- Oct 24, 2014
For me the Fortuner is a bit of an off-shoot when compared to Toyota's other SUVs. I feel like the SUV progression is something like CH-R -> RAV4 -> Land Cruiser 150 (Prado) -> Land Cruiser 200 (300). The Fortuner is just a Hilux with 7-seats and a SUV body (albeit slightly better suspension).So my wife has decided that due to Covid and international travel being out for a while, that we should really explore SA instead.
I like the idea and there are tons of little towns and random places we would like to see.
My 3 series isnt really going to cut it for cruising 100km+ dirt roads which are fairly common to some areas.
So I have been looking, Im not really interested in the smaller SUV's like the X-trail, CR-V, Kuga etc. Those all just seem like hatchbacks with a bit more ground clearance.
Enter the Fortuner and Everest, which are a lot more solid and have a lot more space.
So if you had a R400k budget and could choose between the two, what would you go for?
Is there anything else obvious that Im missing that I should consider?
Not really interested in a double cab, those things are horrible to live with on a daily basis.
I feel the Everest almost competes with the Land Cruiser 150 rather than the Fortuner (however they do fall in the same category).
The Everest feels bigger on the road. It feels heavier, and wider. However it does feel more well put together and more luxurious. It has more features and creature comforts. Objectively the Everest is the better vehicle - It trumps the Toyota in almost all aspects.
That being said, if I got a Fortuner at a good price, I would for that over the Everest. It just feels rugged and utilitarian. It almost has a drive-anywhere attitude about it. It creaks, it rattles, NHV isn't the best and the engine isn't the most powerful - But you can throw it at anything and it will survive. As long as you know it's not a 'Sandton SUV' it will be great.
Go test drive both, and request if you can take it on some off-road paths - and see which one you most resonate with. Be subjective about your decision and choose the one you will really enjoy waking up to and driving to the middle of nowhere with.