Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: The big & handsome battle it out!

Oct 23, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: Introduction
  • 2. Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner: Exterior
  • 3. Terra vs Fortuner Philippines: Interior & Convenience
  • 4. Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: Engine and performance
  • 5. Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner Philippines: Safety
  • 6. Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner Philippines Price
  • 7. Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: Verdict
Once again, we're pitting a newcomer and a veteran SUV against each other: Nissan Terra vs Fortuner. Read on to find out which is the better SUV spec-wise.

1. Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: Introduction

The SUV market here in the Philippines is competitive; scratch that, it’s hypercompetitive. But the most dominant SUV in the country right now is the Toyota Fortuner, and it’s pretty obvious why; it has Toyota reliability going for it, as well as convenience and safety features for everyone on board. The Fortuner has managed to build a rock-solid reputation in its category.

But there’s a new kid on the block: the Nissan Terra. Big, powerful and truck-based as well, the Terra is no snot-nosed rookie, offering certain features that the Fortuner doesn’t.

Which is the better SUV? To answer that question, let’s get this Nissan Terra vs Fortuner comparison started with Philkotse.com!

Nissan Terra vs Fortuner

Let's see which of these burly SUVs have a better set of specs

2. Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner: Exterior

Nissan Terra vs Toytota Fortuner: Dimensions
 
Toyota Fortuner
Nissan Terra
Length (mm)
4,795
4,885
Width (mm)
1,855
1,865
Height (mm)
1,835
1,835
Wheelbase (mm)
2,745
2,850
Number of Seats
7
7
No. of Doors
5
5
Ground Clearance
193 mm
225 mm

In terms of size, the Nissan Terra lords it over the Fortuner; this easily translates into more passenger space. The Terra is wider and longer, even as it shares the same height with the Fortuner, and it boasts a higher ground clearance, a huge advantage in off-roading.

Toyota Fortuner on the road

The popular Toyota Fortuner has relatively more compact dimensions...

A picture of the 2020 Nissan Terra

...while the Nissan Terra is bigger and features more road presence

In terms of styling, both SUVs sport good looks that have their own unique appeal. The Fortuner has a sleeker, modern and fluid silhouette, in contrast with the Terra's more brusque and tough-looking aesthetics.

Terra vs Fortuner rear view

When viewed from the rear, the Fortuner is more rounded while the Terra features more angles

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3. Terra vs Fortuner Philippines: Interior & Convenience

Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Interior Features
Feature
Toyota Fortuner
Nissan Terra
Cruise Control
With
With
Air Conditioning System
Automatic Climate Control
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Entertainment System
6.5-inch capacitive screen, Streaming functions, CD, DVD, MP3, Radio, 6-speaker, Call Function
7-inch capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, CD, Video Playback, Radio, 6 speakers, Rear flip down monitor
Connectivity
USB, Bluetooth, Aux, iPod, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
USB, Bluetooth, Aux, iPod, Apple CarPlay
Power Steering
With
With
Navigation Ready
With
-
With
With
Power Outlet
With
With
Power Seats
With
With
Power Tailgate
With
-
Steering Wheel Audio Control
With
With
Steering Column Adjustment
Tilt and Telescope
Tilt only
Trunk Capacity
200 Liters
NA

A recent update to the Fortuner’s infotainment system saw the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, on top of its being navigation-ready. This puts it on equal footing with Terra's own touchscreen infotainment interface, although the latter does have an additional flip-down ceiling monitor for the rear passengers.

Regarding seating, both SUVs can comfortably accommodate seven people on leather-clad seats. The second-row seats on the Nissan Terra can be folded down flat with a simple push of a button, the easier to access the third row.

On the other hand, the top-spec Fortuner offers a power liftgate that comes in pretty handy when loading especially large items, although the third-row seats don't exactly fold flat, which still takes up a bit of space in the cargo compartment.

A picture of the Nissan Terra's front cabin

The interior of the Nissan Terra largely resembles the Navara's

So the Terra is easier to get into, while the Fortuner has a more convenient way of loading cargo outback. Hard choice.

One advantage that the Toyota Fortuner has is the tilt and telescopic adjustment on the steering wheel, compared to the Terra that can only be adjusted for tilt. Nevertheless, both of their driver’s seats are electronically adjustable, with the Terra featuring a power adjust lumbar function, to make drives easier on your lower back. Lastly, the top-of-the-line Fortuner has 14 cupholders as one of its convenience features, compared to 12 on the Terra.

A picture of the 2020 Toyota Fortuner V's front cabin

Who says faux wood is out of style?

