Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Which is Cheaper to Own: Nissan Patrol Royale or Toyota Land Cruiser Premium?


The Nissan Mobility Tour is all about giving the chance to would-be buyers to experience first-hand what Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) is all about. Through a series of obstacles, features such as Around View Monitor and Intelligent 4x4 are put to the test.

Often overlooked though is that through these series of events, Nissan also wants to educate Filipino car buyers on the advantages of owning one of their vehicles. And so, we decide to put their math to the test and see if owning a Nissan is indeed a value-for-money aspect. For this particular example, we’ve decided to go straight into the deep end and pit the Nissan Patrol Royale versus the Toyota Land Cruiser LC200 Premium.


Spec-to-spec, not much separates these two politicians’ choice. On one hand, the Land Cruiser has the upper hand in terms of torque (a tree-pulling 615 Nm) while the Patrol Royale easily has 40 percent more horsepower (400). Both of these “katas ng pork barrel” also offer standard seating for 8, above 90 liters of fuel tank capacity, and vented disc brakes on all four corners—in case protesters decide to jump in front of your speeding convoy.

Dimensionally though, the Patrol Royale does have the advantage in packaging. It’s slightly shorter, but wider and taller than the Land Cruiser. It also has a bigger wheelbase and higher ground clearance (272 mm versus 225 mm) making peons look even smaller from the window.

Getting into the mechanicals, both the Nissan and Toyota offer hydraulically adjustable stabilizers (Nissan calls it Hydraulic Body Motion Control while Toyota calls it Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), although the Patrol Royale does have the advantage of having independent suspension all-around to the Land Cruiser’s rear 4-link with coil springs.

Nissan’s advantage also extends to the creature comfort features. With the exception of ventilated power adjustable front seats and an additional rear aircon zone, it has the advantage over the Toyota from the generous infotainment system with 13-speaker Bose sound system to even front and rear proximity sensors with a 360-degree camera (the Land Cruiser, shockingly, has no camera whatsoever).

Now, here’s the most surprising part: despite the increased thirst of its 5.6-liter V8 engine gasoline engine, the Patrol Royale actually ends up with a lower ownership cost up to 100,000 kilometers.


Going through Nissan and Toyota’s Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) menu, the Toyota Land Cruiser does have lower servicing cost. Factor in better fuel mileage and lower fuel cost, its running cost 52.8 percent lower than the Patrol Royale.

So where does the Patrol Royale gain ground? Simple: lower purchase price. Thanks to the effects of TRAIN, the Patrol Royale has a close to P 1 million (P 900,100) price advantage over the Land Cruiser, and this goes a long way in helping the Nissan recoup its more expensive fuel and servicing cost. In fact, over a period of 100,000 kilometers, it’s ownership cost per kilometer is P 51.63 compared to Toyota’s P 53.16.

Find out more about Nissan’s aftersales program at the final leg of the Nissan Mobility Tour. It’s happening on March 23-25, 2018 at SM City Davao.

27 comments:

  1. Nissan patrol is a gas guzzler unlike the Toyota Landcruiser it consumes less and it is a diesel engine...

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    1. It does. But you should read the cost breakdown too.

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    2. The article said that already. It's the price difference of the vehicle of 900k+ that makes the Nissan cheaper in running cost up to 100k km per author's calculation.

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    3. Also the Landcruiser has a higher resale value and really durable and still 20 year old landcruisers still moves in our streets today..

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  2. LC has twin turbo diesel. Much more to maintain than Patrol's gas.

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  3. Royale is naturally aspirated engine less maintenace compare to LC 200..Fuel Miser Pocket Deeper

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  4. Sell them after 100t km or 5 years then you ll know the difference...

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  5. I love how you insert the politician, "katas ng pork barrel" jokes. :D

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  6. Nissan Patrol will depreciate much much steeper than the LC. The resale value of LC's here in the Philippines is crazy. If you factor that it in, the LC will redeem the Patrol's initial purchase price advantage

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  7. Patrol royale makes you happy while you own it. Lc200 makes you happy when you are about to sell it. Modern crdi engines are really fuel efficient but when the turbo needs to be replaced, be prepared.

