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Nissan Navara pickup (2004-2015) - Reliability & safety

Reliable and dependable, the Nissan Navara has been built to last

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1.8 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.6 out of 5

The Nissan Navara feels tough and built to last, and three-quarters of Navara owners tell us they’d recommend one to a friend.

Nissan Navara reliability

As a brand, Nissan finished a disappointing 28th out of 32 manufacturers in our 2015 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – although it did come 21st for reliability and 29th for build quality. That’s particularly disappointing, because many Navaras lead a pretty hard life.

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That said, the Navara feels very well built. The interior trim seems to be exceptionally solid and should stand up well to the worst a team of tradesmen can throw at it. That means it should survive the most destructive forces of family life with ease.

There’s little external trim that could be damaged and there’s a range of optional parts available to help protect it anyway.

Nissan Navara safety

When it was crash-tested in 2008, the Nissan Navara scored three stars for adult protection and four stars for child protection in Euro NCAP evaluations.

In comparison, the Volkswagen Amarok scored four stars in tougher tests in 2010, and the Ford Ranger was the first to score a full five-star rating in 2012.

All Navara models feature grip-enhancing electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger airbags, whiplash-reducing headrests, three-point rear seatbelts and two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. You have to pay extra for side and curtain airbags in the Acenta, Tekna and Outlaw V6 models, though, which is a shame.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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