2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra 4x4 Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Apr 08, 2020
  • Table of contents
  • 1. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Battle of the midsize SUVs
  • 2. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Dimensions
  • 3. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Interior
  • 4. Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Engine and Performance
  • 5. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Safety
  • 6. Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD vs Nissan Terra VL 4x4: Price
  • 7. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Conclusion
It’s another spec sheet battle of two 4x4 midsize SUVs.

1. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Battle of the midsize SUVs

Filipinos love SUVs. These vehicles are robust and reliable, with the midsize ones that usually fit seven people, most come with powerful diesel engines, and of course, some models have a 4x4 variant.

Now a 4x4 drivetrain is a feature that elevates the midsize SUV from great, to really great especially in terms of versatility and off-road performance. Note also that 4x4s are popular due to the fact some far-flung municipalities can only be reached by traveling through particularly rough roads. Also, going off-road is fun.

Two notable midsize SUV models available here in the Philippines right now is the Nissan Terra and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The former was launched in 2019, while the latter is a certified veteran of the midsize SUV market.

In 2020, Mitsubishi introduced the Montero Sport GT 4x4 which many immediately compared with the Toyota Fortuner 4x4 V, another veteran in the local midsize SUV market. The Nissan Terra, however, has enjoyed a fairly quick rise in popularity after its launch, and it too has a 4x4 variant.

So what about the Nissan Terra VL 4x4? How does it compare against the Montero Sport GT 4x4? Let's find out through this spec sheet comparison.

Let's compare these two handsome SUVs through a spec sheet battle

2. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Dimensions

When it comes to size, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4x4 is definitely the smaller vehicle. Its length is 4,785mm, it has a width of 1,815mm, a height of 1,805mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,800mm. The Nissan Terra VL 4x4, on the other hand, has a length of 4,885mm, a width of 1,865mm, a height of 1,835mm, and a wheelbase length that spans 2,850mm.

A picture of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport in a mountainous environment

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport is simply smaller but still sizeable, nonetheless.

The Nissan Terra even has a larger fuel tank capacity at 80 liters, whereas the Montero Sport is at 68 liters. Both, however, have fog lights, LED headlights, and daytime running lights.

A picture of the Nissan Terra going fast over a hill

The Nissan Terra is a bit larger, complementing its very macho appeal

Both the Montero Sport GT 4x4 and the Nissan VL 4x4 have a body-on-frame construction as these two are based on trucks, and they also have the same seven-passenger capacity.

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3. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Interior

In terms of interior, the Terra VL and the Montero Sport GT are close reflections on the pickup truck models they’re based on. The Terra VL’s dash, the steering wheel design, and the interior door panels mimic that of the Nissan Navara and the Montero Sport to the Mitsubishi Strada.

In terms of comfort, the Terra and the Montero Sport 4WD variants both have a lot of convenience features. This is due to the fact that both of these are also the top-of-the-line variants for their respective models.

A picture of the dashboard and steering wheel of the Nissan Terra

The front cabin of the Terra looks like the one aboard the Navara

Going back to these SUVs interiors, both the Montero Sport and the Terra have leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, a remote trunk, and power driver’s seats.

In terms of driving amenities, however, the 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD is a bit better due to the presence of tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, an electronic parking brake, and paddle shifters. Both midsize SUVs, however, do come with a parking sensor, a reverse camera, and a remote trunk.

For entertainment features, the Nissan Terra and the Montero Sport are also comparable. Both have an aux jack, Bluetooth, iPod, and USB connectivity options. Both models also have six speakers, and a touchscreen head unit although the one aboard the Montero Sport GT 4WD is a bit larger.

A picture of the interior of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport

While the interior of the Montero Sport looks a bit like the Strada's

Note also that the third row of the Nissan Terra 2020 is a bit tight on the shoulders especially when adult passengers are concerned.

4. Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the Nissan Terra VL 4x4 packs a turbo diesel, 2.5 CRDi, inline-4, while the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD is powered by a turbodiesel, 2.4 liter, inline-4 with MIVEC. While these two engines appear to be on even terms, the Terra VL’s 2.5 liter is the more powerful one as it can make 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. The Montero Sport’s 2.4 liter, on the other hand, makes 178 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque.

A picture of the Montero Sport on a highway

Thanks to it's SS-II 4WD system, the Montero Sport is great off-road, although it can also perform great on road

In terms of their transmission, however, it’s quite obvious that the Mitsubishi made SUV has longer legs with its eight-speed automatic. The Nissan Terra also has an automatic although it has one gear fewer.

Despite having the weaker engine, what the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD has that makes up for it is the ever-brilliant Super Select 4WD-II or SS4-II. Now the SS4-II is Mitsubishi’s proprietary four-wheel-drive system which has already proven itself onboard the Pajero, and the Strada. It also provides the option of locking the rear diff, which provides more traction for the rear axle.

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A picture of the Terra going down a beach

Due to its powerful engine, the Terra has excellent straight line acceleration but it can also handle a bit of rough terrain

In terms of other mechanical components that may affect driving performance, these two models are just about the same. Both have double wishbone/coil spring front suspensions, multi-link with coil spring rear suspensions, and 18-inch wheels. The Montero Sport GT 4WD, however, does have disc brakes all around, while the Terra has a drum brake for its rear and a disc for its front.

5. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Safety

For active safety systems, both the Terra VL 4WD and the Montero Sport GT 4WD are equipped with stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking with electronic brakeforce distribution, and brake assist.

In terms of driver-assist features, both the Montero Sport GT 4WD and the Terra VL 4WD also have hill-start assist, and a blind spot warning. The Terra VL, however, does have more in the form of a vehicle dynamic control system, a hill descent control system, and the 360-degree view camera.

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6. Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD vs Nissan Terra VL 4x4: Price

Terra Variant
Price
Nissan Terra VL AT 4WD
Php 2,176,000

>>> Visit our Nissan Terra price list to get the latest pricing changes of all Terra variants

Montero Sport Variant
Price
Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD
Php 2,450,000

>>> View all Mitsubishi Montero Sport Philippines price

7. 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: Conclusion

While there are some differences between the two midsize SUVs we’ve focused on in this article, it’s apparent in terms of specs that none of the two each have their own strengths. The Terra VL 4WD has the Intelligent Mobility Suite, the crown jewel of which is the 360-degree camera, while the Montero Sport GT 4WD has the Super Select–II 4WD system.

>>> Related: Which Nissan Terra should you buy? [Philkotse Buyers’ Guide]

A picture of the Terra

The Terra is powerful, and has more active driver assist features

When it comes to acquisition price however, it’s pretty obvious which of these two offers a better deal. Note though that the Terra’s third-row seat can be a bit tight on the shoulder room so it all depends on the buyer in the end. Is passenger space the priority? Is it power? Or is it the four-wheel drive capability?

A picture of the side of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Whereas the Mitsubishi Montero Sport has better off-road capabilities and more interior space

So, if space and unparalleled ability off-road is what you’re after, then we highly suggest getting the Montero Sport GT 4WD. If it’s horsepower as well as driver-assist features, then get the Terra VL 4WD.

For more comparison articles like this one, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

 

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps. 

 

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