2018 Nissan X-Trail 2.5L 4×4

FIRST IMPRESSION: It’s orange. Really orange!

LASTING IMPRESSION: I want an orange car.


I remember the very first Nissan X-Trail I ever drove. Come to think about it I remember quite a bit about that X-Trail. Like how nails were actually holding the aftermarket body kit to the body, or how the dashboard had bottle coolers, even how the letters of the registration were XSM. A really good friend of mine owned that particular X-Trail, and soon the SUV became a really good friend of ours too.

The market of the Crossover SUV is growing like wild fire. Sedan buyers looking to step up into a bigger vehicle, or first time families, which don’t want to spend a fortune on a full size SUV find these types of vehicles all the buzz. The 2018 Nissan X-Trail will give you the safety, performance, and luxury you’ll ever need.

This specific vehicle is the 2018 Nissan X-Trail 2.5L 4×4 CVT. Before you go off and judge the X-Trail on how it wouldn’t be a worthy off-roader, let me tell you first hand, it has all the 4×4 capability you would ever need on a day-to-day basis. The one aspect of the 2018 Nissan X-Trail, which really stood out was how smooth it was to drive. Going through corners at quite a swift speed just shows you how calm, and stable the 2018 X-Trail is. I chose to stay in ECO mode for most of my test drive, because the power delivery on this mode is just silky smooth. ECO mode does what it says, and keeps you economical. The engine is limited between 1500RPM and 2000RPM, but comes to life when you need to make quick passes. Turn ECO mode off though, and 169horsepower will jolt you to life better than a Red Bull. The world will suddenly pass your windows faster than you expected, but again because it rides just so wonderful, you wouldn’t even know how fast you’re going.

For 2018, the X-Trail didn’t change much from the previous year’s exterior design. A noticeable difference in the front bumper, and emblem would give away the 2018-year model. The interior is much like the previous year model also, but being wrapped in beautiful leather and soft-touch material. On the contrary, this is light years away from the first generation X-Trail, which used only rulers, and squares as inspiration.

Everything is growing smarter, and who should say your car shouldn’t be as smart. Nissan is changing the game with the, Nissan Intelligent Mobility. They want to transform your vehicle from being a driving machine, to being a mobility partner. They basically took the best technologies and fed it to their cars. The 2018 Nissan X-Trail is no exception. You have the All-Mode 4×4 I-System, which distributes power to the wheel, which needs it, the most to maintain control of your vehicle. Forward Collision Warning with Intelligent Emergency Braking, basically helps you by detecting a collision, and applies an emergency brake to assist you in stopping. But the party piece on this vehicle is the around view monitor. Imagine a drone being flown above your Nissan, or for those old enough to remember the very first Grand Theft Auto, just so you can perfectly place in a parking spot it every single time.

At PHP 1,820,000 (as of date of review), the 2018 Nissan X-Trail 2.5L 4×4 will give you the best safety technology, and great performance in its class. It may have its quirks, like how I could never made the tailgate open with my leg (perhaps my fault because I have matchsticks for legs) or how I couldn’t open the sunroof shade/cover without actually having to open the sunroof first. But these are just little things I eventually didn’t notice after how much I enjoyed driving it. Having this in your office parking lot lets other people know, “Yeah, I like to hike, and bike, and adventure on the weekends, but I’m classy enough to bring on dates.” When you get this vehicle, I suggest you get it in my newly beloved Orange.