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  8. I asked around a Nissan dealership on the maintenance intervals of their cars. One literature, for the Almera, highlighted ownership cost advantage by only needing to do PMS twice a year.

    When I asked the staff about it, they said it needed a visit three times a year.

    What's the score?

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    1. They are likely trying to up sell you with a service you don’t need. Just follow whatever is indicated in your owner’s manual or warranty booklet.

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  9. I think those people who can afford these cars won't be bothered to compute their fuel and cost expenses.

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  10. Yup resale is inevitable for most of us. Maybe patrol's resale will be 1m less than toyotas after 100k kms.

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  11. I'd rather buy a BMW X3 at that price.

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  12. Greetings Sir Uly. The case of owning Nissan's top dog would be stronger even vs the Toyota's had an apples to apples (petrol to petrol) comparison or cost benefit analysis had been carried out. Why not pit the P8.238M Lexus LX570 against the P3.749M Royale? Stating the obvious, the former literally costs twice as much as the latter and then some! With that said, the Patrol suddenly looks like a steal and a runaway value proposition champion over the rebadged and glamorized LC200 doesn't it? Case closed imho.

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    1. It's a good thing your case is closed. The Land Cruiser-based Lexus LX570 goes up against the Nissan Patrol-based Infiniti QX80

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  13. What is it with Toyota's allergy with cameras? A 4 million car with no backing cam. This behemoth could make use of it. It's so weird. The Fortuner itself feels so prehistoric when compared to Mitsu's Montero. The third row seats hanged. No keyless operation. No cam. One might just want to buy an MPV instead of the Fort with a 1.6 - 1.8 million price tag. I mean if you own one, I can imagine it to be so boring and inadequate compared to a friend who has bought a Mitsu you'd probably feel stupid for buying the Fort.

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    1. i think ang prehistoric is easy to maintain, good looking kc fortuner kaya cguro ang dami bumili

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    2. Easy to maintain? No way a crdi and turbo is easy to maintain. Maybe you're talking of Crosswind yun ang tunay na jurassic easy to maintain ang kapalit lng you'll look jurassic also

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  14. My family has LC80 series and it's really durable. Too bad my dad's driver f*cked up, he left the sunroof open overnight then it rained. It was fixed in the end albeit a expensive one. Good thing there's abundance of Toyota parts everywhere thus the option if the owner wants to maintain casa service or not.

    The main selling point here are: how long do you intend to keep it?
    5 yrs or less? Patrol Royale
    6 yrs or more? Definitely Land Cruiser

    Financial standpoint is the least of concerns of buyers in this class.

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  15. The Dubai LC200 has most, if not all, of the lacking features found in the Patrol. 360 degree cameras, check. Rear entertainment system, check. Premium large touchscreen infotainment system with huge JBL subwoofer, check. 20/21 inch alloys, check. Extended range fuel tank, check... Toyota PH should really spec their cars better. People who have the money to buy this car most likely wouldn't mind paying the extra.

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  16. Specs of the local lc200 is crap. Royale pampers you like the lx570 minus the full air suspension with height adjustment. The 3rd row seats of the lc and lx will let you feel that you're really a servant of the 2nd row occupants.

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  17. SA MAY PERA DI FACTOR ANG PRESYO OR SPECS NG BAWAT ISA....ANG KELANGAN NILA IS COMFORT WHILE IN TRANSIT....AANHIN MO UNG MURA NGA MAPAPAMURA KANAMAN AT DI KA COMPORTABLE DBA

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  18. Hi there! I think in terms of practicality, in choosing between these two beasts (LC 200 vs. Patrol Royale), patrol has a slight advantage if you want an affordable and worth-it design. I think the LC is over-rated in some aspects, that's why toyota lowered the price to almost more than 5m to 4.5m+. I think when patrol will be recognized in the near future, it can catch-up against the lc. The patrol has a lot of potential against the lc. 4.5 vs. 5.6, and a higher horsepower. Go Nissan!!!!

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