When compared to other vehicles in its class, such as the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Isuzu MU-7 and Ford Endeavour, the Toyota Fortuner demonstrates some advantages and disadvantages. The Fortuner's sporty appearance, combined with Toyota's reputation as having excellent after sales service, makes this vehicle a top contender among SUVs. Though sleek, the Fortuner is still missing features that some other vehicles in its class boast -- automatic transmission among them.
The Fortuner drives on 17-inch wheels and has a ground clearance of 221 millimeters, substantially more than the 215 millimeters of the Pajero Sport and 210 millimeters of the Endeavour.
The Toyota Fortuner enjoys a stylish appearance with debonair headlights that have self-leveling projector lamps and a wide air-scoop on the bonnet to cool the inter cooler. Its body color matches the outside rear view mirrors and door handles, which add to its uniformity in appearance. Meanwhile, the Endeavour possesses a redesigned fog lamp bezel, bumper with skid plates and sophisticated headlights. The Pajero Sport boasts a chrome-plated vertical bar front grille and side steps.
With large tires and quality suspension, the Fortuner absorbs nearly all road noise and movement. Its six-way electrically adjustable seats improve visibility compared to the limited visibility from the manual sliding without height adjustment in the MU-7. The Endeavour's suspension makes it thrive at low speeds and smooth surfaces, while the Fortuner shines at higher speeds and rugged terrain.