Toyota Fortuner GXL Quick Review

By Sean Muir, 11 Feb 2016 Car Reviews

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Toyota Fortuner GXL Quick Review

Think Toyota Hilux but with refinements befitting of a seven-seat wagon. New to Australia, the Toyota Fortuner is a wagon version of the Hilux but retains the ute’s rugged go-anywhere attitude.

PLUS

  • Tough. The Toyota Hilux is tough and so is the Fortuner. The Fortuner is more passenger car but shares the same DNA as the Hilux – a brand built on a reputation of durability.
  • 4x4 capability. Like the new Hilux, the Fortuner is very capable off road. The electronic traction control delivers drive to the wheels that need it most, and low-speed punch is always available from the engine. 
  • Refinements. The Fortuner has an upmarket SUV feel.  It has disc brakes at the rear, soft-touch points throughout the cabin, and  coil spring suspension means a smooth ride on the highway. It looks pretty smart, too.
  • Dealer network. Toyota has a massive dealer network. So you should be able to get support no matter where you are in Australia. 
  • Equipment. The Fortuner comes with most of the stuff you’d expect in a modern passenger car, including an array of power and USB outlets for your electronic goodies. 
  • Seven seats. Better than five.  

MINUS

  • Fiddly tablet. The audio system is controlled via a touch screen, which can be hard to use, especially over rough terrain.
  • Tyre size. The Fortuner’s tyre size is one of the most common, so there are plenty of options for rubber. But if you want to get bigger tyres, you’re out of luck – there isn’t enough room in the wheel wells.
  • Sat-nav. There is no sat-nav or climate control air-con in the mid-spec GLX.

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