Spec-sheet brawl: Nissan Terra vs. Toyota Fortuner

If you had to pick, which midsize SUV would you get?
by Leandre Grecia | Feb 12, 2021
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Nissan Philippines recently announced some slight updates for the Terra this year. It’s still not the big-time refresh we’re waiting for, but it now makes the PH-spec Terra a new model that can go head-to-head against other fresher midsize SUVs in its segment... or can it?

To find out, we decided to pit it against arguably the most popular arrival of 2020: the new Toyota Fortuner. For this comparo, we picked the top-spec variants of each vehicle. We’re talking about the Nissan Terra 2.5 VL 4x4 AT and the Toyota Fortuner 2.8 LTD 4x4. Let’s take a look.

On the one hand, we have the Terra with its 2.5-liter turbodiesel that generates 187hp at 3,600rpm and 450Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. This powerplant is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox. This range-topping variant is also the only 4x4 Terra in the stable.

On the other, we have the Fortuner and its 2.8-liter turbodiesel that’s capable of 201hp at 3,400rpm and 500Nm of torque at 1,600-2,800rpm, and is mated to a six-speed automatic. This new and improved powertrain produces significantly more power and torque than that of the Terra’s.

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In terms of added safety features, it’s an even tighter bout. Both vehicles have lane departure warning as well as hill-start and hill-descent controls. The Fortuner, however, has adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system that the Terra doesn’t. But at the same time, the Terra also has a  blind-spot warning feature that’s not available on the Fortuner.

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As for extra conveniences, both vehicles have eight-inch touchscreen displays that offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Other similarities include the eight-way power-adjust driver seats, the smart keyless entry systems, and the push-to-start ignitions.

Price-wise, however, the difference is again significant. The top-spec Terra is priced at only P2,211,000, while the top-of-the-line Fortuner comes with a P2,414,000 price tag. Frankly, that’s quite a margin. We suspect the more advanced safety features nudged the price up. 

What do you think, though, readers? Which of the two popular midsize SUVs would you get if you had to choose? Check out more details of the two below, then tell us your pick afterwards.

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Head-to-head specs of the Nissan Terra and the Toyota Fortuner

2021 Nissan Terra 2.5 VL 4x4 AT

2021 Toyota Fortuner 2.8L LTD 4x4 AT

Price (Philippine Peso) 2,211,000 2,414,000
Drive 4WD 4WD
Seating capacity 7 7
Engine setup 2.5-liter turbodiesel 2.8-liter turbodiesel
Power (hp) 187 201
Torque (Nm) 450 500
Transmission 7-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (L) 80 80
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated discs/drum Ventilated discs
Wheels 18-inch alloys 18-inch alloys
Tires 255/60 R18 265/60 R18
Front suspension Independent double-wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer bar Double wishbone
Rear suspension Multi-link Multi-link
Seat material Leather Leather
Power-adjustable seats 8-way power-adjust front seats 8-way power-adjust front seats
Seat ventilation system No Front seats
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment Tilt only Yes
Paddle shifters No Yes
Infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker JBL setup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Wireless smartphone charger No Yes
Smart keyless entry Yes Yes
Push-start ignition Yes Yes
Remote start No No
Parking brake Mechanical Mechanical
Automatic climate control Yes Yes. front and rear
Ambient Lighting Yes Yes
Power-folding side mirrors Yes Yes
Automatic headlamps Yes Yes
Rain-sensing wipers No No
Power liftgate No Yes
Tire pressure monitoring system Yes No
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Yes Yes
Hill-start assist Yes Yes
Hill-descent control Yes Yes
Cruise control Yes Adaptive
Blind Spot Monitor Yes No
Lane-keep/lane-change assist Yes/No Yes/No
Forward-collision alert No Yes
Rear cross-traffic alert No No
Parking assist 360-degree view monitor with parking sensors 360-degree view monitor with parking sensors
Airbags 6 7
Dimensions (mm) 4,885 x 1,865 x 1,835 4,795 x 1,855 x 1,835
Wheelbase (mm) 2,850 2,745
Ground Clearance (mm) 225 225

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