The Terra, the SUV from Nissan Philippines for the midsize SUV segment. Thanks to Nissan’s Navara platform, the company had a perfect base to create what is one of the more comfortable ladder-frame vehicles out in the market today thanks to a rear multi-link suspension setup. Nissan’s SUV is also known as a PPV because of this.
Another headlining feature that Nissan is proud of in the Terra is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which manifests in the Around-View Monitor that allows users to see around the vehicle through the use of cameras. It does come with a capable 2.5L diesel engine which pulls hardily enough even when fully loaded with seven individuals in its seats. The nameplate comes with several variants, ranging from the VE trims that have a manual transmission, to the mid-range VE variants, and toping the line are the VL variants with all the embellishments and adornments.
Nissan announced the Terra early in 2018, then proceeded to release the new nameplate in the Chinese market. The SUV was launched in the Philippines towards the end of May in the year 2018. An infant nameplate, Nissan released this model in an arena with stiff competition that comprised of many well-known brands.
The launch price of the Terra was set at P2,096,000 (VL Premium 4x4 AT), P1,899,000 (VL Premium 4x2 AT), P1,697,000 (VE High 4x2 AT), P1,615,000 (EL Mid 4x2 AT), and P1,499,000 (EL Mid 4x2 MT). Pre-orders were available on June 1, 2018, while customer deliveries commenced on August 2018.
For the 2021 year model, Nissan Philippines issued a minor update to the Nissan Terra for the VL variants only. New additions include a blacked-out grille, wheels, bumper trim, and also dark chrome elements as well as two-tone upholstery.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
Based on the D23 platform which the Terra shares with its midsize pickup sibling, one can expect the ride of this SUV to be smooth. Thanks to its rear multilink suspension that has a total of five links and a stabilizer bar. The front of the Terra has a independent double-wishbone setup with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. Brakes are discs up front and drums at the back.
This platform is coupled with the YD25 inline four-cylinder engine, with a variable turbocharger (VGS), that is tuned to the same specification as the top of the line Navara. This engine produces 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque coursed through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The top model will come with a 4x4 system that features part-time 4WD, with 2H/4L/4H transfer select switch.
5-Door Body-On-Frame SUV
Front Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive or Four-Wheel Drive
With fully independent suspension all around, a punchy diesel engine, ample road feedback from the wheel, the Terra makes a good case for driving dynamics in the world of midsize SUVs. The vehicle can come equipped with a 4x4 system that allows it to go offroad with ease if need be. Heavy steering is the tradeoff for more feel, and body roll is expected. Hard acceleration and braking were handled well by the Terra, and the surge in power that most diesel engines are known for is less perceptible, allowing for a smoother speedup.
While Nissan is known for having some of the best air conditioning systems in the industry, but the Terra comes with just more than this one cool system. At the center of it all lies the Terra’s infotainment which is updated from its launch model. Coming in at eight-inches in diagonal length, this screen will be where the around-view monitor and backup camera outputs to. Other features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.
The middle row of passengers get amenities as well. With high variants receiving a HDMI port to interface with the monitor placed in the ceiling of the car behind the driver and front passenger. Also for the upper variants are the blind-spot monitoring, audible lane departure warning, along with automatic headlights and parking sensors. Thanks to Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility suite, all of these features make commandeering this vehicle more effortless.
The exterior of the Terra is easy to like thanks to its very robust body structure. In the middle to high-end trims, the headlamps are an LED with a set of DRLS, while the rear has the signature LED fishhook design – a shape that is shared with the DRLS in the front end. The general look of the Terra is striking without appearing overly styled. Simple lines and creases dominate the design, which can be epitomized by the V-Motion front grille on the fascia.
The wheels come in either 17- or 18-inch sizes and from the VE variant up, the SUV gets a rear spoiler that extends the already-stylish rear profile. New for all 2020 year models is the combination black and chrome grilles that are a departure from the silver and chrome as found in the launch models.
