[Car Showdown 101] Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Which SUV to go for?

Feb 14, 2019

Now, it’s ultimate function and practical versus stylish and efficient as mid-sized SUVs from two popular Japanese brands.

The Diesel expert versus the popular brand!

When it comes to diesel, Isuzu is the acknowledged king, and it brings in the expertise to the newest generation of mid-sized SUVs and pickup trucks. On the other end is Toyota; which is known more for efficient cars that have good world renowned qualities, but can it power through this Car Showdown 101: Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner? It left to be seen but which SUV has stuff to get the ultimate win.

isuzu mux vs toyota fortuner

Isuzu MU-X or Toyota Fortuner?

The emergence of the SUV as the choice of most moneyed folks has made it a hot arena for most car-makers, to sell the most SUV on the planet. Key in the desire for more leisure time and a need for rough and tumble vehicle that is built to take punishment. Yes, a sedan or any lesser car option is not enough but an SUV that has more seating and features to boot! Who wouldn’t want the ability to wade into more than 600 millimeters of water and survive? Imagine putting a car through that.

Chances are these options; to be pitted spec by spec will determine whose greenbacks go to. Of course, it goes to the better one of course or whatever is more preferred. It’s not just a look-over but also a filter for the most enticing option to prevail.

1. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Dimensions

Most SUVs are peculiar in-betweeners because its size is functional and practical, only recently has it become car-like. Aspects like clearance and wading depth become key points that make them tough, plus the ability to carry stuff in the truck bed. Thus, size becomes a crucial factor to achieve all this!

Isuzu MU-X

In all, dimensions the MU-X is far bigger for  wading and more elbow and leg room. Compared to the Fortuner, however, it only manages about 600 millimeters in wading depth.

Toyota Fortuner

Overall, the Fortuner is one of the bigger options available among, mid-sized SUVs. It has a good average wading depth when compared to other options. Nonetheless, its clearance is lower than the MU-X which is a scanty measure of 37 millimeters, but still a respectable one.

Verdict: Bigger is better, and the MU-X is the size champ to beat. But it’s higher stance may be affected by the lower wading depth a bit though.

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Dimensions
  Isuzu MU-X  Toyota Fortuner
Length (mm) 4,825 4,795
Width (mm) 1,860 1,855
Height (mm) 1,840 1,835
Ground clearance (mm) 230 193
Wading depth (mm) 600 700

2. Toyota Fortuner vs Isuzu MU-X: Performance

Squeezing the most out of performance is key to get the best result especially when it comes to a diesel which is tricky. Getting the right mix of specs to bring out the best performance is shown by only, the better option.

Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu as a brand has pioneered types of diesel and it’s shown in the MU-X that is why it has good specs. Is usually the top choice for most practical pickup truckers. That said, nothing really but adding a lateral rod to the rear suspension system should be better, for more control.

Toyota Fortuner

The Fortuner more torque when extra power is needed, despite having lesser horsepower which counts a lot. For off-roading or just managing mild to rough terrain, the suspension with a lateral control is better than the MU-X. However, the Fortuner has a lower displacement which can be a disadvantage, in overall performance.

Verdict: For the win, the MU-X dominates this phase again, two times in a row.

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Performance
  Isuzu MU-X  Toyota Fortuner
Engine 4-cylinder in-line Blue Power diesel engine with Turbo Intercooler 4-Cylinder In-Line DOHC 16 Valve
Displacement 2,999 cc 2,755 cc
Horsepower 177 174
Torque (Nm) 380 450
Transmission 6-speed AT with sequential shift 6-speed Automatic with Sequential Control and Paddle Shifters
Drive train 4WD w/ Terrain Command Select Dial 4WD
Front suspension Independent double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer Double Wishbone with Coil Springs and Stabilizer
Rear suspension 5-link coil spring and stabilizer bar 4-Link with Coil Springs, Stabilizer and Lateral Rod
Front brakes Ventilated discs Ventilated discs
Rear brakes Solid disc Leading-Trailing Drums
Fuel Diesel Diesel
Euro 4 Yes Yes

3. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Safety Features

This is the basic lifeline that keeps every passenger, safe in a worst case scenario and it does count a lot. Options will have the basic equipment but it’s not enough, a little more is better!

