2015 Toyota Fortuner | new car review

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2015 Toyota Fortuner
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AEDAED 102,000 - 135,000
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  • Last modified: July 7, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The is based on the world-renowned Hilux, and therefore with this car you know it will be tough. But why else would you want to own one?


Good value for money when you factor in what it brings with it.


Dated interior is what earns the Fortuner negative marking.


The 2015 Toyota Fortuner is certainly a very modest looking car. Styling traits of the popular work-man’s Hilux are evident all over, especially at the front. The headlamps seem slightly out of proportion with the car’s big, pronounced chin and chrome grille. There are subtle mouldings, such as the two creases that join the grille from the bonnet, but that is about the height of imagination. The Fortuner does little to stand out.

2014 Toyota Fortuner Side


Inside, the Fortuner is laced with buttons and knobs that have been present in most Toyota’s for well over 10 years, the electric window buttons for example. The bad news doesn’t stop there; the deeply sunk dials are obstructed by the dashboard, and there are several buttons down low that are both impossible to identify and operate. There is a range of interiors, obviously, and it’s forgivable in black, but for the love of all that is holy, avoid the beige and walnut.

2014 Toyota Fortuner Interior


Technologically speaking, the 2015 Toyota Fortuner is a rough and tumble workhorse that will probably keep on going long after mankind has died out. But there is little innovation, with dated switches and knobs submerged in a jungle of beige and pretend wood. The basic models come with everything you would expect, including dual air conditioning. A third row of seating is available in the back, and actually they are very easy to stow, so there’s a plus point… Seven people can fill the car, but it will be a tight squeeze in the back.

What’s on offer?

2014 Toyota Fortuner Rear

The Fortuner primarily comes with a 2.7 litre 4-cylinder engine that produces a modest 158 horsepower; that is less than the 2.5 litre RAV4. The basic model starts at AED 102,000, but it really is basic. You get keyless entry, parking sensors, and a cup holder. Of course the main plus point is that it will seat seven people, and if you’re looking for an affordable car that can transport larger families then this is certainly a suitable option. For those after a little more grunt, however, there is some good news. The Fortuner is also available with a 4.0 litre V6, one that churns out a decent 235 horsepower and 378 Nm of torque.

Summing it…

If you are looking for an affordable 7-seater then this car will suit you; but if you’re looking for a compact SUV for day-to-day use, then the 5-seater Toyota RAV4 is a better option. If you want Hilux engineering and life span, buy a Hilux. If you want a decent sized family car which is a similar size, buy a RAV4.



Specifications2015 Toyota Fortuner 2.7L2015 Toyota Fortuner 4.0L
Engine/ Cylinders2.7 litre / 4 cyl4.0 litre / V6
Max Power
158 hp @ 5,200 RPM235 hp @ 5,200 RPM
Max Torque
241 Nm @ 3,800 RPM376 Nm @ 3,800 RPM
Tranmission4 speed automatic5 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.2 secs9.3 secs
Top speed170 km/h180 km/h
PriceAED 102,000 - 115,000AED 122,000 - 135,000

10 Responses to 2015 Toyota Fortuner | new car review

  1. Muhammad Tahir Yaqoob Reply

    July 4, 2016 at 9:42 pm


    I am looking to buy Toyota Fortuner 2015 model, but should be New.

    Kindly advise if available. Also advise if bank finance can be arrange on 0% down payment for 60 months.

    Hope to hear you soon.

    Thanks & Regards

    Muhammad Tahir
    GSM: +971 56 628 6377
    Dubai – UAE

  2. vimal Reply

    May 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

    am looking to change my small sedan to a bigger one.

    I have hurdled up 3 options.

    1. Pajero
    3. Grand Santa Fe

    which one will be better as I dodnt have a frequent off roads and mostly a 150 kms daily travel to workplace andback to home.
    and some long drives on weekends.

    hoping an early reply.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 1, 2016 at 1:31 am

      Dear Vimal,

      Hope you’re doing well, thank you for writing in.

      Considering you cover a decent amount of distance on a daily basis, the Grand Santa Fe makes the most sense as it isn’t built on a ladder-frame chassis like the Pajero and Fortuner, meaning it will be significantly comfier.

