The Toyota Fortuner is probably the most popular SUV in its segment, but Mitsubishi launched their Pajero Sport SUV not so long ago and it competes with the Fortuner. Mitsubishi is known for their SUVs but is the Sport better than the Fortuner or is the Toyota still on top?
We find out which of these two SUVs is better by using photos to compare the two on different parameters.
First let’s take a quick look at our contenders:
The Toyota Fortuner is available in 3 variant the FC, FD and FB which are priced at Rs.21.15 lakh, Rs.22 lakh and Rs.22.32 lakh respectively. It sports a 2982 cc diesel fuelled motor that is mated to a 5-speed transmission or a 5-speed autobox. This 4 cylinder motor churns out a healthy 169 bhp of peak power at 3,600 rpm and 343 Nm of torque between 1,400-3,400 rpm. Also read: Can the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport challenge the mighty Toyota Fortuner?
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi sells the Pajero Sport in only variant which is priced at Rs.22.56 lakh. Under the hood it conceals a 2,477 cc diesel motor which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder motor makes an impressive 176 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and an enormous 400 Nm of torque between 2,000-2,500 rpm.
Looks: Fortuner impressive, Sport subtle
The Toyota Fortuner is a mean and muscular looking SUV with good road presence. The huge front chrome grille with three wide slats along with the Toyota logo look very sharp. The projector headlamps have very good throw and add the SUV’s visual appeal. The hood scoop means the Fortuner look much meaner than the Pajero Sport.
It also gets headlamp washers which add to its premium image. The rear too is well designed and sports a thick chrome slat with the word Fortuner embossed on it. Overall the Fortuner has dynamic modern day design cues which coupled with it old school SUV like body and size make it very attractive.
The Pajero Sport is huge as well but the Fortuner is longer, wider and taller than the Sport. Where the Pajero scores in the looks department is because of its effortless elegance and road presence. When you see them side by side you notice how hard the Fortuner really tries to look good.
The Pajero although not as dynamic and eye-catching as the Fortuner, has its own sophisticated charm. It huge bulging wheel arches makes it look very tall even though it actually has a ground clearance of 215 mm which is 5 mm lesser than the Fortuner’s. The signature Mitsubishi grille with the sharply cut projector headlamps give the Sport an angry and authoritative look.
Features: Fortuner has more gizmos
Inside the Fortuner is loaded to the tee. It gets features like AC, climate control, 4 power windows, adjustable seats, parking sensors, cruise control, power steering, tilt steering, tachometer, rear defogger, parking sensors, power steering, tilt steering, 2 Outside rear view mirrors, rear wiper, dual trip meter and a digital fuel indicator. You name it and the Fortuner has it!
The Pajero Sport is not as loaded as the Fortuner but it does have all the basics right. You get parking sensors, power steering, tilt steering, 2 outside rear view mirrors, digital fuel indicator, a low fuel warning lamp iPod dock, steering mounted audio controls and a single CD music system with 6 speakers.
The Fortuner scores over the Pajero Sport in all areas we have discussed above. However if you take into account off-road prowess the Pajero is better than the Fortuner. Also read: 2012 Toyota Fortuner 4×4 (off) road test