get between the two SUVs? Is it true that Montero is heavy on the steering wheel compared to Fortuner? I'm also concern about their power.
The Montero has always had a heavier steering compared to the Fortuner. The Fort has significantly lighter steering compared to it. The upside of the heavier steering of the Monty is the slightly more precise steering input as there is more "play" with the Fortuner.
It would take a bit of adjusting to but you will get used to it as long as you are willing. Of course, when you already tired from a long day, the steering weight will feel a bit cumbersome when you just want to relax on your way home. But just a bit. =)
I don't know how "heavy" the clutch of the Fort MT is, but I always hear from Monty MT owners that the clutch is a bit heavier compared to what they were used to. This coming from people who have driven vans and L300FB. The clutch of the Montero is definitely heavier than that of the L300 FB but I don't know if the Fort is the same or heavier.
In your shoes, I would actually pick the Fort over the Monty.
- The elderly members of my family have difficulty entering the Monty. They don't have trouble with the Fort.
- Service of the Fort is slightly cheaper than the Monty
- The VnT engine of the Fort removes the "weakness" against the Monty when it comes to power and torque.
The above list would be practical reasons for me to pick the Fort over the Monty. Of course, choice of styling is subjective. I still like the Monty's still over the Fort, but I won't die if I owned the Fort and looked at it everyday I was going to use.
So good luck.