capability, value for money, manageable size
Tight third row, slow base model, ride, hard-plastic cabin
The Fortuner, Toyota's cheapest SUV, has received a minor facelift, giving it a new face and other minor detail updates. The Fortuner is the product of Toyota's International Multi-Purpose Project family, which also includes the new Hilux pick-up and the Innova. These three vehicles all share the new platform and are built in Indonesia. The Fortuner received a second facelift for 2012. Although this 4WD is based on a pickup, its styling is very softly finished, with none of its truck-like toughness showing. It has true off-road ability, thanks to four-wheel-drive with low-range gearing. It also has space for five, or optionally seven, and its value-packed price has attracted families rather than desert junkies. The Fortuner is available here with a 2.7-litre 4-cylinder as well as
two 4.0-litre V6 engines, one with manual and a higher-torque one with the automatic. Most markets offer four-wheel-drive as standard, but a two-wheel-drive version is also offered in Saudi markets. It has space for five adults and two kids. Features include power windows, dual front airbags, keyless entry, 4-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with USB port, and fabric upholstery, although the basic model is only offered in Saudi Arabia and few other GCC countries. Higher trim levels, which is standard now in the UAE, get fake wood, cruise control, chrome body trimmings, navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear diff lock, ABS, multi-information display, 6-speaker CD stereo and optional leather. Top-spec Saudi models get HID headlights, power driver's seat and wi-fi features as well.