Spec-sheet brawl: Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs. Nissan Terra

Is it a close fight?
by Drei Laurel | Oct 6, 2018
ILLUSTRATION: Raynand Olarte

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport is easily one of the most prominent vehicles in the Philippines. Together with the Toyota Fortuner, it ushered in the age of midsize SUVs in the late 2000s. Mitsubishi then built on the nameplate's success even further with the release of the second-gen iteration in 2016.

Since then, new players have arrived to take a piece of the segment pie. The latest contender? The Nissan Terra. But does this newcomer have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Mitsubishi's offering?

The best point of comparison would be the two SUVs' 2WD variants. Their prices are the most similar, with the Nissan carrying a tag of P1,697,000 compared with the Mitsubishi's P1,719,000—a relatively miniscule P22,000 difference.

The Terra's up on power, with its YD25 DDTi DOHC VGS producing 12hp and 20Nm more than the Montero Sport's mill. It also boasts 7mm higher ground clearance and more airbags. One advantage of the Mitsubishi, though, is that it's equipped with an eight-speed transmission versus the Nissan's seven-speed.

So, which midsize SUV are you going with? Will you choose the tried-and-tested Montero Sport? Or the fresher Nissan Terra? Check out their specs below and decide for yourself:

MITSUBISHI MONTERO SPORT
GLS 2WD 2.4 AT
NISSAN TERRA
2.5 VE 4X2 AT
Price (Philippine Peso) 1,719,000 1,697,000
Drive RWD RWD
Seating capacity 7 7
Engine DOHC 2.4L Clean Diesel engine with VGT and MIVEC system (4N15) YD25 DDTi DOHC VGS with intercooler
Power 178hp @ 3,500rpm 190hp @ 3,600rpm
Torque 430Nm @ 2,500rpm 450Nm @ 2,000rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic with sports mode 7-speed automatic with manual mode
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum-in disc Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension Double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer bar Independent double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension 3-link with coil spring and stabilizer bar
5-link coil spring with stabilizer bar
Wheels 18-inch alloys 18-inch alloys
Tires 265/60 R18 110H 255/60 R18
Airbags Driver and passenger Driver and passenger, side and curtain shield
Ground clearance (mm) 218 225
Dimensions (mm) 4,785 x 1,815 x 1,805 4,885 x 1,865 x 1,835
Wheelbase (mm) 2,800 2,850

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