The Nissan Terra is available in six colors, which are: Brilliant Silver, Galaxy Black, Fiery Red, Earth Brown, Lunar Metallic Gray, as well as Aspen Pearl White.
The interior of this SUV isn’t the most embellished out there. It features simplicity as a key trait that it comes with. Couple that with the many tech features that Nissan places, the highlight are the features rather than the actual interior wow-factor. Durability and longevity are undoubtedly highlights in this regard. Higher trim levels will be able to come with leather upholstery on both the steering wheel and the seats. This is executed in a chocolate brown color that adds a little life to an otherwise plain interior.
Cabin space for the Terra is adequate. Front and middle-row passengers can enjoy enough space. Third-row seating, while present, is enough for small kids and smaller adults.
Coming in with a five-star ASEAN NCAP rating, the Terra can come with up to 6 SRS airbags which include driver, front passenger, side, and curtain bags. The Terra also comes with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) as well as brake assist (BA). Helping the driver keep the car in control is a vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system with braked-limited slip differential.
Tested Variant: Nissan Terra 2.5 VL AT 4x2
Child Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Adult Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Head Protection Score
Front Passenger Airbag
Seat Belt Retractor Driver
Seat Belt Retractor Front Passenger
Safety Assist Technology
Effective Breaking & Avoidance
Seat Belt Reminders
SBR for Driver
SBR for Front Passenger
SBR for Rear Passenger
Blind Spot Technology
Advanced Safety Assist Technologies
Intelligent Rear View Mirror
Lane Departure Warning System
Forward Collision Warning System
Lane Keep Assist
Pros & Cons
The good mostly outweighs the bad with regard to the Nissan Terra. Thanks to its sizeable specifications, it enjoys torque on tap and is responsive and takes orders well. Thanks to its suspension setup, and the fact that it is based on the Navara, the Terra enjoys a refined ride for its class. It’ll glide easier over bumps and uneven patches of road better than other midsize offerings in the market without a rear-multilink suspension. To top it all off, it’s well packaged, surrounded with style and muscularity that is appropriate for its segment.
A few gripes that the Terra is with regard to the interior being made of plastic elements. There are soft touches scattered throughout the cabin, however, but it’s opulent. Its simple lines and dark color palette would elude to the longevity-driven interior since it shares many similarities with the Navara as well.
Still good as gold or fool's gold? The 2021 Nissan Terra VL 4x4 is on our list as one of the best SUVs out in the Philippine market. Is this midsize SUV still a great pick in 2021? Now updated with a few styling elements, we review the latest iteration of the Nissan Terra in the country on this episode of Behind the Wheel.
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Where is the Nissan Terra made?
Philippine-spec Nissan Terras are made in Thailand, namely in Samut Prakan, by Nissan Motor Thailand. The Chinese market's Terras are made in China, in Zhengzhou under Dongfeng Nissan
Is the Nissan Terra equipped with timing chain or timing belt?
The Nissan Terra is equipped with a timing chain on its engine.
Is the Nissan Terra SUV based on the Nissan Navara pickup truck?
Yes, the Terra has the same platform as the current-generation Navara.
What are the colors available for the Nissan Terra per variant?
The Nissan Terra in the Philippines is available in the following color variants: Galaxy Black, Brilliant Silver, and Aspen Pearl White (All Variants); Earth brown (4x4 and 4x2 VL AT); Lunar Metallic Gray and Flare Metallic Gold (4x4 and 4x2 VL AT, 4x2 VE AT); Fiery Red (4x2 VE AT, 4x2 EL AT and MT)
How many seats does the Nissan Terra have?
The Nissan Terra is a midsize SUV that has seven seats. Some markets, like China, introduced a five-seater Terra.
What is the fuel consumption of the Nissan Terra?
In the city, the Nissan Terra can achieve a respectable 6-7 km/L depending on traffic conditions. On the highway, staying at the speed limit and without necessarily driving economically, the Terra was able to return 14 km/L.
What's the water-wading capacity of the Nissan Terra?
The Nissan Terra has a water-wading capacity of 800 millimeters or 31.5 inches.
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