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Nissan Patrol Y62 Ti-L

Nissan Patrol Y62 Ti-L (2013-2021)

Also referred to as: Nissan Patrol Y62 Ti-L 2020 and Nissan Patrol Y62 Ti-L 2022.
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3.7 out of 5 stars

Introduction

Australians have had a long history of buying large Japanese SUVs and circumnavigating our country for the sake of the experience. If they haven’t done that yet, then they might be imagining that one day they will need a car to do just that.

Why specifically a Japanese SUV? Well, in short, it’s thanks to brands like Toyota, Nissan and Lexus producing seemingly indestructible, reliable and capable off-roaders.

That’s what the Nissan Patrol is all about, and it’s arrived back in Australia with a new exterior...but it’s missing an updated interior to match.

However, with an enormous 5.6L petrol V8 motor under the hood, is it worth saving $30,000 buying this latest generation Patrol over a top-trim Toyota Land Cruiser?

I took the keys to this nearly three tonne four-wheel drive SUV to find out.


Build Quality

4.4 out of 5.

Patrol bumper and logo

The Nissan Patrol’s build quality is absolutely solid. The interior and exterior provided the much needed confidence you’d hope for to take the Patrol beyond an urban environment.

The exterior was nearly perfect, however some bubbling on the exterior chrome trim found on this test car, located on the bumper would have made me pretty disappointed after spending over $100,000 on this SUV.

However, after a quick repair by the dealership, you’ll begin to enjoy the solid build quality of the interior. Even though Australia didn’t receive the updated interior for the new Patrol, you can be sure that this older interior will stand the test of time.

There are no new gimmicks inside - instead you’ll find plenty of buttons, plastic and leather which should age without complaint.

Value for Money

4.6 out of 5.

Patrol next to Land Cruiser

The Patrol range starts from $88,556 drive away for the base Ti model. This trim we reviewed was the TI-L, priced from $102,116 drive away.

It’s honestly the trim you’ll want to purchase, if you appreciate the luxury appointments the Ti-L has to offer.

Even though the interior is a little on the older side, it still has plenty of features. Additionally, there are screens and headphones for the second row, which is rare to see unless you’re in the likes of a Mercedes S Class.

There are heated seats, radar cruise control, parking cameras, 7 seats and a whopping 5.6L V8 petrol motor.

Additionally, there are four-wheel drive modes to certify that this is indeed a bonafide offroader - helping disconnect or engage the front and rear differentials.

Overall, compared to the Toyota Land Cruiser Sahara, the Patrol offers a far more appealing value for money proposition. If you’re more interested in the capabilities of a vehicle rather than its up-to-date features, then the Patrol will be better suited for you. Plus, you’ll save yourself nearly $30,000 compared to jumping into a new Toyota Land Cruiser Sahara.

Maintenance

4.8 out of 5.

Patrol V8 badge

The brilliant thing with an aged offroader like this one is that there isn’t anything overly complicated to fix if things should go wrong.

Nissan ships the Patrol with a 5 year/unlimited kilometre warranty, an offering that should be industry standard in 2021.

It’s a behemoth of a V8, without the aid of turbochargers or a hybrid system. There’s no air suspension nor is there some trick transmission fitted to the Patrol. Even down to the basic screen, buttons and gimmick-less features, the Patrol would be able to be fixed by a bush mechanic in a small Aussie town.

That’s part of the appeal with a basic, big V8. Sure, it’s thirsty, but that’s the price to pay for an engine that you can rely on in the middle of nowhere.

Noise Level

4.2 out of 5.

Patrol centre consol

Starting up the Patrol, you’re greeted with a small truck’s worth of sound emanating from the intercooler.

Sadly, it’s not a sporty sounding V8, instead, it’s far more utilitarian in its sound profile.

Under heavy acceleration, my gosh, it does start to produce that thunderous V8 rumble, only to be rudely interrupted by either the legal speed limit or that noisey intercooler.

