The Ti kicks off the Patrol range at US$82 160 before on-road costs. The Ti kicks off the Patrol range at US$82 160 before on-road costs.
First up, the purchase price. The Nissan Patrol starts at US$82 160 (plus on-road costs) for the Ti, cheaper than the LandCruiser GX that kicks the Toyota range off from US$89 990.
But let’s even things up. To get them close on specifications, and particularly the comfort, safety and convenience items, the Patrol Ti has to be matched up to the LandCruiser GXL. The GX, for example, only has five seats, vinyl floor and 17-inch steel wheels.
The GXL is priced at US$101,790 before on-road costs. The GXL is priced at US$101,790 before on-road costs.
So, the US$82 160 Patrol Ti has to match up with the US$101 790 LandCruiser GXL. Even then, the Patrol has some extra gear — leather-faced seats and trim, tyre pressure monitor, heated mirrors among them.
Now the LandCruiser has a hefty US$19 630 price disadvantage. Perhaps this can be offset come time to trade it in, although Glass’s Guide shows that the resale for both wagons is practically identical — 71 percent retained value for the LandCruiser and 70 percent for the Patrol (current high-value used-car market prices notwithstanding).
The LC300 is shorter than the Patrol.The LC300 is shorter than the Patrol.
Looking at the pair with a tape measure, and the LandCruiser is shorter than the Patrol (by 195mm); narrower (by 15mm); lower (by 10mm); and sits on a wheelbase that is 225mm shorter than the Patrol.
The Toyota is also lighter (by about 220kg) than the hefty Nissan; has a lower gross combination mass of 6 750kg compared with the Patrol’s 7 000kg; but both share the 3500kg tow rating with the payloads 785kg for the Patrol and 700kg for the Toyota.
The most obvious difference is the cabin packaging. The Patrol is a warehouse and will seat up to eight people, with the luggage space available with the three rows up at a generous 468 litres, while the Toyota is a much smaller 175L.
Pop the third row down and the Patrol gives 1413L (the Toyota offers 1004L) and with the second and third rows folded down, the Patrol gobbles 2 632 Land the LandCruiser takes 1 967L. So, for the sake of an extra 195mm in length, the accommodation is significantly more generous.
On a space and a value-for-money basis, the Patrol has a significant advantage. It’s likely that the biggest hurdle facing private buyers — given fleet/lease buyers are likely to have vehicle costs paid by the company or employer — is the price of petrol and, more specifically, the Patrol’s thirst.
That’s a big downer. But if you factor in the cheaper purchase price (Patrol Ti versus LandCruiser GXL) the fuel thirst may be at best inconsequential, or at worst a few extra dollars a week.
The LandCruiser has a 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel V6 engine. (Toyota claims that the LandCruiser 300, with its 3,3-litre V6 bi-turbo diesel, will average 8,9 litres per 100 kilometres.
Over at Nissan, it’s 5,6-litre petrol V8 is said to average 14,0L/100km.
Note that fuel prices are currently high (er, exorbitant) and that the usual higher cost of diesel has turned around and petrol is more expensive. That doesn’t help the Patrol, hit not only by the high prices and its high fuel consumption, but also the fact it needs a minimum of 95RON (premium unleaded).
How much will this cost the Patrol owner compared with the GXL owner? Actually, not that much.
The data is based on driving the average of 12 000km a year. Let’s call the average diesel price at $1,80 a litre, and premium unleaded petrol at $1,90/L.
The Patrol has a 5,6-litre petrol V8 engine.
First the Patrol. At 12,000km a year it will drink 1 680 litres with the annual fuel bill totalling US$3 192.
The LandCruiser will consume 1 068 litres of diesel over 12 months (assuming the same 12 000km distance), costing US$1 922,40 a year.
That means the difference per year in fuel bills is US$1 269,60.
But wait! Remember that the Patrol cost US$19 630 less than the LandCruiser? Put that in the bank and draw down on it every time you take the Patrol to the service station and it will be a staggering 15 and a half years before it’s spent.
In other fuel-related news, the Patrol has a bigger fuel tank (because it needs it) at 140 litres, compared with the LandCruiser at 110 litres. The range, based on the fuel averages, are 1 236km for the LandCruiser and 1000km for the Patrol.
The LC300 is covered by a five-year, unlimited distance warranty. The LC300 is covered by a five-year, unlimited distance warranty. (image: Dean McCartney). Toyota charges US$375 for each service under its five-year capped-price service programme. That’s for each service, and you need one every 10 000km or six months.
The annual charge for the standard service (plus any extra fluids of parts) is US$750. The three-year bill, at a minimum, will be US$2 250.
Over at Nissan, the Patrol can get by on one service a year, as long as you’ve travelled than 10,000km. Nissan charges US$393 for the first year, US$502 for the second and US$483 for the third. Subsequent years of the six-year capped-price program are US$791, US$425 and US$622. Brake fluid changes are mentioned as extras needed every two years and at US$72 each.
Over three years, you’re looking at US$1 425 (plus whatever rears its ugly head).
The Patrol range has a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. The Patrol range has a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.
Toyota has a five-year, unlimited distance warranty and if you keep servicing at a Toyota dealer, the warranty can be extended to seven years. Toyota does not have a free roadside assistance program although one is available to purchase.
Nissan also has a five-year, unlimited distance warranty but adds free roadside assistance over that time.
Taking the service bill into consideration, the three-year ownership and fuel cost of the Patrol is $11,001.
The LandCruiser is US$8 017.
The difference is US$2 984, making the Patrol that much dearer to run over three years than the LandCruiser.
And back to the all-important purchase price difference. With that US$19 630 “saving” made by choosing the less-expensive Patrol Ti over the LandCruiser 300 GXL, there’s plenty of “free” time.
It means that with the purchase-price saving, it would take 6,5 years before the price difference would be extinguished.
Nothing is what it may at first appear. The Patrol may have been grossly overestimated as an expensive alternative to the LandCruiser, but in fact it’s financially on a much more attractive footing.
You could live with the Patrol for 11 years, copping the fuel thirst and the more frequent visits to the service station, before the price difference would be evaporated.
Now that the fuel monster has been put to bed, it basically comes down to the availability of the vehicle (both the Patrol and 300 have hefty wait times) and which one you prefer. — IOL.