I recently spent some time as a passenger in a Fortuner, three years old with 70 000 km on the clock. The drive was from Jhb to White River, some local driving including some off road 4×4-ing and later back to JHB.
Now, here at CAR we do occasionally get accused of being Toyota fans or in their pockets or whatever. Truth is that most of us are not bowled over by Toyotas in general. That’s because we get to drive a lot more exciting cars, cars that stand out, funky vehicles and so on. So we tend to find Toyotas rather purposeful and dull.
But we are supposed (and do try) to be unbiased and put our personal tastes to one side when we do evaluations. Well, this is one case when I have to sing the praises of the Fortuner. The car cruised at 120 km/h with ease, smoothness and without a single rattle or squeak. The 120 kW was more than capable of overtaking traffic swiftly. Off-road it was perfectly capable and, once again, no noises. It has also been and done the Kalahari and Namibia, amongst other areas. No maintenance issues so far, not even the brake pads have worn out yet.
I hope to follow this friend’s vehicle for a few more years, hopefully up to about 150 000 km and 6 years and I will take note of any problems, especially with a turbodiesel engine that drinks high sulphur juice and give more feedback.