Likes

  • Excellent reputation for reliability
  • Unmatched support network
  • Thanks to slow new sales, used examples offer good value for money
  • Arguably the resilient non nonsense SUV of this category

Dislikes

  • Lacks the overall finesse of some of the competition
  • Lacks features and equipment versus the competition
  • Driving experience arguably the least refined in this class
  • Pajero Sport potentially offers a more appealing package

Stuff you should know

  • The Toyota Fortuner, available in Australia from 2015 to 2022, was a mid-sized SUV designed for both urban and off-road driving, sharing its platform with the Toyota HiLux ute.
  • Powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the Fortuner typically produced around 150 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque, paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
  • Its part-time four-wheel drive and low-range transfer case enhanced its off-road capabilities, providing robust performance on various terrains.
  • The Fortuner boasted impressive fuel economy, achieving close to 8L/100km on a combined cycle, suitable for long drives and city commuting.
  • With a seven-seat configuration and generous cargo space, the Fortuner was considered a family-friendly vehicle.
  • Safety features included seven airbags, stability control, and in later models, Toyota’s Safety Sense suite, adding autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure alert.
  • Throughout its lifecycle, the Fortuner underwent several updates, including improvements in interior quality, infotainment systems, and subtle exterior changes.
  • Equipped with a coil-sprung live rear axle, the Fortuner provided a stable ride and maintained its reputation for reliability.
  • In summary, the Toyota Fortuner remained competitive in the Australian market, offering family-friendly features, genuine off-road capabilities, and a strong focus on safety and efficiency, aligning with consumer demands and popularity across the country.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • Paint durability varies among owners, with some praising its resilience while others report easy scratching.
  • Overall, no common exterior faults were identified, though a few complaints exist.
  • Annoyance regarding the lack of an “off” position for headlights besides turning off the car.
  • Rearview camera placement off-centre is a common gripe.
  • Alarm button prone to accidental triggering when in pocket.
  • Some aftermarket gear fitted to used examples may not work; ensure proper installation and functionality of accessories.
  • Consider watching the ultimate 4×4 buyer’s guide before making a purchase.

 

Interior:

  • No prevalent interior faults, but numerous complaints noted.
  • Often used as taxis in Asia and the subcontinent, designed to withstand abuse, hence fewer interior issues.
  • Complaints include easily scratched piano black surfaces and plastic trim around door handles.
  • Door handles perceived as flimsy by some owners.
  • Infotainment systems can provide much frustration.
  • Certain models’ USB ports provide insufficient power output at 500mA.

 

Mechanical:

  • Common issues involve the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and 5th injector, with Toyota offering extended warranty and repairs for affected examples.
  • Pre-2018 models experienced more frequent EGR cooler leaks, typically covered under warranty.
  • Some 1GD engines had timing chain guide issues, including early versions and reports extending to 2020 models, covered by extended warranty.
  • Air filter housing breaking during inspection can lead to damage and debris entering the turbo, though not a common issue.
  • Dust accumulation on the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor necessitates cleaning due to a design flaw in the filter; upgrades are available.

Recalls:

  • June 2018 – Toyota expanded a recall involving Prius, Corolla Sedan, Fortuner & Hilux models from February 2018 due to a defect in the airbag system’s IC chip insulation, which could lead to an open circuit; no affected units were reported in the original publication.
  • December 2020 – Faulty brake boosters in Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models from 2018 to 2020, affecting 23,957 units; potential loss of braking assist leading to increased stopping distance, posing risks of accidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Exterior:

  • Paint durability varies among owners, with some praising its resilience while others report easy scratching.
  • Overall, no common exterior faults were identified, though a few complaints exist.
  • Annoyance regarding the lack of an “off” position for headlights besides turning off the car.
  • Rearview camera placement off-centre is a common gripe.
  • Alarm button prone to accidental triggering when in pocket.
  • Some aftermarket gear fitted to used examples may not work; ensure proper installation and functionality of accessories.
  • Consider watching the ultimate 4×4 buyer’s guide before making a purchase.

 

Interior:

  • No prevalent interior faults, but numerous complaints noted.
  • Often used as taxis in Asia and the subcontinent, designed to withstand abuse, hence fewer interior issues.
  • Complaints include easily scratched piano black surfaces and plastic trim around door handles.
  • Door handles perceived as flimsy by some owners.
  • Infotainment systems can provide much frustration.
  • Certain models’ USB ports provide insufficient power output at 500mA.

 

Mechanical:

  • Common issues involve the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and 5th injector, with Toyota offering extended warranty and repairs for affected examples.
  • Pre-2018 models experienced more frequent EGR cooler leaks, typically covered under warranty.
  • Some 1GD engines had timing chain guide issues, including early versions and reports extending to 2020 models, covered by extended warranty.
  • Air filter housing breaking during inspection can lead to damage and debris entering the turbo, though not a common issue.
  • Dust accumulation on the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor necessitates cleaning due to a design flaw in the filter; upgrades are available.

