Tall and tough Toyotas: RAV4 vs. Fortuner

Tall and tough Toyotas: RAV4 vs. Fortuner

After the sedans, consumers in the 2000s then shifted their interest toward small SUVs. It's safe to say that these buyers were drawn to the qualities of such vehicles: Exterior dimensions not much bigger than a sedan's, the reassuring tall ride height, and the cabin and cargo space afforded by a one-box shape. 

And so one of the pioneers in the segment, the Toyota RAV4, became a staple on local roads. 

But when Toyota introduced the Fortuner, this Hilux-based SUV got all the attention. Aside from having a wider price and trim band, the Fortuner resonated very strongly among customers.

These merits are an extra row of seats, a torquey diesel engine, and the rough-and-ready feel of a pickup chassis. 

Toyota Rav4

Toyota Fortuner

It's pretty much the same story to this day, so much so that the Fortuner even became the country's best-selling vehicle for a time. The still-compact RAV4, despite carrying the qualities that made it popular, seems to be largely passed up for the similarly-priced Fortuner.  The upcoming GR-Sport Fortuner should fan the more flames even more for the midsizer. 

Specifically, the LTD variants of the RAV4 and Fortuner are separated by P1,000 in their SRPs, with the midsize SUV carrying the premium. 

Toyota-RAV4

Toyota-Fortuner

Among the highlight features of the RAV4 LTD are a panoramic moonroof, wireless phone charger, and leather and power seats. Aside from a third row, the Fortuner LTD sports a more aggressive front end styling, LED headlights, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment. 

The spec sheets of these RAV4 and Fortuner variants suggest that despite their close prices, the two are different kinds of SUVs.  Which are you inclined on getting?

SPECIFICATIONS

Toyota RAV4 LTD  

Fortuner 4x2 2.8L LTD AT

Vehicle Type

Compact SUV

Midsize SUV 

Overall Length (mm)

4,600

4,795

Overall Width (mm)

1,855

1,855

Overall Height (mm)

1,685

1,835

Wheelbase (mm)

2,690

2,745

Seating Capacity

5

7

Number of Doors

5

5

Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

60

80

Engine Type

2.4L Gasoline Engine, In-line 4 Cylinder 16 Valve

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

Displacement (cc)

2,487

2,755

Number of Cylinders

4

4

Valves Per Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power Output (ps / rpm)

203/ 3,400

204 / 3,400

Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

243 / 1,600 – 2,000

500 / 1,600 – 2,000

Fuel Type

Gasoline

Diesel

Drive Type

4x4

4x2

Transmission

Eight-speed Automatic Transmission

Six-speed Automatic Transmission

Suspension

Front: MacPherson Strut 

Rear: Double Wishbone 

Front: Double Wishbone

Rear: Multi-link 

Brakes

Front: Discs

Rear: Discs

Front: Discs

Rear: Discs

Wheels and Tires

225/60 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

Halogen

LED 

Rear Fog Lamp

With 

With

Outside Rear View Mirror

Power Adjust and Manual Fold

Power Adjust and Power Fold

Wipers

Rain-sensing

Manual 

Integrated Antenna

With

With

Side Stepper

Without

With

Overfenders

Without

Without

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

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

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

Connectivity

USB, Bluetooth, Mirrorlink

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

Speakers

Six

Six

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, Curtain Shield, 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

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

Super White II, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Red Mica, Urban Khaki, Cyan Metallic, Dark Blue Mica 

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

PRICE

P2,289,000

P2,290,000

 

Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines

 

 

 

 

 

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