Monday, September 28, 2015

Used Car Review - Nissan Frontier Navara (2007-2015)

A throwback is an order for Myk Belmonte, in which he reviews a truck that became popular back then.

2007-2015 Nissan Frontier Navara

Nissan started with the pick-up craze way back in 1934 under the Datsun name for Japanese consumption until it was exported worldwide after. The Nissan name first appeared in the 720 series until fully used (and ditching the Datsun brand in 1986 but revived 26 years later) in the D21 model. Replacing the rather aging Hardbody truck (D21 chassis), the Frontier was first launched in 1997 and still produced in some countries until now alongside the current model.

The second generation model, known internally as the D40 series, started production in October 2004 in which it graduated to the mid-size class in terms of exterior dimensions. This generation also paved way for a 5-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual, which was absent in its previous iterations. Suzuki sold the similar Equator pick-up from 2008 until 2010 in Canada or 2012 in USA which is virtually the same car but with a different badge.

In response to the modern competition, Universal Motors Corporation introduced the Frontier Navara (the older Frontier was sold as the Bravado mostly to fleets) in late 2007. The ace was the torque that it offered against direct rivals, in which rivals upped later on while the vehicle got old. It was replaced by the NP300 Navara in February 2011. Although it was initially available in both 4x2 and 4x4 versions, numerous spin-offs were added including a utilitarian Brute, Tech Xtreme, and Krome Edition.

Value and Costs
Currently, the cheapest Navara that you can find in the second hand market can set you P600,000 while later models are in the million bucks range, with their warranty being intact. We suggest that you stick with the normal models or the Brute if you can, unless you want more chrome bits or a navigation system and a socket for your pocket wi-fi.

Most Navaras' have a weak point in the EGR (located in the exhaust area that is connected to the engine) caused by mechanical failure and the turbo (a common problem among CRDi powered vehicles) especially when the owner does not have the habit of cooling down the engine or had used low quality fuel. Do check these out for a worry free driving.

Exterior and Interior
Measuring a little longer than its predecessor, the Navara looked longer than most competing trucks but looked lower than some rivals (not including lower models of competitors). If you look closer, the exterior resembles the North American exclusive Titan with its flank giving it a larger appearance. As a pick-up, rubber lining comes standard in the bumper, same goes with the bedliner in the bed. Do take note that the width and height of 4x2 models differ than those of its 4x4 counterparts.

Going inside, the interior is similar to a car than a rudimentary truck especially that it's seating position is more comfortable to be in. Tan is the color of the dashboard which makes you forget you are driving a truck, but grey would be much better though as to avoid any dirt. Good thing it gains more cubbyholes and storage bins for your stuff, a steering wheel similar to the 350z, and controls for the radio and aircon that are easy to use. For 4x4 models, the system can be engaged through a knob situated below the climate control.

Although the displacement and the engine codes are the same, power output and torque are different for both drivetrain. 4x2 models get the YD25DDTi in mid form with 142hp at 4,000rpm and 356Nm at 2,000rpm while 4x4 variants have the high version that produces 172hp at 4,000rpm and 403Nm at 2,000rpm. Power can be reached as low as 2,000rpm, thanks to a wider powerband that can benefit you in terms of fuel economy.

Driving Impressions
Driving this one will treat you to little body roll and riding comfort is similar to the Patrol SUV. A eight-cross member ladder frame gives the truck added stability and handling when it comes to mountain roads but steering feel is light (albeit numbing). All 4x4 models get a limited slip differential that is beneficial in off-roading situations.

The pick-up truck race is a fierce one, especially that rivals outdo one another in terms of power, torque, and amenities. While rivals may have outpaced this one, the Navara can still hold its pace wrapped in a modern package while remaining true to its roots.

The Good:
  • Gobs of power and torque
  • Civilized than its predecessor
  • Car-like
The Bad:
  • Somewhat low ground clearance
  • Power may be lacking for some
  • Interior may get dirty
The Pick: 4x2 LE

Engine: 2,488cc YD25DDTi mid and high I4 diesel
Power: 142hp @ 4,000rpm (4x2), 172hp @ 4,000rpm (4x4)
Torque: 356Nm @ 2,000rpm (4x2), 403Nm @ 2,000rpm (4x4)
Fuel Consumption: 7-9km/L (city), 10-13km/L (highway) (*estimated and varies)
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Suspension: Front double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer bar, rear rigid axle leaf spring with telescopic shock absorbers

Price (New): P1,026,000-P1,545,000
Price (Now): P600,000-P1,100,000
Rivals: Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi Strada, Toyota Hilux
On Sale: 2007-2015

Nissan Mantrade - (02) 843-3316

1 comment:

  1. This is going to be an interesting pickup truck. The 7 gears automatic has never been seen on this category.

    Jazz@Dura Tech