Executive off-roaders: Nissan Patrol Royale vs. Toyota LC Prado

Executive off-roaders: Nissan Patrol Royale vs. Toyota LC Prado

The Nissan Patrol Royale is best known for its powerful engine and premium features that provides confidence and poise in any road condition. Without a doubt, Nissan’s top-performing SUV ticks the boxes of luxury and ability.

Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s pricey for a reason.

Here, we pit it against Toyota's slightly less expensive Land Cruiser Prado whose base unit is surely far from "base" by any measure.

Both SUVs showcase a commanding road presence through their muscular frames that are enhanced by tasteful exterior accents. The Nissan Patrol Royale is equipped with daytime running lights, LED headlights, chrome air intake vents, and bold 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the Toyota Prado’s outside look is embellished with a chrome front grille, LED projector headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Nissan Patrol can accommodate eight people, while the Toyota Prado can fit seven. The two SUVs similarly offer a luxurious vibe on the inside as they are both upholstered with high-grade leather seats.  The Nissan Patrol has a sunroof with a tilt and slide function, which is not available on the Land Cruiser Prado. However, Toyota’s contender offers more cabin compartments including a console box with tray, overhead console with sunglass holder, cup holders, and a ventilated console box.

Another premium offer of the Nissan Patrol is the high-quality entertainment system that is powered by Bose Premium Audio. There are two seven-inch rear monitors that are installed on the front headrests to provide viewing pleasure for the second row passengers. The in-cabin sound system is further enhanced by the premium 13-speaker system, which is composed of nine woofers, two tweeters, and two subwoofers. As for the Toyota Prado, it employs a six-speaker display audio system that can be connected to your smartphone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The Nissan Patrol Royale’s exceptional performance is made possible by its 5.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 400hp and 560Nm. The SUV’s power plant is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the Toyota Prado is driven by a 4.0-liter V-type engine, which produces 271hp and 381Nm of torque. The Land Cruiser Prado uses a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift.

All occupants will surely be protected by the Nissan Patrol’s supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags on the front, side, and curtain. It is also equipped with vehicle stability control and parking and driving assistance features. As for the Toyota Prado, it provides the same number of airbags and carries its own set of brake control systems and driver assistance technologies.

To further compare these two powerful SUVs, check out their specs below:

SPECIFICATIONS

Nissan Patrol Royale

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 4.0L Gas AT

Overall Length (mm)

5,165

4,840

Overall Width (mm)

1,995

1,885

Overall Height (mm)

1,955

1,890

Wheelbase (mm)

3,075

2,790

Tread (mm)

Front: 1,705

Rear: 1,705

Front: 1,585

Rear: 1,585

Ground Clearance (mm)

273

215

Seating Capacity

8

7

Engine

DOHC, V8, CVTCS, Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) + Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG)

Six-cylinder V-type 24 valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i

Number of Cylinders

8

6

Valves Per Cylinder

4

4

Valve Configuration

DOHC

DOHC

Fuel Type

Gasoline

Gasoline

Engine Displacement (cc)

5,552

3,956

Maximum Power (hp / rpm)

400 / 5,800

271 / 5,600

Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

560 / 4,000

381 / 4,400

Transmission Type

Seven-speed Automatic with Manual Shift Mode

Six-speed Automatic with Sequential Shift

Suspension

Independent Double Wishbone with Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC)

Double Wishbone Independent Suspension with Stabilizer on the Front; Four-link Type Suspension with Stabilizer on the Rear

Brake

Front: Ventilated Discs

Rear: Discs

Front: Ventilated Discs

Rear: Ventilated Discs

Transfer Select Switch

4L, 4H, Auto with Variable 4x4 Mode Select

Full Time 4x4

Tire Size

275 / 60 R20

265 / 60 R18

Tire Type

Radial

Radial

Wheels

20 Inches x 8J

18 Inches x 7.5JJ

Steering Gear Type Rack and Pinion Rack and Pinion
Adjustable Steering Column With With
Steering Column Tilt and Telescopic Tilt and Telescopic
Steering Type Power Power
Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank With With

Bumper

Front: Body Color

Rear: Chrome

Front: Body Color

Rear: Body Color

Rear Spoiler

With

With

Headlamps

LED Type with Levelizer Washer and Auto Function

LED Projector Type with Auto Leveling; with LED Clearance Lamp and Headlamp Cleaner

