The strengths and weaknesses of the Nissan Patrol Royale

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The Nissan Patrol Royale is the Japanese automaker’s entry to the Philippine full-size luxury SUV segment where it competes with other nameplates like the Toyota LC.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the dimensions of the Nissan Patrol Royale?

    It measures 5,165mm long, 1,995mm wide, and 1,995mm tall.
  • How big is its infotainment screen?

    It has an eight-inch infotainment screen and two seven-inch monitors at the back of the front seat headrests.
  • What engine does the Nissan Patrol Royale have?

    Under the hood is a 5.6 V8 gasoline engine that makes 400hp and 560Nm of torque.
  • The current-gen Patrol Royale comes with a suite of features designed and engineered for drivers, and passengers alike, who like to drive in luxury on almost any terrain. Think you and your family could use a ride like Nissan’s hunky SUV? Find out as we assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Nissan Patrol Royale.

    Pros

    Intimidating road presence

    The thing about full-size SUVs is that they demand respect on the road.

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    The Nissan Patrol Royale’s massive size sends a clear message to kamote riders and drivers not to stick their bumpers up its rear. You don’t want to risk scratching the paint or denting the panels on that large SUV.

    It’s larger than the LC and measures 5,165mm long, 1,995mm wide, 1,995mm tall, and rides on 20-inch wheels.

    It also has that V8 badge on the side that lets the driver sitting next to you at the stoplight not to get too cocky or else he’d be eating dust.

    Luxurious interior

    Hiding underneath that intimidating facade is a cultured SUV. Its interior features soft leather seats, wooden panels, and chrome trims.

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    The current-gen Patrol Royale also packs an eight-inch infotainment unit paired with a Bose Premium Audio system with 13 speakers.

    Passengers sitting at the second-row seats can keep themselves entertained in both long and short drives through the seven-inch display monitors mounted at the back of the front-row seat headrests.

    Cons

    Slightly dated styling

    Despite its intimidating look, the Nissan Patrol Royale does look a little dated, especially when parked astride newer SUVs that wear a more aggressive and sharp exterior.

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    It still retains that rounded design cues from vehicles of the early 2000s.

    Low fuel efficiency

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    Another downside of driving a large SUV powered by a similarly large power plant is that it never comes with good fuel efficiency. That large V8 engine will gulp up gas so you better be prepared if you plan to drive it daily.

    Verdict

    Like most full-size SUVs, the Nissan Patrol Royale appeals to a certain group of individuals who like to ride in style no matter the terrain. If you are one of them, it will be easy for you to look past its minor faults and flaws. 

    However, if you're in the market for something more practical, then best look at other reasonably priced alternatives. 

    Nissan is offering the Patrol Royale in a single variant, priced at P3,988,000.

    Photos from Nissan

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