2016 Toyota Fortuner Crusade road test and review.
Toyota has been building tough and refined cars for decades and the trend continues with the 2016 Toyota Fortuner.
It’s a decent-sized SUV, without question, yet does not lack the refinements that we all expect in 2016. Built on the same platform as the all-new Toyota HiLux, prices for the Crusade start from $47,990.
There are three model grades available – GX, GXL and Crusade and all are powered by the same 2.8 litre turbo-diesel engine and there are both manual and auto variants available through the three grades.
When mated to a manual transmission the engine provides 130kW and 420Nm, the auto 130kW/450Nm and it was a top-spec Crusade with auto transmission that Toyota supplied to me to road test and review.
Surprisingly, on the road it pretty much feels like the Kluger (Toyota’s more road-focussed/V6 petrol only seven-seat SUV), just a Kluger that has been fed steroids! Off-road, Toyota has pretty much replicated the feel of the large Prado and LandCruser, albeit the Fortuner is a little bouncier.
While the steering tends to feel on the heavy side, it still handles comfortably around city traffic, but its size needs ample room when parking in tight spots, this is helped though by the reverse camera (standard fitment on all grades).
Leg, head and shoulder room is generous in both the five and seven-seat configuration, but cargo space when the third row of seats is up, tends to be a little less than generous, but is spacious with only front and middle seat setting, which seats five large adults in comfort.
The third row of seats fold from the side, not into the floor, restricting some of the loading space, but still providing sufficient room for a larger load.
The standard package is generous, with power windows, tilt and reach steering adjustment, six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and an electronic diff lock featuring in the entry-level model. Step up to the Crusade and you get:
- 18” alloy wheels
- Rear air-conditioning controls
- Powered tailgate
- Electric driver’s seat
- Push button ignition
- Digital radio
While all grades come with well-designed seats with ample adjustments and side bolsters on seats which give added support to knees when driving off-road on rugged surfaces.
Safety is well at the top of the agenda too with a five-star ANCAP rating and it’s also an ideal vehicle for towing a boat, caravan or horse float with a 3.0 tonnes (braked) hauling capacity.
All up the Fortuner is a creditable car designed for hard work and rugged conditions, yet retains the “driver friendly” feel both around town and out in the wild.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Toyota Fortuner Crusade
Engine: 2.8 litre turbo-diesel producing 130kW and 420Nm (manual)/450Nm (auto)
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: from $47,990