Review: Toyota Fortuner 2.7 G 4x2

By Mikko David
 

Toyota Fortuner

If you're like one of the 10,000 or so buyers who have been lining up for a Toyota Fortuner every year since its local release in 2005, this minor model change (or face-lift) should either convince you to bite the bullet or make you just sit by the fence until a more substantial model change comes along.

Not much has been changed with theFortuner since it started to lord over the SUV class seven years ago. It was updated once in 2009. And like clockwork, Toyota has once again changed its best-selling SUV's looks to conform to whatever model is raking in the sales. For this latest face-lift, theFortuner is attempting to emulate theCamry.

Toyota Fortuner

STYLING

Taking a cue from the success of the previous-generation Camry's looks, the 2012Fortuner's front end has been reworked to accommodate, well, more chrome. "Classy" may be the word that best describes the effect of the new multi-slot grille and aggressive bumper design.

Even the headlights now protrude past the fenders, similar to the Camry and Altis makeovers. There's also a touch of European influence here as the face-lift also brings with it headlight washers as standard.

Toyota Fortuner Tail Lights

The design renaissance, however, seems to have stopped at the front because the rear end seems to have gone a generation backward withtaillightsthat look like they were lifted off theAltezzaparts bin. Overall, though, the cosmetic upgrades make thismidsize SUVlook sharper and less awkward.

Toyota Fortuner interior

INTERIOR

While the pre-face-lift Fortuner did attempt to improve its interiors withbeigecoloring, it seemed to raise another complaint altogether as customers whined about the finish being prone to stains. To answer this, the 2012 Fortuner features adark-gray centertunnelconsole, along with the upper ends of the door sidings.

To retain some refinement, faux dark wood lines the center dash, window switches and the shift knob.Also, what's new across all Fortuner variants for this year is the 6.5-inch 2DIN monitor. Although for the 2.7 G 4x2 Gas units, the navigation function has been disabled.

The steering wheel has also been redesigned with silver accents. Meanwhile, the gauge cluster is now a flat, one-piece affair and showcases Optitron meters that turn blue at night.

Despite the interior rework, the cabin and its resulting space still feel similar to that of theInnova. Just look at the space-hogging third-row seat foldout implementation.But if you're used to Toyota'sinterior designethos, everything from the second row up is logically laid out, making the driving and riding experience easy and pleasing.

Toyota Fortuner

ENGINE PERFORMANCE

The2.7-liter 2TR-FEengineis continued for the minor model change. While it offers158hpand241Nmof pulling power, we still feel it is a bit short at the top end. The smooth-shiftingfour-speedautomaticthat the 4x2 Fortuner 2.7 G comes with makes it more of acruiser SUVthan aperformance machine. With the Fortuner'sfuel consumptiononly hovering around the7km-8km per literrange, the CRDi-equipped competition does offer more zing and day-to-day fuel savings.

Toyota Fortuner

RIDE AND HANDLING

After parking theFortunerat a gas station on the way back from an out-of-town trip, curious bystanders immediately began checking the car out. Clearly, there's a strong interest in this model even after seven years.

The first thing the small crowd asked me was: "Has Toyota fixed the ride?"

Well, yes and no. Yes, it is atad softerandless jarring,with a stronger hint of roll. But no, because it is stillfirmandtruck-like,nowhere near as comfortable as unibody compact SUVs.

Toyota Fortuner

VERDICT

You would think that given the Japanese model-life cycle for cars, an all-new Fortuner would've come out by now. But perhaps it's a matter of priorities at the moment as Toyota is quite preoccupied with the86. Looks like the company would rather just devote its Fortuner budget to superficial upgrades.This is still one of Toyota's top-selling models anyway. Well, the pencil pushers in Japan would know.