Recalls:

  • June 2018 – Toyota expanded a recall involving Prius, Corolla Sedan, Fortuner & Hilux models from February 2018 due to a defect in the airbag system’s IC chip insulation, which could lead to an open circuit; no affected units were reported in the original publication.
  • December 2020 – Faulty brake boosters in Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models from 2018 to 2020, affecting 23,957 units; potential loss of braking assist leading to increased stopping distance, posing risks of accidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Exterior:

  • Paint durability varies among owners, with some praising its resilience while others report easy scratching.
  • Overall, no common exterior faults were identified, though a few complaints exist.
  • Annoyance regarding the lack of an “off” position for headlights besides turning off the car.
  • Rearview camera placement off-centre is a common gripe.
  • Alarm button prone to accidental triggering when in pocket.
  • Some aftermarket gear fitted to used examples may not work; ensure proper installation and functionality of accessories.
  • Consider watching the ultimate 4×4 buyer’s guide before making a purchase.

 

Interior:

  • No prevalent interior faults, but numerous complaints noted.
  • Often used as taxis in Asia and the subcontinent, designed to withstand abuse, hence fewer interior issues.
  • Complaints include easily scratched piano black surfaces and plastic trim around door handles.
  • Door handles perceived as flimsy by some owners.
  • Infotainment systems can provide much frustration.
  • Certain models’ USB ports provide insufficient power output at 500mA.

 

Mechanical:

  • Common issues involve the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and 5th injector, with Toyota offering extended warranty and repairs for affected examples.
  • Pre-2018 models experienced more frequent EGR cooler leaks, typically covered under warranty.
  • Some 1GD engines had timing chain guide issues, including early versions and reports extending to 2020 models, covered by extended warranty.
  • Air filter housing breaking during inspection can lead to damage and debris entering the turbo, though not a common issue.
  • Dust accumulation on the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor necessitates cleaning due to a design flaw in the filter; upgrades are available.

Recalls:

  • June 2018 – Toyota expanded a recall involving Prius, Corolla Sedan, Fortuner & Hilux models from February 2018 due to a defect in the airbag system’s IC chip insulation, which could lead to an open circuit; no affected units were reported in the original publication.
  • December 2020 – Faulty brake boosters in Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models from 2018 to 2020, affecting 23,957 units; potential loss of braking assist leading to increased stopping distance, posing risks of accidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Should you buy it?

There’s plenty to like about the Toyota Fortuner. It’s a robust, ute-based 7-seat SUV, with all the same off-road and towing capability of the Toyota HiLux on which it’s based.

The Toyota Fortuner offers a great blend of practicality and ability, but if you’re in the market for one, question whether you truly need a 7-seater of his kind. Similar to the Ford Everest, with its Ford Ranger-based origins, the ride and handling is compromised due to the ladder-frame chassis. So if you’re planning on pretty much only staying on the sealed stuff around town, you might be better off going for a more traditional 7-seat SUV.

That said, if you truly need a car like this for life’s adventures, the Toyota Fortuner has a lot going for it.

The diesel powertrain is not without it’s issues, most of which can be found in the majority of diesel powerplants. As well, be sure to inspect the Fortuner you’re looking at for signs it has been abused off-road or that it’s had any crap mods or accessories fitted. If it has been modded in any way, make sure those mods have been done professionally and are of a high standard.

There’s plenty to like about the Toyota Fortuner. It’s a robust, ute-based 7-seat SUV, with all the same off-road and towing capability of the Toyota HiLux on which it’s based.

The Toyota Fortuner offers a great blend of practicality and ability, but if you’re in the market for one, question whether you truly need a 7-seater of his kind. Similar to the Ford Everest, with its Ford Ranger-based origins, the ride and handling is compromised due to the ladder-frame chassis. So if you’re planning on pretty much only staying on the sealed stuff around town, you might be better off going for a more traditional 7-seat SUV.

That said, if you truly need a car like this for life’s adventures, the Toyota Fortuner has a lot going for it.

The diesel powertrain is not without it’s issues, most of which can be found in the majority of diesel powerplants. As well, be sure to inspect the Fortuner you’re looking at for signs it has been abused off-road or that it’s had any crap mods or accessories fitted. If it has been modded in any way, make sure those mods have been done professionally and are of a high standard.

Should you buy it?

There’s plenty to like about the Toyota Fortuner. It’s a robust, ute-based 7-seat SUV, with all the same off-road and towing capability of the Toyota HiLux on which it’s based.

The Toyota Fortuner offers a great blend of practicality and ability, but if you’re in the market for one, question whether you truly need a 7-seater of his kind. Similar to the Ford Everest, with its Ford Ranger-based origins, the ride and handling is compromised due to the ladder-frame chassis. So if you’re planning on pretty much only staying on the sealed stuff around town, you might be better off going for a more traditional 7-seat SUV.

That said, if you truly need a car like this for life’s adventures, the Toyota Fortuner has a lot going for it.

