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 it’s just impossible to ignore.
Besides, we have yet to pit Isuzu’s new 1.9-liter RZ4E engine against the king of local SUVs, the Toyota Fortuner.
Let’s take a look at the MU-X 1.9 RZ4E LS-A 4x2 AT and the Toyota Fortuner 2.4G 4x2 MT. Don’t let the Isuzu’s 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 country’s 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. There’s 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|
|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|
|Audio system||8-inch touchscreen, six speakers||6.5-inch touchscreen, six speakers|
|Dimensions (mm)||4,825 x 1,860 x 1,840||4,795 x 1,855 x 1,835|
|Ground clearance (mm)||230||225|