Options include the Utili-track cargo system, a towing package with yaw-managing
Vehicle Dynamic Control, an off-road package with Rancho shocks, locking
rear differential, three skid plates and 17-inch tires, and the list goes
on with rear proximity sensors, navigation system, dual-zone climate controls
and side and curtain airbags.
Nissan says some 260 combinations of drivetrain, cab and feature configurations
Pricing is not expected until a few weeks before launch, and likely will
be competitive with comparably equipped Fords as well as the new Toyota
LE 4x4 versions of both the Crew Cab and King Cab at the Titan media introduction.
The two things that immediately stand out about the truck are its powertrain
and the creative features both in its cabin and its bed.
The Endurance V8 and the Titan’s five-speed transmission are wonderfully
matched. The engine’s power is immediately apparent when you tip
into the throttle and we never found the transmission having to hunt for
an appropriate gear as we drove paved roads that wind through Napa Valley
and then headed up and over the hills that define its eastern edges. Our
route also included a narrow and hills off-road trail, although we didn’t
find it necessary to move the selector control out of two-wheel drive
even though we were on the standard 18-inch tires, not the special off-road
tread that comes with the option package.
The Titan handled curves and turns without any unruly side-to-side transition
and feels much smaller than its full-size dimensions. At one point we
thought the exhaust note was a little louder than we expected, but then
we looked at the speedometer and discovered that we also were going a
lot faster than anticipated.
is nicely laid out with easy to find and to use switchgear and with more
storage cubbies and cup holders than you’re ever likely to need.
The Crew Cab provides 127.7 cubic feet of space. The rear bench seat
bottom easily pivots up against the seat back, leaving a wide and almost
flat floor. Although the interior isn’t as luxurious as Ford’s
Lariat trim, the Titan Crew Cab certainly is a viable truck of the year
On the other hand, while the Titan King Cab has those terrific Wide-Open
rear doors that make entry and exit easy, we weren’t as comfortable
riding in this version’s rear seat as we’d been in our recent
visit to the second-row of the comparable ’04 F-150, which offers
better leg room, a more comfortable seat-back angle and power-down windows
in its rear doors.
But let’s face it; if you plan to carry people in the second row
very often, you’d probably opt for the Crew Cab in the first place.
King Cab buyers likely are more interested in the access those Wide-Open
doors provide – whether it’s in unloading groceries in a crowded
parking lot or in access to the 48.2 cubic feet of secure interior capacity
available behind the front seats.
Titan buyers can equip their pickups with Nissan’s innovative Utili-track
System that includes C-section rails mounted along the front and sides
of the bed, with two more in the floor. Removable utility cleats slide
into the channels to provide anchor points for cargo tie-down. Nissan
will offer various bed dividers, a sliding cargo tray, modular storage
boxes as well as overhead racks for bikes, kayaks and work equipment.