The BOSE audio system in the Patrol was a pleasant yet dated experience. I could imagine when it first launched, it was an impressive system. However against other $100,000 cars it falters by not offering active noise cancellation. On top of that, it lacks a little extra depth and clarity that would really fill out the entire cabin.

Braking

3 out of 5.

Patrol wheels and tires

When you see a car as big as the Patrol, you’d hope for even larger brakes. However, that isn’t the case entirely.

The Patrol does pull up to a stop well. It stops smoothly and the brake pedal is easy to modulate for a car that weighs nearly 3 tonnes.

The physical size of the brakes isn’t all that impressive, but they work well for this behemoth. Sadly, the sporty body kit doesn’t match the braking ability if you’re looking to push the Patrol a little harder.

Acceleration/Power

4.5 out of 5.

Patrol V8 engine bay

298kW and 560Nm of torque is what you get from this naturally aspirated 5.6L V8.

Sure, that doesn’t sound like a lot of power compared to other turbocharged V8 alternatives, but what it does represent is a motor that isn’t strained. It’s ‘relaxed power’, meaning the motor isn’t being pushed to its absolute mechanical limits to deliver power. Instead, large displacement, lots of cylinders and no forced aspiration allow the Patrol to retain a reliable mechanical future.

Claimed 0-100km/h times are in the early 7 second range. That’s very impressive for a car this large, and more than enough sprint if you need to use it. The Patrol makes mincemeat of overtaking on large highways, but it also will make mincemeat of your wallet at the same time.

Gear Shifting

4 out of 5.

Patrol front grill

The 7-speed transmission in the Patrol gets the job done without complaint.

Sure, it’s not a quick shifting dual-clutch, nor is it as dynamic as a ZF gearbox. What it is though, is a transmission that moves the Patrol along without complaint.

I really appreciate old school transmissions like this, simply because it's not attempting to try and be sporty and smooth at the same time. Instead, it compliments the massive V8 and weight of this SUV and enables the Patrol to drive with ease across a variety of surfaces.

Suspension & Handling

3.5 out of 5.

Patrol drive modes

More weight, more lean. The Patrol is a lot of fun to drive around the suburbs, purely from a novelty point of view. This thing is enormous, so much so thatI almost commend anyone brave enough to use this as a family SUV.

The absolute size of the Patrol certainly translates to a lot of body roll and lean through corners. Sure, for off-road use, the suspension will handle all the rough stuff with ease. On-road, driving in a nearly 3 tonne vehicle to perform, with a high centre of gravity, requires lower entry speeds into corners. I wouldn’t recommend taking corners nearly as fast as you would in a standard SUV.

Yes, the Patrol is as comfortable as it looks to ride around in. With plenty of travel in the suspension, plush leather seats and loads of rubber between you and the road, the Patrol is the ideal road trip vehicle.

Fuel Efficiency

1.5 out of 5.

Patrol exhuast

This is the price to pay for an off-roader with plenty of power and a historically reliable engine, with a large bill waiting for you at the register at your local petrol station.

I was gobsmacked by my average consumption figures driving the Patrol around my local suburb, with figures reaching as high as 26L/100km.

The estimated range for the Patrol was close to 600km, but I could see this Nissan travelling far less than that if you have a lead foot around town.

Here’s the kicker, to fill the Patrol up from empty, it’ll set you back $260 per fill. $260! I have never encountered a daily driver that racks up a bill this high at the pump. As much as I want to think it’s cool to have a naturally aspirated V8 under the bonnet, I can clearly see why these are being phased out entirely from the car world.

Sadly, it’s a little disappointing from an environmental standpoint to still have engines like this on the road. Where a turbo-diesel or even a twin-turbo V6 model could help reduce the enormous consumption figures of a car like the Patrol.

Interior Design

2.5 out of 5.

Patrol interior dash board

The biggest complaint from the 4x4 community is directly related to this interior.

It’s not a bad interior design by any means, in fact, I quite enjoyed my time inside the Patrol. However, like a slap in the face for some customers holding out for the latest generation of Patrol, Nissan Australia has delivered the all-new exterior, without an all-new interior.

