- Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest have been arch nemesis in many international markets for a long time.
- We compare the two in terms of price, specs, features, dimensions and more.
- This will allow potential car buyers to make up their minds.
Here is a detailed comparison of the South Africa-spec Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner. These two SUVs are among the most popular in this segment in multiple international markets. Hence, these can be considered universal rivals which makes this comparison very interesting indeed. The comparison takes into account the specs, prices, dimensions and features of both these 7-seat off-roading SUVs. The video by Compare Cars highlights the similarities and differences. Let us check out which is will suit your needs better.
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Africa-spec Everest vs Fortuner – Specs Comparison
In terms of specifications, the 2023 Ford Everest comes powered by a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel that develops a colossal 207 hp and 500 Nm of peak power and torque. This engine comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. Apart from that, there are tons of safety and driver assistance features. There is a dedicated 4×4 configuration that can propel the 7-seat SUV over any terrain without breaking a sweat. There is also a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel good for 250 PS and 600 Nm of peak power and torque.
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On the other hand, the Toyota Fortuner comes powered by a 2.8-litre turbo diesel mill that churns out an almost comparable 201 hp and 500 Nm of peak power and torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for better manual control. Just like the Everest, the Fortuner also has a sophisticated 4×4 configuration that is the highlight of the SUV. Its rugged build and go-anywhere hardware make it one of the best off-roaders around.
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|Specs Comparison||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Everest|
|Engine||2.8-litre turbo diesel||2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel;|
3.0-litre turbo V6 diesel
|Power||201 hp||207 hp / 245 hp|
|Torque||500 Nm||500 Nm / 600 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed Automatic||10-speed Automatic|
|Ground Clearance||193 mm||223 mm|
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In terms of specifications, the new Everest is slightly larger than the Fortuner in every aspect. This also includes a longer wheelbase, essentially translating to great interior space. Ford has made the 2023 model quite large accentuating its road presence. This looks particularly more pronounced when compared to the old Fortuner.
|Dimension Comparison||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Everest|
|Length||4,795 mm||4,904 mm|
|Width||1,855 mm||1,923 mm|
|Height||1,835 mm||1,884 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm||2,900 mm|
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Features and Price Comparison
In terms of the cabin layout and features, the 2023 Ford Everest is quite loaded. There are modern features like a 12-inch vertically aligned Digital Infotainment Display, a 12-inch Digital Instrument Cluster, Steering-Mounted Controls, Automatic AC, Large Panoramic Sunroof, Electronic Parking Brake, Sliding Rear Seats with a 60:40 split, Premium Upholstery, Powered Seats, Connected Car Tech and much more. There are also plenty of ADAS functions for added safety with 7 airbags. The starting price of the 2023 Ford Everest in South Africa will be around R1 million.
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On the other hand, the Toyota Fortuner has decent features as well including a Touchscreen Infotainment System, Premium Audio System, Leather Upholstery, Soft-Touch Materials on Door Panels and Dashboard, Powered Tailgate, Voice Commands, Smartphone Connectivity, Auto-Dimming IRMV, ADAS Functions, 7 Airbags and more. However, Everest feels slightly more premium and upmarket than the Fortuner. The price of Fortuner starts at R897,000 making it a bit more affordable than Everest.
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If you are looking for reliability associated with Toyota cars and want to save some money at the cost of modern tech and conveniences, Toyota Fortuner is a great option. It continues to be a great value for money and has a proven track record in the off-roading space. However, if you want a slightly more premium and upmarket cabin and have some extra cash, going for the new Everest is not a bad idea at all. Ford is also a legendary carmaker in terms of capable SUVs and the Everest badge has proven its mettle in various international markets as well. This new version only enhances its appeal further.
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