Mighty midsize SUVs: Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs. Toyota Fortuner

Mighty midsize SUVs: Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs. Toyota Fortuner

Mitsubishi and Toyota have been tussling in the midsize SUV segment with the Montero Sport and Fortuner for years. Today, the two popular SUVs in their latest versions are still butting heads with various noteworthy features — which aim to reel in buyers looking for a family-hauling off-roader. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the key features of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD?

    The Montero Sport GT 4WD is equipped with an HDMI-compatible infotainment and safety features such as rear cross traffic alert.
  • What are the key features of the Toyota Fortuner LTD 4x4?

    The Fortuner LTD boasts of a nine-speaker JBL audio system and 2.8-liter diesel engine with 500Nm of torque.
  • In the 2022 Montero Sport, one feature is staring the driving right in the face: An eight-inch colored LCD meter that makes available vital information such as vehicle speed and trip information. Meanwhile, steering wheel controls allow access to key features like adaptive cruise control (ACC), voice command activation, and audio entertainment for even greater convenience and safety.

    Mitsubishi Montero Sport The 2022 Fortuner matches its rival's tech spread, especially with an eight-inch touchscreen display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — which is linked to a JBL sound system that pipes music through nine speakers. 

    Toyota-Fortuner

    As vehicles that will likely see family use, the 2022 Montero Sport and Fortuner focus on versatile interiors and assuring safety kit. 

    The 2022 Montero Sport is a proper seven-seater that promises adequate headroom and legroom for its occupants. It can also transform into a cargo carrier when the third-row seats are folded, a quality helped along with a power-operated tailgate. Luggage, bags of groceries, or other bulky items, and even a surfboard, can be carried by the SUV. 

    Mitsubishi Montero SportMitsubishi Montero Sport

    The 2022 Montero Sport is equipped with numerous safety gadgets, one of which is the aforementioned ACC which lets the driver set a preferred speed and the system automatically adjusts the distance from the vehicle in front using radar sensors.

    Blind spot warning (BSW) with lane change assist (LCA) and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) eliminates the possibility of collisions due to vehicles coming up from behind and falling into the blind spot of the driver. The vehicle’s safety system will also cut the engine output if the driver’s foot accidentally presses down on the accelerator.

    Toyota FortunerToyota Fortuner

     

    In the 2022 Fortuner, its arsenal of safety equipment are bundled in its Toyota Safety Sense. TSS includes a pre-collision system that uses an integrated camera and radar system to help reduce the likelihood of colliding with a preceding car or pedestrian, and lane departure alert that uses a camera on the windshield to help avoid the consequences of unintended lane departure by alerting the driver when it senses that the vehicle has veered from its lane. Lastly, adaptive cruise control uses radar plus a camera to adjust and help maintain a preset distance from the car in front. 

    Buyers consider midsize SUV for their brawny diesel engines, and for the 2022 Montero Sport, its 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel engine that makes 179hp and 430Nm of torque makes it worthy of consideration. An eight-speed automatic transmission is mated to this engine. 

    Mitsubishi Montero Sport

    Toyota Fortuner LTD

    The 2022 Fortuner isn't to be outdone in the tech specs, as its 2.8-liter turbodiesel churns out 201hp and 500Nm of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission manages these outputs. 

    To complement their mighty engines, the 2022 Montero Sport and Fortuner use four-wheel-drive systems in their select variants. The SUVs' 4WD make their generous ground clearance — a quality sought-after by consumers, especially those who desire a vehicle that can handle floodwaters — all the more attractive. 

    So, which do you think is the superior seven-seat SUV? Check out the spec sheets of the two models — in top-trim Montero Sport GT 4WD and Fortuner 2.8L LTD guises — to help you answer that seemingly age-old question. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD AT

    Toyota Fortuner 4x4 2.8L LTD AT

    Vehicle Type

    Midsize SUV

    Midsize SUV 

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,825

    4,795

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,815

    1,855

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,835 (with antenna and roof rail) 

    1,835

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,800

    2,745

    Seating Capacity

    7

    7

    Number of Doors

    5

    5

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    80

    80

    Engine Type

    2.4L Gasoline Engine, In-line 4 Cylinder 16 Valve with Variable Geometry Turbo and Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC)

    2.8L Turbo Diesel Engine, In-line 4 Cylinder 16 Valve

    Displacement (cc)

    2,442

    2,755

    Number of Cylinders

    4

    4

    Valves Per Cylinder

    4

    4

    Maximum Power Output (ps / rpm)

    181/ 3,500

    204 / 3,400

    Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

    430 / 2,500

    500 / 1,600 – 2,000

    Fuel Type

    Diesel 

    Diesel

    Drive Type

    Super Select 4WD-II

    4x4

    Transmission

    Eight-speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode

    Six-speed Automatic Transmission

    Suspension

    Front: Double Wishbone with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Bar 

    Rear: 3-link Coil Springs and Stabilizer Bar 

    Front: Double Wishbone

    Rear: Multi-link 

    Brakes

    Front: Discs

    Rear: Discs

    Front: Discs

    Rear: Discs

    Wheels and Tires

    265/60 R18 Alloy

    265 / 60 R18 Alloy 

    Tire Type

    Radial

    Radial

    Steering Gear Type

    Power assisted

    Power assisted

    Steering Column

    Adjustable

    Adjustable

    Headlights

    LED

    Bi-LED 

    Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

    LED

    LED with Line Guide

    Auto Headlights

    Without

    Without

    Front Fog Lamps

    LED

    LED 

    Rear Fog Lamp

    With 

    With

    Outside Rear View Mirror

    Power Adjust and Power Fold

    Power Adjust and Power Fold

    Wipers

    Manual

    Manual 

    Integrated Antenna

    With

    With

    Side Stepper

    With

    With

    Overfenders

    With

    With

    Deck Lamp

    Without

    Without

    Rear Window Defogger

    With

    With

    Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank

    With

    With

    Seat Material

    Leather

    Leather

    Driver Seat Adjustment

    Eight-way Power Adjust

    Eight-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

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

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

    Connectivity

    USB, Bluetooth, Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Voice Command, Navigation, HDMI

    USB, Bluetooth, AUX, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Smart Device Link, Voice Command

    Speakers

    Six

    Nine

    Multi-functioning Steering Wheel

    With

    With

    Cruise Control

    With

    Adaptive Cruise Control

    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, Driver's Front Passenger,  Side (7 total)

    Driver, Driver's knee, Front Passenger, Curtain Shield (7 total)

    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 (Active Stability and Traction Control)

    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

    Forward Collision Mitigation

    With

    Without

    Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist

    With Without (Blind Spot Warning)

    Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System 

    With Without

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert 

    With Without

    Available Body Colors

    White Diamond, Jet Black Mica, Graphite Gray Metallic (per dealer firm order basis), Medium Red Mica (per dealer firm order basis)

    Silver Metallic/Attitude Black, White Pearl Crystal Shine/Attitude Black 

    PRICE

    P2,341,000

    P2,450,000

     

    Photos from Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corp., Toyota Motor Philippines

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