The Nissan Patrol NISMO has been awarded ‘SUV of the Year’ at the Wheels Car of the Year ceremony.
During the publication’s annual Car of the Year (COTY) awards, the Patrol NISMO challenged its major competitors before an esteemed judging panel. The Nissan was labelled the strongest vehicle in three major categories: desert capability, on-road performance, and comfort.
“Patrol leaves them in the dust,” explained the judges in the award citation. “The 5.6-liter V8, mated to a slick seven-speed automatic, has been poked and prodded to deliver more performance, and with all four wheels digging in for added traction, along with its off-road ability still intact, this is actually three cars rolled into one. It’s still a brilliant family car with loads of room for seven adults to sit in total comfort. It’s a superb off-roader with all sorts of driver aids to tame difficult terrains and it’s a sporty SUV, too. It can do it all and sure is deserving of this accolade.”