Toyota LandCruiser LC5 Prado Vs Nissan Pathfinder (R51)

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Here's a quick comparison between the current 150 series Toyota Land Cruiser LC5 Prado specifications and the Nissan Pathfinder. 

The Pathfinder is another competitor you could consider as an alternative to the Prado. However the Pathfinder is now a much older design and it does show - there are enough similarities to compare the two. The 2011 update sees the introduction of an all new 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel that produces 170Kw and 550Nm

However you should be aware that the Pathfinder is a smaller car if size is a major purchasing consideration. From 2010 the Pathfinder only comes with a diesel engine (for the 2010 range) and imported from Spain (winners of the soccer world cup!) The new 2011 V6 turbo diesel is the engine of choice but it appears to only be available in the new top range Ti-550 model.

This is one model that we will be trying out when it becomes available.
 


Nissan Pathfinder
VS
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The exterior design of the Pathfinder has only had minor changes since 2005 but it still looks up to date. We can see the Land Rover Discovery inspiration in the design to the latest design yet traditional Nissan and Pathfinder's of the past.

The interior design still really needs a significant update. The interior design and materials are just not up to the level expected in a car priced in this class. Think commercial vehicle and that describes what you are paying for. We feel it is like being in a Navara minus the tray.

Engine choices available for the Pathfinder are the key to its continued sales. It has the latest diesel engines. Also the ancient and larger Patrol that hasn't been updated for years helps the sales of the Pathfinder.

The Pathfinder has the choice of 4 engines. The the new 3.0litre V6 turbo diesel, 4 litre V6 petrol, the updated 2.5 litre turbo diesel and an V8 option in some parts of the world. All the engines are class competitive and more so than the equivalent engines for the Prado despite the lower capacity.

We all agree that the Pathfinder would be at the top of the list if you are considering a new 4WD however we also agree (and previously wrote) that the interior needs to be updated with better quality materials and design. We haven't driven one in for a while now but based on the last drive more drive train refinement in terms of noise suppression would also help.

All up it is a decent car but the Pathfinder is more a competitor to the Pajero than the Prado. What do you think?
 


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
AUGUST 2010

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Nissan Pathfinder
2010 $48,490 - 65,990 AUD

 

Landcruiser Prado Nissan Pathfinder (R51)

Engines  
1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM
V9X
V6 Diesel
DOHC Turbo charged with intercooler
Direct injection
3.0 Litre (2998cc)
Claimed 170Kw @ 3750RPM
Claimed 550Nm @ 1750RPM

VQ40DE
V6 Petrol
DOHC EFI
4.0 Litre (3954cc)
Claimed 198Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 385Nm @ 4000RPM

YD25DDTi
IL4 Diesel
DOHC Turbo charged with intercooler
Direct injection
2.5 Litre (2488cc)
Claimed 140Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 450Nm @ 2000RPM

VK56DE
V8 Petrol
DOHC EFI
5.6 Litre (5552cc)
Claimed 227Kw @ 4900RPM
Claimed 509Nm @ 3600RPM
 

Weight  
Kerb weight 2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
2100-2212Kg
Towing capacity up to 3000kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
80 litres
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
5 Spd Auto or 6 spd manual transmission
Overall height/Overall width 1905/1875
Overall length/Wheelbase 4850/2790
Track (front/rear) 1575/1575
ANCAP 4/5
5 speed Auto
or 6 speed manual transmission
Overall height/Overall width 1865/1850
Overall length/Wheelbase 4740/2850
Track (front/rear) 1570/1570
NCAP safety rating 4/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
Min ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach ??
Departure ??
Breakover ??
Drive system 2WD and AWD with modes
Minimum ground clearance 211mm
Performance  
Performance figures  
Pricing  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
 
2010 $48,490 - 65,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!


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