When the all-new Toyota Fortuner debuted a year ago, it created waves with its new-age styling that still somehow looked like a tough offroader (unless, say, the poor attempt that is the new Land Rover Discovery). What we didn’t expect were all the other improvements, including an interior that is surprisingly upscale at first glance.
The dash, the door inserts and even the sides of the central control stack are all padded with Lexus-looking faux leather in the top-spec model. Sure, there’s still a ton of hard plastics, but it doesn’t feel like you’re driving a Hilux any more.
But it is still based on the Hilux, which is why the live-axle rear suspension means the Fortuner can never have a proper hideaway third row. And that means the boot is in this sorry state.
While the Fortuner still drives like a truck, it is less truck-like than before. More on that in the full review.