Nissan Navara 2018 Philippines Review: An insight into the Sport Edition

Updated Mar 03, 2023

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In this review...

  1. Overview
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine & Performance
  5. Specs
  6. Price
  7. 7. Nissan Navara 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
  8. Conclusion

1. Nissan Navara 2018 Philippines: An insight into the Sport Edition

The current-generation Nissan Navara made its global appearance in 2014 before officially hitting our shores in early 2015. One year later, the Japanese carmaker added a new variant to the lineup dubbed as Navara Sport Edition. Up to now, the existing Navara has been around for almost 4 years and we know some are eagerly waiting for an announcement from Nissan for an updated Navara.

Nissan Navara 2018 angular front

The current Navara is in its third year since its global debut

While waiting for the next-gen Navara to surface, let’s look through our Nissan Navara 2018 review on for a better understanding of the newest member of the range – the special Sport Edition. This particular review will focus on the top-spec Nissan Navara Sport Edition 4x4 VL 7AT.

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2. Nissan Navara 2018 Philippines: Exterior

By giving the vehicle the “Sport” moniker, the Japanese car brand indicates that there will be a number of revisions on the outside. And yes, just as how its name suggests, the Nissan Navara 2018 clearly owns a sporty appearance with an all new grille, a massive set of 18-inch wheels, new front skirt, not to mention the color-matched sports roll bar.

The exterior makeover on the Nissan Navara is completed with the newly-added bed-liner, which even further sharpens the rugged look for the popular pickup.

Nissan Navara 2018 angular rear

Nissan Navara 2018 headlight

The pickup owns a sporty look as its moniker suggests

Speaking of overall dimension, the Navara Sport measures 5,255 mm x 1,850 mm x 1,840 mm (L x W x H) with a wheelbase of 3,150 mm and a decent ground clearance of 245 cm.

Nissan Navara 2018 bed

There is also a newly-added bed-liner for the Sport Edition


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3. Nissan Navara 2018 Interior

Moving on to the inside, the difference seems not to be vast compared to its non-Sport counterparts, except for a few refinements including:

  • Revised steering wheel with leather cover;
  • Center console box lid;
  • Shift knob.

Nissan Navara 2018 steering wheel

It is interesting to notice many SUV-like features inside the Navara Sport

It is a pity that the seats didn’t go full leather while the primary controls are all wrapped in leather. Worth mentioning here is that the Sport Edition is offered with many interesting SUV-like features such as:

  • Quite a few cup holders with six counted for the front;
  • The presence of trays below and above the dashboard;
  • ‘Zero Gravity’ front seats;
  • Multiple power ports.

Although not being covered in leather, the driver seat still feels nice thanks to high-quality fabric which is said to be very durable and breathable as well. Setting the wheel and finding a comfortable driving position is easy as the steering type is tilt and telescopic adjust. Last but not least, we also appreciate the rear-view camera which helps a lot when it comes to parking, especially with large-sized vehicles.

Nissan Navara 2018 dashboard

The interior of the Sport Edition is almost similar to its non-Sport counterparts’

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4. Nissan Navara 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance

4.1. Output figures & Fuel consumption

There is no change in terms of mechanics, and we found it totally fine with the already-good performance of the current Navara.

Underneath the car’s hood is a 2.5L turbo diesel engine which is capable of churning out 190 PS at 3,600rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. All this is hooked up to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan Navara 2018 engine bay

Under the hood of the pickup is a 2.5L turbo diesel engine

It’s worth pointing out that this Sport Edition comes equipped with a multi-link rear suspension with coil springs in lieu of leaf spring suspension, which brings improved stability and far better comfort for the pickup truck.

Speaking of the Nissan Navara 2018 fuel consumption, it delivers an average of 8 - 9km/L in Manila traffic, while driving on the highway can improve fuel efficiency to 11  -12km/L. These figures can even further improved with more conscientious drivers.

Nissan Navara 2018 under the hood

Average fuel consumption in Manila traffic is 8 - 9km/L

4.2. Acceleration & payload capacity

Acceleration and cruising are both excellent, particularly when compared to other pickups in its segment. We also notice that the Navara handles noise, vibration, and harshness surprisingly well, which is not usually known as strength of such big-sized vehicles as trucks.

Regarding payload capacity, the pickup is also known as a capable hauler. Contrary to popular belief that the Navara is not as powerful as its competitors in terms of payload capacity as it is equipped with coil springs, the pickup truck, in fact, is able to carry 1000 lbs in the back with ease. Moreover, the rear suspension is also said to handle the same amount of goods while still ensure a level ride.

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4.3. Off-road performance

When it comes to fast off-roading, the Navara manages to perform very well in maintaining speed as well as enhancing the confidence of the driver behind the wheel. As for slower off-roading, the Nissan’s popular pickup is also claimed to easily surpass most obstacles on the road.

