Tuesday, July 23, 2013

2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ vs 2013 Toyota Fortuner 3.0 V


Which one is better: Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ or the Toyota Fortuner 3.0 V? This is a question most commonly asked, but never answered; at least not directly. But, no matter how you look at it, this comparison is inevitable. On one corner, you have the Toyota Fortuner—the one who pioneered the entire “sleek-looking, truck-based 7-seater SUV” craze (sorry, the Ford Everest doesn’t count because it looks just too agricultural). Recently re-styled and upgraded, the Fortuner soldiers on with more or less the same innards that made it successful. On the other is the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the newest addition to the ever-growing slew of alternatives, and single-handedly the vehicle that has catapulted the bowtie brand into to the mainstream. It maybe new from the top-down, but it keeps very close to the Toyota Fortuner formula. And with a price spread just a hair above P 45,000 (P 45,112 to be exact), these two were destined to slug it out.



Exterior

The Toyota Fortuner’s basic shape is a carryover from when it first launched in 2006. Surprisingly, it has remained sleek and modern, considering this is a 7-year old design. Perhaps Toyota’s decision to style it much more conservatively helped, but whatever the case, it’s aging quite gracefully. Though the body itself has remained the same, the Fortuner has received its fair share of nip-tucks, from new combination lamps, bumpers, alloy wheels, and the like. The overall execution of the facelift is great and has added features such as HID headlamps and headlamp washers as standard equipment. The only exception is the clear-type tail lamps which look odd and dated compared to the rest of the design.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Trailblazer is clearly the product of additional years of design consideration. Simply put, nothing seems out of place in its design, and everything feels cohesive. Despite being about the same height as the Toyota, the Trailblazer looks more hunkered down, much more stable thanks to a wider body and stamped-in wheel arches. It likes to play a visual game with a flow crease on the side and a more curvaceous D-pillar. Other detailing such as the square-cut headlamps, clamshell hood, 18-inch alloys, and LED tail lamps all scream “macho” from a mile away as well. An interesting reversal of trend though is how the Trailblazer is piling on the bling (chrome) compared to the relative absence of the shiny stuff in the Fortuner. Nonetheless, it manages to look right on the Trailblazer, especially in dark colors like black.

Winner: Chevrolet Trailblazer



Interior and Space

If there’s one thing that’s betraying the Fortuner’s age, it’s the interior. Though the fit and finish are generally solid, the Fortuner’s interior still comes from a time when Toyota didn’t know how to properly pimp up a cabin. At a glance, the beige-and-gray two-tone cabin and imitation black wood trim is fairly interesting, but upon closer inspection, the simplistic surface treatment (there’s no graining on some surfaces, for example) make it look and feel cheap. This is the polar opposite of the Trailblazer which features a more upscale interior treatment. Though the cabin plastics are still hard, at least they look nice. Plus, the Trailblazer’s cabin feels much younger with a cockpit-like feel from the gauges to the center stack to the gearshift. Of course, the intimate control layout of the Trailblazer does rob some interior room, particularly in the front passenger knee/legroom. In terms of seats, the Trailblazer’s are much more supportive than the Fortuner’s, but the Fortuner uses higher quality leather.

For most buyers cross-shopping between the Fortuner and the Trailblazer, the most important question is one of interior space: which one has more? The answer: they’re not too far apart. Aside from the Trailblazer’s thick center console resulting in banged knees, it measures toe-to-toe against the Fortuner when it comes to second-row accommodations. In fact, the Trailblazer offers much more supportive seats and headrests for each occupant regardless of position (the Fortuner only has outboard passenger headrests). When it comes to the third row though, the Fortuner has the clear advantage. With a second-row that slides fore or aft in a 60/40 split, space can be divided between second- and third-row occupants. Plus, the Fortuner’s third-row seats are actually thicker, offering better support compared to the Trailblazer’s. Those occupying the Trailblazer’s third-row will have to settle for a “knees up” position which can get quite uncomfortable during long drives. Oddly enough, neither SUV offers a full flat-folding third row. The Fortuner is much more old school with a side-folding mechanism which is both archaic and difficult to use, while the Trailblazer’s simply fold down. Without a measuring tape though, the Trailblazer feels to have the slight edge when it comes to luggage carrying capacity.

