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The Nissan Navara N-TrekWarrior is a very cool looking Ute! Once I had wrestled to install the child seats for the week, hurt my neck, lost my temper because a top tether anchorage was missing and stormed off leaving my husband to finish the job… I was looking forward to driving it for a week with my family! Let's see how we got on…

I am a complete convert to Utes. I think it should come as part of the becoming an Australian test, instead of questions about cricket or the Premier there should be questions like “Name the two most popular Utes!!!” or “When and how do you let down the tyres on a Ute?” It would be much more useful for everyday life in Australia!!

The exterior of the Navara N-Trek Warrior edition has a more rugged, off-road, family camping trip look rather than that of a tradie work ute. This N-Trek Warrior edition has a lot of the extras you normally add to a ute to take it off-road built-in, such as beefy all-terrain tyres under its chunky bolted-on plastic wheel arches, a really tough front bumper and metal side steps. It's pretty expensive over a regular Navara, but so is getting all the off-road accessories separately and having them fitted!

The orange contrast trim on the exterior continues in the interior, in the seat upholstery and contrast stitching throughout.

2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior with forward facing child seat installed

So it definitely looks pretty cool but is its practicality and functionality good too as a BabyDrive?

There are now ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats of the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior, which is new as the previous model I tested didn't come with any. This is a great improvement for installing child seats!

2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior ISOFix child seat anchorages

The top tether anchorages, however, are still webbing loops (see related article here) situated behind the headrests and in this vehicle, there was one missing! NOT very family friendly!!

2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior fabric loop child seat top tether anchorages

The fastening method for the top tether loops is passing the top tether strap under the headrest, through the loop behind that seat and then across to the central seat's loop where it clips on. It means both outer child seats end up clipped onto the central seats' webbing loop. It is not only VERY fiddly and incredibly difficult to install child seats and connect their top tether anchorages but I also have concerns over the tether strap and anchorages fraying easily over time and snapping, especially if driven on corrugated roads and the movement of child seats tugging on the same moving anchor point during a collision. This is all covered here.

2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior with forward facing and rear facing child seats fitted

Although I could only install two child seats in the back of the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior because of the missing top tether anchorage loop on the one I tested, you could physically fit three across.

Storage is minimal but practical in the front, with two cupholders in the central console and MY FAVOURITE cupholders at either end of the dashboard too!

Phone wells and glove box are all good sizes too.

In the back, there are no cup holders so good that there are four in the front. Just map pockets and door bins for rear storage.

The tray has unlimited storage really! It held 24 shopping bags when empty and within the reachable area from the tailgate, I could reach the first two rows of bags. I could get a twin stroller with four shopping bags beside it.

2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior with prams in tray

The media system has been updated and now has Apple CarPlay which is fantastic because I find the rest of the Nissan media system very confusing to use and navigate.

There are some thoughtful features that are useful for parents like fuel distance to empty…

…rear seatbelt removal visual on the dashboard…

…and the ability to alter the volume of some of the beeps and noises within the media screen settings.

I found driving the Navara N-Trek Warrior was enjoyable in that it feels like a workhorse. But the engine is very noisy, especially accelerating and going up hills, which would definitely disturb a sleeping infant passenger!

The Nissan Navara dual-cab ute has seven airbags and scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2015.

 

 

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