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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2004 Nissan Titan Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2004 Nissan Titan Overview

The Colossus of Nissan Trucks

These days, Nissan doesn't do anything half-heartedly, as is evidenced by its new full-size Titan pickup. Jumping head first into a market traditionally dominated by the Big Three is risky business, as Toyota learned with its T-100 pickup. Full-sized truck buyers are a loyal bunch and not easily moved to foreign brands, a fact Nissan has researched at length. Yet as more and more people get into big trucks, a new breed of buyer is emerging; Nissan calls them "Modern Truck Guys." It is through these buyers that the Titan will cut its teeth and hopefully be introduced to more traditional truck buyers— those who may not be willing to be the first ones on the job site to buy a Titan, but certainly wouldn't mind being the second.

The Titan is in every sense, a true full-size pickup. Its construction consists of a boxed ladder frame with steel cross members and a suspension setup that employs leaf springs in the rear and double wishbone control arms up front. Skid plates protect the oil pan, radiator, fuel tank and—on four-wheel-drive models—the transfer case. The Titan's ground clearance is among the best in its class, with over 10-inches measured at the rear axle. The Titan's extremely short front and rear overhang permit an approach angle of 29.6 degrees for the two-wheel drive model and 32.2 degrees for the four-wheel drive.

Nissan is offering the Titan in two body styles: King Cab and Crew Cab. By skipping the standard cab configuration completely, the Titan offers a distinct advantage over its competitors in the form of more interior room for the money. On King Cab models, a set of rear-access doors swing out a full 180 degrees to allow easy entry and loading of the cab when parked next to another vehicle; the King Cab also features an innovative rear seat that folds up to expose a wide flat floor. Crew Cab models get a full set of rear doors complete with roll-down windows and an additional seven inches of legroom (though the bed does shrink by a foot).

The Titan's interior is bold and forward thinking in its design. On certain models you can opt for a center console with a gated shifter for better control when toggling gears. The big dash looms large, with good-sized rotary knobs for the audio and climate and a big center screen that houses the optional navigation unit. The seating is comfortable, though driver's over six feet will find themselves staring out through the windshields tint band; some driver's also felt that the seat bottoms could do with a bit more upward angle to better support their thighs. You'll find the Titan's instrumentation to be clear, legible and easy to see, except for the digital odometer that all but disappears when viewed through polarized lenses. Nissan offers the Titan with a number of interior color and trim choices including full leather seating. Perhaps the most impressive of all the Titan's interior features is the availability of both a side-impact and a full-length head-curtain airbag system.

A further indication of the Titan's serious intent to play in the big league can be found under its hood; here the only engine choice you'll find is the standard 5.6-liter 32-valve V8. This mega-powerplant produces an awesome 305-horsepower and 379 lb-ft. of torque at a mere 3600 rpm; it also affords the Titan a tow rating of 9500 pounds and a payload capacity of just over 1600 pounds. We found the Titan's V8 engine felt strong at all speeds, with loads of power on demand. The five-speed transmission shifted smoothly and the gated shifter made it easy to move between gears 1 and 2 whenever we needed to apply engine braking. You may notice a bit of vibration does get telegraphed through the steering wheel and that there is a noticeable exhaust note that makes itself known with every application of the throttle, but overall Titan delivered a smooth, controlled ride and exhibited better-than-average steering and handling response. One other noteworthy feature is the Titan's optional locking-rear differential—a first for this segment—that will be made available later in the year.

Nissan has also done its homework outside the cab, where the Titan's bed gets a serious upgrade over the standard steel box theme. An optional sprayed bedliner can be ordered, applied at the factory and covering the entire bed floor and walls. The Titan also features a built-in channel system with moveable cleats designed to provide multiple tie-down points. The channel rails can also be employed to hold optional rack accessories such as a bike or kayak holder, sliding toolbox and modular storage units (all are available through your Nissan dealer). Other features inside the bed include an illuminated tailgate for better visibility at night and an in-bed 12-volt outlet. Outside the bed, Nissan has placed a clever storage bin just behind the rear wheel; it's a lockable storage compartment built into the outer bed wall, perfect for storing jumper cables, bungee cables or wet clothing.

The Titan King Cab and Crew Cab are offered in three trims: XE, SE and LE. Standard equipment includes power windows, cloth bench seat, rear-seat head restraints, AM/FM stereo with CD, auto dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch alloy wheels. As you climb the grade levels, the content increases dramatically. You can equip your Titan with power seats, a Rockford Fosgate 350-watt audio unit, a DVD based entertainment screen (Crew Cab), an onboard navigation unit, power driver and passenger seats and a power glass sunroof.

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