The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck that debuted for the 2004 model year. Though still in the vehicle's first generation of body style, Nissan has made incremental enhancements and options available with each new model. The Titan competes directly with popular truck options such as the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Avalanche.

The Nissan Titan is built on the Nissan F-Alpha platform, which is also used for the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56. The exterior features a bold design with menacing headlights and a high ground clearance. An innovative rear hinged door that opens 168 degrees is intended to make loading in tight spots easier.***** Inside, two bench seats accommodate up to six passengers. The straightforward design features a user-friendly layout and an economical use of materials. Several storage solutions are available within the cabin. The rear seats can be folded against the bulkhead to increase cargo space. A fold-down front passenger seat is also available for additional room when needed.

Nissan Titan Trim Levels

Nissan offers the Titan in four trim levels – XE, SE, PRO-4X and LE. The base XE is available with features such as air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, column shifter with manual-shift capability, stereo system with CD player and rear privacy glass. The SE adds cruise control, full power accessories, remote keyless entry, 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer, chrome bumpers and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The PRO-4X adds such standard features as leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, fog lights, rear-fender lock box, skid plates and tow hooks. The LE features a bevy of standard upgrades that include dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, driver memory system, power-adjustable pedals, upgraded stereo system, floorshifter and a bedliner.

Nissan Titan Cabin Sizes

All trim levels are available in either a crew cab or king cab design. Both can be had with either a short or long bed. The Titan Crew Cab features a traditional 4-door design with additional rear passenger room. Bed lengths available for the crew cab are 5.5 feet and 7.0 feet. The Titan King Cab includes rear hinged doors and a smaller interior cabin. Bed length options for the King Cab include a 6.5-foot length and 8-foot length.

Nissan Titan Performance

The Nissan Titan is only available with one engine option – a 5.6-liter DOHC V8 that delivers 317 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 385 lb-ft. of torque at 3.600 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission provides EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. All trim levels are available with 4-wheel drive, 2-speed transfer case and traction control. Tow hooks come standard on all 4WD models except for the XE model. The PRO-4X features an off-road suspension and 18-inch all-terrain tires. Maximum towing capacity for all models is 9,500 lbs.

Nissan Titan Safety

All Titan models feature dual front airbags, antilock 4-wheel brakes and front seat active head restraints. The LE also features a rear obstacle detection system. Front side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover deployment, brake assist and an antiskid system are all available safety upgrades. In government crash test, the Nissan Titan performed marginally. The NHTSA awarded a perfect 5-star rating in the category of driver front impact and a 4-star rating for passenger front impact and rollover resistance. In the category of 4WD rollover, the Titan earned three stars. impact, the sedan was awarded four stars.

The 2009 Nissan Titan has a few changes since its 2008 model year. The front bumper is now body colored on the Titan XE trim levels. All Titans now have door locks that work with a speed sensor. There are also new step rails made from chrome and a new chrome billet grille as well as chrome wheels that are available in special option packages available on the SE and LE trim levels. The options are called the Heavy Metal package in 49 states and the Texas Titan package in Texas. The Max Utility package is a new bundle of side mirrors that extend, step rails and towing preparation that includes a drive ratio that is lower than before. The new ratio is 3.36.

There are two body styles for the 2009 Titan. The Crew Cab and the King Cab are both available and both have either a 4x4 or a 4x2 configuration available. There are also four bed lengths available and two wheelbases. The Titan has a 5.6 liter, V8 engine with 317 horsepower. It has a five-speed automatic transmission standard. The Crew Cab, when it is equipped properly, can tow up to 9,400 pounds. The King Cab is capable of towing up to 9,500 pounds.

The Crew Cab Titan trucks have a choice between a 5’ 6” bed and a 7’ bed. The King Cab models have a choice between a 6’ 6” bed and an 8’ bed. The smaller size of the Crew Cab truck bed is designed to allow for more space in the cabin.

Both body styles are available in XW, LE, SE and PRO-4X trim levels. All of the Titan trims have 18-inch wheels and 20-inche wheels available as options. The XE trim has a CD player and power accessories as standard features while the LE offers leather trim standard.