Protection. This is what comes to mind when viewing the world from behind the massive dashboard of the Nissan Patrol. The windshield’s raked nature makes it seem short, which boosts the feeling of safety.
This is also true for those sitting in the second or third row of seats, but thanks to different reasons. You really couldn't feel any other way than protected when there's a ton of space between you and the edges of the car.
The dream can be quickly shattered by the handling though. There's a label on the sun visor that lets you know you'll get into trouble if you ignore the height of the Patrol when cornering. Even though we feel our upper lip stiffening as we read, it would probably be best to also have a second label that should warn driver about the mass of the thing.
Driving the Nissan Patrol on the road may convince you that you can plow through just about anything. However, you'll get constant reminders that things are only under control only as long as you keep the speed down.
When it comes to active safety features, Nissan has gifted the Patrol with quite a bit of equipment. First of all, there's active cruise control and Intelligent Brake Assist, which can decelerate the car on its own should the driver fail to react, reducing the impact speed. Since the Patrol can be fitted with laser technology, it also offers Forward Collision Warning, which sends visual and audible alerts to the driver when the system detects an imminent danger.
Blind Spot Monitoring is accompanied by Blind Spot Intervention, which canKeep the vehicle on its lane. In the same manner, Lane Departure Warning is doubled by Lane Departure Prevention, a system that can apply the brakes in order to prevent the car from crossing the line.
If you do end up in the unfortunate situation of having to rely on the Nissan Patrol's passive safety features, you'll be treated with six airbags, as well as with active head restraints.
So far, neither the Nissan Patrol, nor its Infiniti sister model, the QX56, have been tested by any official safety body.Continue reading