The first thing that strikes you when you step on the gas in this massive SUV is the immediacy of its power delivery. The throttle response is amazing, even at low speeds, and it gives an instant boost to the way the gas engine provides. The Nissan Patrol is a light off-road/sport utility vehicle which Nissan launched in 2002. The Nissan Patrol is equipped with a huge 5.6-litre V8 coupled to a seven-speed gearbox. It develops an impressive 400 hp.
It is not the most efficient mill, but it grunts and moves the car without making it appear as if it is sweating. The Toyota Prado is sold with a 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine with 271 horsepower. The engine has 281 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the Toyota Prado features a four-cylinder gasoline engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and a four-wheel drive system. The four-wheel drive system includes on-demand drive, lock-to-lock and load-tracking systems for maximum flexibility. Like the V6, the Prado claims the new diesel can reach 36 mpg in city traffic.
The Nissan Patrol has a long wishbone and an effective HBMC system, and it offers pleasant stability with balanced traverse axis agility while driving off-road. But don’t assume the Patrol has independent suspension because it’s garbage on the roads. The Patrol has a clear advantage in terms of ground clearance. The Toyota Prado offers similar ground clearance to most off-road vehicles, but the Patrol sets the tone. Higher tires provide better ground clearance, and the lack of differentiated housing is another way to improve things.
The Prado Is imbued with a soothing sense of extreme honesty and pure functionality. The vehicle has been proven in rainy seasons when roads are covered in mud and flooding is common. Slow steering is welcome, but driving fast becomes difficult. The Prado knows this and extends to low-speed usage, which is common among owners in certain regions. It does not care about its original equipment, such as Dunlop tires, and is more focused on the road, so muddy paths and improvised river crossings do not pose a challenge to the car.
The Patrol overall is slightly better in terms of clearance. There is a lot of engine capacity to complete the Prado, but the Patrol proves to be an effortless low-range cruiser. Especially with the 4×4 4WDS and the side stairs, you come across open spaces.
The most important measurement points in favor of the Patrol should not come as a surprise. Ground clearance is 272mm, which surpasses the Toyota Prado’s 230mm. The approach angle is 34.3 degrees, and the takeoff angle 26.2 degrees, compared to 32 degrees and 24 degrees respectively.
During a week-long test
The range was measured at an average of 1.3 litres per 100 km in the Toyota Prado and 1.9 litres per 100 km on the Nissan Patrol. The Nissan, with the 14.0L tank, is a bit thirstier with an average of 14.4L / 100km, which gives a theoretical range of 972km. Overall, the Nissan Patrol is a great vehicle that delivers solid driving performance and an incredible V8 engine.
The Nissan flagship is the Patrol Ti-L
Which is currently being sold in Australia for $89,880. Right behind it sits the Landcruiser VX, while the Sahara is available for $99,632, making the Patrol look like a bargain (without an SUV). The Toyota Prado price is the same as the Toyota Landcruiser, which costs almost $60,000, yet this SUV costs only $47,000. The BMW X5 costs $52,000, while the BMW X6 costs $58,000.
The Jaguar F-Pace costs about $44,000. The Lexus RX 350 costs about $48,000, while the RX 450h hybrid costs $58,000. Most of the SUVs are still about $20,000 to $35,000 over the $33,600 sticker price of the cheapest F-150 that Ford can lease to customers.
Landcruisers have an illustrious history
But people tend to forget that the Nissan Patrol is not a slack when it comes to making a name for itself over the years. It was the first vehicle to cross the Simpson Desert in the Australian outback.
The exceptional cruise control of the Landcruiser, the sensors at the rear, the horsepower, and the torque make it an outstanding car, which is highly recommended to customers. The Landcruiser shows similarities and differences with the Prado.
The top variant of the Toyota Prado 2018 model range is the cockatoo car, which is listed at $84,490, a decrease of $1,121 compared to the successful model. The cockatoo has Crawl Control, which controls the accelerator, brakes and rough terrain at any speed you choose while steering. For some reason, this feature was removed from the VX in November 2017. KDSS is also working on adjusting the tension of the suspension and roll bars.
The Toyota Prado GX
Is the entry-level variant, and the manufacturer puts the price at $53,490, but it’s an on-road cost, and that’s about $600 less. I will not make a price list of how much this cost is, but I will indicate the recommended retail price and road cost for each model in the range. You can check out Toyota’s website to cut the price. With regard to the Prado GX, the Lexus SUV is essentially the more expensive version of the Toyota Prado.
The newly introduced crossover is powered by an efficient 1.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine that delivers 163 hp and 339 Nm of torque. It has three driving options, accessible through the refined Dynamic Select function, which adjusts the engine, transmission, chassis, and steering to your preferences. Driving modes include sport, agility, and eco for better fuel efficiency, comfort, and a more relaxed driving experience.
To ensure that this aspect works, both models use parking sensors in the rear. Both use a park assist and a reversing camera. Both are in the Landcruiser category and are 5mm higher than the Prado in ground clearance. Front and rear brakes work equally well and almost equally well. That said, both models are different, but frankly there are other notable similarities between the two.
The Landcruiser Prado offers buyers the choice between a 4.0-liter DOHC Dual VTV gasoline engine (271hp, 381Nm) and a 2.8-liter DOHC turbo diesel (201hp, 500Nm). Both engines offer plenty of power and decent acceleration. In terms of shifting, the Prado relies on a 6-speed automatic with sequential shifting.
The Prado is the bigger model, but I would argue that comfort is more important here. In most cases, one of the two will be convenient, depending on which equipment you choose. The ultimate choice between the Nissan Patrol and the Toyota Prado really just comes down to what features you would like in your vehicle. If you would like more of this review, check out the Car Expert.