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5. Nissan Navara 2018 Specs in the Philippines

Nissan Navara 2018 Specs in the Philippines
 Model  Nissan Navara Sport Edition 4x4 VL 7AT
 Price  P1,490,000
 Overall length (mm)  5,255
 Overall width (mm)  1,850
 Overall height (mm)  1,840
 Wheelbase (mm)  3,150
 Ground clearance (cm)  238 - 245
 Engine & Transmission
 No. of cylinders  4
 Engine size/Displacement  2,488
 Maximum Power (ps)  190
 Maximum Torque (Nm)  450
 Engine type  YD25DDTi In-line 4-cylinder DOHC 16 valves VGS Turbo Intercooler
 Transmission Type  7AT
  • Body Color, Front Bumper
  • Chrome Outside Door Handles
  • Chrome Door Waist Moulding
  • Green Tinted Glass
  • Rear Window Defroster with Timer
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Mudguard
  • V-Motion Character Design, Chrome
  • V-Motion Character Design, Chrome
  • Outside Door Mirror, Chrome, Power Adjust
  • Chrome, Rear Bumper
  • Side Step
  • Foglamps
  • LED-Type Projector Headlamps with Auto-On/Off and Follow Me Home Functions
  • Daytime Running Light, LED
  • Chrome Outside Door Handles with I-key Request Switch
  • Sport Edition 18" Alloy Wheel
  • Unique Radiator Grille Design with Dark Chrome
  • Front Foglamps with Dark Chrome Finisher
  • Front Skirt
  • Fog Lamp Finisher with Dark Chrome
  • Side Step with Dark Chrome
  • Bed Liner
  • Sport Roll Bar with LED High Stop Lamp
  • Rear Bumper with Dark Chrome
  • SV Leather Steering Wheel
  • SV Leather Shift Lever and Knob
  • V-Motion Character Design, Chrome
  • V-Motion Character Design, Chrome
  • Seat Type, Zero - Gravity Seats (Fabric)
  • Front Driver Seat, With Manual Slide, Recline and Lift Adjust; With Adjustable Headrest
  • Front Passenger Seat, With Manual Slide & Reclining, With Adjustable Headrest
  • Rear Seat, Bench Seat with Cushion Flip Up Function with Adjustable Headrests
  • Steering Wheel Audio, Cruise Control and Hands-Free Phone Switches
  • Silver Finisher, Center Instrument Panel
  • Chrome Inside Door Handle
  • Rear View Mirror, Auto Dimming with Compass
  • Meter Color Display with Décor
  • 3D TFT Color Display Drive Computer Display in Meter
  • Digital Clock
  • Sun Visor Vanity Mirror, Illumination and Card Holder Driver Side
  • Sun Visor Vanity Mirror, Illumination Driver Side
  • Front and Rear Door Pocket
  • Center Console with Drink Holder, 12V Power Outlet, Rear Ventilation and Soft-Touch Armrest
  • Center Upper Tray with 12V Power Outlet
  • Overhead Console with Map Lamp, Sunglass Holder, Mood Lamp and MIC
  • Front (4 pcs) and Rear (2 pcs) Cup Holder
  • Front (4 pcs) and Rear (2 pcs) Bottle Holder
  • Illumination Control
  • Dashboard (2 pcs) and Center Console (1 pc) Accessory Socket
Safety & Security
  • Driver and Passenger SRS Airbag
  • With Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist
  • With Limited Slip Differential
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control with Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assis, Active Brake Limited Slip and Traction Control System
  • Rear View Camera Parking Assist and Driving Assistance
  • Alarm with Engine Immobilizer Anti-Theft System
  • Keyless System and Remote

6. Nissan Navara 2018 Price in the Philippines

Nissan Navara 2018 Price in the Philippines
Model 2017 SRP 2018 SRP Difference
Nissan Navara 4x4 VL AT P1,566,000 P1,423,000 -P143,000
Nissan Navara 4x4 VL MT P1,495,000 P1,372,000 -P123,000
Nissan Navara 4x4 EL P1,322,000 P1,221,000 -P101,000
Nissan Navara 4x2 EL AT Calibre P1,171,000 P1,119,000 -P52,000
Nissan Navara 4x2 EL Calibre MT P1,095,000 P1,050,000 -P45,000
Nissan Navara 4x2 MT Calibre  P1,002,000 P952,000 -P50,000
Nissan Navara 4x2 MT P961,000 P917,000 -P44,000
Nissan Navara 4x4 VL Sport Edition AT P1,686,000 P1,490,000 -P196,000
Nissan Navara 4x2 EL Calibre Sport Edition AT  P1,229,000 P1,141,000 -P88,000
Nissan Navara 4x2 EL Calibre Sport Edition MT  P1,300,000 P1,200,000 -P100,000

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7. Nissan Navara 2018 Review: Pros & Cons

Nissan Navara 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
  • Great off-road performance
  • Active braking mechanism
  • Useful SUV-like features
  •  Seats are not all covered in leather

8. Nissan Navara 2018 Review: Conclusion

All things considered, have you come up with any semi-final decision? It is always a difficult choice when it comes to which variant to go for and which features to give up so as to lower down the cost. However, what we would like to insist in our conclusion for this Nissan Navara 2018 Review is that this vehicle is truly a good deal in its class, even with the basic level of equipment. Therefore, whichever variant you go for, we believe it would surely be a reliable partner to spend the next few years of your life with.

In the Philippines, the Navara goes head-to-head with the Ford Ranger, the Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota Hilux. To obtain better comparison of these vehicles, look through the following full-scale reviews: