Pickup truck parry: Nissan Navara vs. Maxus T60

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The Nissan Navara and the Maxus T60 are just two of today’s popular pickup trucks. One model boasts an esteemed badge and a nameplate with a long-standing history while the other offers a value-laden ride that doesn’t break the bank.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How many variants does the Nissan Navara have?

    Nissan Philippines currently has eight Navara variants listed on its website.
  • How many variants does the Maxus T60 have?

    The Maxus T60 comes in three variants.
  • Interested to find out which among these pickup trucks best suits your budget and your needs? Join us to see which comes out on top in this pickup truck parry.

    Exterior

     

    Nissan Navara

    Maxus T60

    Dimensions (L x W x H mm)

    5,260 x 1,850 x (1,810 - 1,855)

    5,365 x 2,145 x 1,809

    Wheelbase (mm)

    3,150

    3,155

    Ground clearance (mm)

    245

    215

    At a glance, the Maxus T60 looks slightly longer and wider than the Nissan Navara. However, the segment veteran becomes taller when you choose a higher variant that the range-topping Navara towers over the newcomer by 46mm.

    Wheelbase-wise, both pickup trucks are neck and neck, although the Nissan Navara has a higher ground clearance than the Maxus T6. Surprisingly though, when it comes to their water wading capabilities, Nissan’s segment entry can tolerate water 23 inches deep while the Maxus T60 can power through over 31 inches of water. Just wow!

    Maxus t60

    With seemingly better dimensions and impressive water wading potential, we’re giving this round to the Maxus T60.

    Interior

    Inside, the Nissan Navara is equipped with uber-comfortable zero-gravity seats that come in either fabric or leather — depending on the variant of course. Likewise, the center console armrest can come with fabric padding or leather padding. A leather steering wheel is made standard across the board.

    Past the leather-wrapped reigns is a high-contrast seven-inch instrument cluster with an advanced drive-assist display as well as an eight-inch infotainment system sitting squarely at the dashboard’s center.

    On the other hand, the Maxus T60 offers more modest interior amenities with decent fabric or leather seats, a urethane steering wheel, and a dashboard lined with hard plastic.

    The utilitarian truck packs an analog instrument cluster with a small digital screen plus, depending on the variant, either a seven-inch or a 10-inch infotainment screen.

    With more upscale interior features, this round clearly goes to the Nissan Navara.

    Engine

    Beating under the hood of the Nissan Navara is a 2.5-liter engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed gearbox with manual mode. This setup gives the variants fitted with a manual transmission with 161 horses and 403Nm of torque while those equipped with an automatic tranny make 187hp and 450Nm of maximum torque.

    The Maxus T60 comes with a less complicated setup with a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel powerplant available across the board. It can be married with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic shifter. However, it makes only 148 horses and 360Nm of peak torque.

    That said, this round goes to the Nissan Navara.

    Safety

    Nissan has made clear that it's a company that’s big on safety. Standard features found on the Nissan Navara include a set of seatbelts and airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, vehicle dynamic control with four-wheel active brake limited slip (ABLS) and trailer stability assist (TSA), as well as a high-mount stop lamp, an alarm, and an immobilizer.

    Range-topping variants get the added benefit of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility suite which comes with the intelligent around-view monitor (IAVM), intelligent emergency braking (IEB), intelligent forward collision warning (IFCW), blind-spot warning (BSW), rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA), and lane departure warning (LDW), among others.

    Meanwhile, the Maxus T60 offers a slew of airbags and seatbelts, an electronic stabilization program, ANS and EBD, a reverse sensor with a camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and an immobilizer.

    navara

    With significantly better safety features, this round goes to the Nissan Navara.

    Variants and pricing

    Nissan Navara

    Navara 2.5 EL 4X2 MT – P1,026,000
    Navara 2.5 VE 4X2 MT – P1,246,000
    Navara 2.5 VE 4X2 AT – P1,336,000
    Navara 2.5 VE 4X4 MT – P1,376,000
    Navara 2.5 VL 4X2 AT – P1,476,000
    Navara 2.5 VL 4X4 MT – P1,576,000
    Navara 2.5 VL 4X4 AT – P1,656,000
    Navara 2.5 PRO-4X 4X4 AT – P1,746,000

    Maxus T60

    T60 Pro 4X2 MT – P998,000
    T60 Pro 4X2 AT – P1,078,000
    T60 Elite 4X4 AT – P1,328,000

    Verdict

    Thanks to its better interior, engine, and safety features, the segment staple Nissan Navara wins the battle of the pickup trucks. The Maxus T60 did put up a good fight and can surely attract those looking for a practical pickup truck.

    Photos from Nissan and Maxus

    Also read: 

    The inside story: Checking out the interior of the Nissan Navara

    Nissan Navara: Comparing the pre- and post-facelift versions

    Picking up the pace: The pros and cons of the Maxus T60

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