The diesel powertrain is not without it’s issues, most of which can be found in the majority of diesel powerplants. As well, be sure to inspect the Fortuner you’re looking at for signs it has been abused off-road or that it’s had any crap mods or accessories fitted. If it has been modded in any way, make sure those mods have been done professionally and are of a high standard.

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What is the car's build year?

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Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

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Models, pricing & features

Toyota Fortuner-6

GX

Price when new: $47,990

Price used: $32,400 - $36,100

Equipment

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning – Rear
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Knee Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Airbags – Head for 3rd Row Seats
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Body Colour – Door Handles
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
  • Bottle Holders – 1st Row
  • Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
  • CD Player
  • Camera – Rear Vision
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Chrome Rear Garnish
  • Coil Springs
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Traction
  • Control – Trailer Sway
  • Cooled Compartment – Front
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Cup Holders – 2nd Row
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Ventilated
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Electronic Differential Lock
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Free Wheeling Hubs – Auto-locking
  • Handbrake – Fold Down
  • Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
  • Hill Holder
  • Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
  • Independent Front Suspension
  • Information Display – Drivetrain
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Mudflaps – front
  • Mudflaps – rear
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Parking Assist – Graphical Display
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering – Speed Sensitive
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seatback Pocket – Front Driver Seat
  • Seatback Pocket – Front Passenger Seat
  • Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 7 seats
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Seats – 3rd Row Split Fold
  • Side Steps
  • Spare Wheel – Full Size Steel
  • Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
  • Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
  • Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Voice Recognition

GXL

Price when new: $52,990

Price used: $35,900 - $39,900

Adds

  • 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • Central Locking – Key Proximity
  • Chrome Door Handles – Exterior
  • Chrome Grille
  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • Digital Instrument Display – Partial
  • Fog Lamps – Front
  • Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
  • Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
  • Roof Rails
  • Starter Button

Crusade

Price when new: $59,990

Price used: $41,000 - $45,300

Adds

  • 18″ Alloy Wheels
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control
  • Courtesy Lamps – in Doors Front
  • Courtesy Lamps – in Doors Rear
  • Daytime Running Lamps – LED
  • Electric Seat – Drivers
  • GPS (Satellite Navigation)
  • Headlamps – LED
  • Leather Seats – Partial
  • Power – Boot/Tailgate
  • Radio – Digital (DAB+)
  • Spare Wheel – Full Size Alloy Wheel
  • Woodgrain – Inserts

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 130kW / 420Nm (GX 2015 – 2018, GXL 2015 – 2018, Crusade 2015 – 2017)
  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 130kW / 450Nm (GX 2015 – 2020, GXL 2015 – 2020, Crusade 2015 – 2020)
  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 150kW / 500Nm (GX 2020 – 2022, GXL 2020 – 2022, Crusade 2020 – 2022)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (GX, GXL, Crusade)
  • 6-speed Automatic (GX, GXL, Crusade)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.8 – 9.1 / 100km (All Models)

Length

  • 4795mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1855mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1790mm – 1835mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2745mm – 2750mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 2110kg – 2190kg (All Models)

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 3100kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2015 (GX, GXL, Crusade)
  • 5 stars, tested 2019 (GX, GXL, Crusade)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 130kW / 420Nm (GX 2015 – 2018, GXL 2015 – 2018, Crusade 2015 – 2017)
  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 130kW / 450Nm (GX 2015 – 2020, GXL 2015 – 2020, Crusade 2015 – 2020)
  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 150kW / 500Nm (GX 2020 – 2022, GXL 2020 – 2022, Crusade 2020 – 2022)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (GX, GXL, Crusade)
  • 6-speed Automatic (GX, GXL, Crusade)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.8 – 9.1 / 100km (All Models)

Length

  • 4795mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1855mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1790mm – 1835mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2745mm – 2750mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 2110kg – 2190kg (All Models)

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 3100kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2015 (GX, GXL, Crusade)
  • 5 stars, tested 2019 (GX, GXL, Crusade)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 130kW / 420Nm (GX 2015 – 2018, GXL 2015 – 2018, Crusade 2015 – 2017)
  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 130kW / 450Nm (GX 2015 – 2020, GXL 2015 – 2020, Crusade 2015 – 2020)
  • 2.8 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 150kW / 500Nm (GX 2020 – 2022, GXL 2020 – 2022, Crusade 2020 – 2022)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (GX, GXL, Crusade)
  • 6-speed Automatic (GX, GXL, Crusade)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.8 – 9.1 / 100km (All Models)

Length

  • 4795mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1855mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1790mm – 1835mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2745mm – 2750mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 2110kg – 2190kg (All Models)

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 3100kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2015 (GX, GXL, Crusade)
  • 5 stars, tested 2019 (GX, GXL, Crusade)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 3 years / 100,000 km (GX, GXL, Crusade)
  • 5 years / unlimited km (GX, GXL, Crusade)

Servicing

  • 10,000 km / 6 months (All Models)

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