The Toyota Fortuner Is the 4Runner’s Sportier Cousin

If you’ve ever imagined a version of the Toyota 4Runner that is a little faster with a refined ride quality, then you weren’t far off the mark. The Toyota Fortuner is a boxy SUV that’s ready to race. Check out the 2022 Toyota Fortuner compared to our classic off-roader. 

The 2022 Toyota Fortuner is sportier than the Toyota 4Runner 

The 2022 Toyota Fortuner parked in mud
2022 Toyota Fortuner | Toyota

The Toyota Tacoma and 4Runner used to ride on the same platform. But now the 4Runner shares the same platform as the Toyota Hilux. The Hilux is a pretty cool off-roading truck that we can’t have in the United States. 

The 2022 Toyota Fortuner also isn’t available in America, but it shares the same platform with the Hilux too. However, the Fortuner is built to provide a sporty performance, while the 4Runner is built for off-roading. 

Now the 2022 Fortuner GR might be our favorite Toyota cousin. This SUV has been around since 2004, but now it’s offered as a body-on-frame rear-wheel drive SUV with an exclusive 4×2 setup. Other models have AWD available. 

How much power does the Fortuner have? 

The 2022 Toyota Fortuner GR Sport has a 2.7-liter base engine with 161 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to the 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine for 147 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s offered with a six-speed automatic transmission. 

With the 2021 Toyota 4Runner, you get a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Its powertrain is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. It’s also available with RWD or four-wheel drive. 

The 4Runner has a body-on-frame build, which is more traditional for off-roading. It allows for greater suspension travel. But the ride quality may be a little rougher as a result. While the 4Runner is much better equipped for tackling the wild, the Fortuner still has AWD. It can handle snow and other challenging situations. 

Because the Toyota Fortuner has a body-on-frame design, it handles more like a car than an SUV. It may have a smoother ride and quieter interior, giving it points as a more comfortable daily driver. 

What’s new for the 2022 Fortuner? 

A white 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro crawling up a rockface
2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro | Toyota

The 2022 Toyota Fortuner gained a few visual upgrades along with a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. It has a plush interior with quality soft-touch materials and tons of leather. 

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is gaining a new TRD Sport trim. It features adaptive dampers that are designed to improve body control and a more refined ride. Plus, it includes faux-leather upholstery inside of cloth. LED high beams are included with each trim. 

But both the Fortuner and 4Runner haven’t received a redesign in quite some time. As a result, the 4Runner has an aging interior filled with plastics and other cheap materials. This puts it behind the competition. 

At least the 4Runner offers an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an available Wi-fi hotspot. Both SUVs come with standard forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control.

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