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NISSAN TITAN

 

 

 

The Nissan Titan introduced in 2004, is a full-size pickup truck produced for the North American market by Nissan. The truck shares the stretched Nissan F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, and is manufactured in Canton, Mississippi, United States.

 

Market and sales

The Titan is not intended to challenge the big 3 "Detroit Trucks" in sales numbers, but rather is meant to be an alternative to them and provide Nissan with some in-roads into the highly competitive truck market.

Consumers in the southcentral part of the United States, which includes Texas, account for nearly 25% of Titans sales in the United States.

 

Models and equipment

The Titan features a 32 valve 5.6 L VK56DE V8 engine which generates 305 hp (227 kW) at 4900 rpm and 379 ft·lbf (514 N·m) of torque at 3600 rpm. The 2007 model has been upgraded to 317 hp and 385 ft·lbf (522 N·m) of torque. It is available in either rear wheel drive or four wheel drive with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It comes with a choice of a Crew Cab with a 5'7" (1.7 m) bed or King (extended) Cab with a 6'7" (2.0 m) bed. Some people have criticized the truck for not offering a regular cab. The 2008 Titan lineup has an optional 7-foot (2.1 m) long bed to the Crew Cab and an optional 8-foot (2.4 m) long bed to the King Cab. It also with the long bed will come with a larger 37-gallon (US) (140 L) fuel tank. The already available 5-speed transmission and 5.6L V8 will remain standard equipment on all Nissan Titans.

 

Features

The Nissan Titan comes in four basic trim levels: XE, SE, Pro-4X, and LE. The trim levels are combinations of the features offered on the truck which include:

  • Navigation system
  • DVD player with screen
  • Side airbags
  • Off-road package
  • Traction Control
  • Sunroof
  • Big Tow Package- with transmission temp. gauge
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Leather Split Power Bench Seat
  • Utili-Track bed rail system
  • Lockable Bedside Storage Box
  • Leather- appoined heated captains chairs with console automatic shifter
  • Rear sonar warning system
  • Automatic windows down with key fob
  • Power Adjustable Pedals
  • Flexible Fuel Vehicle

 

Reception

Upon its release, the Titan was praised for its combination of a roomy interior, strong towing capacity, aggressive styling, and innovative features, such as wide opening rear doors in the King Cab, factory sprayed-on bedliner, and a lockable storage compartment outside the bed on the driver's side. It was listed by Edmunds.com as the best full-size truck. The Titan was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2004.

 

Criticism

The Titan has drawn criticism for its limited body styles. In contrast to other full-sized pickups, the vehicle does not offer a Regular Cab, and is only available with the King Cab and Crew Cab models. The Titan is only available with the 5.6L V8, and does not have a V6 engine option.

 

Safety

The Titan has a 5-star rating from the NHTSA for driver frontal crash, and a 4-star rating for passenger frontal crash.

  • Head Injury Criterion

    • Driver: 488
    • Passenger: 579
  • Chest Deceleration (Gs)
    • Driver: 43
    • Passenger: 42
  • Femur Load l/r1 (lb)
    • Driver: 723/532
    • Passenger: 495/212

 

Performance

  • Brake system

    • Front: 12.6 in (320 mm) ventilated discs
    • Rear: 12.6 in. (320 mm) discs
  • Braking performance
    • 70 mph (110 km/h) - 0: 190 ft (59 m)
    • 60 mph (97 km/h) - 0: 152 ft (42 m)
  • Acceleration
    • 0 - 60 mph (97 km/h): 6.4
    • 0 - 100 mph (160 km/h): 15.2
    • 1/4 mile (~400 m): 14.8 s at 98 mph (158 km/h)
  • Top speed: Electronically Limited 115 mph (185 km/h)
  • Lateral acceleration: 0.72 g

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