Winner: TIE




Performance

With the famed Duramax diesel engine under the hood, the Chevrolet Trailblazer is supposed to have the clear edge when it comes to the power race: 180 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque. However, when it comes to real-world situations, the circumstances are different. The Trailblazer’s 2.8-liter engine is surprisingly clattery at idle, enough to wake up small kids a room away. Then it just gets noisier, and boomier as the revs build up. There’s some good pull here, but at the terrible expense of NVH isolation. Aside from the noisy engine though, the rest of the Trailblazer package fares better. The 6-speed automatic shifts smoothly and helps keep the revs down (though sixth is rarely engaged) resulting in a relatively good 8.04 km/L city fuel economy figure. The Trailblazer also has the benefit of cruise control for highway use. In terms of the ride and handling equation, the Trailblazer feels smoother on just about every road surface compared to the Toyota, but feels much more unsettled turning into corners. The non-variable steering rack doesn’t help either, resulting in a cumbersome parking experience.

Mechanically unchanged since its launch in 2006, the Toyota Fortuner gives up some 17 horsepower (163 horsepower) and 127 Nm (343 Nm) compared to the Trailblazer, making it the weaker of the two SUVs. However, in the real world, it feels much more capable. Within the city, the Fortuner shows genuine thrust, making use of its wider, flatter power band. It may actually give up two gears against the Trailblazer, but the gearing is excellent, enabling the Fortuner to feel faster. What’s even more surprising is how the Fortuner manages to return 8.3 km/L despite using an older powertrain and having full-time four-wheel drive. In addition, the Fortuner actually feels easier to maneuver around thanks to quicker steering and better sight lines throughout. The Fortuner may have had the unfortunate reputation of having a crashy ride, but that’s all been fixed in the newest model which uses a more modern four-link set-up, though it’s still no match for the Chevrolet.

Winner: Toyota Fortuner



Value for Money

Priced at just P 45,112 apart, it’s clear that the Trailblazer has the Fortuner in its sights. Amortized over one year, this price difference is just chump change and yet, the Chevrolet offers much more metal for less money. Both of these SUVs offer the normal luxury prerequisites such as automatic headlamps, power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and a full-featured multimedia system; but the Chevrolet trumps the Toyota in offering more safety equipment in the form of Electronic Stability Program, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control among others. Plus, the Trailblazer does offer a crisper, richer aural experience thanks to the premium 8-speaker system.

That said, Chevrolet still didn’t go overboard and load the Trailblazer with all the goodies they could muster. The Fortuner still has some equipment not found in the Trailblazer such as the aforementioned HID headlamps (with washers) and a GPS navigation system. Though these shortcomings can be fixed by some good aftermarket installation, Chevrolet should have considered putting these as standard. In the end though, what you can’t replicate with aftermarket stuff is what matters and that makes the Trailblazer the better value SUV.

Winner: Chevrolet Trailblazer



Verdict

It’s funny how this tale all ends: you’ve got the newest kid of the block quite literally following the lead set by the segment’s veteran. Granted there’s only so much you can do with a pick-up based 7-seater SUV, it’s worth noting that the Trailblazer had a seven-year advantage in design and engineering to come up with the so-called “killer blow” against the Fortuner. In the end, the Chevrolet Trailblazer plays it safe and offers the same sort of experience buyers have come to expect in this segment from ride to handling to standard creature features.

Yes, the Trailblazer may have a more powerful engine, more cogs in its gearbox, and offer a more robust list of safety features, but these are detail changes which are built on top of something fairly traditional. Don’t get it wrong, the Chevrolet Trailblazer will gain its fair share of fans and deservingly so, because it’s such a sweet SUV. However, by being too safe, not only does it betray its namesake, but it barely manages to squeeze a victory this time around.

Winner: Chevrolet Trailblazer


65 comments:

  1. Backup Vehicle for Presidential Security Group

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  2. Where did you get your figures stating an over 100k gap?

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  3. Uly, the Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4x4 A/T is priced at 1,764,000 pesos while the Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4x4 A/T is priced at 1,718,888 pesos. That's a difference of 45,112 pesos.

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    1. Thanks for pointing my wrong arithmetic. I managed to corrected the figures and the story. It actually won't change the verdict.

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  4. "the more affordable fortuner still has some equipment...", - it isn't even clear is uly knows that the fortuner is the pricier of the 2. And based on his computed difference of 104,888 its very likely that he thinks the TB costs more. Otherwise the difference would have ended in XXX,112.