For us, it's probably just the Japanese automotive giant's way of saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

SPECS:TOYOTA FORTUNER 2.7 G 4x2 GAS

Engine: 2.7-liter DOHC I4 gasoline

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Power: 158hp @ 5,200rpm

Torque: 241Nm @ 3,800rpm

Drive layout: RWD

Seating: 7

Price: P1,358,000

Score:13/20

Photos by Mikko David

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  • PZEV Sep 26 2012 @ 05:44pm
    Napaka innovative ng PD ng Fortuner,sinsulit nya talaga ang life spand ng mga mold tool nila,puro repurbishment na lng gingawa! .....kawawa namn ang pinas bagsakan ng mga malapit ng ma-obsolete na product....
  • Kim John Sep 26 2012 @ 05:52pm
    nakita ko to sa SM kanina. montero is way better than this fortuner.
    • Brentot_22 Sep 26 2012 @ 06:53pm
      Hindi ahh,mas maganda Fortuner kaysa Montero,smoke belcher ang montero,mas maganda ang exterior ng fortuner kaysa montero
      • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 04:49pm
        lul Fortuner smoke belcher hnd Montero, kaninang umaga lang habang papasok ako may bagong Fortuner sa harapan ng kotse namin nung pagka-green light umandar na ang fortuner, ang itim ng usok! bukas pa naman windows ng kotse namin grabe!
        • markdejesus76 Sep 27 2012 @ 08:56pm
          They both as dirty as others are if not maintained. They're both diesel.
          • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 09:59pm
            This should end the fire...
        • 17Sphynx17 Sep 28 2012 @ 12:13pm
          Nope you are greatly mistaken. The Montero will quickly blech smoke if even slightly pressed to accelerate above 2000rpm. Unlike the Fortuner.

          Yes, Fortuners will belch from time to time as well and some more than other because they are poorly maintained.

          But regardless of that issue, the Montero still has more tendency to belch smoke. If you don't want to believe me, drive a more than 3 year old Montero and Fortuner, both properly maintained. Cruise at 1500rpm and when you spot ASBU, floor them both to around 3000rpm. Let's see who gets flagged down quicker?

          Again, I love the car but when are already nitpicking just because you saw "a Fortuner" doesn't make it the standard average. Stop that attitude of just finding the fault in one car to raise the brand you like on a pedestal even more. It doesn't work like that. It just makes you look more immature.

          I have tried passing you guys comments for quite a while now and it just has to stop because it is already too much. If you don't like it, fine leave it at that. Don't go blowing it out of proportion and just trashing the vehicle unjustly.

          Beauty is relative, so when you don't like the design, just comment "I still prefer X vehicle". End it there. No one will hold it against you in a mature conversation.

