Which 2021 Toyota Fortuner variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide]

Updated Feb 22, 2021 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

Find out which Fortuner variant best suits you.

The Toyota Fortuner is undoubtedly one of the best midsize SUVs you can get in the local market due to its power, size, and reliability. Since the introduction of the Fortuner in the country in 2005, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has already sold over 220,000 units of it. Moreover, the Toyota Fortuner ranked the fourth best-selling vehicle in 2019 with 19,865 units sold, besting other SUVs in the local market.

The Fortuner is a 7-seater midsize SUV that rivals against the likes of the Ford Everest, Nissan Terra, and Isuzu mu-X. As for the 2021 model, the Toyota Fortuner even got better highlighted by the new and sophisticated looking LTD variants. TMP also offers the base G variants and the Q and V mid variants.

With the new updates, one can expect that the Toyota Fortuner can further improve its market share in its segment. If you are planning to get the 2021 Fortuner, read on to find out which variant best suits you.  

Toyota Fortuner Variants: Exterior

The new Fortuner LTD variant is the best looking version of the SUV to date. It comes with a more elegant and sleeker design features that will instantly set the Fortuner on the road.

Toyota Fortuner LTD front view

The 2021 Toyota Fortuner LTD variant

The LTD variants include features such as a sportier front and rear bumper design, machine-cut 18-inch alloy wheels, split-type LED headlamps and LED front foglamps, sequential turn signal lamps, and redesigned LED rear combination lamps. The 2021 Fortuner LTD also comes with a two-tone exterior paint. 

On the other hand, the Q and V mid variants are fitted with bi-beam LED headlights instead of the split-type version seen on the LTD trim. The Q and V variants also get LED daytime running lights, and LED fog lamps. The entry-level G Fortuner variant is also equipped with bi-beam LED headlights that are similar to the one fitted on the Q and V trims. However, the G variant doesn’t come with a fog lamp.

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Toyota Fortuner Variants: Interior

All variants except the base G variants are installed with Smart Entry and Push Start System. For a premium interior feel, the LTD variants are the best option to start with. These top-spec variants come with leather interior with maroon accents, as well as galaxy black trim and interior illumination. The Q variant also gets the classy black leather interior complemented by a dark wood trim.

The black galaxy trim on LTD variants

The black galaxy trim is available on LTD variants only

You can control your Toyota Fortuner with various modes, namely Eco and Sport for the LTD and Q variants, and Eco and Power for V and G variants. Moreover, the LTD, Q, and V variants are equipped with an 8-inch multimedia infotainment system, while the base G variant is equipped with a 7-inch display audio. Of note, all variants of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Wireless charger and rear USB chargers are available on the LTD, Q, and V variants. Exclusive to the LTD Fortuner variant is the 9-speaker JBL sound system and the front-seat ventilation system.  

Toyota Fortuner Variants: Engine & Performance

The 2021 Toyota Fortuner is offered with two diesel engine options. As a side note, TMP is not offering any gasoline model for the new Fortuner. As such, the first diesel engine option is a 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV engine found on the LTD and Q variants. This engine is capable of producing 201 horsepower and a whopping 500 Nm of torque.

The Toyota Fortuner Q front view

The Q and LTD variants almost have the same features except for design

The other engine option is a smaller 2.4-liter 2GD –FTV engine found on the V and G variants. This engine is capable of generating 147 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. As compared to the outgoing model, the new 2GD-FTV engine offers a 5 percent improvement in terms of fuel efficiency, according to TMP.

All variants of the 2021 Fortuner come with a six-speed automatic transmission except for the entry-level G variant that has a six-speed manual.

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Toyota Fortuner Variants: Safety

The Fortuner LTD variants are equipped with seven SRS airbags. Other standard safety features that are integrated across the range are the following: 3-pt. ELR seatbelts, the anti-lock braking system with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), front and rear sensors, vehicle stability control with traction control, and hill-start assist control.

The wireless feature on the new Fortuner

Wireless charging is available on the LTD, Q, and V variants

In addition, the LTD, Q, and V variants feature a panoramic view monitor while the G trim comes with a reverse camera. Of note, the LTD and Q variants come with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) technology. The said tech includes safety features such as a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control. 

Toyota Fortuner Variants: Pricing

Toyota Fortuner 2.4L 4x2 G MT
Php 1,633,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4L 4x2 G AT
Php 1,723,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4L 4x2 V AT
Php 1,827,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4L 4x2 V AT Pearl
Php 1,842,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8L 4x2 Q AT
Php 1,998,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8L 4x2 Q AT Pearl
Php 2,013,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8L 4x2 LTD AT 2-Tone
Php 2,244,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8L 4x2 LTD AT WP 2-Tone
Php 2,254,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8L 4x4 LTD AT 2-Tone
Php 2,404,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8L 4x4 LTD AT WP 2-Tone
Php 2,414,000

Toyota Fortuner Variants: Conclusion

Despite the reign of the Fortuner in the local market, TMP never stopped to find ways to further improve its 7-seater midsize SUV. The 2021 Toyota Fortuner is bringing in more power, finer styling, a more elegant feel, and a better overall SUV experience.

If you are on a budget, the base Fortuner G variant can be the best option for you. As an entry-level variant, the Fortuner G still comes with notable features such as an engine that can produce 400 Nm of torque. It also has a 7-inch touchscreen, numerous safety features, and LED exterior lightings. Moreover, this is the only variant of the 2021 Fortuner that comes with a manual transmission. So, if you’re a fan of the three-pedal party, the G Fortuner trim best suits you.

The Toyota Fortuner G variant front view

The base Fortuner G variant finished in grey metallic

However, if you want to be one of the first people in the country to get their hands on the newest variant TMP has to offer, you can go for the LTD variants.

Needless to say, the LTD variant is the best looking Fortuner variant in its 15-year run in the country thanks to its improved styling that hosts a sportier and sleeker look. Aside from the looks, the 2021 Fortuner LTD is packed with safety features thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense tech. 

Lastly, if you don’t prefer the two-tone exterior paint of the top-spec Fortuner LTD, there are the Q and V variants for you to choose from. 

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Know more about Toyota Fortuner 2023

Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner 2023 sold in our market spans six five trim levels and 11 variants. Toyota Fortuner prices in the Philippines range from PHP 1,633,000 for the Fortuner G 2.4 M/T to PHP 2,509,000 for the flagship GR Sport 2.8 A/T. This midsize SUV spans two turbodiesel options, with most of the range equipped with a 6-speed automatic gearbox (6-speed manual for the base variant) as well as a 4x2 drivetrain (4x4 is available on the LTD trim and is standard on the GR Sport). The Fortuner brings a length of 4,795mm, a width of 1,855mm, and a height of 1,835mm on a 2,745mm wheelbase. 

The lowest monthly installment starts at Php 19,683 for the G 2.4 4x2, with 60-month payment terms on a 50 percent downpayment. As a contender in the midsize SUV segment, the Toyota Fortuner faces off against a slew of rivals including the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Nissan Terra, Ford Everest, Isuzu mu-X, and Foton Toplander

₱ 1,736,000 - ₱ 2,595,000

Rex Sanchez

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