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

We go further up the range this time around
by Leandre Grecia | Sep 10, 2021
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Last time, we pit the base variant of the refreshed Nissan Terra against two other giants from the midsize SUV segment: the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. For this spec-sheet comparo, we’re going with the top-of-the-line versions of these SUVs. Let’s get right to it.

The Terra may have gotten the edge during the base-variant bout, but the Fortuner comes out on top among these top dogs. The LTD variant gets a 2.8-liter turbodiesel that generates 201hp and 500Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic tranny. The top-spec Terra and Montero Sport, meanwhile, retain their smaller 2.5-liter and 2.4-liter turbodiesels, respectively. Nissan’s engine boasts 187hp and 450Nm and gets a seven-speed automatic, while Mitsubishi’s powertrain can put out 178hp and 430Nm and is mated to an eight-speed auto.

In terms of extra features, it’s almost equal across these three—a testament to just how tech-loaded midsize SUVs have now become. All three have safety features such as lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert, as well as park-assist tech like a 360-degree camera with parking sensors. Worth noting, though, is that the Terra misses out on adaptive cruise control.

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Price-wise, it’s still the Montero Sport that’s the most affordable among these three. It stickers for P2,298,000, while the Terra and Fortuner are priced at P2,339,000 and P2,440,000, respectively.

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So, if you had to pick, which of these would you get? As always, we’ve put all the specs below for your perusal. Don’t forget to let us know your winner through the survey afterwards.

Nissan Terra 2.5 VL 4x4 AT

Toyota Fortuner 2.8 LTD 4x4 AT

Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD AT

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

NOTE: This article was updated on May 23, 2021.

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