          End of story.
    • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 04:55pm
      @Kim John I agree! The Montero has more toys than this 2.7L Fortuner, more horses too...
  • LACOSTER Sep 26 2012 @ 06:55pm
    ugh i really don't like the exterior. I don't know why but it looks so awkward. How come they can't make it look like a Sequoia or Highlander. Those look so in proportion but this doesn't some how. Same with the Montero actually.
  • yokam888 Sep 26 2012 @ 07:42pm
    pogi parin kasi talaga ang fortuner kaya di parin nawawalan ng buyers. kahit na nga may mga d4d issues dati, mabenta parin.
    • GotToRead Sep 26 2012 @ 11:33pm
      Yun naman kasi labanan sa Pinas eh, puro papogi lang wala naman masyadong ibubuga, kaya nga dito satin puro facelift lang eh. Kasi sa tingin ng iba, ok na yan pogi eh. Di nila alam binuboogy lang sila haha
      • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 06:17pm
        kaya nga mas maraming bumibili ng Montero eh, same old but stylish 2008-face but many engine & features upgrades...
      • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 06:18pm
        Pogi na nga may ibubuga pa, now that's a Montero Sport.
        • Tandang Sora Sep 27 2012 @ 08:15pm
          EH MAY LISENSYA KA NA BA?
        • tgstig Sep 28 2012 @ 11:41am
          BANG! hahaha
        • GotToRead Sep 28 2012 @ 12:46pm
          actually the Montero looks dated. No offense bro but it is.
      • Tandang Sora Sep 27 2012 @ 08:31pm
        Then don't buy those 'FACElLIFT lang'. And if the decisions of most Filipinos matter to you, you should start killing yourself coz nothing would happen and would persuade others, with your clamoring. They are happy with their Fortuner and with other cars that just had 'FACELIFT LANG'. Then just be happy for them also. Sinisi mo pa mga nabili ng kotse.
        • GotToRead Sep 28 2012 @ 12:31pm
          I'm not blaming them for what they bought, I actually admire the Fortuner, one of the best looking SUV out there even better with our 2011 Alterra UC, but you think it is righteous for us to receive this kinds of upgrades lang, I'm talking generally about cars when I said puro papogi lang, given na small market lang tayo kaya di masyado binibigyang priority but come to think of this, Hyundai and KIA makes power vamps and major face lifts every 3-4 years and we receive this from a Toyota na ilang dekada na Number 1 sa atin? Take for example the Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Montero, Strada, Isuzu's "Dinosaur" Crosswind and D-max, sama mo na alterra, lahat puro face lift lang kasi confident sila na kahit walang power increase kakagatin ng mga Pinoy and I read a rumor na ang replacement pa neto eh 2016 pa.
        • Kyoichi Sudo Oct 01 2012 @ 08:29pm
          puro facelift lang naman talaga ang toyota eh wala naman bago sa features, even the headunits of their vehicles gets facelifts. namilosopo pa ang toyota palibhasa engine update lang ng fortuner ang hinihingi natin eh un langang binigay d man lang ini-update ung automatic tranny ng fortuner para mas compatible sa newly-updated engine...
          • carwiki Oct 07 2012 @ 04:25pm
            Sa tingin ko, the head units of the Toyota vehicles are all the same.
      • willcess Sep 27 2012 @ 08:43pm
        actually, tama ka naman.Pero there is something with Toyota products that made them sell. It`s not all about "power and feature. Sometimes there is this feeling about the car and with the car that compensates the lack of it. It's not actually lacking in terms of power, it' just is enough. After long years of use, the unpushed engine would still work as is not showing much of aging.
        • tgstig Sep 28 2012 @ 11:44am
          tama! san mo ba gagamitin yung 170hp mo kung dito ka lang sa city. ok na yung tama lang sa power pogi pa.
        • GotToRead Sep 28 2012 @ 12:38pm
          There, there it is :) that's the mind set that the Japanese automakers are clinging on, kahit under powered and there is a lack of features they would buy it. Well, reliability and resilience I'll give them that, hands up, no further argument but you know the world is changing, cars now a days especially family cars are packed with safety features and other techy stuff.
          • 17Sphynx17 Sep 28 2012 @ 12:53pm
            but you have to remember as well, we have not only fuel standards that are still lagging behind @ Euro 2 but also fuel quality issues. If they did launch the "newer" engines and then the problems start rolling in. So the problem lies not in the manufacturer or distributors but rather in our local standards.

            Also, the taxes seem a bit restrictive or there is something else at play when you want to consider the tech for safety features. Just compare the cost of german vehicles outside the philipines against there price here. Also compare japanese brands pricing here against those in Europe and US. Our prices still are higher for less. Why is that?

            A sample I like to illustrate is that the Honda City 1.3S AT used to cost just 660k without ABS but with an airbag. After adding the airbags to the newer model and maybe other goodies, the price jacked up to 760k when it was launched. That ended up making purchasing a new city more resitrictive compared to before.

            Cheers!
            • GotToRead Sep 28 2012 @ 01:38pm
              You got that right sir! Laws about taxation must be modified here, and the issue about the fuel standards I think in 2014 we'll jump to Euro IV which is actually a good news!

          • markdejesus76 Sep 28 2012 @ 07:19pm
            I think you got me wrong. I'm not actually talking bout reliability etc, what i'm saying is the sensation of it.Driving a car feels more than just driving it (unless you're not passionate about driving). We had different brand of cars and all of them just has this sensation. Different sensation. Ford, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda, Hyundai, it has this unique feel. That is one of the reason why Filipinos buy Japanese. The confidence is there. Not about the car, the confidence with you driving it is what it gives. Yes even Hyundai's has this. But it is of different perspective. And that is also why people buy korean cars. It just something you reason out for yourself that you made the right decision.
  • ashek268 Sep 26 2012 @ 08:12pm
    Overall who is more reliable, Toyota or Mitsubishi?
    • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 06:16pm
      Mitsubishi
    • rdjl_13 Sep 27 2012 @ 08:52pm
      Of course, Toyota. :D
    • markdejesus76 Sep 27 2012 @ 08:57pm
      Toyota. But both of them has excellent reliability.
    • Brentot_22 Feb 20 2013 @ 11:05am
      toyota
  • lanjohn82 Sep 26 2012 @ 08:26pm
    Not much have benn... Yaawwnnnn... .. .. .. . . . .
  • markdejesus76 Sep 26 2012 @ 10:21pm
    What I don't like about the Fortuner: Exterior, (2nd Gen is way much better looking for me), Engine bay, steering wheel quality (hindi siya solid looking eh)

