Nissan Navara
(2014 - 2021)

  • Coil sprung suspension provides great driving dynamics
  • Proving to be reliable
  • Well-appointed cabin
  • Strong twin turbo engine
  • Handling can be compromised when fully laden
  • Coil sprung rear end has loading limitations
  • Steering on early models can be vague
  • Tech can be underwhelming depending on spec and year model
Overview

While the 2015 arrival of its third generation brought sweeping and wholesale change to everything Navara, the D23 was, is and will remain defined its choice of rear suspension. While big-name rivals in ute-dom stuck fast to tried and true left-type rear ends, this new replacement for both the larger D40 Nissan and archaic 17-year-old D22, ahem, ‘sprung’ a coil-type five-link rear on a segment bred on load-lugging and off-roading toughness. And boy did it ruffle feathers.

It’s a big deal, particularly cross-shopping used utes of recent vintage. While respectable in payload capacity – between 880kg and 1112kg in original guise – the popular dual-cab variants struggled with washy body control when bearing load limitations as a symptom. The upshot, though, was an inherently plush ride ideal for comfort and family hauling, a clear benefit for those not lugging around a tonne of payload, which is most owners most of the time.

Between 2015 and the beginning of 2021, the NP300 Navara, as it was known locally, got three series updates, two of which – Series 2 and 3 – almost wholly focused on retuning the suspension (and steering) to better balance load-lugging confidence while retaining class-leading ride.

Still, there’s a lot on the rest of the Navara menu. Size wise, D23 split the size difference between its D22 and D40 forebears, all new if carrying over its ladder frame chassis and crash structure. It launched in 14 different dual-cab guises and by the end of 2015 added single and extended ‘king’ body styles as well as cab-chassis options, making for 27 different variations.

The diesels were two Renault-sourced 2.3-litre oilers, a single-turbo version with 120kW/403Nm for lower-grade (DX and RX) versions and a lustier 140kW twin-turbo with 450Nm (auto) or 420Nm (manual) further up the range (ST and ST-X). A new 122kW/238Nm petrol was also offered, if rarely bought by diesel-loving Aussies.

Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission choices, as well as 4×4 and dedicated 4×2 drive, was offered widely throughout the range (surely a flagship ST-X dual-cab in manual rear-drive form will be a second-hand unicorn…). Whichever diesel four you chose, braked towing remained a segment-competitive 3500 kilograms.

While Navara lacks the full 500Nm found in key rivals, it was claimed to be one of the most frugal oilers of the ute set, as little as 6.3L/100km in trimmest form.

In flagship ST-X guise, the got nice stuff such as partial leather trim, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloys, LED exterior lighting, a locking-rear diff and the sort of full-fruit fit-out typical of the tree-topping competitive set. Shopping further down range, the line-up got auto headlights, cruise control, powered windows and six-speaker audio.

Where NP300 didn’t quite measure was in active safety, lacking anything like the sort of active safety assistance offered in Ford Ranger. It does, however, sit seven air-bags and fundamentals such as ABS and stability control. The latest major 2020 facelift rose Navara’s safety game range-wide – it’s the current new line-up that carries the latest five-star ANCAP rating.

The entirety of the gen-three Navara was a broad range for most budgets, with 2019’s Series 4 update bringing new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the revised range topping out with bells-and-whistles ST-X N-Trek Warrior for a cool $66k.

Do we recommend buying one? Read on.

