2020 Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra Base Variant Specs Comparison

Updated Dec 20, 2022

Fancy some manual SUV base variants? Here’s a head-to-head match between the best-sellers.

In this article...

  1. 1. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Battle of the entry-levels
  2. 2. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Dimensions
  3. 3. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Interior
  4. 4. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Engine and Performance
  5. 5. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Safety
  6. 6. 2020 Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Variants and Price
  7. 7. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra Base Comparo: Conclusion

1. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Battle of the entry-levels

Since the TRAIN law was implemented, the prices of several vehicle types being sold here in the Philippines have increased. Included in this are the numerous SUV models here in the Philippines.

Despite that however, many car buyers have adjusted to the new pricing, and SUVs to this very day, are some of the most common cars to see on the road.

One consequence of this however is that more and more people are limited to buying base variants. These are cheap, but nonetheless are still representative of their respective marque’s build quality.

Now two of the most popular SUVs in the Philippines right now are the Toyota Fortuner and the Nissan Terra. As such, you might be reading this because one out of the two might be your next vehicle. So how do their base variants compare against each other? Let’s find out.

A picture of the Toyota Fortuner and the Nissan Terra head to head

Which base variant has the better specs?

2. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Dimensions

From the get-go, the Nissan Terra is obviously larger than the Toyota SUV as it measures 4,885mm long, and 1,865mm wide.

Compare that to the Fortuner’s shorter 4,795mm length and narrower 1,855mm width. In terms of height, however, both the Terra and the Fortuner are both 1,835mm high.

Note however that despite the uniform height, the Terra has significantly more ground clearance at 225mm, while the Fortuner has 193mm.

And lastly, the Nissan made SUV has a longer wheelbase at 2,850mm, while the Fortuner is shorter at 2,745mm.

A picture of the Nissan Terra climbing a hill

From the exterior design of the Terra alone, you can sense its power

When it comes to exterior styling, both the Fortuner and the Terra are definite representatives of their respective platforms. The Toyota Fortuner has some similarities with the Toyota Hilux pickup truck, and the Nissan Terra shares some design cues with the Nissan Navara.

If you’re asking about road presence however, both of these SUVs are sizable vehicles so you’ll definitely see them coming at you on the road. If you’re asking which looks better? We’ll leave that choice up to you.

A picture of the Fortuner parked near a building

The Fortuner is still a macho vehicle. But it's design is subtler than the Terra's

Note that the Nissan Terra comes with a pair of LED headlights, while the Fortuner’s base model has a pair of more basic halogen headlamps.

But when it comes to exterior power features however, the Fortuner has power-adjustable side mirrors with a power-folding function, whereas the Terra only has the power-adjustable function.

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3. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Interior

Like with their exteriors, both the Fortuner’s and Terra’s interiors are similar to their respective pickup truck counterparts. Regardless of that, both have well-arranged, well-equipped, and comfortable interiors that are ideal for you and your family.

In terms of differences in features, the Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL MT’s 6.75-inch capacitive screen, at a glance, is similar to the 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen found on the Fortuner 2.4 G 4x2 MT.

Both come with a CD player, a radio tuner, an aux jack, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, and a USB port. They even have the same six-speaker setup.

Note though that the 2020 Nissan Terra doesn’t have navigation, and only has Phonelink Connectivity. Whereas the touchscreen installed on the base variant of the Fortuner comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and offline navigation.

A picture of the Toyota Fortuner's interior

The interior of the Fortuner shares a lot of design cues with the Toyota Hilux

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In terms of seating, both the base variants of the Fortuner and the Terra are three-rowed seven-seaters. Both also come with 60/40 split type 2nd-row seats with a 1-touch tumble button, and both of their third rows are a 50:50 split-fold type.

All the seats for the base model Fortuner and Terra are clad in Fabric, and both SUVs have a decent amount of cup holders and storage cubby holes spread all-throughout their interiors.

In terms of air-conditioning however, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner has automatic climate control with front and rear vents, while the Terra has a simpler manual AC but also with front and rear vents.

A picture of the interior of the Nissan Terra

Likewise, the insides of the Terra reminiscent of the NIssan Navara

4. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Engine and Performance

When it comes to putting down power, the Nissan Terra’s larger 2.5 liter YD25 DDTi turbodiesel simply makes more power. The said diesel engine can produce up to 187 horsepower at 3,600 rpm, and 450 Nm of torque at 2,000rpm.

Compare that to the Fortuner G’s 2.4-liter turbodiesel, which can make 147 horsepower at 3,400rpm, and 400Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,000 rpm.

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Both the Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 and the Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL are the sole manual variants from their model’s variant lineup. Both of these base variants have a six-speed manual, are rear-wheel-drive, and both come with a 4x2 drivetrain.

In terms of suspension setups, the Terra comes standard with an independent double-wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer bar for the front and a five-link multi-link with a stabilizer bar for the rear.

The Fortuner variant lineup on the other hand has a double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer for the front end, and a four-link multi-link with coil springs, stabilizer, and lateral rod for the rear.

While the Terra makes more power, the Fortuner has better braking capabilities with ventilated disc brakes all around. The Terra, in comparison, comes standard with a ventilated disc for the front, and a simpler drum brake for the rear.  


Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 MT

Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL MT





2.4 liters

2.5 liters

Transmission Type

Six-speed manual

Six-speed manual

Max Output

147 horsepower

187 horsepower

Max Torque

400 Nm

450 Nm

Fuel Capacity

80 liters

80 liters

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5. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Safety

When it comes to safety, the Terra has the Fortuner beat with more airbags. Even the base variant of the Terra has six airbags, whereas the Fortuner’s base variant only has dual front airbags and a knee airbag for the driver.

Both SUVs however do come with anti-lock braking with electronic brakeforce distribution, a high mount stop lamp, an engine immobilizer with alarm, and child proof locks.

For parking, the base model of the Terra has a 4-eye rear parking sensor, but it doesn’t have the Fortuner’s back camera.

6. 2020 Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra: Variants and Price

Toyota Fortuner most-updated Philippine price

Toyota Fortuner Variant


Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 MT


Fortuner 2.7 G Gas 4x2 AT


Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 AT


Fortuner 2.4 TRD 4x2 AT


Fortuner 2.4 V Diesel 4x2 AT


Fortuner 2.8 V Diesel 4x4 AT


>>> Refer to Toyota Fortuner car price in the Philippines

Nissan Terra Philippines price

Nissan Terra Variant


Terra 2.5 4x2 EL MT


Terra 2.5 4x2 EL AT


Terra 2.5 4x2 VE AT


Terra 2.5 4x2 VL AT


Terra 2.5 4x4 VL AT


>>> Check out Nissan Terra price list in the Philippines

7. Toyota Fortuner vs Nissan Terra Base Comparo: Conclusion

To make it simple, here are the reasons as to why you should get one base variant over the other. If you care about a better infotainment system, a better aircon system, and better brakes, then go for the Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 MT.

Note also that Toyota has a larger dealership network so aftermarket services are easier to access. And lastly, the Fortuner has also been around far longer than the Terra so it’s evident that its aftermarket scene is much more established.

If you want a larger SUV with more airbags, more power, and is slightly cheaper, then we suggest going for the Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL MT.

Also, despite having less dealerships spread around the Philippines, Nissan’s after sales services are also noteworthy, so no issues there.

Note that both SUVs are favored due to the fact that they’re the only variants in their respective lineups that come with a manual transmission. So if you really like to row gears, then either SUV is a good purchase.

For more comparison articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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