Overseas, the Patrol comes with a much needed updated interior, complimenting the attention-grabbing exterior. For some peculiar reason, Australia has missed out on this update.

It’s a trip back to the early 2000’s, with this $100,000 car not even being delivered with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s a tiny and aged screen by 2021 standards, a plethora of buttons, and my favourite, entertainment units on the back of the front headrests for the second row passengers.

Patrol interior second row seats

Although there is dated tech found in the Patrol, it’s not so much of a bad thing.

I loved using the HDMI port to display my laptop screen to the rear screens, which would make it ideal for those parents who take their kids out of school for half a year to circumnavigate Australia. Seeing as the screens can extend displays of laptops to avoid neck strain or incidents of car sickness.

Due to the dated components, it’s an interior that will clearly stand the test of time. This will appeal to many, as it's not demanding you learn anything different to operate this interior.

Although, in the war against the Toyota Land Cruiser, it's the weakest proposition for customers cross shopping the two cars. This is especially the case because the Land Cruiser received an all new update for the 300 Series.

Boot Size & Comfort

4.3 out of 5.

Nissan Patrol boot space

This SUV dwarfed Hyundai’s largest, North-American sized Palisade 8 seater (the other SUV I had on loan at the time) - and it comes with more boot space, too.

There’s 468L with all three rows up, 1413L with the third row folded down and 2623L with all seats folded flat.

For daily use, there’s more than enough space for anything you might need to load into the Patrol. For a trip away to Australia’s heartland, you might want to leave the third row passengers behind, as that will provide the necessary boot space to travel with.

With the third row up, you’re certainly limited in cargo room for 7 people’s worth of luggage. Even with a trailer and roof box, it’ll be a little bit of a squeeze. If you do want to use the third row for a journey like this, those third row passengers better be smaller than an adult, as it gets a little squishy in the back.

Second row comfort is sublime, with plenty of adjustability to accommodate up to three adults. To make the most out of the comfort for passengers on a long trip, I’d recommend just taking four people.

The bottom line is that the Patrol is extremely comfortable and there’s a reason why it’s a go-to car of choice for those clocking up the miles on long road trips.

Features

3 out of 5.

Rear screens on headrests in second row of Nissan Patrol

Even if the cabin is a little dated, there’s still plenty of features in the Patrol that make it easier to justify a $100,000 price tag.

I did enjoy the BOSE audio system, rear seat entertainment, heated seats and parking cameras as standout features here.

Additionally, the safety features like rear cross-traffic alerts and autonomous emergency braking really stand out in a car of this size, especially when maneuvering in tight spaces

  • 5.6L V8
  • 298kW and 560Nm
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 4x4
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • 13 BOSE premium audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rear seat entertainment screens, heaphones and remote
  • AEB
  • Lane keep alert and assist
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • 4x4 capability with locking differentials
  • Terrain modes
  • Heated/cooled front seats
  • Sunroof
  • Roof rails
  • Memory seats
  • Power tailgate
  • Leather seats and trim
  • 3rd row seats

Should you buy one?

Nissan Patrol on road by the ocean

This car really is for off-roading enthusiasts. It’s similar to buying a sports car, as you’re going to overlook the thirsty motor and slightly outdated interior for the space, capability and comfort that this SUV provides.

It depends on how far you see yourself driving this thing, which will help you justify saving $30,000 over buying an equivalent spec Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s one of the more affordable gargantuan, luxury off-roaders on the market. On that merit alone, I think it's worth considering one of these against the likes of a Lexus LX, Toyota Land Cruiser and even against the likes of a Land Rover Defender.

Note that the $30,000 in savings will go towards your enormous fuel bill each week, if you plan on daily driving. That’s about 2 years of fuel right there.

Additionally, you have the reliability factor. If you’re really nervous about something failing in the middle of nowhere, the Patrol wins hands down for the most simple motor. Most mechanics anywhere will know how to work on one and most likely have parts for it.

