Toyota Fortuner Crusade and HiLux SR5
Toyota’s long-awaited eighth-generation HiLux was launched last year to an eager audience of ute-loving Aussies, and it has now been joined by a wagon variant called the Fortuner, which is based on the same platform. We test both models back-to-back.
The Fortuner is offered in GX, GXL and top-of-therange Crusade variants. All have a 2.8-litre four-cylinder common-rail direct-injection turbo-diesel engine with a six-speed manual or auto transmission.
Maximum power and torque is a claimed 130kW and 450Nm (auto); 420Nm for the manual.
Standard features include air conditioning, rear differential lock, side steps and 17-inch steel wheels, along with stability and active traction control, seven airbags, two ISOFIX points, reversing camera, trailer sway control and hill-start assist control. Nice touches include 4kg shopping bag hooks on the back of the front seats and three 12V outlets. Our Crusade also had a 100W/220V power socket.
On top of these features, Crusade gets satnav, power tailgate, 18-inch alloy wheels (including spare), power-operated driver’s seat and more.
Fortuner is a seven-seat wagon although third-row seats are really only suited to kids. There is plenty of head- and legroom in the front and second-row.
On the road the Fortuner delivers decent performance and comfortable ride quality, albeit on the firm side, while off-road prowess is impressive. We tackled a long, winding course that included rocky hills, a creek-bed and climbs up and down sandy banks, and the Fortuner tackled everything with HiLux-like ease; not surprising considering its HiLux heritage, genuine low-range gearing and lockable rear differential.
Price as tested: $59,990 (Crusade 2.8TD manual) More info: www.toyota.com.au