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4. Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: Engine and performance

Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner: Engine Features
 
Toyota Fortuner
Nissan Terra
Engine
2.8 L 1GD-FTV Variant Nozzle Turbo
2.5 YD25 DDTi Variable Turbo Charger
Displacement
2,755 cc
2,488 cc
Number of Cylinders
4
4
Number of Valves
16
16
Transmission Type
6-speed Automatic with sequential control
7-speed automatic with manual mode
rear-wheel-drive
rear-wheel-drive
Max Output (HP)
174
187
Max Torque (Nm)
450
450
Fuel Type
Diesel
Diesel
 
Fuel Capacity
80 L
80 L
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone w/ Coil Springs and Stabilizer
Independent Double-Wishbone with Coil Springs and Stabilizer
Rear Suspension
4-Link with Coil Springs with Stabilizer and Lateral Rod
5-Link with Stabilizer Bar
Brakes
Front and Rear Ventilated Discs
Ventilated Front Discs and Drum Rear brakes
Locking Differential
With
With

Based on the table above, the Nissan Terra 2020 has a similar engine output to the Toyota Fortuner 2020. The former's diesel mill produces a bit more horsepower and the same amount of torque while being smaller in displacement compared to the Fortuner's powerplant. Meanwhile, both the Terra and Fortuner have locking differentials, which are useful for going hardcore off-road.

Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner

As for their brakes, the Fortuner has ventilated discs on all four wheels, whereas the Terra uses front discs and rear drums. However, the Terra has the advantage of having one more forward gear, enabling it to cruise better on highway drives.

5. Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner Philippines: Safety

Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: Safety Features
 
Toyota Fortuner
Nissan Terra
Dual Front Airbags
With
With
Knee Airbag
With
With
Side Airbags
With
With
Curtain Airbags
With
With
Electronic Brake Distribution
With
With
Anti-lock Braking
With
With
Immobilizer
With
With
Security Alarm
With
With
Stability Control
With
With
Traction Control
With
-
Trailer Sway Control
With
-
Electronic Door Locks
With
With
Speed Sensing Door Locks
With
-
ISOFIX
With
With
-
With
Hill Descent Control
With
With
360-degree exterior monitor
-
With
Blind Sport Warning
-
With
Intelligent rearview mirror
-
With
Lane departure warning
-
With
Rear camera
With
With
Parking sensors
With
With

In terms of passive safety features, both the Toyota Fortuner and the Nissan Terra appear evenly matched, with a similar complement of airbags and ISOFIX anchors. When it comes to active safety features, the Fortuner offers antilock brakes, traction control (to minimize traction loss under heavy cornering) and trailer sway control that keeps your heavily-laden trailer from moving side-to-side uncontrollably.

Nissan Terra crash test

Both Terra and Fortuner scored 5-star in the ANCAP crash test

Meanwhile, the Nissan Terra 2020 comes with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite that includes hill start assist, hill descent control, and a lane departure warning system. The real highlight of the package is the Intelligent Around View Monitor, that gives the driver a simulated 360-degree view of the vehicle’s exterior to eliminate blind spots.

This feature is useful in tight parking situations, and also for off-roading to avoid obstacles. No need to roll down your windows to gauge your SUVs distance from nearby hazards.

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6. Nissan Terra vs Toyota Fortuner Philippines Price

Toyota Fortuner Philippines price list
Variants
Price
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 V Diesel 4x4 AT
Php 2,260,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 MT
Php 1,607,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.7 G Gas 4x2 AT
Php 1,612,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 AT
Php 1,697,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 TRD 4x2 AT
Php 1,791,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 V Diesel 4x2 AT
Php 1,921,000

>>> Get the latest price installment details via our Toyota Fortuner price list

Nissan Terra Philippines price list
Variants
Price
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x4 VL AT
Php 2,146,000
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL MT
Php 1,504,000
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL AT
Php 1,620,000
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 VE AT
Php 1,717,000
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 VL AT
Php 1,919,000

>>> View full Nissan Terra price list with the estimated monthly payment

7. Nissan Terra vs Fortuner: Verdict

While it appears that the top-of-the-line Toyota Fortuner is the superior vehicle in terms of features, the Nissan Terra's strength is in its relative affordability. The Nissan's base and top-spec variants are priced more competitively in relation to their Fortuner equivalents, without leaving you feeling shortchanged.

The Fortuner has its reputation for reliability, but Terra's counterpunch comes via its Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite.

In the end, the decision ultimately rests with you; if you want an SUV vehicle with a sophisticated set of safety features, then go with the Terra. It's quite capable as an SUV anyway, and at least you won’t be driving a very common model on the road. But if you prefer the peace of mind that a brand with a reputation for reliability brings, we’d recommend the Toyota Fortuner.

A picture of a 2020 Toyota Fortuner doing maneuvers off-road

Would you want a vehicle model with a reputation for reliability?

A picture of a 2020 Nissan Terra

Or would you like to try something different, a competent and exciting industry rookie?

>>> Find more in-depth car comparison by Philkotse experts

Source: Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel

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