      The Pajero is a dated offering and doesn’t offer much in the way of tech. The new Fortuner is phenomenal but will likely be significantly pricier than the Grand Santa Fe.



      • Vimal Reply

        October 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        Hi Zaran,

        I had taken delivery of Fortuner V6 . Just wondering, what all modifications may be necessary to go off road . Also whether the vehicle is really capable of taking on the high dunes.

  3. Dr.branavan Reply

    November 10, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I am little confused between fortuner and nissan x trail. Coz I am worried about after service of nissan. And in Saudi Arabia no one have the X trail at my place. Personally I love xtrial. But every one here recommend fortuner.pls help me on this issue.

  4. Zaran Tarapore

    Zaran Tarapore Reply

    September 22, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Good Morning Boki,

    Hope you’re well and are having a great day.

    With off-road aspirations, I must say you’ve narrowed down to two capable off-road machines so, great job! Both vehicles have their pros and cons, let’s dig a little deeper to give you a better understanding.

    Pajero: For the money, it’s great value. Since you’re looking at the 3.8L, there’s also plenty of power to enjoy off the beaten path. Where the Pajero falls short, however, is with its clearance between the body and tire, extremely intrusive traction control system and rear bumper design. With a few modifications you’ll be well on the road to enjoying the dunes, but without them, you can expect to rip the inner lining out in the tire wells and return home with the rear bumper in your hand.

    Fortuner: Significantly better clearance and with the 4.0L engine under the hood, the slight boost in power is always welcome. The only reason I’d stop you from going ahead with the Fortuner is because the all-new Hilux has just been released and it’s safe to assume that the all-new Fortuner is just around the corner.

    Hope this helped.



    • Boki Reply

      September 22, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Dear Zaran,

      Thank you very much for your quick response! Do i really need to do the modifications for pajero as i will be venturing only on little dunes. Pretty not sure if this will be tha case, i guess it will be tempting to venture higher. I have just moved to RAK and the dunes are beautiful!!

      Also may i ask where and what type of modifications have you done with your ride.

      Thank you once again Mr Zaran for your great help


      • Zaran Tarapore

        Zaran Tarapore Reply

        September 22, 2015 at 4:36 pm

        Hi Boki,

        Always a pleasure to help out. While you can drive the Pajero off-road without doing too many modifications, the traction control system will be a hindrance. I would urge you to do the minimum: install a disconnect switch for the traction and ABS systems (AED 150) and then put a bash plate under the rear bumper (AED 400) to avoid it from scooping sand when descending dunes. Once you’ve done that, you can take on the dunes confidently and without fear.

        My Pajero is a 2010 model and has got a fair amount of work done to it. For starters, it’s on a Lovells off-road suspension set-up (shocks and springs combo) which increase clearance by 2.5 inches over the standard model. By opting for wider and taller tires with a more aggressive tread pattern, grip in the sand has increased tremendously and given me another 1 inch boost in height. The front bumper has been cut 8 inches to provide better approach angles while the rear bumper has been sealed with a metal bash plate. The stock skid plate has also been reinforced with thicker metal to avoid it from bending when off-road. And of course, the ABS and Traction Control kill switch was one of the very first things I had got done to the car. There’s a snorkel, some off-road lights and bead-lock wheels that need to be installed when money permits…

        For now, all the best with the purchase of your new car Boki. Have a good Eid break.



    • Imad Reply

      November 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Dear Zaran,
      Am seeking your advice. Do you think it is the best time to buy fortuner or pajero? I was confused between both. Am looking for a daily use car,mainly around the town, with off road capability. Both seems goods and same price. No1(2.7 engine ) fortuner 100 k, pajero(3.5) 105. Latest leak reveals new shapes for both. Please advice.

  5. Boki Reply

    September 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Dear Zaran,

    What’s your take between a pajero 3.8L or fortuner 4.0L. I will spend some time on moderate off roading.

    Pajero – outdated but good off road capability at 116000 dhs full options

    Fortuner – dont know much about it apart from it is a covered hi lux? At 122000 dhs full options

    Thanks you for your help !


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