option we wanted was the $450 Tow Package. It adds a Class IV hitch
receiver, 7-pin wiring harness, heavy duty battery, and extendable
doubled-armed electric tow mirrors that really beef up the Titan’s
looks and improve visibility with regular and wide-angle mirrors mounted
on each arm. Australian supplier Schafenacker makes the tow mirrors for
Titan. It’s the same company that also supplies mirrors to Ford
for its F-250 to F-750 trucks.
We can tow
up to 9,300-pounds with the Tow Package option – 2,100-pounds more than if we deleted it.
the cargo box we opted for the PRO-4X High Utility Bed Package. For $850
you get Nissan’s Utili-track aluminum bed rail channels, four
adjustable cleats, bed lighting, and the only factory-provided spray-in-bedliner
in the segment. We could have gone aftermarket on all of this gear but
we figured we saved a few dollars and a lot of time not having the bed
sprayed and custom fit for a cargo management system.
three options were a sliding bed extender, $280, underseat storage
bins, $150, and floor mats, $125. This brought the grand total for
the truck, including $745 in destination charges, to $37,700.
online to check Nissan’s inventory of Titans in Southern
California that best matched our desired options. We were able to find
similarly configured Titans at three dealers around Los Angeles. Without
telling the dealers who we were or why we were purchasing the truck,
we targeted a ‘Galaxy
Black’ truck and negotiated a sales price of about $32,000, almost
$1,000 under invoice before Nissan’s $3,500 promotional Crew Cab
rebate was applied. After tax, title, and license costs, we drove away
with the truck for $32,580.
So far the
truck is bone stock with 927-miles on the odometer. Overall first impressions
are favorable, after driving it around Los Angeles and to Las Vegas,
Nevada for the annual SEMA
has excellent throttle response and plenty of power unloaded. It’s fast and smooth through all the gears. It’s even spent
a bit of time off road in the Mojave Desert, outside Vegas, where it
had no problem handling moderately sandy and rocky trails and fairly
In the near
future we’ll be running the truck in the
quarter-mile and putting it on the dyno to benchmark its performance
before installing new powertrain components.
display in the instrument panel is also appreciated. It provides all
the basic stats plus a cool instant fuel efficiency meter that helps
control pressure on the
accelerator from the driver’s right foot. We haven’t asked Nissan but we suspect the gas-saving
readout is a vacuum gauge keyed to the 5.6L V8’s intake, measuring
engine load and translating that data into an instant miles-per-gallon
between 2WD and 4HI is seamless and quiet. Twist the dial on the dash
and the only way you can tell the transfer case engaged is to look
at the drive indicator on the dash showing all four wheels lit up instead
of just two.
has been average – 13.9 mpg at an average speed of
42-mph over its life. We’re expecting that will rise as the engine
is broken in, or we keep the fuel efficiency meter on instead of just
the odometer in the vehicle information display. Our road trip to Las
Vegas didn't necessarily prioritize fuel economy over travel time
There’s wind noise intrusion on the driver's
side at speeds over 40-mph. It sounds like it's coming from the
tow mirrors. The seats could also use better support and bolstering
for long trips. The black carpet also shows lots of dirt after getting
out of the truck to take pictures in the desert sand. Our bad.
next six months we're going to be building this truck
up and we’re going to need your help.
up with well-known custom truck company Performance
West Group. PWG is
responsible for many cool past and present SEMA trucks we've shown you
over the past few years, including the Explorer
Super Trac, Big
Sky F-150, and Ram HD
As we lock
in our design direction with PWG, we'll look to our readers to vote
on the final look of the truck’s
exterior, wheels, and other aftermarket treatments we’ll be revealing.
One potential look is pictured below.
By the time
we're done our truck won't end up as specialized as Carl
Renezeder's CORR PRO-4 Titan, but this PRO-4X won’t be a truck
find anywhere else either. Stay tuned for more info!