The Fortuner, honestly, has captured a lot of feelings of the Filipinos. Even, some Pinoy drivers openly declare that “the only way you’ll survive driving in the Philippines is if you have a proper SUV to brave the flood or the mud, and that’s where the Toyota Fortuner comes in.”
So, what are the reasons for the Toyota Fortuner’s domination across our streets for over a decade?
1. Reliable brand image
The Toyota Fortuner has always been a fierce rival in the SUV category nationwide
The fact remains that every Toyota model is always a preference thanks to its reliability, performance, durability and also excellent customer services. For most buyers, if they plan to go for a good SUV, Toyota models, including the Fortuner are commonly top picks. This explains why the Japanese automaker sold out nearly 2,000 units of Fortuner in the very first month of its debut. From then on, the Fortuner has made it a massive brand in itself and has always been a fierce rival in the SUV category nationwide.
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2. Timeless good look
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My brother Joseph has got a first gen Fortuner since 2005, despite having suffered from scars of entrepreneurial use, his vehicle still looks and runs like new. He also asserts that newer competitors like the Chevrolet Trailblazer and the MU-X he has seen on the roads can’t be in the running with his beloved car.
My brother and his 2005 Toyota Fortuner
3. Superb ride quality
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Nonetheless, a petty problem is that the suspension of his car seems not to be very smooth. Riding on rough roads and roads that are not tarred properly will give you a feeling that this vehicle does not have a suspension itself!!! However, modern Fortuners will certainly help you feel better.
4. Spacious interior
The cabin is sublime and extremely comfortable
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5. High performance
6. Impressive off-road capability
Namely, the SUV can wade to depths up to 700 mm and has 225 mm of ground clearance, a hefty 3,000 kg towing capacity in addition to impressive approach and departure angles. As a result, this off-roader is able to stand stiffly like a brave man in the toughest roads as well as in any dreadful weather condition and never feels tired. It’s perfect for those who need to tow stuff or enjoy taking the family to hard-to-find camping places.
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7. High fuel efficiency
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8. Low maintenance costs
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9. Wide range of prices
Explore all variants and prices more closely with the table below:
Toyota gives you numerous variants of Fortuner
If the prices above are still not fair to you, please consider our list of used Toyota Fortuner for sale. For all intents and purposes, opting for a used car is not a bad idea. See my brother, he has ridden his Fortuner for nearly 12 years and has no intention of going for a new one.
10. Great resale value
Lastly, I would like to sum up my post with the conversation I had with my brother Joseph:
- “Do you fancy getting one for yourself?” Joseph asked me.
- “Enough said.”, I replied.
Know more about Toyota Fortuner
The Toyota Fortuner is one of the best selling midsize SUV in the Philippines. This midsize SUV has been driven on the country’s highways since the early 2000s. It became a household name because of its rugged platform, strong brand support, and tested durability. The second-generation Toyota Fortuner has topped the sales chart consistently, not only in the midsize SUV segment but also for the entire automotive industry in the country. The Toyota Fortuner shares the same IMV platform with the Innova and Hilux. Aside from the platform, the three models also share the same engine options but with different outputs. The current version of the Japanese SUV is sleeker compared to the model it replaces – making it a popular choice for car buyers. The cabin of the Toyota Fortuner can accommodate seven people. The third-row seat can be folded to the side to provide more cargo space. Ingress is smooth and easy with Smart Entry and Push Start System for LTD, Q, and V grades. The LTD variant features an elegant interior in leather with maroon accents, as well as galaxy black trim and interior illumination which adds to the sophisticated interior look of the vehicle. The Q variant also gets the classy black leather interior complemented by dark wood trim. The new Toyota Fortuner range is headlined by the new LTD variant in 4x4 and 4x2 which comes in an exclusive design, followed by Q and V variants in automatic transmission, and the G variant available in AT and MT.