2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Mar 21, 2022

Editor's: 4.2/5
Flexing its muscle in the competitive pickup truck segment.
2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Review | Philkotse Philippines

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Tech & Safety
  5. Engine & Performance
  6. Fuel Efficiency
  7. Verdict
  8. Variants & Price
  9. Color Options
  10. Specs

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Review: Showing how a mid-cycle refresh should be

The pickup truck segment in the Philippines is being hyped up once again with new model launches such as the all-new Isuzu D-Max, the Mazda BT-50, and the updated Ford Ranger. Not to mention, Toyota Motor Philippines also launched the Hilux GR Sport to keep its challenger competitive in the pickup truck segment. 

Nissan Navara PRO-4X | Philkotse Reviews

Nissan is among the car brands in the local market that jumped into hyped-up pickup wars as it introduced the new facelifted 2021 Navara. In fact, Nissan Philippines is among the early car brands that debuted its new pickup, which is good timing considering the launch timeline of its competitors. 

With that in mind, what can the new Nissan Navara offer? Does it have what it takes to square up with its segment rivals such as the Toyota Hilux, and the all-new D-Max? And is the new Navara more than just a facelift model? We’ll find that out in this 2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Philkotse full review.

4.2/5

Nissan Navara 2021 Review

How we do our reviews
  • aesthetics
    4.5/5

    Overall exterior & Interior design, build quality, form vs function

  • Safety & Technology
    4.5/5

    Number of safety & tech features, consistency during usage

  • Performance
    4.0/5

    Power delivery, acceleration, transmission, suspension, handling

  • Comfort & Practicality
    4.0/5

    Overall Ride Comfort, Space, Storage Areas

  • Value for Money
    4.0/5

    Sticker price vs overall package

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Exterior Review: Tall and proud

The exterior of the 2021 Nissan Navara arguably has one of the boldest looks in the local market today. The PRO-4X variant takes the Navara’s bold look up a notch as it has exclusive trims that give the truck a more distinctive styling resulting in a more assertive and prouder demeanor.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X front

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X

The Navara PRO-4X’s front end is arguably the most aggressive-looking truck in the local market. It comes with a wide grille that has a black surround accent, which creates an impression that the truck is larger than it actually is. I also prefer the PRO-4X’s all-black grille compared to the design of other 2021 Navara trims that has a chrome accent. The grille also comes with a black Nissan badge with red-orange text, which is a PRO-4X exclusive.

The black grille is complemented by quad-LED headlights integrated with daytime running lights. It also has a muscular bumper that gives the Navara a beefy appearance especially when you view the truck upfront. The Navara’s hood, on the other hand, comes with a resculpted design as Nissan decided to eliminate the upward slopes on either side, resulting to better driver visibility.  

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X side

The glossy black alloy wheels go well with the Navara's exterior paint

The side profile is quite the same as the old model but the Navara PRO-4X stands out since it has black overfenders that are accented by a red-orange trim. The overfenders give the PRO-4X more character and flair as compared to the rather plain look of other Navara variants. It is also equipped with step boards, roof rails, and 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels.  

In terms of dimensions, the 2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X measures 5,260mm long, 1,875mm wide, and 1,855mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 3,150mm, and a ground clearance of 220mm.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X rear

The rear gets design updates too

The rear gets a restyled look as well. It has a new tailgate design that’s carved with a Navara text. On one hand, the Navara’s LED taillights now look more modern compared to the old model. You’ll once again see that it has a black Nissan emblem with red-orange text, a design continuity of the Navara PRO-4X’s overall aesthetics.

Aside from the exterior enhancements, Nissan has also worked on increasing the payload capacity of the Navara. If you’ll remember, the payload capacity is one of the talking points of the previous Navara as it fell behind its segment rivals. 

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X cargo bed

It comes with a free bedliner for a limited time only

As such, the Navara PRO-4X now comes with a 1,017kg payload capacity, which makes it at par with its segment rivals. Tweaks on the suspension and on the Navara’s frame enabled it to have more payload capacity. And oh, the Navara PRO-4X is now offered with a free bedliner.  

