Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport Comparo: Which rules the mid-size SUV game?

Sep 23, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Introduction
  • 2. Nissan Terra vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Exterior
  • 3. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Interior
  • 4. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport Philippines: Engine & Performance
  • 5. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Safety
  • 6. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport Philippines Price
  • 7. Nissan Terra vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Conclusion
Read on the head-to-head battle of Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: The newbie vs the grizzled veteran. Which model comes out on top? Let's check out!

1. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Introduction

While the Nissan Terra is relatively new to the Philippine mid-size SUV game, it is quite apparent that the Nissan made SUV has caught a lot of attention because of the power it makes, because of its comfortably beefy size, and of course…who wouldn’t like a new face in a segment dominated for years by familiar and quite grizzled veteran SUV models.

A picture of a 2019 Nissan Terra

The Nissan Terra is a rookie but it's quickly vying for the top spot in the mid-size SUV segment

One of those veterans in the mid-size SUV segment in the country is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport which is known to be packed full of useful features and is quite possibly the best performing SUV for years now by virtue of its excellent handling and power.

A picture of the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Despite being around for quite a while now, the Montero Sport has a new look and is prepared for the competition

So how does a new and fresh yet powerful rookie like the Nissan Terra fair against the very well-known Mitsubishi Montero Sport? Let’s find out in our head-to-head Terra vs Montero comparison brought to you by Philkotse.com

Note: For this article, we will be comparing the top of the line variant for each model to keep it simple. That’s the Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 2.4 4x4 AT and the Nissan Terra 2.5 4x4 VL AT. We will however mention other variants for each SUV whenever it is relevant.

2. Nissan Terra vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Exterior

Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Dimensions
 
Nissan Terra 
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Length (mm)
4,885
4,785
Width (mm)
1,865
1,815
Height (mm)
1,835
1,805
Wheelbase (mm)
2,850
2,800
Ground Clearance
225 mm
218 mm

Based on the table comparing the dimensions of Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport, we can plainly see that the Nissan Terra is significantly larger in almost all categories. The Terra is 100 mm longer, 50 mm wider, has 30 mm more height, has a longer wheelbase by around 50 mm, and it has a higher ground clearance.

A picture of the rear of the NIssan Terra as it descends a hill

The rear of the Nissan Terra

A picture of the rear of the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Here's the rear of the Montero Sport, otherwise known as the Pajero Sport in other countries

While this means that the Nissan Terra will potentially have a much more generous interior space, many have said that the smaller Montero Sport is actually one of the best handling mid-size SUVs available right now.

Take note though that the Nissan Terra has a five-link coil spring with a stabilizer bar for its rear suspension which will make it better with regards to off-roading compared to the Montero Sport’s three-link rear suspension.

A picture of the 2019 Nissan Terra

Here's the Nissan Terra rumbling through the highway while using its blind-spot monitoring system

Couple that fact with Nissan Terra generous ground clearance, and you have a winner in terms of off-roading capabilities. When it comes to paved roads though, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is quite well known to have minimal body roll and is quite responsive even on sharp corners.

So in short, if you will have to pass through rough and sketchy roads on the regular, go with the Terra. If you don’t, go with the Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

As for looks, well, that’s up to you. But if we have anything to say about it, the Terra is brusque and utilitarian, and tough-looking while the new Montero Sport GT is futuristic and elegant. Both though, look really good.

A picture of the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Here's the Mitsubishi Montero Sport looking as elegant as ever

>>> Full-scale review of each model can be found at:

3. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Interior

Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Interior Features
Feature
Nissan Terra VL
Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT
Cruise Control
With
With
Front Parking Sensors
With
With
Rear Parking Sensors
With
With
Leather Upholstery
With
With
With
With
Air Conditioning System
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Automatic Climate With Rear Controls
Entertainment System
7-inch Touchscreen with  radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wifi, and Video Playback
8 speakers
6.7-inch touchscreen with CD, VCD, DVD, MP3, and radio.
6 speakers with 2 teeter
Connectivity
Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod, and USB
Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod, and USB
Navigation Ready
With
With
Sunroof
No
With
Power Steering
Yes
Yes
Power Windows
Yes
Yes
Power Outlet
With
With
4x4 Modes
Super Select 4wd-II with off-road mode
Part-time 4wd, 2h/4L/4H Transfer select switch
Steering Wheel Audio Control
With
With
Keyless Entry
With
With

 Now with regards to the interiors of the Terra VL and the Montero Sport GT, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. As you can see from the table, the two top of the line variants has the same amount of toys.

The Nissan Terra 2019 though has a larger touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android auto whereas the Montero Sport has a smaller 6.7-inch unit. The Montero’s set of speakers does have two tweeters so those who are particular with their sound might like that. And of course, the Montero Sport GT comes with a sunroof.

