Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The $42,590 (before on-road costs) Fortuner GX is the beneficiary of a recent $5400 price cut – in the car game, this is a huge chunk of change.
And it’s not like Toyota took stuff out, either. The base GX now gets 17-inch alloy rims instead of steelies, and a set of rear parking sensors to complement the reversing camera.
LED tail-lights, air con, a cloth interior, a chilled bin, a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system and seven seats are all standard fare for the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel powered GX, which comes stock with a six-speed manual gearbox. You’ll need to find $2000 more to spec it with a six-speed auto.
A polyurethane steering wheel, basic multimedia system (with streaming) and rubber mats round out the spec.
The Fortuner is positioned as a proper 4WD seven-seat wagon; hence its position above the more car-like Kluger SUV, but below the more luxurious and larger Prado 4x4.
It also goes up against similarly specced rivals like the Ford Everest Ambiente at $52,990 (Ford will suggest its product targets the Prado, but we disagree), the $48,500 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS seven-seater and Isuzu’s MU-X LS-M ($48,000).