2009 Toyota Fortuner | new car review

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by


The Fortuner is ’s entry level SUV in the Middle East and was introduced in 2007.

Though Toyota portrays the Fortuner to be derived from the Prado and Land Cruiser it is actually based on the tough Hilux pick-up and is aimed at emerging auto markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Toyota felt the need to introduce an economical mid-size SUV in the Middle East and the Fortuner rolled in to fill the gap.
Based on the Hilux platform the Fortuner is every bit as tough as the former and will sail through years of hard use.

Equally comfortable on the tarmac as off it this is a ‘good-buy’ for first time SUV buyers looking for a reliable, value for money SUV. The Fortuner is a large SUV and at 1.85m tall it needs to be climbed into. The body is proportionate and pleasing with design cues from the Lexus RX. Bulging wheel-arches, chunky tyres and high ground clearance lend the SUV some macho appeal however the design tends to draw polarised opinions.

2009 Toyota FortunerThe SUV is available in the Middle East with the choice of a four-cylinder 2.7-litre, 158bhp unit and a 4.0-litre V6 engine with a 235bhp on tap, the latter being the preferred power plant delivering spirited performance. Both engines are mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission with full-time four-wheel drive and rear differential lock (on the 4.0-litre model).

The Fortuner has three rows of seating for up to seven occupants with the last row comprising of two fold up seats which can be put away to liberate lots of cargo room. The Fortuner offers the interior space comparable to a full-size SUV with generous legroom and headroom on the first two rows. It also incorporates a dual air conditioner with three-row vents to keep all occupants cool even on hot summer days.

2009 Toyota Fortuner

The interiors of the Fortuner are spacious and airy though not as plush as the Land Cruiser or the Prado. Conveniences on the 2.7-litre model include power windows, central remote locking and a six-speaker CD/MP3 system. The 4.0-litre model gets an additional Multi Information Display, powered outside rear view mirrors with turn indicators, roof rails, wood grain paneling, cruise control, navigation and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The quality of the plastics and fabrics is reasonably good and look like will age well. Safety features include with dual front airbags and ABS as standard fitment.

2009 Toyota FortunerSpecification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission

Price Range (AED) 77,500-126,500

One Response to 2009 Toyota Fortuner | new car review

  1. Pnooell Reply

    February 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    How much is this in $$?

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