2022 Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Nov 18, 2021

It’s a top-spec, macho truck brawl.

In this article...

  1. Top-spec truck match-up
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max: Top-spec truck match-up

As time goes on, car manufacturers have realized that pickup trucks need to be that basic, utilitarian vehicle that’s only used for logistics and work. In contrast, the modern pickup truck has evolved to be a comfortable five-seater that can almost do anything. Some have even evolved into sporty and off-road capable lifestyle cars for the adventurous driver. 

Two of those trucks that have become much more than utility vehicles are of course the Nissan Navara PRO-4X and the Isuzu D-Max LS-E. So which of these two top-spec trucks are better on paper? Let’s find out. 

A picture of the Navara and the D-Max head to head

Which truck offers the better specs?

Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max: Exterior

In comparing dimensions, the Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT comes with a length of 5,260mm, a width of 1,875mm, and a height of 1,855mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 3,150mm, and a ground clearance of 220mm. 

A picture of the Nissan Navara Pro-4X

The Nissan Navara PRO-4X

Meanwhile, the top-spec Isuzu D-Max LS-E length stretches to 5,277mm. It also has a width of 1,880mm, and a height of 1,810mm. For ground clearance, this variant of the D-Max has 240mm. Its wheelbase then measures 3,125mm. 

Nissan Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT 

Dimensions 

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 4x4 AT 

5,260mm 

Length 

5,277mm 

1,875mm 

Width 

1,880mm 

1,855mm 

Height 

1,810mm 

3,150mm 

Wheelbase 

3,125mm 

220mm 

Ground Clearance 

240mm 

Overall, the top-of-the-line D-Max is longer and wider than the top-spec Navara. The Isuzu model also has 20mm more ground clearance, though its wheelbase is shorter by 25mm. For that matter, the Navara PRO-4X has a lighter curb weight of 2,011kg, compared to the D-Max LS-E's 2,600kg. 

A picture of the Isuzu D-Max LS-E

The top-of-the-line Isuzu D-Max LS-E

For exterior equipment, both top-of-the-line trucks are equipped with auto on/off LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, LED front fog lamps, power-folding side mirrors, side steps, overfenders, as well as roof rails.  

Navara rearD-Max rear

Which do you think looks better from the rear? Is it the Navara PRO-4X (left), or the D-Max LS-E (right)

As for their beds, only the D-Max LS-E comes with a bedliner. In turn, the Navara PRO-4X is the only truck in the local market that has an adjustable, on-rails tie-point system for securing cargo. Both models do come with rain-sensing wipers.

Nissan Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT 

Exterior Equipment 

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 4x4 AT 

Quad-LED w/ auto-on/off 

Headlamps 

Bi-LED w/ auto-on/off 

LED 

Daytime Running Lights 

LED 

LED 

Turn signal lamps 

LED 

LED 

Taillights 

LED 

LED 

Front fog lights 

LED 

With 

Roof rails 

With 

17 

Wheel size 

18 

Alloy 

Wheel type 

Alloy 

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Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max: Interior

Inside, both the Navara PRO-4X and the D-Max LS-E can comfortably seat up to five. Both also come standard with a dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system with rear vents, a push to start button, and a predominantly dark interior. 

A picture of the Nissan Navara PRO-4X's cockpit

Inside the Navara PRO-4X

The D-Max LS-E however does have an electronically adjustable driver’s seat as well as a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. In comparison, the Navara PRO-4X comes with a tilt only steering wheel, and a manually adjustable driver’s seat.  

Nissan Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT 

Interior Equipment 

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 4x4 AT 

Leather 

Seat material 

Leather 

Manual 

Driver’s seat adjustment 

Electronic 

Tilt 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt and Telescopic 

Dual-zone automatic AC with rear vents 

Air-conditioning type 

Automatic climate control with rear vents 

Push button 

Ignition 

Push button 

Seating capacity 

Moreover, the Navara PRO-4X has standard cruise control, whereas the D-Max LS-E gets adaptive cruise control. Both do get leather seats, though the Navara’s can be folded with a 60:40 split. The Nissan model’s rear seat also comes with a folding armrest, which isn’t available on the Isuzu model. 

The D-Max LS-E's interior

The D-Max LS-E's interior

For entertainment, the Navara PRO-4X is kitted out with an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it is then linked to a six-piece speaker system. 

Nissan Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT 

On-board tech 

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 4x4 AT 

8-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

10.1-inch touchscreen 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Bluetooth, USB 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Bluetooth, USB 

# of Speakers 

With 

Offline Navigation 

With 

With 

Power-folding side mirror 

With 

With 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror 

With 

With

Rain-sensing wipers 

With 

The D-Max LS-E meanwhile, gets a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Isuzu model then gets more speakers numbering at eight. 

Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max: Engine and Performance

Under the hood of the top-spec Navara PRO-4X is a 2.5-liter inline-4 YD25 turbodiesel engine. At maximum, it can produce 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. It then uses a seven-speed automatic gearbox with a manual mode.  

A picture of the Nissan Navara's engine

The Navara's 2.5-liter YD25 inline-4 turbodiesel engine

In turn, the D-Max LS-E uses a 3.0-liter inline-4 4JJ3-TCX turbodiesel engine. It can churn out 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, and it is then linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox.  

Both trucks come with a 4x4 drivetrain with push-button controls for the said system. The one on the Nissan however, does come with a differential lock. Curiously, only the D-Max LS-E lacks a differential lock, and it is only available on the D-Max LS 4x4 MT.  

A picture of the Isuzu's D-Max's engine

The 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX inline-4 turbodiesel powering the D-Max 

For suspensions, the Navara uses a double wishbone front, and a multi-link rear. Meanwhile, the D-Max also has a double wishbone front suspension, but it's rear uses a semi-elliptical leaf spring rear suspension. 

For both trucks, braking is handled by a ventilated disc for the front, and drum brakes for the rear. Both also get manual, hand-operated parking brakes. 

Specs 

Nissan Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT 

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 4x4 AT 

Engine 

Inline-4 turbodiesel 

Inline-4 turbodiesel 

Displacement 

2.5-liters 

3.0-liters 

Transmission 

Seven-speed automatic 

Six-speed automatic 

Horsepower 

187 horsepower 

187 horsepower 

Torque 

450 Nm 

450 Nm 

Drivetrain 

4x4 

4x4 

Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max: Safety

In terms of safety, both trucks have anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start assist, parking sensors, traction control, and stability control. Both also have a security alarm, as well as a security alarm. When it comes to airbags though, the Isuzu model has seven, whereas the Nissan has six. 

Moving on to driver assist features, both the Navara PRO-4X and the D-Max LS-E have quite a list. Both come standard with lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree view camera, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert, hill-descent control, among others. 

Nissan Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT 

Safety equipment 

Isuzu D-Max LS-E 4x4 AT 

Airbags 

With 

Antilock braking with EBD 

With 

With 

Reverse Camera 

With 

With 

360-degree camera 

With 

Standard 

Cruise control 

Adaptive 

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 

None 

With 

Engine immobilizer 

With 

With 

Security alarm 

With 

With 

Emergency braking 

With 

Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max: Price

Nissan Navara Variants 

Price 

Navara EL 2.5 4x2 MT 

Php 1,026,000 

Navara VE Calibre 2.5 4x2 MT 

Php 1,246,000 

Navara VE Calibre 2.5 4x2 AT 

Php 1,336,000 

Navara VE 2.5 4x4 MT 

Php 1,376,000 

Navara VL Calibre 2.5 4x2 AT 

Php 1,476,000 

Navara VL 2.5 4x4 MT 

Php 1,576,000 

Navara VL 2.5 4x4 AT 

Php 1,656,000 

Navara PRO-4X 2.5 4x4 AT 

Php 1,746,000 

 

Isuzu D-Max Variants 

Price 

D-Max 1.9 4x2 Single Cab MT 

857,000 

D-Max LT 1.9 4x2 MT 

987,000 

D-Max RZ4E 1.9 LS 4x2 MT 

1,219,000 

D-Max LT 3.0 4x4 MT 

1,288,000 

D-Max RZ4E 1.9 LS 4x2 AT 

1,309,000 

D-Max 3.0 LS 4x2 MT 

1,320,000 

D-Max LS-A 3.0 4x2 AT 

1,390,000 

D-Max LS 3.0 4x4 MT 

1,630,000 

D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

1,825,000 

Nissan Navara vs Isuzu D-Max: Conclusion

If evaluated as pickup trucks, both can do well. Both the Navara PRO-4X and the D-Max LS-E can carry up to around a ton, and both can handle rough terrain, unpaved roads, and potholes with ease. Both also have a decent amount of driver assist features, and both even have the same engine outputs. 

A picture of the side of the Nissan Navara PRO-4X

Do you like how the Navara PRO-4X looks from the side?

Now, there are some things that set each other apart. For instance, the D-Max LS-E has adaptive cruise control. That’s pretty useful for long distance trips. Then again, the Nissan model has a locking rear differential, which is crucial for certain off-road situations. The D-Max also costs a fair bit more than the Navara so take note of that. 

For styling though, we’ll leave that up to you as usual. Also, if you’re choosing between these two, we recommend taking each for a test drive first.  

A picture of the side of the Isuzu D-Max LS-E

Or do you like the D-Max LS-E's side profile better?

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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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