Bowen's Report Card
2020 Nissan N-TREK Warrior review
- Great factory add-ons
- Fuel economy
- Twin-turbo diesel
- Cumbersome steering
- Struggles with heavy loads
- Better opposition
THE BOWEN SCORE
Seriously Nissan should quit making vehicles and run a juice bar. I base this on what has been going on with the Navara for years now. The brand squeezes every last drop possible, then after that eats the orange peel, seeds included. So here we go again, it’s the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior. With ready for war stuff bolted all over it.
The N-Trek Warrior introduces additions by Victoria-based Premcar. At first look, it does warrant the threatening name. Nissan is only falling in-line with other utes such as the Ford Raptor or Jeep Gladiator. Creative names, but when they run out what’s next, Nissan Navara Arsonist?
It’s important to note this is not a half-baked machine, a lot of effort has been put into the N-Trek Warrior to really beef it up, externally at least.
The 140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel remains. As does a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. The 4×4 system is aided by an electronic locking rear diff if required. I’ll be honest here, I didn’t get to explore its newfound off-road credentials. But I did do a substantial amount of motorway driving, more on that shortly.
This is now the 4th series of the current generation Nissan Navara. It is based on the Dual Cab 4×4 ST-X N-Trek.
Before I go on, I will say the Navara is a much better drive these days. After four attempts that included suspension work and changes to the engine to meet strict European compliance standards, it’s just a much more polished performer.
Despite all the extra gear the Navara didn’t feel all that different on the road. Whereas utes such as the Ford Raptor can drive straight over a roundabout and land in the next post code, with ease.
For day to day driving the steering needs a little more finesse, at times you do feel like a Romanian wrestler while performing a three or four point turn at Woolies.
Ground clearance sits at 268m, with an approach angle of 35-degrees. Overall its track is now 1600mm.
There’s also an interesting splash of orange here and there, which I actually like. The interior scores most of it via orange fabric on the leather accented seats, stitching, centre console, armrests and centre console.
Value for Money
$65,990 (before on-road costs) is massive. But not in this category, people seem to have very deep pockets. However Nissan doesn’t want you driving straight out of the dealership and into ARB. So the following is bolted on and factory backed.
- Hoopless, body-coloured steel bullbar
- 3mm Stainless Steel Front Underbody Protection
- Integrated 470mm LED light bar
- Unique 17-inch black alloy wheels
- Unique Towbar to accommodate the extra hight and full sized spare
- Dark orange accented fog lamp bezel with integrated “bark buster”
- “Navara” tailgate decal
- N-TREK Warrior decal package
- TREK Warrior embroidered front headrest
- Dark orange accented floor mats
- Unique plastic components specific to N-TREK Warrior
The N-TREK Warrior will sip 7.0L/100km, although it’s probably closer to 8.0L/100km. Nissan offers its five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. If you plan to hang on to it, Nissan has a 12-month/20,000km plan that spans six years. The result, $3769 over that period of time.
The Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior is generally a comfortable drive. But if you ever get the chance to drive the Ford Raptor, take it. Because it makes all dual-cabs look and feel like something John Deere would make.
What I Love
I love decals, therefore I love the Warrior.
Safety and Technology
All that is required in a modern vehicle is present and accounted for.
Apple CarPlay and Android auto is showcased via a 7.0-inch screen. Daytime running lights are enhanced by LED signature daytime running lights.
There’s also a 360-degree reversing camera with a bird’s-eye view. Tech like that was unheard off in this category just a few years ago.
Bowen’s Report Card
$65,990 before on-roads. Wow. But if you take into account what people pay for aftermarket items, the price is less alarming. The Nissan Navara in any configuration is somewhat an average drive. It’s a straight B-student, but scored a D in art. It’s a 75 out of 100 for me!