2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Sep 27, 2021

Updated midsize SUV match-up.

In this article...

  1. Both updated and ready to rock
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Variants
  7. Conclusion

2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra: Both updated and ready to rock

In recent months, the midsize SUV market in the Philippines has been ramping up. Major marques like Isuzu and Nissan have updated their offerings in that market segment, and most of them now have more tech and more modern-looking designs. 

Specifically, Isuzu Philippines has brought in the all-new second-generation mu-X. In turn, Nissan Philippines has updated the Terra for the 2022 model year. So how do these two compare in terms of specs? 

To find out, we’re going to pit their top-spec variants against each other. That’s the Isuzu mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT vs the Nissan Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT. 

The Isuzu mu-X and Nissan TErra head to head

Two of the latest versions of well-known SUV nameplates go head to head

2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra: Exterior

To start off, let’s compare their sizes. For the all-new 2022 Isuzu mu-X, it has a length of 4,850mm, a width of 1,870mm, and a height of 1,825mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 2,855mm, and a ground clearance of 235mm. 

Meanwhile, the Terra comes with a length of 4,900mm, a width of 1,865mm, and a height of 1,865mm. It has a ground clearance of 225mm, and its wheelbase length sits at 2,850mm. 

The all-new Isuzu mu-XThe updated Nissan Terra

Compare the all-new 2022 Isuzu mu-X (left) against the Nissan Terra (right) using the slider

To sum it up, the Terra is longer and taller than the mu-X. The mu-X in turn is wider and has more in the way of ground clearance. The Nissan model however has a slightly longer wheelbase.  

Isuzu mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

Dimensions 

Nissan Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

4,850mm 

Length 

4,900mm 

1,870mm 

Width 

1,865mm 

1,825mm 

Height 

1,865mm 

2,855mm 

Wheelbase 

2,850mm 

235mm 

Ground Clearance 

225mm 

As for exterior equipment, both SUVs come standard with LED headlamps, LED taillights, and front fog lamps. Both also come with roof rails. As for turn signal lights, the mu-X uses LEDs whereas the Terra has halogen bulbs.  

For wheels, the Isuzu model rides on a set of 20-inch alloys, while the Nissan Terra comes with an 18-inch set. Both also come standard with power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlamps. 

Head-on shot of the Isuzu mu-XHead-on shot of the Nissan Terra

Compare the front of the mu-X (left) against the Terra (right)

Lastly, the mu-X LS-E comes with a power gate, whereas the Terra VL gets a regular manual liftgate. 

Isuzu mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

Exterior Equipment 

Nissan Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

Bi-LED with auto-on/off 

Headlights 

LED with auto-on/off 

With 

Headlight auto-leveling 

With 

LED 

Daytime Running Lights 

LED 

LED 

Turn signal lamps 

Halogen 

LED 

Taillights 

LED 

With 

Front Fog lights 

With 

With 

Roof rails 

With 

20-inch 

Wheel size 

18-inch 

Alloy 

Wheel type 

Alloy 

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2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra: Interior

Being midsize SUVs, both the Isuzu mu-X and the Nissan Terra can seat up to seven occupants. Both have 60:40 split-folding second rows with center armrests, and both have a 50:50 split-folding third row. As top-spec trims, both the mu-X LS-E 4x4 and the Terra VL 4x4 also get leather to cover their seats. Both models also come with dual-zone automatic air-conditioning with rear vents. 

Isuzu mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

Interior Equipment 

Nissan Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

Leather

Seat Material 

Leather 

Electronic 

Driver’s seat adjustment 

Electronic 

Tilt and Telescopic 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt  

Dual-zone automatic w/ rear vents 

Air-conditioning type 

Dual-zone automatic w/ rear vents 

Push button w/ remote start 

Ignition 

Push button 

None 

Seat cooling 

None 

With 

Power liftgate 

None 

Seating capacity 

For the driver, both the mu-X and the Terra provide a push-to-start button, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, a seven-inch driver’s instrument display, and electronically adjustable driver’s seats. Do note that the Terra’s steering column can only be adjusted for tilt, while the mu-X's has tilt and telescopic adjustment. 

A picture of the interior of the 2022 Isuzu mu-X

Inside the all-new 2022 mu-X.

Only the Nissan model gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror, plus it is the only midsize SUV in the market right now with a ceiling-mounted flip-down rear monitor (with HDMI input). Then again, both also come with keyless entry, but only the Isuzu-made SUV is equipped with remote engine starting and walk-away auto locking.  

For on-board entertainment, the mu-X is kitted out with a 10.1-inch headunit. The Terra meanwhile comes standard with a nine-inch touchscreen. Both can connect to phones via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and USB. The Apple CarPlay on the Nissan model can also connect wirelessly. Both models also have an eight-piece speaker set, though the set on-board the Terra are Bose Premium Speakers. 

A picture of the interior of the Nissan Terra

Inside the updated Nissan Terra VL

Isuzu mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

On-board tech 

Nissan Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

10.1-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

9-inch touchscreen 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB 

Connectivity options 

Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB 

8 speakers 

# of speakers 

8 Bose Speakers 

None 

Wireless charger 

With 

With 

Offline Navigation 

With 

With 

Power-folding side mirror 

With 

None 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror 

With 

With 

Rain-sensing wipers 

With 

Furthermore, both models also come with USB and 12-volt charging ports. The mu-X does have a 220-volt accessory socket, which is not present on the Terra. On the flip side, the Terra VL 4x4 comes with a wireless phone charger while the mu-X does not. 

