Which of these road warriors is better?
It is not new to anyone that the Nissan NP300 popularly known as “Estaquitas” is the absolute queen of midsize pickups in Mexico , a work vehicle that has remained for the past 30 years in the best sellers in our market. CIVAC a product manufactured in the first plant built outside of Japan and Nissan which have been marketed in Mexico more than 1 million units.
The Nissan NP300 currently marketed is the sixth generation in our market and twelfth globally. Such is its relevance in our market, that if we add the sales of all configurations, in 2015 62.164 units were sold, this gives us a ratio of 6 to 1 compared to Hilux and Ranger , who are their closest pursuers.
Under the hood we have a four-cylinder 2.5-liter with 158 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque that is linked to a 6-speed manual transmission, traction is sent to the rear axle.
Before going into details is necessary to emphasize that the Ford Ranger that sales volume would have participated newly renovated ( and we went to manage in Argentina ) and therefore was not available when making this comparison.
The Toyota Hilux , whose eighth generation was introduced last year and stands as one of the symbols in which the reputation of reliability and durability of the brand is based debuted worldwide in 1968, it uses a four – cylinder engine with 2.7 liter (the largest of the three) displacement that delivers 166 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque that is associated with a 5 – speed manual transmission. Importantly , the Toyota Hilux is located virtually tied with Ranger in second place in sales in the segment, although far from the Nissan.
Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi L200 which is a very important brand in Mexico product, as 1 in 3 models sold are of this pick up has the great advantage to offer a 2.5 – liter four – cylinder diesel but. This provides a very conservative power of 134 horses but where is peeled away from the other two is in torque delivery as 232 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a robust manual five relationships that can send driving all four wheels instead of only to the rear, also found a gearbox for even better performance out of the way.
What is the most comfortable?
Due to the geometry of rear suspension springs semirigid shaft and incorporating NP300 Nissan Frontier, pathway is comfortable, at least from our perception. Since both Hilux as L200 resort to traditional system with semi – elliptic springs axle, better known as crossbows.
However we decided to do a little test to corroborate this theory.
Each pick up a bucket full of water that look at Punt ran at a speed of 30 km / h, a small dirt road and grass just over 800 meters, with some imperfections. Which it sheds less water when the test is better absorbed road irregularities and therefore is the most comfortable.
Overall the results were as expected, no surprises here.
Which had shown a much more work – oriented suspension tuning and therefore more rigid by, ie the Toyota Hilux, it was the most bumpy, so was the one that threw water and much more.
Second was the L200, which we expected, but the surprise here was that it the result was very close to the first.
We then first, and according to our perceptions of the most comfortable handling is the pick up of Nissan, was shown to have opted for a spring suspension on the rear axle brings real benefits for passengers in terms of comfort .
What burden? Forage bales
The load capacity of each pick up in kilos is 1,096 kilos for NP300 Nissan Frontier, 1,040 kilos for Mitsubishi L200 and 820 kilos in the case of the Toyota Hilux .
However, it is also important to know the capacity in terms of volume and it is true that when 3 of the same segment, the values are quite similar.
To check that counts more cargo volume, we conducted a test with seven bales of hay, each has a weight of 20 kilos, no challenge for pick ups in that sense, but when accommodate if they presented some differences.
The Toyota Hilux, due to the bumps of the fender has a narrower punting and place the bales was a little more complicated. Meanwhile, both L200 and Frontier NP300 was extremely easy to accommodate.
Here then we have the Nissan NP300 is the winner, not only outperforms its rivals in kilos of cargo capacity, but in volumetric space is as big as the L200.
What drags more?
Surprisingly, it is virtually impossible to obtain the ability to drag these pick ups, is a value that for some reason do not advertise the brands. Even none of them is factory with equipment for these purposes. However, we could not pass up the opportunity to put them to compete against each other to determine which provides greater towing capacity. And what better way to prove that to do a try to drag the other.
The theory is that the 232 lb-ft of torque give the advantage to the Mitsubishi L200, therefore, the first assault so staged that on paper are the weakest, ie Hilux vs NP300 Frontier. With 180 lb torque, the Hilux seemed to have advantage over Nissan, a fact that was confirmed in practice , since the Toyota dominated smoothly.
He was between the loser of the first, ie the NP300 Frontier, against which theoretically should win this test, ie the L200. It is important to note that not activate Low mode 4×4 traction as it would have been too much advantage for Mitsubishi, still and then ejecting a cloud of black smoke good, the L200 easily surpassed the Nissan .
Although the diesel engine of the L200 seemed to have the advantage, the Hilux to be naturally aspirated pushing with full force from the beginning, while the Mitsubishi those tenths that were lost due to turbo lag cost him dearlyand exponent Toyota won a surprise victory.
It is true that in this test there are many factors that can influence the outcome, the reactions of the driver, type of tires, etc. However, we can not fail to recognize that the Hilux submitted its rivals.
Although the three Pick Ups have shown that extraordinary products are capable of withstanding the harsh treatment of hard work, in any comparative must be a winner.
The Toyota Hilux, is that although it is true was shown as the more capable when it came drag-and conveys a sense of solidity and durability even higher than the Mitsubishi.
There are some aspects that left in this position; principle of accounts is the least capacity delivery, 276 kilos less compared to the NP300 Frontier and still offers a suspension tuning much stiffer than its rivals , which makes it downright uncomfortable and bumpy on rough roads state. Furthermore , and although the quality of assembly is higher than the L200 and filtered less noise inside, the material is not your strong suit, as we found an interior of ríspidas surfaces, while on the subject of equipment falls short if compared with Nissan.
Mitsubishi L200, albeit perceived very strong, durable and able to withstand even the worst of the abuse, so is the quality of interior materials is lower than that of its rivals and filtered too much vibration produced by mechanical diesel, as the noise generated by wind and bearing.
However offers a load capacity delivery just less than 56 kilos Frontier NP300 and the fact of having mechanical diesel and 4×4 gives a utility that can not offer the other two , but of course at higher cost.
The winner then and demonstrating why it is the best selling is the Nissan NP300 Frontier, we must recognize that most Mexican Japanese firm has developed an almost perfect product, is the most load capacity provides and delivers a ride quality years refined light rivals.
But not only is as quiet or comfortable infinitely that is, the NP300 offers much more equipment such as steering wheel controls, color display in instrument cluster, bluetooth interface, bed liner integrated series and a manual six speeds which results in better utilization of power, less noise and at least in theory lower consumption.
The Nissan Frontier NP300 victorious because it offers more value and unsurpassed ability to balance work, refinement and comfort.