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2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Interior Review: Subtle update but still same interior layout

Since it’s a facelift model, the interior of the 2021 Navara PRO-4X remains the same as the old model. It features a black interior theme along with the abundant use of hard plastic materials. The Navara PRO-4X’s black interior looks fine but I find it a bit plain as compared to the cabin of the top-spec Isuzu D-Max

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X interior dashboard

It still has the same dashboard layout

The dashboard layout gives a nostalgic feel especially for those who own the old Navara model. The arrangement of vehicle controls is similar to the previous Navara, which is not a bad thing since most people are already familiar with it. 

What’s new inside is the steering wheel, which now has a sleeker look, and is more aesthetically appealing compared to the old bulky one. The controls on the steering wheel have also been redesigned. Aside from the steering wheel, the Navara PRO-4X also comes with a new climate control design.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X front seats

The zero-gravity front seats with PRO-4X stitching

It is also equipped with Nissan’s zero-gravity front seats with PRO-4X stitching. Interestingly, the PRO-4X driver’s seat only comes with a manual adjustment. I find this odd since the PRO-4x is the top-spec Navara but it doesn’t have power-adjustable seats. To make things more interesting, the lower-spec VL 4x4 and 4x2 Navara do come with power seats.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X rear seats

Equipped with rear aircon vents

The rear seats can accommodate up to three individuals. For someone standing 5’5”, the leg- and head-room on the rear seats are more than enough. One can sit comfortably, and long road trips are made more bearable thanks to the rear aircon vents, and a USB port. But, I wish that the Navara PRO-4X comes with grab handles on the rear for easier ingress. 

Despite having a carryover interior, I’ll give the Navara’s cabin a pass as it has all the essential features. While its exterior design is one of the best, the interior is not the strongest selling point of the 2021 Navara PRO-4X.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X: Tech & Safety Review

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay adds to the overall ride comfort

The Nissan Navara PRO-4X has an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Pairing your smartphone into the system is easy, but what’s lacking is the appropriate compartment to keep your phone rested while the cable is plugged into the USB port. The space nearest to the port is quite small for modern smartphones. 

The vehicle also has a digital cluster that’s placed between the analog tachometer and speedometer. The digital cluster shows you essential vehicle info such as your fuel consumption, average speed, kilometers traveled, among others. 

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X rear camera

Rear camera, and around view monitor 

Another strong suit of the Navara PRO-4X is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety tech. The said tech gives the pickup truck all-around safety that aims to give a safer and more comfortable driving experience. 

The Nissan Intelligent Mobility features an Around View Monitor that gives you a 360-view of what’s surrounding the Navara PRO-4X. Nissan’s safety tech also comes with Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, among others.     

The Navara PRO-4X also has cruise control, six airbags, an anti-lock braking system, vehicle dynamic control, parking sensors, among many others.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X: Engine & Performance Review

The Nissan Navara PRO-4X has a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine that puts out 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a seven-speed automatic with manual mode. The Navara PRO-4X also comes with a 4x4 system and rear differential lock. 

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X engine

Powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine

Power from the 2.5-liter turbo diesel is more than enough to keep you going when you driving in the urban jungle. It can take on the uphill roads without any problem, and you can’t hear the engine complaining. The good power delivery is complemented by a nice throttle response, which makes driving more comfortable.  

The steering wheel is a bit on the heavy side but not to the point of compromising the overall drive experience. I actually like the Navara PRO-4X’s steering feel as it gives good feedback. The transmission shifts smoothly at around 2,000rpm when driven at a casual pace, helping you get the most in terms of fuel efficiency. 

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X front shot

Look at that bold front end

One particular feature that I appreciate during my time with the Navara PRO-4X is the zero gravity driver’s seat. It gives a comfortable feel thanks to its cushioning and lower back support. But, I really do wish that Nissan opted to give the driver’s seat an electronic power adjustment. Another thing that I like is the Around View Monitor as it helped a lot when I needed to drive through tight streets. It also gives you an extra set of eyes when you need to park the pickup truck. 