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    1. I thought that the Trailblazer did cost more. Again, sorry for the wrong subtraction. I did the corrections already. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  5. I have a suggestion. Can you do a comparo between the Trailblazer LTZ and the Montero Sport GTV next time?

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    1. Why not! We'll try to line it up soon. Take note that the Montero Sport just saw a minor change with new grille and bumpers. I don't know if they changed something inside as well.

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  6. Want to trade my 2012 LC Prado for this would it be practical? It seems to have more features for a lesser price. Gonna use the change for and 86 or VT

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    1. The Land Cruiser Prado is very different from these two SUVs. The Land Cruiser has far cushier ride and has better interior materials than either these two SUVs.

      Then again, if you can live with a firmer ride and hard type plastics, yes you can trade it in. I just don't know how much money you stand to get with a Land Cruiser Prado 2nd hand.

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  7. hi sir,
    which vehicle would you consider buying? trailblazer ltz, forester XT or the ford eco boost 2.0 ? thank you very much. trailblazer for the diesel engine, forester for the turbo FA engine, and the comfort of the explorer.

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  8. Good day sir!

    We're planning to replace our Expedition Eddie Bauer with a Diesel SUV. which car/s do you suggest for us to choose from?

    Thanks!

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    1. It's a 2004 (Expedition) model by the way... =)

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    2. You have an expedition..that means you are above middle class and you even have the "2004" model yet you checked the trailblazer and fortuner mash-up..dude is this some kind of joke..if you are who you are..you should be checking 2013 models of; ford explorer, honda pilot, mazda cx9, hyundai vera cruz, or the long wheel base santa fe (it should not be an issue for you to order it from grey markets or order import from hyundai dealers cuz you have "money") dodge durango is also available here locally and the chev suburban...and by the way, i think i've read that chev traverse is also available here...(oh ha!?..sa'n ka pa!?)

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  9. Choosing the right car for you depends on what you need in your SUV. Please be more specific on your needs: space, comfort, performance, towing.

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    1. Sir, any idea when will the All-new Toyota Fortuner be available locally? Planning to buy a new SUV preferably with Manual tranny. My 3 kids are growing fast and we're starting to get crammed inside our family car whenever we go out of town. Kudos for sharing your thoughts to your avid followers, you always enlighten us with our queries.

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  10. Hi sir, nice article! I was tasked by my mom in choosing our new ride. I'm in a dilemma in what to choose between Montero Sport GTV, Fortuner 3.0 V, Trailblazer LTZ, and Hyundai Santa Fe. When discussing with my mom, I always squeeze in the Forester Turbo even though it's not in the same category because it's what I really like. With this article, I finally managed to X out the Fortuner.

    P.S. When I was reading the Philippine Star's Motoring section, I saw the new Ford Everest concept and man it looks so good. I wonder when it's gonna be released.

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    1. First thing's first: the Ford Everest Concept? Likely two years from now. Expect a production version to arrive (at the earliest) at the Bangkok International Motor Show next year and a Philippine launch early 2015 (perhaps even as late as 2016).

      As for the rest of your other choices, if you want the most car-like 7-seater, consider the Hyundai Santa Fe. It's definitely more expensive than the Toyota or Mitsubishi, but at least you get a quieter, more comfortable experience. It's mighty refined too. If you want something that's a bit more flood-proof, consider the Trailblazer as the next best choice. I love how it manages to be much more modern than the rest of the pick-up based competition except for that engine which is noisy.

      On a budget, get the Montero Sport. It's cheaper than the rest, and well, it's got all the toys you want. BUT...if you need a roomy third row...then get the Fortuner. It has the best third-row seats compared to the Trailblazer and Montero Sport.

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    2. Thanks for the reply sir! I'm geared towards the Trailblazer now because it's big, roomy, and it's the most "macho" of the lot.

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    3. Hi Sir, im Rodel Garcia, Sales Consultant of Chevrolet Greenhills Branch. please consider our dealership when decided to purchase a Trailblazer... 2014 model is now available, with new engine power and torque plus the new Mylink for multi media need.

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  11. good afternoon po sir ulysses, can you please enlighten me what car i would be buying for my daughter na hindi masyadong mahal. i'm eyeing for sportivo a/t, montero sport a/t, x-trail a/. wchich is best sa tatlo. ( performance, aircon, stability, overall quality}
    also for pick - up units anong bang mas maganda, nissan,? isuzu?, toyota?

    antayin ko pong sagot nyo sir, maraming salamat po.

