Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Which is better?

Dec 27, 2017
Find your answer in our Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner comparison review covering price in the Philippines, specs, exterior & interior design, and performance.

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Big toys for big boys

Filipino gearheads seem to have special affection for big vehicles, in particular, SUVs and pickups. According to the mid-year report of CAMPI and TMA, commercial vehicles account for more than 70% of total vehicle sales during the first six months of 2017. And among these, SUVs and pickups, categorized as light commercial vehicles, make up the majority.

Speaking of most sought-after SUVs in the Philippines, it would be a shame if we skip the Isuzu MU-X and Toyota Fortuner. While the former has been around on the local market for only 3 years, the latter has accumulated praise and fondness of Pinoy car enthusiasts for over a decade. Even though the MU-X arrived to our shores years later than the Fortuner, both have now occupied the top positions of most favorite SUVs in the Philippines for their macho look, functional cabin, and powerful performance, not to mention its high reliability.

In order to offer our readers a comprehensive comparison of Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner, Philkotse.com has gathered detailed specifications of these two and put them next to each other. First, take a look at our infographic to have a brief comparison of these two SUVs.

Which one is better? Read full our article to find the answer for yourself.

Before we start, please note that in-depth review for each can be found at:

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner - Head 2 Head

1. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Overview

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Overview specs

2. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Exterior

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Exterior specs

As can be seen from the table, the MU-X is slightly bigger than the Fortuner in terms of overall dimensions. However, what we like most about the former is its 230 mm of ground clearance which is far higher than the latter with only 193 mm. The MU-X seems to be a better choice here when it comes to driving through flooded streets after every heavy rain in the Philippines.

While the MU-X owns a more balanced-looking appearance, the Fortuner will be suitable for those who prefer a SUV with muscular look and sporty design.

Isuzu MU-X 2018 frontToyota Fortuner 2018 front

Front fascia of Isuzu MU-X 2018 and Toyota Fortuner 2018

>>> Learn more about the Fortuner in its comparison review with the Chevy Trailblazer

3. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Interior

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Interior specs

Regarding the interior design, we personally prefer the dark themed cabin of the Toyota Fortuner as it brings a sense of premium quality. However, it is undeniable that the MU-X also offers a comfortable atmosphere and enjoyable riding experience thanks to its roominess and well-equipped infotainment system, particularly the roof-mounted entertaining screen for rear passengers.

Both can easily accommodate 7 adults and provide generous cargo space even with the third row used.

Cabin of the Isuzu MU-X 2018Toyota Fortuner 2018 cabin

Cabin of the Isuzu MU-X 2018 and Toyota Fortuner 2018

4. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Convenience

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Convenience specs

5. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Safety & Security

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Safety & Security specs

It can be clearly seen from the table that the Fortuner is better equipped than the MU-X as far as safety features are concerned. While this does not necessarily mean that the Isuzu 7-seater is not safety enough to drive, it is still something to carefully consider if these two vehicles are in your shortlist for your next car.

Side profile of the Isuzu MU-X 2018Side profile of the Toyota Fortuner 2018

Side profile of the Isuzu MU-X 2018 and Toyota Fortuner 2018

6. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Performance

Here we would like to spend some words on the fuel consumption of these guys. In spite of their big sizes, both vehicles are listed among most fuel efficient SUVs in the Philippines. In detail, according to some test runs, the Isuzu MU-X can run 9km per liter in city at an average speed of 16km/h and 15km per liter when driven on highway conditions. The figure for Toyota Fortuner is 11.2 km/L in mixed city and highway.

In this round, we find it very difficult to decide which one is better because they both are robust partners not only for off-road trips but also everyday ride. However, to give a fair conclusion, it should be mentioned here that on paper, the torque of the MU-X is a little weaker than that of the Fortuner. Besides, the engine of the MU-X is a bit noisy and vibrational. But well, it is a diesel after all.

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Performance specs

* Update: Wondering if it's worth to wait for the 2019 model? Check out our latest brief report on the Toyota Fortuner 2019 here.

7. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Conclusion

We hope this Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner comparison has provided you with comprehensive perspectives to thoroughly understand the two hot-selling SUVs currently marketed in our country. It would be impossible to give a straightforward answer of which vehicle is better because the answer depends on each person’s preferences.

Philkotse.com believes it is more important to be fully aware of the pros and cons of each car so that you can find a perfect match for your own.

Look at the tables below for updated price list for the Isuzu MU-X and Toyota Fortuner in the Philippines:

The Isuzu MU-X 2018 Prices in the Philippines
Model Tranmission Price
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT BluePower Automatic P1,598,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4X2 AT (Pearl White) Automatic P1,608,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x4 AT BluePower Automatic P1,908,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A AT 4x4 (Pearl White) Automatic P1,918,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS 4X2 MT Manual ₱1,268,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS 4X2 MT (Silky Pearl White) Manual ₱1,278,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT Manual ₱1,378,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT (Silky Pearl White) Manual ₱1,388,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT Automatic ₱1,508,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT (Silky Pearl White) Automatic ₱1,518,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x4 AT Automatic ₱1,788,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x4 AT (Silky Pearl White) Automatic ₱1,798,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS-A 4x4 AT Automatic ₱1,828,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS-A 4x4 AT (Silky Pearly White) Automatic ₱1,838,000
Toyota Fortuner 2018 prices in the Philippines
Model Price
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 MT ₱1,465,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.7 G Gas 4x2 AT ₱1,471,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 G Diesel 4x2 AT ₱1,555,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 V Diesel 4x2 AT ₱1,833,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 V Diesel 4x2 AT (White Pearl) ₱1,848,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 V Diesel 4x4 AT ₱2,228,000
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 V Diesel 4x4 AT (White Pearl) ₱2,243,000

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