Spec-sheet brawl: Isuzu MU-X vs. Toyota Fortuner

Another midsize showdown
by Drei Laurel | Oct 21, 2018
ILLUSTRATION: Raynand Olarte

Yes, we know—it’s yet another midsize SUV matchup between two Japanese heavyweights. But the segment has been so busy and chock-full of new, worthwhile offerings that its just impossible to ignore.

Besides, we have yet to pit Isuzus new 1.9-liter RZ4E engine against the king of local SUVs, the Toyota Fortuner.

Lets take a look at the MU-X 1.9 RZ4E LS-A 4x2 AT and the Toyota Fortuner 2.4G 4x2 MT. Dont let the Isuzus smaller-displacement and more humble looks fool you—this SUV packs a ton of value for money. But does it offer a good-enough package to push it past the countrys best-selling SUV?

The MU-X carries a slightly more expensive P1,605,000 price tag. With it, you get a 1.9-liter turbodiesel mill capable of 148hp and 350Nm, a six-speed automatic transmission, 230mm of ground clearance, and ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels.

Meanwhile, the Fortuner goes for P1,592,000. With 147hp and 400Nm, its 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine produces a tiny bit less horsepower but considerably more torque. Theres a little less ground clearance, but like the MU-X, the Fortuner gets ventilated discs.

This is a tough one. Which midsize SUV do you think has a better overall package? Check out their specs in the table below and let us know in the poll.

  Isuzu MU-X 1.9 RZ4E LS-A 4x2 AT Toyota Fortuner 2.4G 4x2 MT
Price (Philippine Peso) 1,605,000 1,592,000
Drive RWD RWD
Seating capacity 7 7
Engine 1.9-liter turbodiesel 2.4-liter turbodiesel
Power 148hp @ 3,600rpm 147hp @ 3,400rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1,800-2,600rpm 400Nm @ 1,600-2,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 65 80
Transmission Six-speed automatic Six-speed manual
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated discs Ventilated discs
Front suspension Independent double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer Double wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer
Rear suspension Five-link with stabilizer bar Four-link with coil springs, stabilizer, and lateral rod
Wheels 18-inch alloy 17-inch alloy
Tires 255/60 R18 265/65 R17
Seats Fabric Fabric
Audio system 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers 6.5-inch touchscreen, six speakers
Climate control Automatic Manual
Airbags Driver/passenger Driver/passenger
Dimensions (mm) 4,825 x 1,860 x 1,840 4,795 x 1,855 x 1,835
Ground clearance (mm) 230 225
Wheelbase (mm) 2,845 2,745

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