2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra: Engine and Performance

Under the hood of the top-spec mu-X is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine capable of making up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a gear-lever controlled manual mode. Power is then sent to a 4x4 drivetrain. 

A picture of the Isuzu mu-X's engine.

The Isuzu mu-X LS-E's 3.0-liter inline-4 4JJ3-TCX turbodiesel engine

On the other side of the coin, the Terra is propelled by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel mill. At most, it can produce up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. The top-spec Terra also uses a 4x4 drivetrain, and it uses a seven-speed automatic gearbox that also has a gear-lever controlled manual mode. 

While both come with 4x4 drivetrains with multiple modes, only the Terra VL comes with a locking rear differential.  

A picture of the Nissan Terra's engine.

The Nissan Terra's 2.5-liter inline-4 YD25DDTi turbodiesel mill

For suspensions, both of these SUV models use a double-wishbone for the front, and a multi-link type suspension for the rear. These two SUVs also use disc brakes for all four wheels. Moreover, both also come with electronic parking brakes. The one on the Terra though lacks an auto-brake hold function, which is present on the Isuzu mu-X. 

Specs 

Isuzu mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

Nissan Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

Engine 

Inline-4 turbodiesel 

Inline-4 turbodiesel 

Displacement 

3.0-liters 

2.5-liters 

Transmission 

Six-speed automatic 

Seven-speed automatic 

Horsepower 

187 horsepower  

187 horsepower 

Torque 

450 Nm 

450 Nm 

Drivetrain  

4x4 

4x4 

2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra: Safety

Regarding safety, both the top-spec mu-X LS-E and Terra VL are equipped with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, ISOFIX child-seat tethers, stability control, parking sensors, a reverse parking camera, speed-sensing door locks, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, a security alarm, and engine immobilizer. 

The Nisan model also gets a tire pressure monitor but it has less airbags numbering at six. The Isuzu meanwhile has seven airbags. 

A picture of the Nisan Terra's 360-degree view camera doing it's job

The Terra's 360-degree view camera in action

For driver-assist features, both of these SUV's top-spec trims get autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, rear-cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection.  

The Terra however does have a driver alertness monitor as well as a 360-degree around-view monitor. All of which are not available on the mu-X. In turn, the said Isuzu model gets adaptive cruise control, while the Nissan has standard cruise control. 

Isuzu mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

Safety equipment 

Nissan Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

Airbags 

With 

Antilock braking with EBD 

With 

With 

Reverse Camera 

With 

None 

360-degree camera 

With 

Adaptive 

Cruise control 

Standard 

With 

Hill-start assist 

With 

With 

Hill descent control 

With 

With 

Stability control 

With 

With 

ISOFIX child seat tethers 

With 

With 

Lane departure warning 

With 

With 

Blind-spot detection 

With 

None 

Tire pressure monitoring 

With 

With 

Engine immobilizer 

With 

With 

Security alarm 

With 

With 

Speed sensing door locks 

With 

With 

Emergency braking 

With 

2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra: Variants

Isuzu mu-X Variants 

Price 

mu-X LS RZ4E 1.9 4x2 AT 

Php 1,590,000 

Mu-X LS-A RZ4E 1.9 4x2 MT 

Php 1,770,000 

Mu-X LS-A 3.0 4x2 AT 

Php 1,900,000 

Mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x2 AT 

Php 2,100,000 

Mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

Php 2,450,000 

 

Nissan Terra Variants 

Price 

Terra EL 2.5 4x2 MT 

Php 1,649,000 

Terra VE 2.5 4x2 AT 

Php 1,829,000 

Terra VL 2.5 4x2 AT 

Php 1,999,000 

Terra VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

Php 2,339,000 

2022 Isuzu mu-X vs Nissan Terra: Conclusion

In comparing both the Isuzu mu-X LS-E 4x4 and the Nissan Terra VL 4x4 in terms of power, both are on par with each other. We are also certain that both can handle rough roads and rough patches of terrain with ease.  

A picture of the rear of the Isuzu mu-X while it's parked on a road.

Do you prefer the new Isuzu mu-X's rear end?

But if you’re looking for something that can go all out off-road, you might want to lean more towards the Terra VL 4x4 as it comes with a diff lock.  

As for on-board tech, both are equipped with a decent amount. For those who want to be assisted in parking in tight spots though, only the Nissan model has a 360-degree view camera. In turn, the Isuzu model might do well on long road trips due to having adaptive cruise control.  

A picture of the rear of the Nissan Terra while it's parked on the road.

Or do you like the looks of the Terra's rear end?

And lastly, warming up your mu-X is a bit easier due to having a remote starter. It can also aid people who often forget to lock their cars as it can automatically lock itself as you walk away from it. 

Have you settled on buying either of these two SUVs? Then watch out for brand new listings of the all-new Isuzu mu-X and Nissan Terra on our car for sale section

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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