Hilux vs Fortuner: Which Toyota Reigns Supreme?

The Hilux and the Fortuner are two different models that share only certain parts.


Are you trying to decide between a Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Fortuner? You’re not alone! Both models are hugely popular and well-regarded vehicles, but there are some unique differences between them that you should consider before deciding which one is right for you. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the five key differences between the Hilux and the Fortuner and help you determine which Toyota reigns supreme.
Both the Toyota Hilux and Fortuner are based on IMV. Though they have a lot of the same parts, such as engines and body panels, under the hood they have major differences. Check out these five major tech differences between the Hilux and the Fortuner.

Toyota Hilux has a tougher chassis 

There are many ways that these SUVs are basically the same but there are a couple of things that make the Hilux a tougher beast than the Fortuner. Let me just get this out of the way, this truck is high-end from the get-go and Toyota engineers go all-out in making sure it will have all the durability and quality expected. They don’t stop at better-grade metals. This chassis is built physically to hold weight. Main longitudinals or longerons are larger and more sturdy in the back where it bears the weight of the load, chassis cross members are stouter as well.

Toyota Hilux is longer with longer wheelbase

A Fortuner and Hilux are similar up until the front door, but the Hilux has a much longer beam, making it one of the longest cars in the world. The Fortuner is 4.8 meters long, but the Hilux is even longer at 5.3 meters. Additionally, there is a much longer 3,085mm wheelbase than the Fortuner’s 2,745mm, needed for a 470kg load capacity and loading bay. The longer wheelbase is good for cargo space and load capacity, but it affects agility, which is especially noticeable when it comes to turning, and it is also different in terms of ramp over and departure angle from the Fortuner.

Toyota Hilux uses a leaf spring rear suspension

The Fortuner uses coil springs, but the Hilux, being a load-carrying truck, utilizes leaf springs. The Hilux now rides and drives fundamentally differently. While leaf springs are adequate for light loads, they are more effective and stronger when overloading is involved. Leaf springs are also suited to off-road use. In this case, the leaf-sprung suspension and ‘live’ rear axle allow for better axle articulation and, as a result, better traction, especially at more demanding angles.

Toyota Hilux has drum brakes at the rear

One other difference between the Hi-Lux and the Fortuner is that it comes with rear drum brakes. It seems an odd design choice as drums are outdated technology. They’re still used on trucks because of their increased carrying capacity. They have many other benefits as well. One of the advantages of drum brakes is their ability to produce a greater braking force for a given diameter, even compared to disc brakes. This is especially important when you consider the much heavier loads at the rear and the impact on the cost of a considerably larger disc. In addition, drum brakes are more mechanically robust and last longer when dealing with static loads when the truck is stationary.

Toyota Hilux is tuned differently 

While the Hilux primarily serves as a comfort-oriented SUV, the Fortuner mainly serves as a lifestyle pickup. The Hilux gearbox is set up differently as well since the targets and objectives differ. Engine power is altered as well as power flow from the engine to the transmission and to the wheels via driveshafts.

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