Head to Head: Toyota Fortuner GR-S vs Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4
The Toyota Fortuner GR-S and the Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4 represent the best of what each model has to offer. As the top-of-the-line trim of both vehicles, they are both loaded with tons of features, and pack the most performance.
Let's see how they compare.
The Fortuner come with a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine making 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque. The Everest gets a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine making 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque.
The difference in power is negligible, and there is no difference in terms of torque. It must be noted, however, that the Everest is considerably heavier compared to the Fortuner. Despite this, the Ford Everest still wins on paper.
Winner: Ford Everest
The Toyota Fortuner gets a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the Ford Everest gets a 10-speed. The Everest's 10-speed automatic is a far more modern transmission system with more gears to choose from. This addition in gears results in better fuel economy. Unfortunately, due to the sheer amount of gears that the Everest has, it has a tendency to shift multiple times even in a single burst of acceleration (such as when overtaking). This leads to a less refined feel, overall.
Both the Fortuner and Everest have impressive impressive off-road capability. However, the Everest has a Terrain Management System that allows the driver to select different driving modes for different terrain types. This also includes the ability to electronically lock the the rear differential. Meanwhile, the Fortuner only has a run-of-the-mill locking differential.
Interior and Features
Being based on the Toyota Hilux, the Fortuner was never set up to win in terms of interior materials and features. It has hard plastics all around, and a less-than-stellar infotainment screen that only recently received the addition of smartphone mirroring such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Thankfully, the Fortuner, at least in the GR-S trim, comes with a 9-speaker JBL sound system to add a little bit of a flare to the otherwise underwhelming interior. Toyota Safety Sense has also been added to the GR-S trim.
The Everest's cabin is a completely different story. Clad in an abundance of padded materials, and with minimal use of cheap plastic, the Everest simply feels premium. It comes with a digital instrument cluster, and a large portrait-oriented center infotainment screen with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
In terms other features, the Everest comes with a 10 speaker sound system and various advanced driver assistance systems that are more seamless compared to those found in the Fortuner.
In almost every category, the Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4 wins over the Toyota Fortuner GR-S. This is not surprising considering that the Ford Everest just recently received a full model change, while the Toyota Fortuner only received minor changes in the past years. Its last full model change being about seven years ago.
Despite this, the Toyota Fortuner GR-S is still more expensive than the Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4. They cost PHP 2,595,000 and PHP 2,525,000 respectively. The Fortuner also gets a shorter warranty compared to the Everest at 3 years, or 100,000 Km, versus the Everest's 5 years, or 150,000 Km warranty.