Upgraded from a 2016 Fortuner to the 2021 Fortuner: Initial impressions

The engine feels like a huge upgrade both in terms of power and NVH levels. Also, fuel efficiency is better with more power.

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Brought home Furteela Ghonga 2.0 on 9/11 this year. It will complete two months soon and has been driven about 10,000 kms so far. Coming from 2016 4×4 AT, here are my initial impressions:

Likes:

  • Engine – Feels like a huge upgrade both in terms of power and NVH levels. Also, FE is better with more power
  • Ride quality is significantly better than previous gen stock suspension. I had upgraded to OME suspension in my previous Fortuner which I am going to do on this as well.
  • Brakes! They are massive upgrades and super adequate for this truck
  • Rear diff lock and easy engagement of low ratio
  • Love the design
  • Cabin feels “more” premium
  • Middle row AC controls are better
  • Front Passenger power adjustable seats and thigh adjustment
  • Powered boot
  • LED lights (Like all except fog lamps which are useless)
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Seat folding mechanism is better
  • More storage space for knick knacks
  • Power outlet for all rows
  • Smart entry and go
  • Wipers are pretty good even in super windy and high speed driving
  • Ventilated seats

Dislikes:

  • Rear speakers are pathetic
  • Fog lamps are purely for aesthetics and serve no other purpose
  • Steel spare
  • Front side indicator is placed very low
  • Paint quality is poor
  • No LED in the boot area
  • Cup holders in the center seems useless. It would have been better as regular storage space
  • Storage area behind that also seems useless
  • Power boot opening is too slow

Other Observations:

  • DPF regeneration have been happening regularly and haven’t faced any issue so far (~150-200 km interval)
  • Adblue consumption is about ~4000 / 8L so far. I have filled up twice when the DTE was ~1000 kms
  • 10,000 km first oil change service costed Rs. 8029 including wheel alignment and balancing
  • I am curious to see the performance of BS6 in high altitude areas like Umling La etc
  • Hoping to start another ownership thread with more detailed review. Dropping some pics here for now.

Cheers!

Priest performing pooja

Delivery

Rural MH

1000 km service

Sabarmati River Front

Lonavla

Somewhere on Indore – Gwalior Highway

Jhansi Outskirts

Random Click

Purvanchal EW – One of the best roads I have driven so far.

Goa pilgrimage with its buddy!

10,000 km

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