    But what I like about the Fortuner: Decent power (Right where you need it), Comfort ( Comfortable naman 'to actually. Pano ba naging hindi? Body-roll lang and suspension jumps which is quite normal for a tall vehicle. Overall, mas comfortable siya halos sa Unibody except when you drive it fast on corners which you don't do always.) And it doesn't age much.
    • spherion03 Sep 28 2012 @ 12:04am
      wala pang 2nd gen ang fortuner, baka 2nd facelift ang ibig sabihin mo
  • Feeter Silverster Sep 26 2012 @ 10:26pm
    May article akong nabasa na sa 2016 pa darating ang next generation ng IMV. so 4 more years to wait.
  • troybentz Sep 26 2012 @ 10:38pm
    Fortuner looks solid its got that width compared to the montero which is a bit elongated.
    besides 2.5 VGT just came out boosted the fortuner's power and torque.
  • ceejhay Sep 27 2012 @ 09:14am
    fortuner still looks more macho than the rest of the truck-based suv out there.
  • ajsiaotong Sep 27 2012 @ 09:43am
    i'll just wait for the 6-speed trans. with VNT. XD
  • ashek268 Sep 27 2012 @ 10:13am
    Classic and Timeless.
  • lord_cykb24 Sep 27 2012 @ 11:36am
    still pretty *gly....!!! the Monty gas variant 3.0 V6 6B31 SOHC MIVEC still tops the Hp output w/ 200 ps compare to this Fort. The engine bay of the Fort was not decent at all compare to the counter-part MS which is neatly and nicely done. Then taillamp of the Fort was the #1 *gly design for this SUV, it looks like an after-market lamps being sold in Banawe, those in stores much better prettier though........ and the interior, is such adapt for the oldies ambiance, a typical Toyota set-up unlike the Mitsu's was conceptualized for the future and hip.
    • LACOSTER Sep 27 2012 @ 03:59pm
      they're both *gly. one's just styled better than the other. You're right though, this looks like aftermarket modifications
    • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 04:51pm
      Agree!!! @Lacoster I never knew *gly SUVs would sell more than 40,000 units since 2008....
      • Tandang Sora Sep 27 2012 @ 08:18pm
        You would really never KNOW that. because at 2008, you're still some kid playing piko.

        Other than that, you WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN that because, you're still learning basic English and appropriate grammar by that time then.
        • LACOSTER Sep 27 2012 @ 09:13pm
          Oh come on, don't go that way. Especially since you have a thing or two to learn about English and grammar.
        • Kyoichi Sudo Oct 01 2012 @ 08:37pm
          So? and I don't play piko, only my PlayStation w/ Gran Turismo and NFS racing my Mitsubishis w/ Toyotas...

          Also, way back 2008, I used to be a kid who always like to read car magazines like TGP that's why I know many things already about cars...
    • 17Sphynx17 Sep 27 2012 @ 05:49pm
      I think you guys better watch your words. It is kind of rude the way you phrase your statements. True, I as well do not personally like it but there is no need to bash the vehicle.

      Each vehicle has their own strengths and is received/viewed by each person. As such, what you may find *gly/beautiful may be the opposite to another.

      Regardless of what the interior looks like, it appeals to a certain market segment and it does not stray from its usability. As long as it is not haphazardly done which makes the operation of the doodads on it dangerous when driving, then I think there is nothing worth mentioning.

      You don't like it, fine. Just don't keep rubbing it in other people's faces.