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    1. Based on the criteria you mentioned, I would go with a car-based crossover such as the X-TRAIL that you mentioned. Or perhaps you'd like to consider a Hyundai Tucson as well. It's best for your daughter I think.

      If you're considering something a bit more "flood proof", then go Montero Sport. It's cheaper and the size is much more manageable compared to the other 7-seater SUVs. The Sportivo, though nice looking, is getting rather old.

      As for pick-up trucks, I would highly suggest the Ford Ranger. If you don't plan to transport a lot of items and use your pick-up as a family car, go Strada. The Isuzu D-MAX, though getting really old, is still very good. I'd actually recommend it more than the Nissan Navara or even the Hilux.

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  12. Third row "knees up" is for the fortuner. The concept of "in case" the 2nd row is not enough was one that the trailblazer did not have in mind. And I'd say you were wrong at this and that probably you have not sat on the 3rd row of a fortuner and have not read the third row concept of trailblazer. The engine sound more manly for chevy as it is developed by isuzu. Sound with Its vibration is not absent in the fortuner either, you'll appreciate this with the ('07) sorento. The GPS and the likes are "add ons" for all of them, if GPS was all that you wanted, it came in free with the high end mirage. Between my old sorento ('07) and the new fortuner, still I won't have second thoughts on choosing sorento. Makes me sad to let go of him (sorento), who was my buddy for 6 years not to mention my samaritan during typhoon ondoy. So im keeping him instead but I'll have one of this trailblazer because its "something" worth having that my buddy (sorento) wouldn't be jealous about.

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    1. Well, we happen to own a Toyota Fortuner so we know how the third row feels. Compared to the Chevrolet Trailblazer's third row, the Fortuner's is more supportive and isn't as knees up as the Trailblazer.

      The Trailblazer feels more like the Montero Sport's but with slightly better support.

      And yes, I agree that the Sorento and even the Santa Fe would be far better (plusher) choices, but again, they're somewhat different given they are car-based rather than pick-up based.

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    2. I have a Trailblazer, only a few days old but before I purchased it, had 250 pound cousin sit in the 3rd row, and he had no complaints. I myself sat in that 3rd row, too, and find the TB a lot wider than the Montero. You won't get squeezed in the TB 3rd Row.

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  13. Sir, any idea when will the All-new Toyota Fortuner be available locally? Planning to buy a new SUV preferably Manual tranny. My 3 kids are growing fast and we're starting to get crammed inside our family car whenever we go out of town. Kudos for sharing your thoughts to your avid followers, you always enlighten us with our queries.

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    1. From what I've heard, the Fortuner will see yet another refresh before the all-new model bows in. And if ever the new model comes in, expect the Hilux to change first followed by the Innova and then the Fortuner. Likely, my bet is 2016 at the earliest.

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    2. New Fortuner will come out in 2015 yet.

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  14. Hi Uly,

    Well, for me, it seems like the trailblazer has been inspired by the fortuner. It's looks, body shape, seat design and all. Yes, I've heard good reviews about the Trailblazer but still I give Toyota the bias since I, personally, think that the fortuner has been copied in some ways.

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  15. do the trailblazer have airbags?what is the fuel efficiency of tb, and how it is compared to monty in fuel consumption?

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    1. Yes. The Trailblazer does have airbags. As for fuel efficiency, we haven't tested the efficiency of the VGT-equipped Montero Sport yet, but as a reference:

      Chevrolet Trailblazer 8.06 km/L
      Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS 9.66 km/L

      Both are mixed city/highway figures.

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  16. Good Day Uly,

    We have been scouting for SUVs. We had a test drive with Forrester, it's so light. next we headed on TB. And then the Fortuner. My aunt is torn between TB and Fortuner. For me, TB is the best, but according to my aunt, a wiser decision would be Fortuner in terms of maintenance. What's your take on this? Just want to gather inputs. Thank you.

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  17. Maintenance wise - Yes, go for Japanese cars especially Toyota. :)

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  18. i just bought a trailblazer ltz after going thru the major car brands. it just won hands down in terms of value for money. i also might get a chevrolet spin because i think it is so perfectly designed and the handling seemed very comfortable. and a price tag that is so competitive too.

