Spec-sheet brawl: Base-variant Terra vs. Fortuner vs. Montero Sport

Which entry-level midsize SUV is the best package?
by Leandre Grecia | Sep 2, 2021
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The midsize-SUV segment is definitely heating up. Nissan Philippines has just launched the refreshed Terra in our market, and it’s set to take on facelifted rivals like the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

While we do have our first impressions of the new Terra already, we haven’t done a full test drive of all these SUVs for a proper Big Test. So, in the meantime, we’re sticking to the next best thing: a spec-sheet comparo. And for this one, we’ve selected all the base variants of these three Japanese-badged models to pit against one another.

In terms of performance, the Terra comes out on top with its 2.5-liter turbodiesel churning out 187hp and 450Nm of torque. The Montero falls in second with a 178hp, 430Nm 2.4-liter turbodiesel, while the Fortuner lags behind with a 148hp, 400Nm 2.4-liter turbodiesel. All three come mated to six-speed manual gearboxes.

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The more powerful engine comes with a heftier price, though, as the Nissan stickers for P1,649,000. The Toyota is priced a bit lower at P1,633,000, while the Mitsubishi is the most affordable of the bunch at just P1,568,000.

In other aspects, things become fairly even. As mentioned, these are all base variants, so they don’t get a lot of amenities. Worth noting is that none of these have push-to-start ignition, but the Terra boasts a smart keyless entry system. Also, only the Montero Sport lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, but it’s coincidentally the only one among these three that has cruise control.

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Which of these midsize SUVs would you go for? We’ve listed down the specs of these three below so you can check them out yourselves. Let us know your pick by answering the survey below. Already having a hard time choosing? Wait till later this month—the all-new Isuzu MU-X’s arrival will give you more to think about as well.

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Nissan Terra 2.5 EL 4x2 MT

Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G 4x2 MT

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLX 2WD MT

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,649,000 1,633,000 1,568,000
Drive RWD RWD RWD
Seating capacity 7 7 7
Engine Type 2.5-liter turbodiesel I4 2.4-liter turbodiesel I4 2.4-liter turbodiesel I4
Power 187 148 178
Torque 450 400 430
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 78 80 68
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Brakes (Front/Rear) disc/ drum disc/ disc disc/disc
Wheels 18-inch alloy 17-inch alloy 18-inch alloy
Tires 255/60 R18 265/65 R17 265/60 R18
Front suspension independent double wishbone independent double wishbone independent double wishbone
Rear suspension multilink live axle with coil springs multilink live axle with coil springs multilink live axle with coil springs
Seat material fabric fabric fabric
Infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen 7-inch touchscreen LCD touchscreen
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto yes/yes yes/yes no/no
Push-to-start ignition yes no no
Smart keyless entry system yes no no
Parking assist reversing camera with parking sensors reversing camera with parking sensors reversing camera with parking sensors
Cruise control no no yes
Autonomous emergency braking no no no
Airbags 6 3 2
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes yes
Traction control no yes no
Electronic stability control yes yes no
Blind-spot monitor no no no
Dimensions (mm) 4,900 x 1,865 x 1,865 4,795 x 1,855 x 1,835 4,825 x 1,815 x 1,835
Wheelbase (mm) 2,850 2,745 2,800

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ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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