TOYOTA FORTUNER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 2.4 ENGINE DIESEL SEATER – 7 SEATER
This particular unit, a 4×2 AT, runs on a 2.4-liter diesel engine capable of 147hp and 400Nm. It’s down on power compared to some of its competition, but instances where its output underwhelmed were relatively few and far between. With that out of the way, it offers smooth performance and acceleration, reaching legal limits fairly quickly.
If situations call for a little more oomph than usual, the V variant comes equipped with a Power Mode which, while not exactly significant, offers a noticeable uptick in performance and provides drivers with a livelier driving experience. It also comes with Eco mode, too. We managed 11.2km/L in mixed city/highway and Power/Eco Mode driving. Not bad at all considering we ran into heavy traffic on the North Luzon Expressway.
There’s no denying that the first-gen Fortuner left a lot to be desired when it came to ride quality. Hell, I own one, and even I have to admit it. Is it a different story with the latest iteration?
Noise levels have been drastically reduced, but while Toyota’s taken steps to address the ride for the most part, things do still tend to get a little bumpy especially toward the rear. It’s nowhere near as bad as first-gen owners should be accustomed to though, and at the very least the Fortuner’s ride should stand as typical of a midsize SUV by today’s standards.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Fortuner handles—more nimble than its looks might suggest, and nicely weighted. In contrast, the previous model leaned more toward heavy. This is no longer the case though, especially at speed where steering proved to be precise.
SPECS: TOYOTA FORTUNER 2.4 4×2 AT
Engine: 2.4-liter turbo diesel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Power: 147hp @ 3,000rpm
Torque: 400Nm @ 1,600-2,000rpm