The 2017 Toyota Fortuner with a fresh feeling

Updated Dec 20, 2022

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In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Accessories
  5. Engine & Performance
  6. Verdict

2017 Toyota Fortuner Philippines Review: Fresh feeling & eye-catching look

The new Toyota Fortuner's exterior

The new Toyota Fortuner

The new Toyota Fortuner brings a fresh feeling since it is bigger, tougher, and more eye-catching, gives a better on-road performance.

2017 Toyota Fortuner Philippines with Stunning exterior

The new Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner is one of the favorite choices of Filipino customers

The new Fortuner is designed on Toyota's key idea to create a range-topping and elegant model.

Great beauty is one of the main reasons making Toyota Fortuner one of the favorite choices of Filipino customers. Providing all functions as a 4x4 vehicle, the new Toyota Fortuner also proves its popularity for always giving a good on-road performance on the streets.

Toyota's design has been for a long time, well-known for its practicality rather than beauty. People hardly describe a Fortuner sleek or fashionable. But now the story has changed. The new 2017 Lexus - a Toyota premium brand, exemplifies Toyota's stunning appearance. 

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The new Toyota Fortuner has proven that it is an innovative model, not affected by the design of its prior versions. The new Fortuner’s headlamps are narrow and aggressively swept back; its bold grille is flanked by broad vertical chrome bars and an almost floating bumper design is swept upward. The high beltline curves up towards the rear window while the rear still looks quite sharp for the tail lights.

Worth mentioning is Toyota ditching body claddings for the lower half.

All in all, the new Toyota Fortuner is tasteful in design. 


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The new Toyota Fortuner's cabin

This new Toyota Fortuner though has made a significant transformation for the inside space

The previous Fortuner’s interior space is quite monotonous, this new Toyota Fortuner though has made a significant transformation for the inside space.
Stunning, luxurious, eye-catching are what the new Toyota Fortuner has to offer. Toyota adds a great deal of style to what was typically a drab space by using features such as faux-leather and metallic accents.
There are more soft-touch materials that assure delivering the best experience for drivers and passengers. 

2017 Toyota Fortuner Philippines: Accessories

The new Toyota Fortuner's amenities

The new Toyota Fortuner offers a 7-inch touchscreen

The new Toyota Fortuner offers a 7-inch touchscreen on the neat layout of the center - console. The meter-console will display driving modes and other data of the automobile.
The car adds more features to a touch of luxury such as rear air-con controls, 12V charging sockets, flexible seating, and power rear door.
The new Toyota Fortuner offers a full set of necessary stability systems to ensure the safety of the drivers: traction control, brake assist, hill assist, downhill assist, 7-airbags, and whiplash control seats. Bi-xenon projector lights with auto-levelling function as well as puddle lamps are also available. 

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2017 Toyota Fortuner Philippines: Engine & Performance

The new Toyota Fortuner in tough terrain

The quiet ride and smooth power delivery are the top concerns of most buyers

Engines are smaller but more effective. The new Toyota Fortuner provides two engine choices: a 2.8-litre diesel engine and a 2.7-litre petrol engine. Both pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

To maximize torque capability, what the driver needs is to dab the throttle and 1,600rpm for the 2.7-tonne vehicle to gather momentum. Drivers never have to worry about the lack of power when running at all, but they need to perform six ratios to reach top-gear.

The center-sole has the “iMT” button which does a little blip and rev-match on the downshift.

Both Eco and Power buttons decides how the throttle would perform, limited or full power. Fuel efficiency will obviously be more effective if using the Eco button.

Hill assist function works great on a long straight uphill section. In more difficult conditions, to deal with rough elements, the new Toyota Fortuner offers an electronic toggle knob that allows selection of four-wheel-drive high and low ratios.

The automatic transmission engine probably has a more gentle motion than the manual transmission even when going downhill.

The new Toyota Fortuner provides paddle shifts which are rarely used while driving because the box is good enough for the journey.

The quiet ride and smooth power delivery are the top concerns of most buyers. The older Fortuner made strong and regular vibrations when driving. However, the new Fortuner profits from a stiffer ladder-on-frame chassis which combines stronger cross-members and suspension mounts for better torsional rigidity.

Braking and acceleration become easier since pitch is better controlled. However, the new Toyota Fortuner generally lacks ease and comfort of movement.

Many said that over 100km plus that they covered one-way, the car began to cause shaking and vibrations and lacked under-thigh support.

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2017 Toyota Fortuner Philippines Review: Verdict

The new Toyota Fortuner

The brand-new, smoother engine, transmission and all plush amenities have gone a long way to make the money well spent

Sales and marketing tactics sometimes have an adverse effect on the meaning of the word “new” in the change of a vehicle.  However, Toyota has proved to be an exception in this story.
The change in design language or developing engine’s power probably would not attract buyers but show them the value they deserve as well as show Toyota's continuous improvement.  All in all, the diesel engine has great torque and delivers it very smoothly. The ride is quiet.
Many are expressing feelings of dissatisfaction at the large price increase, yet the brand-new, smoother engine, transmission and all plush amenities have gone a long way to make the money well spent. 

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