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What goes wrong
  • There are reports that the paint can be on the thin side and can be easily susceptible to scratching.
  • This can potentially lead to corrosion and rust.
  • The rear brake light on the cab side can crack and that tends to leak into the cabin.
  • There are reports that the armrests can become loose and the electric windows can fail or get stuck. However, we wouldn’t regard this as a “common” issue as such.
  • Oil leaks are know to occur from the gearbox output shaft, timing case seals, the hot pipe/turbo pipes, transmission oil leaks, the rear main oil seal (this can be very common).
  • Rear axle seals are known to fail on occasion.
  • Twin turbo models bottom radiator hose can rub through on the drive belt pulley. This can result in a coolant leak and therefore, potential engine failure. This is an active recall from Nissan.
  • However, most scenarios of engine or transmission failure are due to a lack of maintenance or abuse.
  • While Nissan suggest servicing every 20,000kms, we’d suggest every 10,000kms should extend the overall life of the Navara and we’d highly recommend fitting a catch can.
Model range, pricing & features

DX

  • Price when new: $19,490 - $33,300
  • Price used: $18,500 - $41,990

The DX is the entry-level model into the Navara range. It was available only as a single cab chassis and a dual-cab ute with a 2.5-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine, either with a manual or automatic transmission. The DX was discontinued in 2020.

Standard Features:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Front and rear mudguards (dual-cab only)
  • Tie-down hooks inside bed (dual-cab only)
  • Black door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome rear bumper (dual-cab only)
  • Full-size spare wheel
  • 5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2015)
  • 7 airbags: dual front driver and passenger, side impact, full-size curtain and driver’s knee airbag.
  • Electronic stability control
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Auto headlights
  • LED stoplight
  • Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
  • Air Conditioning
  • Electric windows with driver’s auto up/down
  • Electric mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Vinyl floor material
  • Single CD player
  • AM/FM radio
  • AUX Input
  • USB/iPod^ connectivity
  • Four-speaker audio system with USB and AUX inputs (six speakers in dual-cab)
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • 3x 12v power outlets

Series 2 (MY16-18) updates:

  • Revised front and rear shock absorbers,
  • New rear coil springs
  • New rear rebound dampers
  • Floor level fold out cup holders – Discounted

Series 3 (MY18-20) updates:

  • ISOFIX anchor points for rear seats

RX

  • Price when new: $25,990 - $44,500
  • Price used: $15,000 - $51,000

The RX is the next model in the Navara lineup incorporating a variety of additional convenience features on top of the DX model. The RX features a 2.3-litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel and is available in all body styles in the Navara range.

DX plus:

16-inch steel wheels
Chrome door handles and mirrors
Rear door and window privacy glass (king-cab and dual-cab)
Rear power sliding window (king-cab and dual-cab)
Rear window defroster
Remote keyless entry
Electromagnetic lock on fuel lid
Front sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror
Rear seat flip-up function (king-cab and dual-cab)
Rear roof light in centre
Chrome interior door handles
Carpeted floors
Six speaker sound system
Vehicle alarm

Series II updates (2016-18):

  • Vinyl floor

Series 3 (MY18-20) updates:

  • Reversing camera – built into the rear vision mirror
  • ISOFIX anchor points for rear seats

SL

  • Price when new: $32,300 - $49,100
  • Price used: $22,000 - $70,000

Introduced in March 2017 as part of the Series 2 update, the SL was part of a customer-focused update for the trade and commercial segment. It featured a vinyl floor interior (instead of a carpeted interior) and the NissanConnect phone connectivity system. The SL comes standard with a 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine.

Adds:

  • Vinyl floor interior
  • NissanConnect phone connectivity system

Series 3 (MY18-20) updates:

  • Reversing camera
  • Digital speedometer
  • ISOFIX anchor points for rear seats

Series 4 (MY20-21) updates:

  • Acoustic windscreen
  • 8.0-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Series 5 (MY21) updates:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Reversing camera

Silverline

  • Price when new: $39,490 - $42,090
  • Price used: $35,000 - $43,000

The Silverline is a limited edition model based on the SL model with 900 units built, and went on sale in October 2018. The model featured a variety of convenience and styling additions.

SL plus:

  • 16-inch alloys
  • Polished alloy sports bar
  • ‘Silverline’ tailgate badging
  • Mobile phone holder in the cabin

ST

  • Price when new: $38,990 - $54,780
  • Price used: $20,000 - $61,000

The ST is the next model above the RX (then after the Series 2 update, the SL). The ST adds on additional premium and cosmetic features such as a reverse view camera, LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels, side steps and more.The ST comes standard with a 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine.