      Oh, we own a Monty and I prefer it over the Fortuner as well. But that is not to say I don't appreciate the effort Toyota made.
    • LACOSTER Sep 27 2012 @ 06:25pm
      @17Sphynx17 we're not bashing it. it's not like we are chastising anyone for liking it anyways. Like people praising it, we are just sharing our own opinons (um, other than lord_cykb i guess, he's sort of rubbing it in). Either way, you don't need to read our comments if you don't want too, nor should they affect you at all.
      • Tandang Sora Sep 27 2012 @ 08:27pm
        Either way, 17Sphynx17's opinion should not matter to you also.
        • LACOSTER Sep 27 2012 @ 09:09pm
          technically, he replied to us, he wanted to get our attention so yes it does. It's not like i care that much about it, or anything here anyways.
    • IaNurse Oct 02 2012 @ 05:39pm
      Tama!!=))
  • jrnakaduke Sep 27 2012 @ 04:24pm
    The 2nd facelift looks better. The only thing we need then is a 5/6 speed A/T. We will just wait for the all new model which I hope will be soon.
  • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 04:57pm
    4-speed AT? oldish looks? poor features? Yaawwnnnnnn......
    • Tandang Sora Sep 27 2012 @ 08:21pm
      What does a kid know about that? You even haven't got a license to say that the ride of this is tad, or whatsoever. Hindi mo alam kung gaano kahirap magipon ng pera para bumiili ng sasakyan kaya kung may nagkakagusto man sa Fortuner, it is because they have a reason for that (most likely financial) or other reasons such as very big discounts that made them buy the Fortuner. Not just the SPECS na nakikita mo lang sa papel. But because of the CONNECTION and a LOT of Consideration.

      Kids today. tsk tsk tsk
      • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 10:16pm
        I haven't drive one yet but my uncle who used to have a 2009 Fortuner 2.5G AT(now replaced w/ a Montero GLS-V)and my aunt who also have a 2012 Fortuner 2.7G says that the Fortuner isn't really worth the buy(well, my aunt bought a Fortuner just because her husband works in Toyota but she really wants a CR-V).

        They both said that the Fortuner really is "matagtag" and the 4-speed AT isn't that much helping the engine to speed-up. And I don't know why financial matters showed up in your reply even though I didn't said that Fortuner owners made a big mistake in buying Fortuners because its their decision and that's why trade-in existed for buyers to trade their car and add little cash for the car they wanted to have in case they're not happy w/ their vehicle anymore. And since one of my uncles and aunts have a new Montero and Fortuner, I can compare the two easily w/ their features(except for the engines since my aunt's Fort. is gasoline and my uncle's Monty is a diesel)whenever we have out-of-town trips....

        One more thing, I'm not a kid w/ 7-10 yrs of age like what your thinking of me. I'm already 15 FYI!!
    • Tandang Sora Sep 27 2012 @ 08:25pm
      And by the way. Oldish looks? Say that to the 4 year old front look of Montero. Pinalitan lang ang grille, bago na?

      VGT? Hello? Santa Fe, Everest and other cars had that - never heard them brag about that SIMPLE technology.
      And, how come a 4 speed AT matter to a PASSENGER like You? You aint a driver so don't complain.
      • Kyoichi Sudo Oct 01 2012 @ 09:02pm
        Oh yeah , the MS's looks is already 4 yrs old, but it's not my fault why it still looks all-new even though its already 4 yrs in the business, the people who bought the new MS should testify my statement as well by asking them. Also, is it my fault why most Filipinos like the Montero Sport even its looks is already 4yrs? kasalanan ko bang mahilig mag-update ng features ang Mitsu sa MS nila? Even though the looks is already 4 yrs in the streets it still looks new and fresh and the features update also makes the MS sell good.

        And oh, the 4-spd AT your slapping in my face for many times? it is originally the complaint of my aunt w/c she says is too unacceptable for a gasoline SUV, it can't power the SUV as good as SUVs w/ 5 or 6spd ATs(she used to have a Santa Fe gasoline as her company vehicle before) and she's also one of the people who says the new Fortuner's looks really doesn't look new, she says...
    • markdejesus76 Sep 27 2012 @ 08:54pm
      Bro, if you want more gears to play with, go manual. Driving an automatic with many gears is just rubbish here. Traffic, rubbish speed limits, rubbish shifting of automatics, it's just a bling bling feature. 4-speed at is just enough. And looks are subjective. It doesn't look old to me but rather mature and classic Toyota.
    • wolfpac8 Sep 27 2012 @ 08:59pm
      I have to agree with tandang sora and markdejesus76. KIDS these days like to make comments like that. Because its too slow... 4AT.. old looks..low HP etc. Just because their father owns a different brand, they feel they are better. I guess half of those who make comments haven't actually bought their own car because if you do, you won't make harsh comments as if they are industry experts etc. It's no problem to make comments and all, its their right but it amuses me how kids are these days.
      • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 10:18pm
        last time I checked its only Tandang Sora who said the word "KIDS" not markdejesus76 since he knows me a little...
  • 16bab16 Sep 27 2012 @ 09:04pm
    may mga minors pala dito,, wala pa ngang driver license, papano nya nalaman ang mga pro and cons ng mga ibang brand ng sasakyan kung di nya pa nasubukan i-drive sa lansangan?
    • Kyoichi Sudo Sep 27 2012 @ 10:21pm
      Yawwnnn....
    • carwiki Sep 29 2012 @ 02:03pm
      Maybe searching Google.
  • ev9402 Sep 28 2012 @ 12:33am
    Based on reading the comments, it's no wonder the comments here do not reflect the ACTUAL SALES of the vehicles. There's always the SILENT MAJORITY who don't care as much reading comments or basically don't have the time to bother their lives with comments of people who they don't even know.