Isuzu MU-X

It has the basic and advanced safeties for a safer option, which is important if there are kids on-board! Extra options like traction control are similar to AWD and are useful for loose roads.

Except for the lack of side, curtain, and knee airbags that would have made it perfect!

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota values safety and it has shown it, and having all the airbags equipped, with Isofix is a big deal. So, its a really safe SUV that should be chosen.

 About bad things, none, except for the lack of traction control, but it still manages well!

Verdict: Safety rules the Toyota Fortuner and has a five-star plus for all the airbags equipped, but would have been improved with collision mitigating functions. But, the Fortuner is truly an SUV that will keep those inside, in one piece!

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Safety Features
  Isuzu MU-X  Toyota Fortuner
Dual airbags Yes Yes
Side airbags - Yes
Curtain airbags - Yes
Knee airbags - Yes
3-pt. ELR seatbelts Yes Yes
Load limiter Yes Yes
Pretensioner Yes Yes
Isofix mounts Yes Yes
ABS, EBD Yes Yes
BA Yes Yes
Power locks Yes Yes
Speed Sensing locks Yes Yes
HSA Yes Yes
Traction control Yes -
Rear camera Yes Yes
Auto lock Yes Yes
Front sonar Yes -
Rear sonar Yes Yes
Power side view mirror Yes Yes
Cruise control - Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes

4. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Comfort

When it comes to comfort, a mid-sized premium SUV is the best option to get. It has one of the best appointments of all vehicles, short of a full-fledged luxury car.

Isuzu MU-X

Anyone riding inside the MU-X will feel pampered and at ease, compared to less expensive cars. Nothing is bad with all the basic comfort features that are installed in this SUV.

Toyota Fortuner

Inside the luxury class features is what will be what makes it a truly comfortable SUV.

With the higher tag price of the Fortuner, it has all the comforts for a city jaunt or road trips!

Verdict: Both are evenly matched, and neither wins this round. All good for both options too!

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Comfort
  Isuzu MU-X  Toyota Fortuner
Leather seats Yes Yes
AC Type Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
Head Unit Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Navigation Yes Yes
Lighted vanity mirror Yes Yes
Collapsible seats Yes Yes
Power Mirror Yes Yes
Steering wheel controls Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes
Power steering Yes Yes
Power Door Locks Yes Yes
No-pinch window Yes Yes

5. Toyota Fortuner vs Isuzu MU-X: Exterior

If the inside is good, then the outside should be better! Having equipment like auto lights, third brake lights, and fog lights are basics for a good SUV! Without, then think of other options.

Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu has created an SUV that has the perfect "10" exterior nailed down and there are no complaints too. What's bad is that it’s already good with what it has, but put in more and bad will not even be counted at all!

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota has this classy and sleek façade with all the necessary equipment for a top choice option! As is, it has everything going for it and will be an SUV classic to beat!

Verdict: These options are all good and should be what is chosen if looking for a reliable and mid-sized SUV!

Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: Exterior
  Isuzu MU-X  Toyota Fortuner
Head lights Bi-LED projector Bi-LED projector
Auto lights Yes Yes
Third brake light Yes Yes
Fog lights Yes Yes

6. Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner: The better option!

The best option in “Car Showdown 101: Isuzu MU-X vs Toyota Fortuner” is the Isuzu MU-X which got points in specs that the Fortuner missed on. Not all options are totally complete; but a little attention to extra detail will get the last point, to win. Both options are similar in equipment; but with a few differences, that made the option stand out!

  • Between the two, The MU-X tips the scale in overall size and clearance
  • The better performer is the MU-X that bested the Fortuner by six features.
  • The Fortuner wins, but both are equally safe options to choose from.
  • Just the same as the exterior because both are well appointed. Neither picks up a decisive win.
  • Ends in a draw and neither wins, over the other.
  • When it comes to safety; the Fortuner is better, because it has a full set of airbags.
  • Most would go for the less expensive unit, and the MU-X is far cheaper.

isuzu mux vs toyota fortuner philippines

Both options are similar in equipment; but with a few differences, that made the option stand out

Overall, the MU-X has a lot going for it and wins the most points. Another plus for the MU-X is that Isuzu is an expert at diesel too. Although the Fortuner is a good option as well, it did not win decisively, but it has more safeties compared to the MU-X. It’s the MU-X as the top option in this car showdown.