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Toyota Fortuner Australia

The Toyota Fortuner 4x4 is not the first time Toyota has plonked a wagon body on its popular HiLux ute and called it a new car; remember the 4Runner from the 1980s?

The Fortuner 4x4 wagon isn't exactly the same as its HiLux donor, of course; the bodywork front to back is different, the interior is nicer and more upmarket, and the rear end gets coil springs in place of leaf springs for a softer, more comfortable ride. It shares the same 2.8-litre diesel four-cylinder engine, though, and it can tow up to three tonnes in manual guise.

Current prices range from $49,080 for the Fortuner GX to $61,410 for the Fortuner Crusade.

This vehicle is also known as Toyota Hilux SW4, Toyota SW4.

Toyota Fortuner Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota Fortuner varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $37,000 and going to $62,810 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP $37,000 $62,810
2021 SUV 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP $49,080 $61,410
2020 SUV 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP $37,000 $62,810
2019 SUV 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $34,700 $57,310
2018 SUV 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,200 $52,910
2017 SUV 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $27,100 $46,310
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Toyota Fortuner Interior

Matching the Toyota Fortuner’s rugged exterior is a cabin with a fairly basic design and robust feel. So, while it’s plush in places (leather seats are available as part of premium interior pack and standard on the top-spec Crisade), there are also the chunky runner floor mats that don’t mind a bath with a garden hose (take them out first, okay?).

Toyota Fortuner Towing Capacity

The Toyota Fortuner has maximum towing capacity of 3100kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 3100kg 3100kg
2020 SUV 2800kg 3100kg
2019 SUV 2800kg 2800kg
2018 SUV 2800kg 2800kg
2017 SUV 2800kg 2800kg
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Toyota Fortuner Accessories

Across the three model Fortuner range, the GX comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, cloth seats, air conditioning, an 8.0-inch display with a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, plus front and rear parking sensors.

The GXL has the GX’s features including the 17-inch alloys, but adds 'Downhill Assist Control', climate control, sat nav, digital radio, privacy glass, power driver’s seat, roof rails, LED fog lights and a proximity key.

The Crusade has all the GXL’s gear but adds 18-inch alloy wheel, Bi-LED headlights, door puddle lamps, leather seats (heated up front), an 11-speaker JBL sound system and a power tailgate.

Toyota Fortuner Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota Fortuner here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Will Toyota make a 3.3 litre diesel V6 engine in the Fortuner?

    As far as we know, the V6 turbo-diesel widely tipped to power the next LandCruiser (the 300 Series) is still just a maybe for the HiLux range. And even if it did make it into the HiLux, it would almost certainly be restricted to a sporty GR badged version as Toyota leverages its Dakar rally experience into a marketing role. With that in mind, the V6 would be an unlikely starter for the Fortuner which is aimed much more closely at families and, for whom, seating capacity and running costs are far more important than the ability to get to 100km/h in a hurry.

    Even then, there’s plenty of historical evidence to suggest that a V6 turbo-diesel HiLux will remain just an idea (a nice one, though). Toyota has never really taken the opportunity to share engines between its HiLux and full sized (ie: Not the Prado) LandCruiser ranges. With a couple of notable exceptions (all of them petrol-powered) the HiLux has remained a four-cylinder vehicle throughout its life. And when Toyota did build a (petrol) supercharged V6 HiLux tagged the TRD back in 2008, it was a sales flop.

    In any case, a hot-rod Fortuner is probably not on the cards despite the HiLux and Fortuner sharing a lot of engineering and componentry.

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  • What do you recommend for towing a horse trailer and large draft-horse?

    None of the vehicles you’ve listed are exactly low-maintenance units. They all have complex all-wheel-drive drivelines (which will be appreciated when towing a heavy trailer across a wet showground) and they use the latest common-rail diesel technology which is fairly intolerant of poor servicing.

    As for a power tailgate on a ute, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. But some of the wagon versions of these vehicles can be optioned with powered tailgates. The catch there is that these vehicles use coil sprung rear axles (as opposed to the leaf-sprung ute versions) so they’re not as adept at towing. The Toyota Fortuner, for instance can’t match the HiLux’s 3.5-tonne limit and makes do with 2800kg; not enough for your requirements. The Ford Everest (based on the Ranger) is a little better at 3000kg, but still trails the Ranger’s 3500kg towing capacity and is right on your self-imposed minimum.

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  • What four-wheel drive should I buy?

    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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  • What car should I buy for $70,000?

    You’ve pretty much covered the field there, so it should come down to what you want from your car. Do you want comfort, safety, fuel efficiency, offroad capability, cabin space? If you are mostly driving on the highway, then a diesel SUV is probably the best bet. I would rule out a dual-cab ute because of comfort, unless you need the flexibility a ute gives you. I would rule out a hybrid, they’re not at their most efficient on the highway; they’re better suited to town use. Based on your annual mileage I wouldn’t keep the car any more than 3-4 years, that way you’ll have a decent resale value when you get out of it.

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Toyota Fortuner Colours

  • Glacier White
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Sky
  • Graphite
  • Eclipse Black
  • Phantom Brown
  • Nebula Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Toyota Fortuner 2019.

Toyota Fortuner Seats

All Toyota Fortuners have seven seats, cabin space is good, and while the third row is relatively cramped for adults, there's plenty of legroom in the second row. Worth noting that third row doesn’t fold flat, instead the seats fold up towards the side windows and are fastened into position there, which eats into cargo space.

Toyota Fortuner Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota Fortuner SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1835x1855x4795 mm 216 mm
2020 SUV 1835x1855x4795 mm 225 mm
2019 SUV 1790x1855x4795 mm 225 mm
2018 SUV 1790x1855x4795 mm 225 mm
2017 SUV 1790x1855x4795 mm 225 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Fortuner Dimensions

Toyota Fortuner Boot Space

The Toyota Fortuner SUV has a boot space size of 716 Litres.
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Toyota Fortuner Fuel Consumption

The Toyota Fortuner is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.6L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP
2020 SUV 8.6L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP
2019 SUV 8.6L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 7.8L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 7.8L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota Fortuner Pricing and Specs for 2021

Toyota Fortuner Wheel Size

The Toyota Fortuner has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 265x65 R17 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 265x65 R17 265x65 R17
2020 SUV 265x65 R17 17x7 inches 265x65 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 265x65 R17 17x7 inches 265x65 R17 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 265x65 R17 17x7 inches 265x65 R17 17x7 inches
2017 SUV 265x65 R17 17x7 inches 265x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Fortuner Wheel Sizes

Toyota Fortuner Speed

All grades in the Toyota Fortuner range come with the same engine, a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel which makes 150kW/500Nm. Enough to shove the roughly 2.2-tonne seven-seater from 0-100km/h in around 10 seconds.