Chris Lorigan, Editor

NZSUV - - Toyota Fortuner Vs Holden Trailblazer -

I’d re­ally strug­gle to choose be­tween th­ese two. Both are true of­froad­ers in that they’re 4WDS with low range gear­ing, and I can imag­ine throw­ing some mud ter­rain tyres on them and get­ting way out into the NZ back-coun­try. I can see ru­ral and ur­ban fam­i­lies lik­ing them for their ver­sa­til­ity, com­fort, space and seven seats.

In essence, th­ese are utes with­out the tray. And utes are ex­ceed­ingly pop­u­lar right now. But if you don’t need to haul gravel, tools, mo­tor­bikes or sheep, then th­ese of­fer a sta­tion wagon ride, a boot and two ex­tra seats. They’re big, bold and pow­er­ful, and boats will be hauled, launched and re­trieved off the beach with ease.

I feel as though the Trail­blazer is more ute­like, the For­tuner more Suv-like. But that’s just my opin­ion. The For­tuner I drove was a slightly higher spec, while the Trail­blazer had a more re­spon­sive en­gine/trans­mis­sion set-up – the Holden has more power and torque, although the trade-off is that the Holden uses a bit more fuel than the Toy­ota (9.2 litres per 100km vs. 8.6).

If I had to choose I’d go with my gut and drive away with the Holden be­cause of its more spir­ited en­gine. Check them both out, though – they’re a lot of ve­hi­cle for the money.

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