The new model 2020 Nissan Terra comes up with a slight refresh. The Nissan Terra that still had hype surrounding on it had a great tech features for its time such as the Around View Monitor and staggered other competing nameplates even as a newcomer that meant. We had to take a closer look at a 2020 model to see whether the improvements were done it still makes other pickup platform.
The Nissan Terra remains one of our favorite looking midsize SUV’s. It looks quite good at almost every angle and all of the lines are very intentional. There are no curves and swoops that smooth out and form waves of pleasantries.
Nissan knew it had a good thing going on with the Terra and decided to add some well deserved updates and standardizations. The front now features a black and chrome V motion grille along with a spoiler that is standard for VE models and up. The additions made to this model make it an even better looking SUV.
The 18 inch wheels are still the same, the front bumper, the headlight and fog lamps are still there, as are the fish hook DRL, park lights, taillights and side mirror turn signal lights, which are so wonderful.
The Nissan Terra is certainly a good looking charmer on the outside and a bit basic on the inside. There are lines found around but none of them ignite excitement.
There are good points about it such as the brown leather upholstery that adds some much needed character, as well as the generous amounts of air vents and even an LCD screen. We are not too fond of the piano black plastics but we do appreciate the fact that it is not found everywhere. We are a bit irked at the short and stubby center armrest. We wish that it is extended even just a bit and passenger space is also excellent except for the third row which is good for children.
The cargo space at the back is very similar to others. The third row folds flat and a false floor can be removed if you need that extra storage height. The second row is also foldable and can be tumbled with a pair of one touch switches in the front to aid ingress and egress for the third row passengers. It is handy for avoiding shouting matches about where the fold and tumble levers are.
There is a spectrum when it comes to ride comfort in cars. Save for premium SUVs, most ladder frame vehicles will perform slightly worse than your run of the mill crossover. The Nissan Terra is not most ladder frame vehicles but it is not a crossover. It sits in the middle of an SUV and a crossover in terms of ride comfort.
It is a cut above other ladder frame midsize SUVs, and a well behaved performer on the potholes of the City. Going over humps at an angle is forgiving. It really appreciate the multi link suspension and it is really class leading but the bar was not too high to clear anyway. The only other vehicle that surpasses a crossover with a ladder frame chassis in the Nissan lineup is the Patrol and that is in a league of its own.
We were able to experience the old infotainment system of the Terra, and it was a marked improvement over other PPVs. Now, with the new Nissan Connect system not only does it look more integrated into the dash but it is also home to one of the model’s crowning features, the around view monitor. There is no denying that in tight spots this feature is god send but its camera quality could do with a bit of improvement.
The infotainment system was fair and the sound system was quite acceptable and enjoyable to use. The touch screen was responsive and easy to operate and the Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity worked seamlessly. The addition of an HDMI port along with a flip down LCD screen sweetens the deal.
The Nissan Terra airbags got you covered. You get 6 airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle dynamic control, parking sensors and the 360 degree camera system along with blind spot warning lights, lane keep and lane departure warning.
The Driving and Handling
The Nissan Terra is familiar if you are used to sitting tall in SUVs, but a bit alien if you are accustomed to sedans and crossovers. Make sure you are seated properly because the steering wheel is quite heavy. Handling is quite alright with a bit of body roll as expected. Handling in the city is a bit tedious thanks to the steering, but the around view monitor allows for tight and calculated turns and parking maneuvers. At higher speeds, without any throttle input, the vehicle tends to understeer, but that is expected given its class. Through the corner it holds quite well.
Under the hood, it is powered by 2.5 liter turbo diesel engine. It is a rather old powerplant that is also found in the Navara and it shows. The turbo takes a little longer than usual to reach peak torque, but once it gets up there in the rev range, it is a very capable performer with 187 horsepower and 450Nm of torque. The transmission is not lethargic either, with relatively quick and smooth gear changes. There are no paddles, but the lever selector is adequate and has good tactility.
The Fuel Economy
The Nisan Terra gets respectable figures in the city and is rated at about 7 kilometer per liter, in bumper to bumper traffic. In the high way on 60 kilometer per hour yields about 10 kilometer per liter. In the speedway the Terra averages about 16 kilometer per liter cruising at 90 kilometer per hour.
We are still fond of the Terra and it does have its own charm which ends once you open a door. It is another love affair once you are in the driver’s seat. Nissan did something right with the Terra.