The Fortuner is a large car and there can be no doubt about that no matter how hard you try. It makes for an interesting case as, on the one hand, you are so big that your pace is dictated by the vehicles around you but on the other hand, the Fortuner has cultivated such an image that road users tend to move out of its way quite quickly. Think of this then as the rhino among a seemingly endless train of smaller animals. However, its large size is also an issue when parking, as unless you parallel park, some bit of the car will always stick out on to the road.
On the go, on the tarmac, the Fortuner with its ladder on frame platform and high ground clearance are not particularly refined and its UV origins are quite evident. But this is also an advantage as the Fortuner will eat everything in its path for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You don’t have to worry about bumps, imperfections and most potholes as the Fortuner will smother them out without letting you drop your pace. In fact, during the testing and photography of this story, I wilfully put the Fortuner through whatever “obstacles” I could find on the road (sorry Toyota) just to see how far I could go.
As much as its size and height are a drawback, they are also one of the car’s advantages. Since you sit well above everything and with all four edges easily visible, finding your space in the traffic is a breeze.