Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Fortuner vs. Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs. Ford Everest

The king of the midsize SUVs is ready to shake up the segment
by Leandre Grecia | Oct 22, 2020
ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) shook the market with the recent launch of the facelifted Toyota Fortuner.

However, even with the incredibly substantial design and tech upgrades that the king of midsize SUVs just received, it’s still not a simple no-brainer when it comes to choosing a vehicle in this stacked segment. To say so would be blatant disrespect to the Mitsubishi Montero Sport and the Ford Everest, arguably two of the Fortuner’s main rivals.

So to get a better look at things, we’re now stacking up one spec sheet against the other two and compare which of these is actually the better offering. For this one, we’ve selected all the top-of-the line variants of all three SUVs—they’re in similar price brackets and have received facelifts in the last year or so. Anyway, let’s get to it.

Performance-wise, the Montero Sport falls a bit behind. The Fortuner and its new and improved 201hp, 500Nm 2.8-liter turbodiesel and the Everest’s 210hp, 500Nm 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine trump the Montero’s 176hp and 430Nm power output.

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In terms of extra features, it’s sort of a mixed bag. The Fortuner may be the newest here, but the Everest will still give it a run for its money. The latter takes the edge here with automatic parallel parking and pre-collision braking that’s a step ahead of the Toyota. As for the Montero Sport, it’s the only one that has an electronic parking brake combined with paddle shifters as well as a kick tailgate function.

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As far as pricing goes, only the Everest has the clear edge. It’s priced at P2,299,000, whereas the Fortuner and Montero Sport carry P2,414,000 and P2,450,000 price tags, respectively.

Now, do you see what we mean? Choosing a vehicle in the midsize SUV segment is no cakewalk, and this comparo proves just that. That’s why we’re leaving it up to you to decide which among the three is the best option—check out the more details below, then answer the survey afterwards.

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2021 Toyota Fortuner 2.8L LTD 4x4 AT

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD AT

2020 Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4 AT

Price (Philippine Peso) 2,414,000 2,450,000 2,299,000
Drive 4WD 4WD 4WD
Seating capacity 7 7 7
Engine setup 2.8-liter turbodiesel 2.4-liter turbodiesel 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel
Power (hp) 201 176 210
Torque (Nm) 500 430 500
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic with Sports mode 10-speed-automatic with SelectShift
Fuel tank capacity (L) 80 68 80
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated discs Disc/disc Ventilated disc/disc
Wheels 18-inch alloys 18-inch alloy 20-inch alloy
Tires 265/60 R18 265/60 R18 265/50 R20
Front suspension Double wishbone Double wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer Double wishbone with coil spring and anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Multi-link 3-link coil springs with stabilizer bar Coil spring with Watt’s Link and anti-roll bar
Seat material Leather Leather Leather
Power-adjustable seats 8-way power adjust front seats -- 8-way power adjust front seats
Seat ventilation system Front seats No No
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Tilt only
Paddle shifters Yes Yes No
Infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker JBL setup 8-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker setup 8-inch Ford SYNC 3 touchscreen, 10-speaker setup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Wireless smartphone charger Yes No No
Smart keyless entry Yes Yes Yes
Push-start ignition Yes Yes Yes
Remote start No No No
Parking brake Mechanical Electronic, with auto-hold function Mechanical
Automatic climate control Yes. front and rear Yes, with dual-zone temperature control Yes, with dual-zone temperature control
Ambient Lighting Yes No Yes
Power-folding side mirrors Yes Yes Yes
Automatic headlamps Yes No Yes
Rain-sensing wipers No No Yes
Panoramic sunroof No No Yes
Power liftgate Yes Yes, with hands-free function Yes, with hands-free function
Tire pressure monitoring system No No Yes
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Yes Yes Yes
Traction Control Yes No No
Electronic Stability Control Yes No Yes
Hill-start assist Yes Yes Yes
Hill-descent control Yes Yes Yes
Cruise control Adaptive Adaptive Adaptive
Blind Spot Monitor No Yes Yes
Lane-keep/lane-change assist Yes/No No/Yes Yes/No
Forward-collision alert Yes Yes, with autonomous emergency braking Yes, with autonomous emergency braking
Rear cross-traffic alert No Yes No
Parking assist 360-degree view monitor with parking sensors 360-degree view monitor with parking sensors
Semi-auto active park assist with parking sensors and camera
Airbags 7 7 7
Dimensions (mm) 4,795 x 1,855 x 1,835 4,785 x 1,815 x 1,805 4,893 x 1,862 x 1,836
Wheelbase (mm) 2,745 2,800 2,850
Ground Clearance (mm) 225 218 225
Wading depth -- 700 800

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