Spec-sheet brawl: Top-of-the-line MU-X vs. Terra vs. Fortuner vs. Montero Sport

Can the all-new Isuzu now compete with other midsize SUVs in its segment?
by Leandre Grecia | Sep 23, 2021
ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio

It’s only been a few weeks since our last spec-sheet comparo, but we’re already back with another one. And this time, we have four midsize SUVs to pit against each other—including the all-new Isuzu MU-X.

We’ve picked the top-of-the-line Isuzu MU-X 3.0L 4X4 LS-E AT  for this brawl. As we’ve said, this is a four-way, so we have the Nissan Terra 2.5 VL 4x4 AT, the Toyota Fortuner 2.8 LTD 4x4 AT, and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD AT stacked against it.

The MU-X may have gotten an all-new engine, but its new 187hp, 450Nm 3.0-liter turbodiesel is only good for second place here. These figures are identical to what the Terra’s powertrain is capable of, only that one is a smaller 2.5-liter unit. Taking the win in this regard is still the Fortuner with its 201hp, 500Nm 2.8-liter turbodiesel. The Montero Sport, meanwhile, falls behind with its 178hp, 430Nm 2.4-liter engine.

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If you’ve read about the tech that the all-new MU-X now comes with, then you know that it now has all the toys to go head-to-head with the best in its segment. That’s why here, this comparo remains fairly equal, as all four come loaded with driver-assist and active safety features.

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The Fortuner used to lack blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert, but Toyota Motor Philippines has since added all these features with the recent update. The Terra, however, still lacks adaptive cruise control. The MU-X, meanwhile, basically has all the added tech that its competitors have on offer, save for the 360-degree camera and the paddle shifters.

As for the prices, the Isuzu MU-X stickers for P2,450,000. It’s now more expensive than the Fortuner, even after the recent price bump that got its tag up to P2,440,000. The Terra has a P2,339,000 SRP, while the Montero Sport retails for P2,298,000, making these two the more affordable vehicles here.

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Which of the midsize SUVs is the best choice, You know the drill: Check out more details below, then tell us your pick through the survey afterwards.

Isuzu MU-X 3.0L 4X4 LS-E AT

Nissan Terra 2.5 VL 4x4 AT

Toyota Fortuner 2.8 LTD 4x4 AT

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD AT

Price (Philippine Peso) P2,450,000 P2,339,000 P2,440,000 P2,298,000
Drive 4WD 4WD 4WD 4WD
Seating capacity 7 7 7 7
Engine Type 3.0-liter turbodiesel I4 2.5-liter turbodiesel I4 2.8-liter turbodiesel I4 2.4-liter turbodiesel I4
Power 187 187 201 178
Torque 450 450 500 430
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 78 78 80 68
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Brakes (Front/Rear) disc/disc disc/disc disc/disc disc/disc
Wheels 20-inch aluminum alloy 18-inch alloy 18-inch alloy 18-inch alloy
Tires 265/50 R20 255/60 R18 265/60 R18 265/60 R18
Front suspension Independent double wishbone Independent double wishbone Independent double wishbone Independent double wishbone
Rear suspension 5-link live axle w/ coil springs Multi-link live axle w/ coil springs Multi-link live axle w/ coil springs Multi-link live axle w/ coil springs
Seat material leather leather leather leather
Infotainment system 10.1-inch touchscreen 9-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto yes/yes yes/yes yes/yes yes/yes
Push-to-start ignition yes yes yes no
Smart keyless entry system yes yes yes no
Parking assist reversing camera with parking sensors 360-degree camera with parking sensors 360-degree camera with parking sensors reversing camera with parking sensors
Cruise control adaptive yes adaptive adaptive
Airbags 6 6 7 7
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes yes yes
Traction control yes yes yes yes
Electronic stability control yes yes yes yes
Hill-start assist yes yes yes yes
Hill-descent control yes yes yes yes
Blind-spot monitor yes yes yes yes
Lane-keep/lane-change assist yes yes yes yes
Forward-collision alert yes yes yes yes
Autonomous emergency braking yes yes yes yes
Rear cross-traffic alert yes yes yes yes
Dimensions (mm) 4,850 x 1,870 x 1,825 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) 2,855 2,850 2,745 2,800

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ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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