Effective range of smart entry system in Toyota Fortuner

In today’s fast-paced world, convenience is king. And when it comes to vehicles, automakers are constantly pushing the boundaries to make driving experiences as seamless as possible. One such innovation is the smart entry feature, which has become increasingly popular among car buyers.

Toyota Fortuner, a renowned SUV known for its robustness and versatility, also comes equipped with this cutting-edge technology. But what exactly is the effective range of smart entry in the Toyota Fortuner? In this article, we’ll delve into the details of this sophisticated feature, exploring its capabilities, limitations, and how it enhances the driving experience for Fortuner owners.


Effective range (areas within which the electronic key is detected)

When locking or unlocking the doors

The system can be operated when the electronic key is within about 0.7 m (2.3 ft.) of either of the lock/unlock button on the outside door handle. (Only the doors detecting the key can be operated.)

When starting the engine or changing engine switch modes

The system can be operated when the electronic key is inside the vehicle. (The electronic key is not detected when it is on the floor or on the instrument panel.)

Antenna location

1. Antennas outside the cabin.
2. Antennas inside the cabin

Smart entry features explained

Smart entry, also known as keyless entry or remote keyless entry (RKE), is a technological feature that allows a vehicle to be locked, unlocked, and even started without physically using a traditional key. Instead, it relies on wireless communication between the vehicle and a key fob or a smartphone app.

When the key fob is in range, press the button on the door handle of your Toyota Fortuner to lock or unlock the doors.

The smart entry system works through radio frequency identification (RFID). The key fob contains a unique code that communicates with the vehicle’s sensors when in close proximity, triggering the corresponding action, such as unlocking the doors or starting the engine. This eliminates the need to manually insert and turn a key in the ignition or use a physical key to unlock the doors, making it more convenient and efficient for the driver.

Engine start/stop button in Toyota Fortuner.

Smart entry is accompanied by other features such as push-button start, which allows the driver to start the engine with the push of a button, as long as the key fob is within range. Some smart entry systems also offer additional functionalities, such as remote engine start, which allows the driver to start the engine from a distance to pre-condition the vehicle’s interior temperature before getting in.


Many modern vehicles, including the Toyota Fortuner, come equipped with smart entry as a standard or optional feature, providing an added layer of convenience and security for vehicle owners. However, it’s important to note that the effective range of smart entry may vary depending on various factors, including the specific make and model of the vehicle, the environment, and any potential interference.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com