Review: Toyota Fortuner (2005)


Chunky SUV with strong 3.0 litre diesel engine and auto option.

Toyota doesn't sell it in the UK. Rear seats fold up and to the sides like Previa, blocking rear 3/4 view. The most aggressively driven vehicle in Thailand.

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13 July 2013

On belt-cam 2.5 litre diesel engines the waterpump must be replaced at the same time as the timing belt. They are prone to breaking up and when they do they throw the belt off. Read more

12 February 2005

Very meaty looking Hilux Vigo based 7-seater SUV. Hard to see why anyone would buy a LandCruiser II out of preference. 2.7 petrol four or 163bhp D-4D engine. Assembled in Thailand and South Africa... Read more

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Which SUV for light off-road use in South Africa?

We need to buy a new car when we emigrate to South Africa. We will need a tough car as there will be a certain amount of light off-road use. Most South Africans drive the Toyota Fortuner, which is not available in the UK. The other options are a Hyundai Santa Fe or a KIA Sorento. Which would be the best choice?
The Fortuner is a bruiser of an SUV based on a Toyota HiLux pick-up and with its solid rear axle it rides like one. The current model Hyundai Santa Fe and KIA Sorento are not only many years more up to date, they are much more comfortable and much more fuel-efficient.
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