    Yes, there's nothing wrong in voicing out your opinion... but it already becomes pathetic when you try to reply and negate every comment that praises the vehicle that you hate.

    If you don't like the Fortuner, then go buy whatever pleases you. If you love the Montero, then go buy the Montero (if you are old enough and has the license to drive one and own one). There's no need to waste quality time in posting useless comments (unless you really don't have anything important to do with your life)

    Besides, isn't it RUDE to force people into a decision when it's not even your own money that will be spent?

    If you want to advertise the ride that you want, there's no need to bash, because it is not helping the product that you like...but it helps readers see how much of a troll you are.

    Remember HyundaiBest?

  • 17Sphynx17 Sep 28 2012 @ 01:32am
    i know it can be easily said that in general we could have chosen not to read comments and just focus on the article. but what then would be the point of having a comments section with the possibility of mature and relevant dialogue pertaining the topic if we dont browse through it

    there is something that can be said when it is constructive criticism or just a plain straight forward comment like "i still prefer ... " and thats it. nothing negative that is not objective but not really saying false praises.

    if others want to be a bit objective in how things were done then i can set a comparison of the two vehicles of focus to show a thought out design and an afterthought and 'pwede na yan' atitude. the rear aircon vents of the latest models. i think i can leave it at that.

    that i believe is how you go about these comments, keep objective and not emotional. this basically limits waste in thr number of useless comments that have no worth in any mature discussion.

    we each have our own taste, that is a fact but the current attitudes that are being displayed by some are really unsightly and should just stop.
  • 17Sphynx17 Sep 28 2012 @ 01:59am
    oh and just for reference of those guys we are trying to remind to keep in check, this isnt your house and nor is it mine. we are all guests here.

    if you really want to keep on acting and commenting, i think you guys already have more than enough room and cyber-'space' in your self regulated tgp fb page to satisfy your need to speak your mind with complete disregard for what you are saying.

    that fb page is your house and you can do and say or comment whatever you please. just link this article in that fb page and comment away. dont worry, i wont bother dropping by 'your house' to explain proper etiquette.

    to each his own, especially in their own houses.
  • tgstig Sep 28 2012 @ 12:10pm
    Asar lang sila kasi Toyota kaya mag facelift, 2 times pa! Yung Mitsu, grille lang pinalitan facelift na daw, yabang nila sa VGT pero makina galing lang sa adventure at L300 (4D56), haha, ang Fortuner 2005 palang naka VNT na ang 3.0L. Plus yung rear aircon vents ng Montero parang pinilit lang ilagay, nag mukha tuloy adventure.
  • maranello_5775 Sep 28 2012 @ 01:15pm
    If you don't like the vehicle it's fine just don't trash talk like you've got the best. Of course every vehicle has its own advantage and disadvantage stop being immature by defending your prefered car and stop forcing us to like what you desire. Yes the fortuner is now old and outclassed by younger offerings in the market but it still continues to sell just because the majority of the masses favor something tried and tested and the Filipino's brand loyalty also matters to their decision. The Montero Sport is also a good car, it has a tendency to smoke( diesel variant) not because of the flawed engine design but due to the sub standard fuel quality here in the Philippines even BMW diesels suffer this problem. To those who are saying that it is the EXACT engine as the ones used in the adventure and L300, you are wrong because aside from commonrail technology,the reworked 4d56 now utilizes direct injection compared to the rotary type of the older design. They use SIMILAR design but completely different from one another. In the end, get what you really want or the one that caters your needs and you won't end up regretting your purchase. Just my 2 cents
    • markdejesus76 Sep 28 2012 @ 07:24pm
      To check sir, walang rotary Mitsubishi db? O meron? haha.
      • maranello_5775 Sep 28 2012 @ 10:35pm
        Rotary distributor type diesel not rotary Pistonless ala mazda
    • crispinbasilio86 Nov 17 2012 @ 10:09am
      Correct me if I'm wrong. Pagkaalam ko ang rotary type sa Mitsubishi yan ang fuel oil injection pump? Yung 4d56 sa L300 and adventure direct injection na?
      • maranello_5775 Nov 17 2012 @ 01:07pm
        yes its the injection pump. The 4d56 fitted in L300 and Adventure still utilizes the rotary type distributor like the 1st and 2nd generation pajero and 90's L200 and L400 models.
  • carwiki Sep 28 2012 @ 05:01pm
    @Kyoichi Sudo @Tandang Sora:

    Oh, stop flaming each other. Ako ang inyong referee.

    Wag nyo nang pinag-iinitan yung 2. For me, pareho naman silang maganda, then they look sporty then. And one thing, bakit pinag-iinitan din yung 4 speed automatic tranny? Here's the answer, because of its practicality. Madaming pumapatronize sa Fortuner. Even yung MS dati eh, yung GLS SE variant, 4AT lang din yun. Smoke belching depends upon the user. Kung minamaintain ba niya mabuti or hindi. Commonly, smoke belching happens kapag naluma na ang kotse at hindi pa minamaintain.

    Then, kung ayaw nyo ng Fortuner, go for the Colorado or Ranger, maganda din ang features nun. My opinion lang po.
    • tgstig Sep 28 2012 @ 11:10pm
      Ganda ng Trailblazer! Lalo na yung LTZ 4X4 variant.
  • akosijericho Sep 28 2012 @ 07:17pm
    You will all know how to shut your mouths when the new gen comes....
  • GeneIMV Sep 30 2012 @ 01:20pm
    And after the new gen comes out, it would still not be enough for these guys. "They should have this... Add this.. Etc. etc."
    2G Fortuner.. Soon. ;)
  • carwiki Oct 01 2012 @ 09:06am
    That's why I like this because of its fine legroom and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • IaNurse Oct 02 2012 @ 05:50pm
    Hmmm... marami ang bumibili ng Fortuner kasi tendency ng TOyota, yearly na sila magkacaravan. yung trade-in mo sa bago tapos may discount and it's a strategy na kung bago ang toyota mo, sikat ka. Actually, strategy nila yun para ipamukha sa lahat na people still buy their product. pero pagtinicheck sa casa, daming mga used cars nila at sa mga buy and sell cars. At nanotice ko, yung mga 1st gen at 2nd gen fortuner, maiingay na ang brakes nila.mga 10 fortuners na ang nanotice ko na ganyan.
  • dmaxred18 Oct 05 2012 @ 12:24pm
    Isuzu Alterra Baby!
  • Edgarallan Poe Oct 11 2012 @ 12:52am
    Maganda tingnan ang Fort kung tumatakbo ito sa daan. Ang Monty naman maganda tingnan kung naka-park ito. Huwag lang pagtabihin kasi obvious na obvious kung sino ang pansinin at sino ang may pagkukulang.
  • Edgarallan Poe Oct 11 2012 @ 01:03am
    Ang Toyota brand proven na yan world wide kaya nga naging number one. Ang Mitsubishi makarating kaya diyan tingnan natin. Ang Fort sa atin mas mahal kaysa Monty. Ang Monty naman mas maraming features. Kaya click na click ang Monty.
  • Baguioboy Oct 11 2012 @ 03:13am
    Come on now, when are you going to offer the 5-spd auto tranny? The 4-spd is so dated. It could help the kpg stats.
  • The SUV Oct 29 2012 @ 03:11pm
    isuzu alterra is better
  • Bhosxjoel_22 Nov 17 2012 @ 10:31pm
    go for toyota fortuner :)) i really like it specially the exterior its look more handsome than montero.. and its good quality ;)
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