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    Default Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Hi Guys,

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    I am looking at buying a Fortuner 2.4 4x4 auto. I am just curious as to how it performs offroad compared to the 2.8 4x4 auto. I see the 2.4 does not have ATRAC (active traction control). Will this be a big negative? I do not plan on doing any hectic 4x4'ing, but the odd trip to Moz, Bots, and Namibia might be in order. Will the 2.4 be sufficient, or is it better to cough up the extra R150 000 for the 2.8?

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by TypeRSA View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Hope you are all well.

    I am looking at buying a Fortuner 2.4 4x4 auto. I am just curious as to how it prrforms offroad compared to the 2.8 4x4 auto. I see the 2.4 does not have ATRAC (active traction control). Will this be a big negative? I do not plan on doing any hectic 4x4'ing, but the odd trip to Moz, Bots, and Namibia might be in order. Will the 2.4 be sufficient, or is it better to cough up the extra R150 000 for the 2.8?

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    The 2.4 will be more than sufficient.

    I drive a 2.4 hilux , okay it probably cannot be kitted out more than it currently is apart from touching the engine. But I have not found a place it cannot go that the average Joe would go. You will not do what the 2.8 does on the namibian dunes but then again alot of 4.2 NA diesels do those dunes and the fortuner has probably double the power to weight ratio as the 1hz powered vehicles.

    I highly recommend to anyone that buy the 2.4 and use some of the change for your favorite modifications (Rubber Mats and seat covers are essential).

    And remember most of the rentals people use in africa are the 2.5 hardbody, 2.5 d4d hilux, 2.4 hilux and the 2.2 ranger.

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael11 View Post
    The 2.4 will be more than sufficient.

    I drive a 2.4 hilux , okay it probably cannot be kitted out more than it currently is apart from touching the engine. But I have not found a place it cannot go that the average Joe would go. You will not do what the 2.8 does on the namibian dunes but then again alot of 4.2 NA diesels do those dunes and the fortuner has probably double the power to weight ratio as the 1hz powered vehicles.

    I highly recommend to anyone that buy the 2.4 and use some of the change for your favorite modifications (Rubber Mats and seat covers are essential).

    And remember most of the rentals people use in africa are the 2.5 hardbody, 2.5 d4d hilux, 2.4 hilux and the 2.2 ranger.
    Thanks for the feedback. I highly doubt I will even push the 2.4 to it's limits. Just seems like a massive jump in price to the 2.8, and not really that much to show for the difference in price.

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Even though I have the 2.8, with that price difference I think I was silly in not considering the 2.4.
    All comments on the 2.4 is that it really is a peach of a vehicle. And very capable everywhere.
    Agree, go for it and use a fraction of the savings on some kit to make your trips that much more comfortable which will always be in your vehicle. Maybe just an OME suspension upgrade and will take you everywhere even better (not that its needed, just an even nicer to have)
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    2.4 any day. I am very happy with mine.

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    ATRAC is fantastic but for your limited offroad use in will hardly be missed(you are not going to be doing grade 4 trails every weekend)
    The only reason I would consider the 2.8 was if I was towing a trailer over 1.5T, that said I know someone that tows a 2T skiboat with a 2.4 Hilux that does just fine.....the 400nm works!!
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Years ago even the 3.0KZTe and the 2.8 Isuzus was less powerfull and do the job perfectly, go wit the 2.4 its 100% imo and definately not less capable...
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    I towed a small, fully loaded container on a trailer behind a 2.4 Hi-Lux up and down the mountain passes from Bloemfontein to Uitenhage via Graaff Reinet. It has more than enough power for whatever it is you want to do.

    The traction control won't be missed either, unless you intend on doing some serious off-roading. You'll probably run out of ground clearance before you run out of traction.
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by TypeRSA View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Hope you are all well.

    I am looking at buying a Fortuner 2.4 4x4 auto. I am just curious as to how it prrforms offroad compared to the 2.8 4x4 auto. I see the 2.4 does not have ATRAC (active traction control). Will this be a big negative? I do not plan on doing any hectic 4x4'ing, but the odd trip to Moz, Bots, and Namibia might be in order. Will the 2.4 be sufficient, or is it better to cough up the extra R150 000 for the 2.8?

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    The only reason to get a 2.8 over a 2.4, i.m.o, is that the 2.8 is slightly better specced. Better infotainment configuration, reverse cam, leather, color display for trip computer, etc.

    If the 2.4 had these specs, I don't see why I would get a 2.8 ever.

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    The 2.4 is a awesome vehicle for the money

    We have one although not 4x4 I will not even consider the 2.8 honestly with that extra money you can do mods to the 2.4 to make it even better off road

    And if I am not mistaken it does have a rear diff lock which is more than enough
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by byaru1 View Post
    The only reason to get a 2.8 over a 2.4, i.m.o, is that the 2.8 is slightly better specced. Better infotainment configuration, reverse cam, leather, color display for trip computer, etc.

    If the 2.4 had these specs, I don't see why I would get a 2.8 ever.
    The 2.4 has actually been updated and now has leather, infotainment, reverse camera. So that is why it's so much easier for me to look at the 2.4 nowadays. The only "extras" you get in the 2.8 are LED headlights, SatNav, colour screen on dash (trip info), ATRAC, shift paddles, electric driver's seat, electric boot, auto climate control... I think that is about it, but might have missed something.

    Thanks for the responses all, I think the 2.4 is the way to go.

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Is this a new or second hand vehicle? What about isuzu mux? Massive specials on them if u look around
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by giolanman View Post
    Is this a new or second hand vehicle? What about isuzu mux? Massive specials on them if u look around
    It will be new. I had a look around before lockdown, and for now at least, the Fortuner looks like the better buy for me. Funny enough, insurance is about R350 cheaper on the Fortuner.

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    If i may ask how much is the 2.4 Auto Fortuner now ? Im looking at the 4x2 auto for my sister.
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by The TRANSPORTER View Post
    If i may ask how much is the 2.4 Auto Fortuner now ? Im looking at the 4x2 auto for my sister.
    The 4x4 is selling for R579 000, but sure you would be able to get a cracker of a deal after lockdown. 4x2 auto is R551 000.

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by TypeRSA View Post
    The 4x4 is selling for R579 000, but sure you would be able to get a cracker of a deal after lockdown. 4x2 auto is R551 000.
    Saw this special if anyone is interested:

    https://www.cars.co.za/new-car-speci...-special/2705/

    New 2.4 auto 4x2 going for R489 800

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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by The TRANSPORTER View Post
    If i may ask how much is the 2.4 Auto Fortuner now ? Im looking at the 4x2 auto for my sister.
    Does she need seven seats? I would rather look at the RAV4, much nicer drive.
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by TypeRSA View Post
    shift paddles,
    This would be a deal breaker for me.

    What self-respecting diesel 4x4 SUV does NOT have shift paddles.


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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Does she need seven seats? I would rather look at the RAV4, much nicer drive.
    No she don't need the extra row seats but travel on gravel fairly often. She will trade her previous shape RAV ,dont want a RAV again.
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    Default Re: Fortuner 2.4 vs 2.8 4x4

    Test drove the 2.4 and the 2.8, the big difference for me was the overtaking acceleration. Here the 2.4 was a donkey while the 2.8 was above average for this type of vehicle. I ended up buying the 4.0l which perhaps tells you more about me and my views than any of the aforementioned vehicles.

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