Adds:

16-inch alloy wheels
Alloy sports bar
Wide-body over fenders
Differential lock (4WD)
Reverse-view camera
LED daytime running lights
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Auto-levelling LED headlights
Electric folding and heated door mirrors
Front fog lights with chrome finisher
Premium steering wheel with silver finisher
Premium gear shift and handbrake levers
Advanced Drive-Assist display
Compass in rear-view mirror
Gloss black centre cluster finish
5.0-inch infotainment system/display audio
NissanConnect smartphone connectivity
Side steps

Series 2 (MY16-18) updates:
Satellite navigation

Series 3 (MY18-20) updates:
Reversing camera
Digital speedometer
ISOFIX anchor points for rear seats

Series 4 (MY20-21) updates:
Black styling package on sports bar, fog light surrounds and mirror caps
18-inch alloy wheels (Dual Cab)
Acoustic windscreen

Series 5 (MY21) updates:
Forward collision warning
Autonomous emergency braking
Driver attention monitoring
Reversing camera
Surround-view camera
Rear parking sensors
Lane departure warning
Lane-keeping assist
Blind-spot monitoring and assist
Rear cross-traffic alert

N-TEC

  • Price when new: $48,990 - $51,490
  • Price used: $32,000 - $38,000

The N-TEC was a limited edition model introduced as part of the MY16 model updates and was based on the ST model. It featured unique badging as well as 18-inch allow wheels and a black styling package.

Adds:

Only available as a 4×4 dual cab.
18-inch alloy wheels
Black sports bar with integrated high mounted stop light
Black nudge bar
Exclusive N-TEC rear badge
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Satellite Navigation with 3D Mapping

ST Black Edition

  • Price when new: $48,690 - $51,190
  • Price used: $42,000 - $53,000

The ST Black Edition went on sale in October 2018, and was a special edition model that features black exterior styling elements, 18-inch black alloy wheels, LED light bar, tub liner and soft tonneau cover. Only 900 units were produced.

Adds:

18-inch black alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres
Black sports bar
Black nudge bar
Black wheel arch flares
Black front grille,
Black mirrors caps,
Black fog-light surrounds
Black body decals
LED light bar
Smoked bonnet protector
Mobile phone holder in the cabin
Protective tub liner
Soft tonneau cover

ST N-Sport

  • Price when new: $47,990 - $50,490
  • Price used: $32,000 - $51,500

The ST N-Sport was a limited edition model that offered more gear and a unique black and gunmetal styling cues, such as unique 18-inch alloy wheels, black sports bar and gun metallic side steps and a rear bumper.

Adds:

Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
Sports front skirt
Smokey chrome fog lamp finishers
Black sports bar
Gun metallic side steps
Gun metallic rear bumper
7-inch touch screen with satellite navigation
Black-grey high contrast leather-accented seat trim.

ST-X

  • Price when new: $44,990 - $58,270
  • Price used: $27,000 - $71,300

The ST-X is the next model above the ST, originally the top of the range until the arrival of the N-TREK and PRO-4X. The ST-X features a range of luxury and comfort orientated features in addition to the ST model.

Adds:

18-inch alloy wheels
Full-size alloy spare wheel
Door mirror LED side turning signals
Silver roof rails
Two channel Utili-Track system
Tub liner
Active brake limited slip (4×4)
Hill descent control (4×4)
Hill start assist (4×4)
Rear parking sensors
Proximity sensing key
Push-button start
Leather-accented seats
Electric driver seat with lumbar support
Heated front seats
Front seatback storage pockets
Footwell lamp
Two-piece rear personal lamps
Premium door trim
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Digital display with HVAC control
7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Satellite navigation
SD card slot for map updates
Bluetooth audio streaming
Tilt and slide electric sunroof
Carpet mats