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  19. basing on the reviews I read, i am now in a dilemma on what SUV to buy. this will be my very first. ayaw kong magsisi sa kukunin kong SUV. I am a Toyota lover but opening options on fuel economy, comfort for my wife and kids (we are all 6). power doesn't excite me. I am more for the usability of the vehicle ayaw ko ng pumorma may edad na :) can you guys help me? thank you

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  20. I live in South Africa. I have driven both these vehicles and actually had to choose between the two. 1] The trailblazer in my view looks young fresh and not so dated than the older FT. 2] Loading space is much more open and spacious than the Fortuner. The 2.8 LTZ has a lot of grunt, and with it's towing capacity does out gun the FT totally. The only gain in my view for the FT is it's heritage, and also only because Chevrolet or then Holden has taken far too long to bring it on the floors. Hands-down the TB stole my heart and I bought one a few days ago.

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    1. I forgot to add. I had it for a 800 km trip from Port Elizabeth to Capetown. I received a very good 10.8km/l. My average speed was 116km/h. So I am very impressed to have this big a vehicle give me same as my 1997 Corolla 1600cc RSI [4AGE]. Now my in-laws can travel with us with ease....I Love the TB. I just wish They could have stuck more to the Concept. Up 1 Chev/Holden

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    2. I now have a decision, although I want to try to owning a Chevrolet, but I prefer Toyota Fortuner. maybe if given the chance to own a second SUV I will go for Trailblazer. But this article has helped me a lot come up with the decision. I am now consulting my kids and wife on what color they want :) thanks again Carguide and followers for all the help.

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    3. which is better, fortuner or FJ Cruiser?

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    4. Personally, I think the FJ Cruiser is a fun car. It's not that practical considering it's a 2-door (with 2 hidden doors) and it's powered by a 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine.

      Meanwhile, the Fortuner can be had with a diesel and it has 7 seats.

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  21. I now have a decision, although I want to try to owning a Chevrolet, but I prefer Toyota Fortuner. maybe if given the chance to own a second SUV I will go for Trailblazer. But this article has helped me a lot come up with the decision. I am now consulting my kids and wife on what color they want :) thanks again Carguide and followers for all the help.

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  22. What Uly & other local car reviewers always fail to mention is that the Fortuner & Montero are 3rd-world SUVs, they aren't even sold in their home market of Japan nor in the advanced economies like in the US & Europe with very strict emissions & safety standards. Those 2 SUVs would never pass the emissions testing nor rollover safety testing in Japan/US/EU. Moreover, the Fortuner is the only SUV sold here that has a bigger height than width measurement, that's why in an accident it has been proven to be prone to turn turtle and roll over due to the high center of gravity. I don't know why people made these 2 SUVs popular given it's bad handling, bad ride, very low steering ratio which makes it hard to park & maneuver in tight spaces, dodgy emissions (diesel particulates are proven carcinogens!). These 2 have become as common in the streets as a Tucson or CR-V that the resale value would be below average.

    If I were in the market for a pick-up based SUV today I wouldn't bother with these two for the above reasons. Might as well get a new Trailblazer or even an Everest. For a diesel pick-up I'd prefer the Mazda BT-50 over its twin Ford Ranger due to the better looks & same standard equipment & specs & no artificially-induced "shortage-kuno" from the dealerships wanting you to spend more on in-house financing (DTI should investigate this practice of Ford dealerships).

    - T. M. from Mot***cars forum.

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  23. The guy who asked mr.ang about fj cruiser vs fortuner is a total ignorant...dude we all know they're both from toyota but what separates fj cruiser from fortuner is that fj cruiser is global brand...now do you understand what i'm trying to say here?...stringent tests on engineering on both body and engine and fuckyouallyouignorantassholestypicalfilipinomindsetaboutcarsbutdoesnot reallyknowwhatstherealdeal....ahhh...fortunermonteromorons...trailblazer is even despised in the US...bakit ganyan ang mga pinoy no?...lagi nlang nakikisabay sa uso at madaling ma.uto...hindi porke toyota o jap cars ay high quality tingnan nyo nga yang montero...may exposed metal pa sa jan banda sa door malapit sa window and thats bullshit for its price range...what the fuck...

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    1. Ulol, puta ka.. Chupain mo titi ko, pre... Ang dami mong alam.

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    2. Ba't ka nagmumura?...ai,oo nga pala...ignorante ka nga pala at walang pinag.aralan...

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    3. pre may sasakyan kaba?

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    4. Selakram... Haha dami pa kasing reklamo tsk-tsk...

