The Patrol - mechanically identical to the five-speed automatic
version introduced here - saw off a challenge from the likes of the
Mercedes-Benz ML500, Jeep Cherokee Sport and Toyota Land Cruiser to win the
In total, 22 vehicles were evaluated in both on and off road
conditions, with the eight judges unanimous in awarding victory to the
They praised the vehicle's powerful engine, occupant and luggage space,
comfortable ride and predictable handling. This is the Patrol's third
successive accolade in the magazine's Four-by-Four of the Year awards.
Even as far back as 1951 - the year in which Patrol was first introduced -
the big Nissan station wagon was setting new standards for all-wheel-drive
As part of the launch publicity, a Patrol reached the sixth stage
of the 3 776 metre Mount Fuji in Japan, confirming the vehicle's reputation
for being tough and reliable right at the outset.