Review: 2011 Nissan Teana 250XL V6 & Luxury, Prestige & Power at a Reasonable Price – Pinoy Auto Blog

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Nissan Teana

Comfort

Being targeted at the luxury/executive market, the Nissan Teana comes with creature comforts up to the tiniest nook and cranny of the car. Of course, there#8217;s the legendary Nissan air conditioning performance. Even without window tints, the A/C can handle hot summer days adequately (I was told these cars had UV-treated windows, so the only reason you would want tints is for privacy).

The A/C can either be set to automatic climate control or manually controlled via temperature-specific thermostat.

The Teana also comes with various multimedia features that an audiophile/videophile would find exciting. On the dashboard is a 7-inch resistive LCD that displays all sorts of information, including radio station and settings, air conditioner status and settings, and the like. Open the glove compartment and you#8217;ll find several interfaces: SD slot, three USB ports, and an iPod connector.

Plug in your iPod and you can control it via the touchscreen. Plug in a USB card and you can play the songs or movies inside. Insert a DVD and you can watch movies while on the road.

Did I mention the 2DIN integrated head unit comes with a slot-loading 6-CD changer?

And a pleasant surprise: shift to reverse and the LCD screen displays the car#8217;s view from the rear bumper, complete with distance indicator lines. This is great for parking a car this long in confined parking spaces. The Teana we reviewed also came with (optional) GPS navigation system, which works through touch screen.

Fond of making calls while on the road? You can pair your mobile phone via Bluetooth, and audio comes out through the car#8217;s speakers.

Aside from the gizmos and gadgets, of course, is the car#8217;s passenger comfort. Soft and supple leather seats cradle your body like an easy chair you#8217;d want to sleep the moment you enter the car. Even the center console/armrest is leather-covered.

If you#8217;re fond of drive-thrus (like my family), you get four cupholders#8211;two on the center console and two on the foldable rear center armrests.

The verdict

The Nissan Teana#8217;s main competitors are the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. That#8217;s certainly stiff competition, given the reliability and popularity of those marques. Priced in the same range as comparable Camry and Accord models, the Teana can compete with its proven Nissan comfort, and the fact that you won#8217;t be like the average CEO or company president with their Camrys and Accords.

And with this particular model, Nissan can compete on price. As I earlier said, the Teana is a head-turner. Even though it#8217;s not necessarily the most expensive luxury/executive sedan around, it certainly looks and feels that way.

In the end, it#8217;s the review car that my wife, kids and I will miss the most.

Nissan Teana 350XV V6 (3.5L) #8211; PhP 1,998,000

Nissan Teana 250XL V6 (2.5L) #8211; PhP 1,690,000

We got an updated price figure from Nissan Philippines. It seems this particular variant is priced at about PhP 1.7M and not PhP 2M as earlier quoted.

Seating capacity: 5

Engine displacement: 2.5 liters

Cylinders: 6

Horsepower: 182 hp

Torque: 232 Nm

Length: 4,850 mm

Width: 1,795 mm

Height: 1,475 mm

Wheelbase: 2,275 mm

Curb weight: 1,495 Kg

Comfortable ride;

Nissan Teana

Performance when you need it;

It#8217;s not very common, so you get a lot of stares;

The Teana seems more expensive than it actually is;

Trunk space big enough for 5-6 golf bags;

Trunk switch on the key fob (and a hidden trunk release from inside, in case you get kidnapped and hidden inside the trunk);

Dual airconditioning#8211;rear seats have their own vents;

Dual airbags, ABS, EBD, seatbelt pre-tensioners, brake assist.

No steering-mounted stereo controls on the 250XL model (which leaves one wondering, since this is present in the Sentra 200 CVT and the higher-end Teana);

Cream-colored interior is a dirt magnet!

FWD. This can either be a pro or con, depending on how you look at it.

Other comments

Fuel economy is not really a strong point of a car this size, as expected. We tested about 6 Km/L city and 10-11 Km/L highway.

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