A picture of the front cabin of the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The front cabin of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport looks a bit like the one on the Strada

A picture of the 2019 Nissan Terra's front cabin

Here's the front cabin of the Terra which in turn looks like the one on the Navara

When it comes to how one operates the off-road modes on these vehicles come with easy to use 4x4 features. The Terra has a part-time 4WD with a transfer select switch while the Montero Sport comes with the Super Select 4WD-II with off-road mode. Both have 2H/4L/4H modes which will greatly improve traction.

In terms of comfort, it is noticeably more spacious in the Terra while inside the Montero’s it is snug but still really comfortable.

2019 Montero Sport's second row and front seats

A view of the front and 2nd-row seats on the Montero

2019 Nissan Terra's 2nd row and front seats

Here are the ones on-board the Terra

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4. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport Philippines: Engine & Performance

Even while Mitsubishi recently launched the more powerful Montero Sport GL, it still falls a bit short of the power that all the variants of the Nissan Terra can make. Here’s a table to help you see the difference:

 
Nissan Terra VL
Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT
Engine
YD25DDTi Inline-4
4N15 Inline-4
Turbo
Variable Turbo with Intercooler
Variable Geometry Turbo
Displacement
2.5 liters
2.4 liters
Number of Cylinders
4
4
Number of Valves
16
16
Transmission Type
7-speed automatic with Manual Mode
8-speed Automatic with Sports mode
4x4
4x4
Max Output (HP)
181
187
Max Torque (Nm)
450
430
Fuel System
Common Rail Direct Injection
Electronic Common Rail Direct Injection
Fuel Type
Diesel
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
80 liters
68 liters

Also, the Nissan Terra’s 450 nm of torque peaks earlier at 2,000 rpm whereas the Montero Sport’s 430 nm peaks at 2,500 rpm. This means that the Terra will have earlier access to all the force which is essential in off-roading and acceleration from a standstill.

Montero sport 2019 VS Nissan Terra 2019

5. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport: Safety

In terms of safety, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2019 appears to have one-upped the Nissan Terra by way of a Knee airbag. As for common safety features between the two, both have curtain airbags, side airbags, and dual front airbags.

Take note though that the Nissan Terra’s base variants still have those airbags except the knee airbag which the top of the line Montero Sport does have. The Base Montero only has dual front airbags.

Mitsubishi montero sport safety

The Blind Spot Warning system is equipped for the Montero Sport 2019

As for other safety equipment, both the top of the line Terra and Montero Sport are equipped with an anti-lock braking system with EBD, stability control, traction control, locking differentials, front and rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitors, hill start assist, hill descent control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear parking cameras.

The Nissan Terra does have the Intelligent Around View Monitor which provides a simulated but otherwise accurate view of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings as well as the Intelligent Rear View Mirror which in short, is more than just a rearview mirror as it comes with an LCD screen which will provide a LOT of added visibility.

6. Nissan Terra vs Montero Sport Philippines Price

Nissan Terra Philippines price list - 2019
Variant
Price
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL MT
₱1,504,000
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL AT
₱1,620,000
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 VE AT
₱1,717,000
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 VL AT
₱1,919,000
Nissan Terra2.5 4x4 VL AT
₱2,146,000

>>> Visit our Nissan Terra Philippines price list to get the price installment details

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Philippines price list - 2019
Variants
Price
Mitsubishi Montero GLX 2.4 4x2 MT
₱1,565,000
Mitsubishi Montero GLS 2.4 4x2 AT
₱1,769,000
Mitsubishi Montero GLS 2.4 AT Black Series
₱1,800,000
Mitsubishi Montero GLS Premium 2.4 4x2 AT
₱1,998,000
Mitsubishi Montero GLS Premium 2.4 4x2 AT SE
₱2,049,000
Mitsubishi Montero GT 4x4 2.4 AT
₱2,450,000

>>> Check our Mitsubishi Montero Sport Philippines price list for the info on monthly payments

7. Nissan Terra vs Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Conclusion

While we like to compare similar vehicles in a market segment, the Nissan Terra and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport each have their own appeal. And in choosing one over the other, the final choice will inevitably come from you the buyer.

But if we have to choose though, we’d have to recognize the newcomer, the Nissan Terra’s good distribution of safety and entertainment features as well as its powerful engine across all of its variants.

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, however, by virtue of being around for such a long time, has a solid reputation and in lieu of its variants, its range of prices are much more versatile for a prospective buyer. Overall though, the Nissan Terra is cheaper while bringing you around the same amount of features.

So which do you prefer? A Terra or a Montero Sport?

A picture of a parked Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The hyper-modern looking veteran...

A picture of the Nissan Terra climbing a hill

Or the brutishly beautiful newcomer...

>>> Find more in-depth car comparos by Philkotse experts

Source: Cesar Guiderone Miguel

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