Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Everest vs Isuzu MU-X compared: price and power

The Toyota Fortuner is South Africa’s best loved SUV, and has held this crown for many years despite only being into its second generation, although there have been several facelifts along the line since its launch in the country in 2005.

Toyota sold 9,635 Fortuners in South Africa in 2020, making it the best-selling SUV by some distance, and in a depressed market struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ford, was second best, with 7,255 EcoSports sold in 2020. It is the EcoSport’s bigger brother, the Everest however, which competes with the Fortuner. Ford only managed to sell 1,588 Everest SUVs last year.

So why the discrepancy? BusinessTech looks at the specifications of the two vehicles, comparing their performance and price, while including the Isuzu MU-X for reference.

Toyota accumulated a 23.7% market share by year end, with the Hilux retaining its spot as the country’s best-selling vehicle. The Japanese brand sold 90,129 vehicles in 2020, down from 130,072 sales in 2019.

Volkswagen SA, with a 21.6% market share, saw sales in 2020 decline 28.9% year on year. With 19,750 units sold in 2020, the locally manufactured Polo Vivo is SA’s best-selling passenger car.

Ford’s overall sales volume was down from 50,827 to 35,272 units in 2019, with the EcoSport and Ford Ranger boosting its standing.

Toyota Fortuner

Fortuner 2.4 GD6 RB MT

Fortuner 2.8 GD6 4×4 VX AT

Ford Everest


2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 2WD

2.0 BiT LTD 10AT 4WD


Isuzu MU-X

Mu-X 3.0 4X2 AT6

Mu-X 3.0 4X4 AT6

Read: South Africa’s top-selling SUVs

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Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Everest vs Isuzu MU-X compared: price and power