Considered as a newcomer in the Philippine SUV segment, the recently unveiled Nissan Terra offers a lot for Filipino car buyers. For its price, it offers a slew of features focused on technology, convenience, and safety.
However, the more dominant Toyota Fortuner with its reputation for dependability and reliability has always been a top pick for prospective customers in the sport utility vehicle market.
Today, we’ll be putting an industry veteran against a newcomer and see which amongst the two makes for a better option. We’ll check both vehicle’s base variants to make our SUV match-up a fair fight.
Right off the bat, the 2020 Nissan Terra offers a larger body that translates to larger cabin space. Both its drivers and its passengers can enjoy more room making it a more comfortable vehicle to ride in. When stuck in traffic, a roomy cabin with impeccable air conditioning to match is key. It’s also a feature, unique to Nissan vehicles, Filipinos have learned to associate the brand with.
Nothing beats Nissans when it comes to ACs.
On the other hand, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner boasts unparalleled reliability in a solid, more compact body. Toyotas are dependable, period. Just ask your dad’s mekaniko who will be more than happy to let you in on the brand’s legendary “to hell and back” reliability. That said, you can expect the all-new Toyota Fortuner’s smaller overall build to be one of the best the Philippine SUV market has to offer.
Let’s take a look at their dimensions.
The design language of both five-door sport utility vehicles can be quite similar.
They both have that simple and safe approach to how the lines and the contours of the vehicles are laid out. It goes without saying that the exterior design of both SUVs offers a universal appeal.
The base model of Nissan’s SUV offers a defined snout with LED headlamps equipped with styled finisher coupled with Nissan’s auto on/off and follow-me-home functions as well as front foglamps with chrome accent finisher. At the back, you’d also find LED signature tail lamps and a rear body color bumper with carbon accent. Chrome finished outside door handles and chrome finished rear plate garnish complete its look.
On the other hand, Toyota’s base Fortuner model offers relatively similar features like its front fog lights, adjustable headlamps, and chrome grille. It also offers power rear view mirrors, rear window washers, rear window defoggers, and an outside rear view mirror turn indicator.
The interior design of the 2020 Toyota Fortuner looks warm and cozy. The cafe au lait tone of the seats, the fascia, and the faux wood interior fittings make the cabin of the Toyota Fortuner feel like an extension of your living room.
Conversely, the 2020 Nissan Terra boasts a modern-looking interior. The base model is lined with black knit-type fabric as well as black plastic fittings that line its dash.
While the infotainment system of both SUVs features touch screen panels, the ones outfitted on the 2020 Toyota Fortuner seems to lag behind with a slightly slower response time compared to that of the ones the 2020 Nissan Terra comes equipped with.
With that said, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner’s updated infotainment system offers USB, Bluetooth, Aux, and iPod connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
On the other hand, the 2020 Nissan Terra’s infotainment system offers USB, Bluetooth, Aux, iPod connectivity, and is Apple CarPlay ready.
Under the hood, the 2020 Nissan Terra offers a little more power and torque despite its smaller engine. This translates for better acceleration and the capacity to haul in heavier cargos – or more groceries.
Both SUVs score a 7-8 km/L fuel efficiency in city traffic. However, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner averages at 15 km/L in the fast-paced freeway with the 2020 Nissan Terra scoring a 14km/L driving on the highway.