Toyota Fortuner Diesel/Petrol MT Vs Honda CR V Diesel/Petrol

Friday 20 Feb 2015, 3:38 PM

There is no denying that the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment is the hottest one in India as it registered an impressive growth in the last calendar year. But out of the total SUVs that are sold in the Indian market, more than half belong to mid-sized SUVs where cars like Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano exist. The premium SUV segment, too, has some really good options, but the Toyota Fortuner is the dominating player in that.

The Honda CR-V is one of the closest rivals of the Fortuner, though the former doesn’t sell as good as the latter because of unavailability of the diesel model in the line-up.

Exterior and Interior: Toyota Fortuner Vs Honda CRV

The CR-V, the fourth –generation, looks quite identical to the old model. Although, exterior updates such as swept back headlamps integrated HID headlamps with washer, a new chrome grille, pronounced wheel arches with 17-inches alloys, large chrome surround windows and new fin antenna gave it a refreshing look. The length and height too were increased by 30mm and 5mm, respectively.

Toyota Fortuner Vs Honda CRV
Toyota Fortuner Vs Honda CRV
 

Sharing its styling cues with the Prado and Land Crusier, the Fortuner looks more masculine and aggressive than the CR-V. The robust body-built and superior fit & finish add more to its road presence. The interior of both the vehicles are equally comfortable, spacious and premium, although, the CR-V scores slightly higher with more supportive seats, additional equipment and space.

Performance: Toyota Fortuner Vs Honda CRV

The CR-V is powered by a 2.0-litre SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine that churns out a maximum power of 153bhp at 6500rpm with 190Nm of toque. It returns a maximum fuel economy of 12kmpl. A more powerful 2.4-litre petrol engine is also on offer, which develops a maximum power of 186bhp at 7000rpm with 226Nm of torque at 4400rpm. It delivers a mileage of 10kmpl.

Toyota Fortuner Vs Honda CRV
Toyota Fortuner Vs Honda CRV
 

Powering the Fortuner is a powerful 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine, available in both AWD and RWD and multiple gearbox options. It offers a maximum fuel economy of 13kmpl. The off-road capabilities are excellent, thanks to the all-wheel drive options and limited slip differential. The steering and braking power of the Fortuner are relatively better than the CR-V. With excellent highway performance and ride quality, Toyota’s SUV takes a lead over its rival.

Conclusion

Honda CR-V is one of the best premium SUVs in India, though unavailability of diesel powertrain in the line-up is a major drawback since most people prefer buying diesel in this segment. On the other hand, its rival Fortuner is available in a powerful and efficient diesel engine option. Both the vehicles are equally good in all departments, though, the Fortuner makes a better value for money due to its low cost of running and off-road capabilities.

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