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    5. '89 mitsu lancer (junked), 96 nissan sentra (crashed in an accident in '09), '09 hyundai SF, '11 honda jazz..bakit?..hijodeputa!

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  24. Nagkalat ang Fortuner dito sa Saudi. kaya pala 3rd world sila :) ginagamit din yung Fortuner na sasakyan ng mga traffic officers nila para monitor yung over speeding. maghapon ang mga Fortuner na yan sa gilid ng kalsada naka idle at bukas ang aircon at makina kahit sa tindi ng init lalo na kapag panahon ng Ramadan (July to August).

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    1. Yes, correct, na-gets mo rin (bigyan ng jacket!). 3rd-world sila in terms of emissions & safety standards kaya nabebenta rin yan dun. Huwag kang bibiglang-liko sa Fortuner mo kung ayaw mong bumaliktad at gumulong, lolz.

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    2. bakit naman kailangang biglang iliko? alam ko lang na biglanng liko sa motel.

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    1. is it true that captiva, cruze, spin, sonic and other chevy that are being sold (even in the US) especially here in asia pacific are engineered and made in korea?...cuz i've read that General Motors corp have this GM korea which is formerly known as Daewoo?...is it true mr. garcia?...cuz you're a salesman of chevy...you represent them and i think you also have an idea about what i'm trying to ask...

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  26. Supplier of Chevy in the Philippines is based in Thailand. Something is wrong with the front shock and mounting of Trailblazer and its 4 link suspension.

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  28. I am looking at the Ford Explorer Limited as an option. Any comments on the Fuel Consumption( and how this compares t other vehicles of this size) and resale value in 3 years?

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  29. My dad and I want to buy a new car (SUV to be more specific). We currently own a Lancer 1.6. My dad is loyal to Mitsubishi, but we're having a hard time choosing a new SUV. The Montero, Fortuner, and Everest is completely out of the question. We're considering the following: Ranger Wildtrak, Trailblazer 2.8 4X4 or 4x4, Colorado 4X4, Alterra Urban Cruiser, Forester, CX5. We're bring a lot of luggage on our trips. Please give us an opinion for a van, suv, or pick-up

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    1. Very different vehicles for very different needs, if you ask me.

      The Alterra Urban Cruiser is getting quite old, so I won't want you to consider that unless you're getting hefty discounts at your local dealership.

      As for the pick-ups, the Colorado and the Ranger are now neck-to-neck in terms of overall power. Though the Ranger is still the better value for money, the long waiting line may be a turn-off. And based on what people have been writing here, dealers have been giving them headaches.

      If you plan to use this new car primarily in the city, I suggest the Forester, even in 2.0 i-L guise. Not only is it bigger than the CX-5, but you'll be surprised at the capabilities of this crossover. It shames some larger SUVs out there!

      If you want a 7-seater SUV though, my bet is on the Trailblazer 2.8. It barely wins against the Fortuner in this comparison, but it's still a great SUV.

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    2. There's a waiting list for both the Ranger and the Colorado? And I forgot to mention that we're a family of 4, we love to do a little off-roading, and me and my dad love horsepower. We have a budget of 1-2 million(monthly payments of course).

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    3. Based on your needs, I'd stay away from the CX-5 and the pick-ups unless you need to haul stuff. But if you do need need a pick-up bed from time to time, consider the Ford Ranger Wildtrak or even the Mazda BT-50--the latter has supposedly better ride than the Ford (I've yet to try it, so I can't be sure).

      If you're into SUVs, go with the Forester. It's actually quite a capable car. Don't expect it to plow through super tough terrain though--it's more like light off-roading. 220-mm ground clearance is certainly good for a vehicle in its class. If you need additional space, there's the Colorado or even the Kia Sorento which I just reviewed. The Sorento's pretty good, though it's just FWD.

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  31. We've decided to get a Trilblazer 2.8. Turns out my aunt has a Forester 2.0 XT

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  33. There is one thing the Trailblazer engine is in one word crab,it has resently been repaced just one year later ,witch got owners in Thailand up in arms.The Fortuner allso had its problems with roll over,but is now sorted,not bad for old school suv.But its days are over.The new Izusu Mu x witch is based on Trailblazer is far better equiped and the quality is way above the Trailblzer and Fortuner,even with the carry over enines.But there is a big probleam on the horison not only for Chev and Toyota,but all makes in this class, in the form of the 2015 Ford Everest.

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