Nissan Navara 2018 Review: Strong, Smart and Persistent

Aug 18, 2020

Let's take a look at our 2018 Nissan Navara review on for a better understanding of the newest name of the range – the special Sport Edition

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1. Nissan Navara 2018 Philippines: Introduction

The 2018 Nissan Navara made its global debut in 2014 before it finally reached the Philippines at the beginning of 2015. A year later, the Japanese automaker launched a new version to its line of products called the Navara Sport Edition. In 2020, the latest Navara has been around for almost 6 years, and we know some people are eagerly awaiting the announcement from Nissan about a brand new Navara.

2018 Nissan Navara

Nissan Navara 2018 

While waiting for the next-generation Navara, let's take a look at our 2018 Nissan Navara review on for a better understanding of the newest name of the range – the special Sport Edition. This review will concentrate on the top-level Nissan Navara Sport Edition 4x4 VL 7AT.

2. Why should people buy the Nissan Navara 2018?

Overall, 2018 Navara brings users great off-road performance. Once it comes to quick off-roading, the Navara tends to perform very well to sustain speed as well as to increase the confidence of the driver behind the wheel. As for slower off-road travel, Nissan 's iconic pick-up is also reported to easily overcome most of the road barriers.

In addition, this model has some useful SUV-like features such as:

  • Cup holders with six counted for the front; 

  • The inclusion of trays above and below the dashboard; 

  • "Zero Gravity" front seats; 

  • Multiple ports of control.

2018 Nissan Navara

Nissan Navara 2018 also comes with a range of advanced safety features that make it compete with other choices in its segment. Keep reading our review!

3. Nissan Navara 2018 Price & Variants available in the Philippines

Buyers can choose from any of these variants, that the diesel engine can be fitted to either a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed automatic transmission. All models come with Four-Wheel Drive 4WD as standard.



2.5 4x4 VL 7AT Sport


2.5 4x4 VL 7AT


2.5 4x4 VL 6MT


2.5 4x2 EL 7AT Calibre Sport


2.5 4x4 EL 6MT


2.5 4x2 EL 6MT Calibre Sport


2.5 4x2 EL 7AT Calibre


2.5 4x2 EL 6MT Calibre


2.5 4x2 6MT Calibre


2.5 4x2 6MT


2018 Nissan Navara

All 2018 models come with Four-Wheel Drive as standard

4. What’s missing from the features?

Nissan Navara 2018 is an excellent pickup, but other comfort features like cabin materials could be improved to make the interior more elegant (especially seats are not all covered in leather). Besides, autonomous emergency braking AEB not standard across the range.

2018 Nissan Navara

5. Nissan Navara 2018 Philippines: Highlights


In terms of overall dimensions, the 2018 Navara has the length x width x height of 5255 x 1850 x 1840 (mm) for all variants. The ground clearance is equivalent to 238-245 (mm), depending on each variant.


5,255 mm


1,850 mm


1,840 mm


3,150 mm

Ground clearance

238 - 245 mm

2018 Nissan Navara Exterior

2018 Navara has a big, tough appearance


There are 4 colors available to consider: Galaxy Black, Aspen Pearl White, Lunar Metallic Gray (New color), Fiery Red (New color).

By giving the crossover the "Sport" label, the Japanese car brand indicates that there will be a number of exterior refinements. Navara Sport obviously has a sporty look with a brand-new grille, a massive set of 18-inch wheels and a new front cover. Besides, the newly added bed liner further sharpens the rugged look of the iconic pickup.

2018 Nissan Navara Exterior

Just as its name implies, Navara Sport obviously has a sporty look

2018 Nissan Navara Black Edition

Black Edition especially desirable in the Philippines




Auto On/off headlights


Fog lights


Daytime running lights


Alloy Wheel

Sport Edition 18" 

V-Motion Character Design



There is no shift in mechanics. However, with the already-good success of the Navara, we consider it totally fine. Below the engine bay, there is a 2.5L turbo-diesel engine capable of producing 190 hp at 3.600 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. Power is still accessible with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Nissan Navara Engine

Below the car hood is a 2.5L turbo diesel engine

It's worth mentioning that this Sport Edition comes with a multi-link rear suspension with a coil spring instead of a leaf spring suspension like its contemporaries, which increases the safety and comfort of the pick-up truck.

In terms of Nissan Navara 2018 fuel consumption, it delivers an average of 8-9km / L in Manila combined road, while driving on the highway will increase fuel efficiency to 11-12km / L. These statistics can be further enhanced with more attentive drivers.

2018 Nissan Navara


Nissan Navara Sport Edition 4x4 VL 7AT


2,488 cc

Maximum power

190 ps

Maximum torque

450 Nm


7-Speed Automatic

Drive train

Four-Wheel Drive - 4WD

Engine type

YD25DDTi In-line 4-cylinder DOHC 16 valves VGS Turbo Intercooler

Safety Features

There is a range of safety equipment on the top-specs 2018 Nissan Navara Sport Edition 4x4 VL 7AT, which includes 7 airbags for driver and passengers that earn the 2015 ANCAP five-star ranking, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Start Assist, Traction Control and more.

However, this 2018 model does not have some of the new innovative safety technologies – such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning or lane-keep assist – that some of its rivals are now using.


Nissan Navara 2018

Navara 2018 omits some new innovative safety technologies

  • SRS Airbag: Driver/Passenger

  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist

  • Limited Slip Differential

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control 

  • Hill Start Assist

  • Traction Control System

  • Alarm with Engine Immobilizer Anti-Theft System

  • Rear View Camera Parking Assist and Driving Assistance

  • Keyless System and Remote 

Comfort Features

Moving on to the interior, there's not much difference between the Sport Edition and the others, except for a few refinements, including shifting knob, center console box lid and leather-covered steering wheel.

The driver's seat feels comfortable thanks to the high quality fabric, which is said to be very sturdy and breathable. Anyway, the leather seats will definitely make the car feel more luxurious.

Besides, we really appreciate the rear-view camera, which helps a lot when it comes to parking, particularly large-scale vehicles like the 2018 Nissan Navara.

  • Steering Wheel Audio

  • Cruise Control

  • Illumination Control

  • Keyless System and Remote

  • Rear Parking Assist

  • Front (4 pcs) and Rear (2 pcs) Cup Holder

2018 Nissan Navara Interior

2018 Nissan Navara Interior

The interior design of the Sport Edition is almost identical to that of its non-Sport variants.

6. Final recommendations: Strong, Tough and Safe

In the Philippines, the Navara is a direct competitor to the Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max. All things considered, this vehicle is a good purchase in its class, even with a basic variant. Or if you still have questions or want to know about other vehicles, visit to see more!