Mid-spec midsize SUV matchup: Isuzu mu-X vs. Toyota Fortuner

Mid-spec midsize SUV matchup: Isuzu mu-X vs. Toyota Fortuner

As midsize SUVs are currently the consumers' choice, Isuzu and Toyota made sure that their respective mu-X and Fortuner cover a wide variety of preferences, and crucially, budget. 

In the mu-X's case, it's available in five variants, while the Fortuner offers six guises. Each of these models and trims flex their unique muscles to entice the buying public. 

The mu-X packs an advanced driver assist system (ADAS) with active and passive safety features. All of this is wrapped in a “robust” design that's mixed with an "exclusive” ambience, to make every the ride as stylish as it is utilitarian.

Isuzu mu-X 2021

Isuzu mu-X 2021

Alongside the toughness its maker is known for, the Fortuner carries Toyota Safety Sense, a summation of safety gadgets like Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control, among others. It also sports a stable and adventurous stance, and powerful engines. 

Toyota FortunerToyota Fortuner 7-SRS-AirbagsIn their middle varieties, the mu-X and Fortuner aim to mix the features found in their base and top-spec siblings. The mu-X 3.0 4x2 LS-A AT and the Fortuner 2.4 V Diesel 4x2 AT do this while straying below the P2 million mark. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4x2 LS-A AT 

Fortuner 2.4 V Diesel 4x2 AT

Vehicle Type

Midsize SUV

Midsize SUV 

Overall Length (mm)

4,850

4,795

Overall Width (mm)

1,870

1,855

Overall Height (mm)

1,825

1,835

Wheelbase (mm)

2,855

2,745

Seating Capacity

7

7

Number of Doors

5

5

Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

78

80

Engine Type

3.0L Turbo Diesel Engine, In-line 4 Cylinder 16 Valve

2.4L Turbo Diesel Engine, In-line 4 Cylinder 16 Valve

Displacement (cc)

2,488

2,393

Number of Cylinders

4

4

Valves Per Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power Output (ps / rpm)

190/ 3,400

150 / 3,400

Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

450 / 1,600 – 2,000

500 / 1,600 – 2,000

Fuel Type

Diesel

Diesel

Fuel Supply System

Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi)

Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi)

Drive Type

4x2

4x2

Transmission

Six-speed Automatic Transmission

Six-speed Automatic Transmission

Suspension

Front: Double Wishbone

Rear: Five-link Coil Spring

Front: Double Wishbone

Rear: Multi-link 

Brakes

Front: Discs

Rear: Discs

Front: Discs

Rear: Discs

Wheels and Tires

265/60 R18 Alloy

265 / 65 R17 Alloy 

Tire Type

Radial

Radial

Steering Gear Type

Power assisted

Power assisted

Steering Column

Adjustable

Adjustable

Headlights

Bi-LED

Bi-LED 

Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

LED

LED

Auto Headlights

Without

Without

Front Fog Lamps

LED

LED 

Rear Fog Lamp

With (LED)

With

Outside Rear View Mirror

Power Adjust and Manual Fold

Power Adjust and Power Fold

Wipers

Manual

Manual 

Integrated Antenna

With

With

Side Stepper

With

With

Overfenders

Without

Without

Deck Lamp

Without

Without

Rear Window Defogger

With

With

Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank

With

With

Seat Material

Fabric

Fabric

Driver Seat Adjustment

6-way Manual Adjust

6-way Power Adjust 

Front Passenger Seat Adjustment

Four-way Manual Adjust

Four-way Manual Adjust

Headrest

Rear Seat

Rear Seat

Digital Clock

With

With

Digital Odometer

With

With

Electronic Multi-tripmeter

With

With

Tacho Meter

With

With

On Board Computer

With

With

Low Fuel Warning Light

With

With

Audio System

10.1-inch Touch Screen Display Audio with AM/FM Radio

8-inch Touch Screen Display Audio with AM/FM Radio

Connectivity

USB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

USB, Bluetooth, AUX, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

Speakers

Six

Six

Multi-functioning Steering Wheel

With

With

Cruise Control

Without

Without

Keyless Entry

With

With

Ignition System

Push Start System

Push Start System

Air Conditioning System

Automatic

Automatic

Rear Air Conditioner Vent

With

With

Heater

With

With

Cup and Bottle Holders

With

With

Illuminated Entry System

With

With

Power Windows

With

With

Power Door Locks

With

With

12V Accessory Power Outlet

With

With

Airbags

Driver, Front Passenger

Driver, Driver's knee, Front Passenger

Seatbelts

Front: Three-point

Rear: Three-point

Front: Three-point 

Rear: Three-point 

Seat Belt Warning

With

With

Door Ajar Warning

With

With

Engine Check Warning

With

With

Isofix

With

With

Tether Anchor

With

With

Child Safety Locks

With

With

Central Locking

With

With

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Function

With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Function

Vehicle Stability Control System

With

With

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

With

With

Reverse Camera

With

With

Parking Sensors

With

With

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Without

Without

Engine Immobilizer

With

With

Available Body Colors

Mercury Silver, Onyx Black, Satin White Pearl, Marrakesh Brown

Sparkling Black Pearl Crystal Shine, Attitude Black  Mica, Gray Metallic, Silver Metallic 3, White Pearl Crystal Shine 

PRICE

P1,900,000

P1,842,000

 

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