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Peter ASKED THE GUIDE

What four-wheel drive should I buy?

I am looking at purchasing a new four-wheel drive. The vehicle I am requesting a road test on is the 2019 Toyota Fortuner. Wha models are there available and what are their good points and bad?
 

 

Matt Campbell ANSWERED BY Matt Campbell
11 September 2019

The Fortuner is a tough and rugged vehicle, but it does have some shortcomings. The side-mounted third row seats is one thing we think could be done better, but it's the harshness of the suspension that gets our goat most - other SUVs in the segment (like the Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, not to mention the SsangYong Rexton and Isuzu D-Max) all have better ride comfort and compliance. 

Further to that, Toyota still hasn't upgraded the Fortuner with advanced safety gear. The HiLux now gets AEB, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control, and so that tech should be rolled out for a 2020 update soon, too. 

If you plan to do more on-road driving than off-road exploring, or if safety is a high priority for you, you might be best having a look around. If you're planning to see the country and take the back way while you do, a Fortuner might be a great match for you - and the brand's unrivalled network of dealers does make it an appealing option. 

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