Daytime Running Lights

Signature LED Type

Without

Front Fog Lamp

With

LED Type

Rear Fog Lamp

Without

With

High Mount Stop Lamp

Without

LED Type

Roof Rail

With

With

Side Stepper

With

With

Integrated Antenna

With

With

Power Windows

One-touch Auto Up / Down

With

Power Door Locks

With

With

Power Outer Rear View Mirrors

Without

With

Remote Keyless Entry

With Intelligent Key

With Smart Entry

Push Engine Start / Stop System

With

With

Instrument Panel

With Digital Clock, Digital Odometer, and Tacho Meter

With Digital Clock, Digital Odometer, and Tacho Meter

Steering Wheel

Leather-covered

Leather-covered

Map Lamp

With

With

Seat Material

Leather

Leather

Front Seats

Driver: Power Adjustable Slide, Reclining, Lifter (FR / RR Independent), Lumbar Support + Memory Function, with Seat Back Storage

Passenger : Power Adjustable Slide, Reclining

Driver: Eight-way Power Adjust

Passenger: Four-way Power Adjust

Second Row Seats

60:40 Split, Manual Reclining with Center Armrest

60:40 Split, Folding, with Armrest and Adjustable Headrests (3 pcs.)

Third Row Seats

Fold and Tumble, with Reclining

50:50 Split, Power Fold Full Flat Seats, with Folding Headrests (2 pcs.)

Air Conditioning System

Push Type, Dual Zone Full Auto A/C on the Front; Push Type, Auto A/C on the Rear

Dual, Auto Climate Control with Front (L/R) and Rear Independent Control

Heater

With

With

Sunroof

Tilt and Slide (One-touch Open / Close)

Without

Audio System

BOSE Premium Audio with Eight-inch LCD with AM/FM Radio, MP3, DVD, Tuner, iPod, USB, Auxiliary Input and Bluetooth Connectivity

Touch Screen Display Audio with AM/FM Radio, USB and Auxiliary Input, Bluetooth Connectivity, Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Speakers

Premium 13-speaker System (Speaker x 9, Tweeter x 2, Woofer x 2)

Six Speakers

Rear Monitor

Seven-inch WVGA Display Monitor, Front Headrest Integrated x 2 + Headphones x 2

Without

Cup Holders

Front and Rear

Front and Rear

Bottle Holder

With

With

Ventilated Console Box

Without

With

Accessory Power Outlet

Without

12V Front, Rear and Deck

SRS Airbags

Front Dual + Side + Curtain

Driver and Passenger, Driver Knee, Front Side and Curtain Side

Front Seatbelts

Height Adjustable

Height Adjustable

Rear Seatbelts

With

With

Seatbelt Warning

With

With

Door Ajar Warning

With

With

Engine Check Warning

With

With

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

With Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Function

With Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Function

Brake Assist (BA)

With

With

Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

With

Without

Vehicle Stability Control

Vehicle Dynamic Control with B-LSD, Hill Descent Control (HDC), and Hill Start Assist (HSA)

Traction Control (A-TRC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), and Downhill Assist Control (DAC)

Parking and Driving Assistance

Intelligent Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Corner Sonar, Parking Guide

Back Monitor, Clearance and Back Sonar (8 Sensor System: 2 Front, 2 Rear, 4 Corners)

Child Safety Locks

With

With

Side Door Impact Beams

With

With

Front Impact Beams

With

With

Vehicle Security System

Engine Immobilizer and Alarm

Immobilizer and Alarm

Available Body Colors

Pearl White, Black Obsidian, Gun Metallic Gray, and Topaz Brown

Super White II, White Pearl Crystal Shine Silver Metallic 2, and Gray Metallic

Price

P3,988,000

P3,369,000

(Super White II, Silver Metallic 2, and Gray Metallic color variants)

 

P3,384,000

(White Pearl Crystal Shine color variant)

 

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Hazel Nicole Carreon

Hazel Nicole Carreon

Hazel is a news and feature writer for ZigWheels Philippines. She studied communication at De La Salle Lipa, where she was exposed to writing about various topics, which later has become her passion and now her career.

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