Whenever a bear escapes inside the city, the citizens and the authorities are alerted and do everything that stands in their power to capture the animal. Strangely, none of this happened while we were abusing the city roads in our Nissan Patrol test car.
It's not the length or the width, but the height of the Patrol that makes you feel out of place when driving it through the city. However this also comes with the benefit of a ride height that can overcome absolutely any obstacle that a city would ever have to throw at you.
Fortunately, while you do feel a bit strange when navigating the city's waters in such a massive four-wheeled creation, the Patrol's rather bland styling offers you more privacy than you'd expect.
The ever-changing urban traffic makes you fully aware of the Patrol's mass. While this brings a rather unpleasant feeling at first, you can easily change your perspective. Especially if you've got a family, you'll feel pleased when you hear the massive door shutting and you know that, from that moment on, your loved ones are protected.
Even if you opt for the lesser powertrain and your car is motivated by the old Patrol's petrol V8 and five-speed automatic, you'll handle the city just fine. There's plenty of torque to pull away instantly and the five-speed auto manages to handle shifts smoothly enough.
When you park a Nissan Patrol, you don't pay attention to the kerb, the kerb pays attention to you. Unfortunately, the city is populated with much more than just kerbs, so you need to have your car gifted with the Around View Monitor, a four-camera system. Once you have this, the parking maneuvers themselves aren't too much of a hassle, but finding a spot can be.
We've just parked and we're going for a quick tour of the supermarket, in order to get ourselves the necessary kit for the upcoming desert trip. As we return, the power tailgate and the high loading area make placing the bags inside the boot a joke. We hit the road and all we want to see around us at the destination is sand.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Back in the day when I was still trapped in Eastern Europe, my dream was to come here to the US of A and make it big as a driver. Taxi driver, chauffeur, van driver, it didn't matter to me, all I wanted was to have a V8 and make some cash with it. I didn't get the chance to fulfill my dream, but now, thanks to the Patrol, it has all become true. Boy, oh boy, do I love how this Nissan makes me feel like a bus driver!
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