Series 2 (MY16-18) updates:

Tilt and slide electric sunroof becomes optional

Series 3 (MY18-20) updates:

Surround-view camera
Reversing camera
Digital speedometer
ISOFIX anchor points for rear seats

ST-X N-Sport Black Edition

  • Price when new: $54,490 - $56,990
  • Price used: $38,000 - $58,000

The ST-X N-SPORT Black Edition was a limited edition model limited to 500 units and was based on the ST-X, but with the inclusion of “black” orientated styling features, nudge bar, sports bar and a LED light bar.

Adds:

18-inch black alloy wheels
Black sports bar,
Black nudge bar
LED light bar
Black wheel arch flares
Black gloss honeycomb grille
Smoked chrome fog-light finishers
Black soft tonneau cover
N-Sport badging
‘Black Edition’ decals

N-TREK

  • Price when new: $56,450 - $56,600
  • Price used: $48,000 - $62,000

The N-TREK is based on the ST-X model. It features 18-inch alloy wheels, a black styling pack and flared wheel arches and black styling cues. The styling cues were aimed to provide a more “rugged” looking option in the Navara range. Note: the N-TREK does not feature an electric sunroof as standard.

Adds:

18-inch black alloy wheels
Flared wheel arches,
Black and orange front fascia
Black side steps
Black Rear bumper
Black Door handles
Black Roof rails
Black Fog lamp surrounds
Leather seats with orange stitching
Note – the N-TREK lacks an electric sunroof.

N-TREK Warrior

  • Price when new: $62,990 - $66,290
  • Price used: $60,000 - $69,000

Aimed at the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, Ford Ranger Raptor and HSV SportsCat, the N-TREK Warrior is a Navara N-TREK developed from the ground up in Australia with a range of off-road-ready components. In addition to the 17-inch all terrain tyres, the N-TREK Warrior had a variety of mechanical components modified by Premcar in Melbourne, Australia.

N-TREK plus:

17-inch alloy wheels with all terrain tyres
Full-sized spare wheel
Two stage springs
Premcar suspension enhancement and lift kit.
High ground clearance (268mm)
3mm stainless steel plate
Steel bull bar housing: LED light bar, fog lights and bronze styling elements
8.0-inch infotainment system.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

PRO-4X

  • Price when new: $58,130 - $60,630
  • Price used: $65,000 - $71,000

The PRO-4X is a “rugged” looking ST-X, and replace the N-TREK model for the Series 5 (MY21) update.

Adds:

17-inch alloy wheels with all terrain tyres
Black stainless steel sports bar with sail panel
Black fender flares, roof rails
Black alloy wheels
Black painted door mirrors, side steps, grille and door handles
Leather-accented Pro-4X seats

PRO-4X Warrior

  • Price when new: $67,490 - $69,990
  • Price used: $74,000 - $80,000

With the introduction of the Series 5 (MY21) Navara, the PRO-4X Warrior was introduced as the successor to the popular N-TREK Warrior. It again is designed from the ground up using the PRO-4X, with a variety of off-road ready components and mechanical changes made to the car by Premcar in Melbourne, Australia.

Adds:

PRO-4X plus:
275/70 R17 Cooper Discoverer AT3 tyres
Full-size alloy spare wheel and tyre
Reduced primary and increased secondary (rear coil) spring rates,
Under-body protection incorporating a red bash plate and 3mm under-body plating
100kg GVM upgrade to 3250kg
Winch-compatible Nissan Genuine bullbar
Front light bar
Payload increase to 961kg
Increased ground clearance to 260mm
Wider track: 1570mm to 1600mm
Improved approach angle: 32 degrees to 36 degrees
New spring rates for more front-end support and less body roll
Revised front and rear damping
Larger and taller jounce bumper
Warrior-specific fender flares
Warrior decals
Warrior embroidered headrest

Should you buy it?

Buying a Navara depends what you want to do with it.