However, if you ask me, I think the Land Rover Defender wins against the Land Cruiser and the Nissan Patrol. It has the space, power, comfort and capability that these cars have, but built for the 2021 from the ground up. The Patrol wins buyers looking to purchase the more simple to maintain and are willing to pay the running costs for a tried and tested V8 motor.

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sheree l.
sheree l.South East Queensland, QLD
  • 5 reviews
  • 1 like

Love my Patrol

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This is our family car and work vehicle
We use our car every day. Very economical
The fact that it only needs servicing twice a year is a financial help
Highly recommend

Purchased in January 2019.

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5/5
Value for Money
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David
DavidPerth
  • 6 reviews
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Oustanding vehicle in every respect

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I bought this car in preference to a Toyota Sahara which was far over priced and in my opinion inferior in every way to the Y62 Patrol. The engine is unparralled in a 4 wheel drive, is smooth as silk and awesomely powerful. The many standard features leave the Toyota’s for dead. Note that I was formally a Toyota driver but could not justify as extra $40,000 for a Sahara to a Toyota badge, which is the only difference I could see. I love this car and plan to use it to tow a caravan in the future. In my view $iesel is dead as they will not be able to meet the pollution laws in the near future.

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Engine Size5.6
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedDec 2018
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MessFactor
MessFactorWide Bay-Burnett, QLD
  • 7 reviews
  • 4 likes

Amazing car i'd buy it again tomorrow.

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Engine Size5.6
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedMar 2018
David
Davidmelbourne
  • 2 reviews

good car but dealer ordinary

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I love the car but find all car dealers of most brands poor, Nissan were likewise poor and spoilt the experience, best I have had was Ford for a work car, The patrol is really BIG and takes some getting used to but I love the power and the car is a great touring car, Petrol is expensive but not a major concern, I am generally really happy and don't miss the Landcruiser and have lost confidence in late model Toyota diesels, The price of Landcruisers is now crazy and I saved about $28k

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Engine Size5.6
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedAug 2018
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Ken saddle
Ken saddleNorth Queensland, QLD
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Sold.... Can't wait to get another!

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I purchased my Y62 TI-L in 2014 back when everyone said they were crap, they said it was heavy on fuel... They said a lot about them but clearly didn't know anything about them. I sold mine with just under 100,000klm for close to what I purchased the car for. It was a trouble free vehicle that towed effortlessly the wife and kids want another one and so do I. I only sold it as I update my vehicles every 3 years but I don't think the current land cruiser is going to last me this round, it's back to nissan for us. I can't explain why it just was a great car, very comfortable on long trips for everyone and fuel use on the freeway was averaging 13/100.

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Engine Size5.6
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedOct 2014
Haha
HahaWestern Australia

How much you can save from a Sahara $35k more paid

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I have looking at this car for 3 years before I decided to keep one home. Performance is excellent when I find 200 is just far behind me when I slightly touch the accelerator.
Interior ...it is a joke 200 carries a few pieces of wood.
Running cost is a trick...
$35k cheaper than Sahara... How many km of petrol cost difference?
Stupid answer is 1,000,000 km. I think we dump the Patrol Y62 and the Sahara long time ago when we drove 500,000 km

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Engine Size5.6
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedMay 2016
Leo
LeoAU

Simply the best.

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Good bye 200 hello to a whole new world of awesome.
So much better than the old 200 in every way.
Just drive one. Then decide.
It outperforms the very dated 200 design in every way.
The fuel consumption isn't what you're led to believe and it most instances so far is better than the 200 on fuel.

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Engine Size5.6
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJan 2014

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CategoryLarge / 7 Seater SUVs
Starting Price $101,378
TransmissionAutomatic
Drive TypeFour Wheel Drive (4WD)
Fuel TypePetrol
Wheels18" Alloy
Doors 4
Seats 7
Fuel Consumption14.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 140 L
Engine5.6L VVEL V8
Engine CodeVK56VD
Max Power298kW @ 5800rpm
Max Torque560Nm @ 4000rpm
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)3,500 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)750 kg
Dimensions
Kerb Weight3,500 kg
Ground Clearance273 mm
Release dateFeb 2013
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