Innova Crysta vs Fortuner Comparison Review

Toyota Innova Crysta vs Fortuner Comparison Review
Why are we comparing these two cars?
Both cars are mechanically, very closely related to each other, as they are both essentially derivatives of the Toyota's Hilux pick-up truck. Earlier there was a over 10 Lakh Rs. price difference between the top-end Innova and the entry-level Fortuner. But today the difference has come down to just 5 lakh Rs. That puts them right in to each other's consideration sets. But that's not all, till the new Fortuner comes by in Diwali the Crysta  presents a very modern, plush and feature rich alternative to prospective Fortuner customers. What we are trying to find out is whether the Fortuner's older platform still has enough capabilities to challenge the piping-hot Innova Crysta.

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Pricing & Features:
Fortuner’s '2.5 Sportivo 4x2 MT’ variant costs 29.75 Lakh, on road, Delhi. Innova Crysta’s high-end 'ZX' (manual) variant retails for 22.85 lakh, which is almost 7 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Fortuner. In spite of being significantly cheaper, the Crysta has lots of extra features like Traction Control, Side, Curtain and Knee Airbags, Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, which are cumulatively worth around 1.5 Lakh Rs. This makes the Crysta almost 9 Lakh Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Fortuner.
(Fortuner's '2.5 Sportivo 4x2 AT' automatic costs 30.90 Lakh Rs. while Innova Crysta's 'ZX AT' automatic costs 24.35 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Touchscreen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Cornering Lamps, LED DRLs, Leather Upholstery, Tilt & Telescopic Steering, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer, Electric Tailgate Release

Extra Features in Fortuner (2.5 Sportivo 4x2 MT): none

Extra Features in Innova Crysta (VX): ESP, Airbags - Side, Curtain & Knee, Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Mood Lighting

Performance & Drivability:
Driven back-to-back, you can immediately feel immense difference in the refinement of the Crysta and the Fortuner. Fortuner sounds agricultural and has uneven power delivery compared to the Crysta. Crysta's automatic transmission is also noticeably smoother and responsive than the Fortuner's.The Fortuner 2.5 is quite evenly matched with the Crysta in terms of performance. The Fortuner 3.0 manual though feels marginally quicker than the manual Crysta.

Power (PS@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 150@3400, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 174@3400, Fortuner 2.5 - 144@3400, Fortuner 3.0 - 171@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Innova Crysta 2.4 - 343@1400-2800, Innova Crysta 2.8 – 360@1200-3400, Fortuner 2.5 – 343@1600-2800, Fortuner 3.0 (AT) - 360@1400-3200, Fortuner 3.0 (MT) - 360@1400-3400
Kerb Weight (kg): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 1835, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 1855, Fortuner 2.5 - 1865, Fortuner 3.0 - 1885

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 81, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 94, Fortuner 2.5 – 77, Fortuner 3.0 - 91
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Innova Crysta 2.4 – 187, Innova Crysta 2.8 - 194, Fortuner 2.5 – 176, Fortuner 3.0 - 191

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests the Crysta was consistently over 1 kmpl more efficient than the Fortuner.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Innova Crysta 2.4 (diesel, manual) – 15.1, Fortuner 2.5 (diesel, manual) – 12.55, Fortuner 3.0 (diesel, manual) – 11.9
Innova Crysta 2.8 (diesel, automatic) – 14.29, Fortuner 2.5 (diesel, automatic) – 12.55, Fortuner 3.0 (diesel, automatic) – 11.9

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Innova Crysta (diesel, manual) – 3.42, Fortuner 2.5 (diesel, manual) – 4.12
Innova Crysta (diesel, automatic) – 3.62, Fortuner 2.5 (diesel, automatic) - 4.35

Space & Comfort:
The Fortuner is disappointingly cramped inside the cabin given its humongous size. The middle row seats are quite small and lacking in under-thigh support. It gets pretty tight with three passengers, on-board the middle row of the Fortuner. Third row seating is only fit for small children and with all seats up, the Fortuner has 200 litres of boot-space which is 50% lesser than Crysta's 300 litre boot volume. Crysta's seats are also far more spacious and supportive than the Fortuner's and the third row which was already much better in the old Innova has been improved further to make it genuinely useful for normal sized adults. The quality of materials and the fit & finish inside the Crysta's cabin is a class above the Fortuner's rather dull and dated interiors.

Length (mm): Innova Crysta – 4735, Fortuner – 4705
Width (mm): Innova Crysta – 1830, Fortuner – 1840
Height (mm): Innova Crysta – 1795, Fortuner – 1850

Ride Quality & Handling:
You cannot expect much from the Fortuner in terms of dynamics. It is based on the rudimentary underpinnings of an 11 year old pick-up truck platform. It is freakishly tall & heavy, making it prone to copious amounts of body roll. To keep the body-roll in check, engineers have had to stiffen up the suspension, resulting in a punishing ride quality. To make matters even worse, it has a vague, ponderous and
excessively light steering setup making it a nightmare around the curves. Toyota has dutifully acknowledged these very limitations of the Hilux platform and put in maximum effort in sorting out the dynamics of the Crysta. The Fortuner may have higher ground clearance, but it's the Crysta, which is far more comfortable over rough roads and potholes. The Crysta is also much more stable, precise and even quite enjoyable around the turns.

Ground Clearance (mm): Innova Crysta – 176, Fortuner – 220

Tyre Size:
Innova Crysta – 205/65R16 (GX/VX), 215/55R17 (ZX)
Fortuner - 265/65R17

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Toyota's impeccable track record, at durability and service support, is what has made, these two cars so popular, in our country, in the first place. With Toyota's expanding footprint, it will only get stronger in the coming years.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Both cars will continue to hold incredible residual value for years to come.
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 13.71, Fortuner 2.5 4x2 MT (Diesel manual) – 17.85
Innova Crysta ZX AT (Diesel automatic) – 14.55, Fortuner 2.5 4x2 AT (Diesel automatic) - 18.54

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The Crysta ZX manual works out to be 3.5 Lakh Rs. or 28% cheaper, than the Fortuner 2.5 MT, over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years. The Crysta ZX automatic also turns out to be similarly cheaper than the Fortuner 2.5 AT.
Innova Crysta ZX (Diesel manual) – 12.56, Fortuner 2.5 4x2 MT (Diesel manual) – 16.02
Innova Crysta ZX AT (Diesel automatic) – 13.32, Fortuner 2.5 4x2 AT (Diesel automatic) - 16.70

The Innova Crysta is superior to the Fortuner in every aspect imaginable. Toyota Motor Corp. has made a lot of progress over the past decade, which has resulted in perceptible improvements in all the attributes of the Innova Crysta. This has resulted in a car which is technically a lot superior to the Fortuner in terms of ride-handling, refinement and ergonomics. It is also a more practical, spacious and comfortable car than the Fortuner. It has a multitude of extra features, which are not even available as an option on the Fortuner and yet is around 30% cheaper to own and run, making it far better value-for-money as well. Overall the Crysta is indeed the crystal-clear winner of this comparison.
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