If you plan on towing very heavy loads on a regular basis or plan to throw hundreds of kilograms of weight in the tray daily or even weekly, or if you’re after an uncompromising off-roading beast, then no, you should not buy a Navara.

There are other 4×4 dual cab Utes that do those things more convincingly than the Navara.

However, if you are after a vehicle more along the lines of a lifestyle ute or pickup that will tackle the vast majority of terrain that most normal humans would attempt to explore, and this vehicle still needs to drive on road with composure and manners, and it needs to at least be able to tow and load a respectable amount of weight, and it has to be reliable and comfortable, then yes, you should buy a Navara and our pick is an STX
Overall, the Navara after a few years and thousands of kilometres, while it isn’t brilliant at any one thing, it’s just very good, at pretty much everything.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

3 years/100,000km
5 years/unlimited (from 1st April 2019)

Servicing:

12 months/20,000km

Tech specs

Engine:

2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel – RX
2.3-litre twin-turbo 4-cylinder diesel – SL, Silverline, ST, ST Black Edition, ST N-Sport, N-TEC, ST-X, ST-X Black Edition, N-TREK, N-TREK Warrior, PRO-4X, PRO-4X Warrior
2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol – DX

Power:

120kW (2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel)
140kW (2.3-litre twin-turbo 4-cylinder diesel)
122kW (2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol)

Torque:

403Nm (2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel)
450Nm (2.3-litre twin-turbo 4-cylinder diesel)
238Nm (2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol)

Transmission:

6-speed manual, 4×2 – DX, RX, ST, ST-X
7-speed automatic, 4×2 – DX, RX, ST, ST-X
6-speed manual, 4×4 – RX, SL, Silverline, ST, ST Black Edition, ST N-Sport, N-TEC, ST-X, ST-X Black Edition, N-TREK, N-TREK Warrior, PRO-4X, PRO-4X Warrior
7-speed automatic, 4×4 – RX (dual cab only), SL, Silverline, ST, ST Black Edition, ST N-Sport, N-TEC, ST-X, ST-X Black Edition, N-TREK, N-TREK Warrior, PRO-4X, PRO-4X Warrior

Fuel consumption:

6.4 – 7.1L/100km – 2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel
6.3 – 8.1L/100km – 2.3-litre twin-turbo 4-cylinder diesel
9.7 – 9.9L/100km – 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol

Body style:
2-door single cab chassis – DX, RX, SL
4-door space cab chassis (marketed as “King Cab”) – RX, SL
4-door space cab ute (marketed as “King Cab”) – RX, SL, ST, ST-X
4-door cab chassis – RX, SL
4-door dual cab ute – DX, RX, SL, Silverline ST, ST Black Edition, ST N-SPORT, N-Tec, ST-X, ST-X N-SPORT Black Edition, N-TREK, N-TREK Warrior, PRO-4X, PRO-4X Warrior

Height:

1735 – 1775mm – 2-door single cab chassis
1750 – 1810mm – 4-door space cab chassis
1785 – 1815mm – 4-door space cab ute
4-door cab chassis
1760 – 1895mm – 4-door dual cab ute

Length:

5120mm – 2-door single cab chassis
5120 – 5260mm – 4-door space cab chassis
5255 – 5311mm – 4-door space cab ute
5255 – 5260mm – 4-door cab chassis
5255 – 5350mm – 4-door dual cab ute

Width:

1790 – 1850mm – 2-door single cab chassis, 4-door space cab chassis, 4-door space cab ute, 4-door cab chassis
1790 – 1895mm – 4-door dual cab ute

Kerb weight:
1604 – 1735kg – 2-door single cab chassis
1649 – 1814kg – 4-door space cab chassis
1830 – 2039kg – 4-door space cab ute
1759 – 1900kg – 4-door cab chassis
1649 – 2298kg – 4-door dual cab ute

Disclaimer

Information correct as of November 12, 2021.

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