The Navara PRO-4X is stable when driven on the open highway, giving you confidence in case you want to change lanes in order to overtake slower vehicles. Outside noise is reduced to a minimum, and the Navara PRO-4X’s cabin insulation keeps the diesel engine’s grunt at bay. 

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X rear shot

The distinctive taillight cluster adds style points

The best feature of the Nissan Navara PRO-4X is still its overall ride comfort. The coil spring suspension setup allows the Navara PRO-4X to absorb road impact significantly better than its segment rivals. It can drive through the dilapidated roads of EDSA smoother than other pickup trucks in the local market. That said, the Navara PRO-4X is still the best-in-class when it comes to ride comfort.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X: Fuel Efficiency

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Nissan Navara PRO-4X registered 11.2 km/l while driving around the city at an average speed of 40 km/h. On the open highway, it posted 14.5 km/l while cruising at an average speed of 80 km/h. 

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X: Verdict

Priced at Php 1,746,000, the 2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X gives you several reasons as to why it should be on your list. First up, its commanding exterior presence makes it one of the most distinctive pickup trucks in the market today. It now also comes with an increased payload capacity that makes it on par with its segment rivals. Plus, the Navara PRO-4X is loaded with safety features courtesy of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility. 

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X front shot

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X

But, the most notable asset of the Nissan Navara PRO-4X is still its overall ride comfort, which is by far the best in its class. Given its ride quality, and comfortable front seats the Nissan Navara PRO-4X ticks all the boxes to be an ideal lifestyle truck. It is also priced lower than its segment rivals such as the Isuzu D-Max, the Ford Ranger, and the Toyota Hilux. With that, the Nissan Navara PRO-4X has what it takes to square up against its segment rivals.

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X: Variants & Price

 

Nissan Navara Price & Variants in the Philippines

2.5 EL 4X2 MT

PHP 1,026,000

2.5 VE 4X2 MT

PHP 1,246,000

2.5 VE 4X2 AT

PHP 1,336,000

2.5 VE 4X4 MT

PHP 1,376,000

2.5 VL 4X4 AT

PHP 1,656,000

2.5 VL 4X2 AT

PHP 1,476,000

2.5 VL 4X4 MT

PHP 1,576,000

2.5 PRO-4X 4X4 AT

PHP 1,746,000

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X: Color Options

 

Nissan Navara PRO-4X Color Options

Fiery Red, Stealth Pearl Gray, Aspen Pearl White, Galaxy Black

2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X: Specs

 

Overall

Make

Nissan

Name

2.5 PRO-4X 4x4 AT

Body Type

Pickup truck

Dimensions

Length

5,260mm

Width

1,875mm

Height

1,855mm

Wheelbase

3,150mm

Ground Clearance

220mm

Water Wading Depth

600mm

Payload Capacity

1,017kg

Exterior

Quad LED Projector Headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights

LED foglights

Dark Color with Nissan Emblem front grille

Body Color with Orange Accents bumpers

With Black Over Fender

Gloss Black with Turn Signal Light, and Power Fold Side Mirrors

Gloss Black Door Handles

Black Roof Rails

Step Board in Black

Tailgate Assist

Bedliner

Interior

Zero Gravity front seats with Manual Adjust

Leather Seats with PRO-4X stitching

Leather-Wrapped with Maual Tilt

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Power Windows

Power Door Locks

Keyless Entry System

Push Button Engine Start/Stop System

Cruise Control

Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control with Rear Vents

Nissan 8" Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

6 Speakers

Safety

Intelligent Around View Monitor

Intelligent Emergency Braking

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning

Intelligent Driver Alertness

Blind Spot Warning

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Lane Departure Warning

High Beam Assist

Hill Start Assist

Hill Descent Control

Advanced Drive Assist Display

6 Airbags

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Parking Sensors

ISO-Fix and Tether Anchor

Anti-Theft System

Suspension

Front

Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring

Rear

Dual Rate Coil Spring

Brake

Front

Ventilated Disc

Rear

Drum

Martin Aguilar

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Martin is a BA Literature graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before being the Content Editor of Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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