AW AutoTest File - 2004 Nissan Titan 5.6SE 4x2

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  1. TriShield

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    By AUTOWEEK
    (08:30 July 05, 2004)

    "This is an in-your-face, up-in-your-grille statement to Detroit that somebody else can build a good full-size truck."

    That’s a logbook note from one of our editors about the Nissan Titan pickup. He also wrote, "Compare this to the new Ford F-150 and you’ll see Nissan is using that tried-and-true tactic of under-promising and over-delivering. Plus, in the all-important power department, the Titan’s engine has more displace-ment, more horsepower and more torque than Ford’s optional big motor."

    With the F-150—the full-size truck market sales champion—as the new truck’s target, the Titan’s 5.6-liter V8 power does edge the top F-150 V8, a 5.4-liter Triton. The Nissan engine’s 305 hp and 379 lb-ft of torque overtake the Ford 5.4 by 5 hp and 14 lb-ft. Those Titan horsepower and torque numbers also arrive at 100 and 150 fewer revs, respectively, than the F-150’s.

    Despite the Titan debuting late last year, owners who contacted us seemed as enthusiastic as longtime F-150 loyalists. Those Titan fans applauded the Nissan’s roomy interior, and we can see (and hear) why.

    The Titan is huge inside, with lots of room, even in the back seat. Our test truck’s sticker says, "Largest interior of any 1/2-ton pickup truck."

    Our test Titan was a 4x2 SE Crew Cab (the other model is the King Cab, with a longer bed, shorter cab and shorter rear doors). The owners also like the pleasing sounds of the stereo (a Rockford-Fosgate 350-watt system that is standard or optional on most models).

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    But turn off that stereo and the interior is quiet for a big truck, though several owners told us they enjoyed hearing the Titan’s rugged exhaust note.

    Our test truck came outfitted with the $850 big tow package, which included a transmission temperature gauge. Already on the dashboard are an engine coolant temp gauge and an engine oil temp gauge. The three temp gauges should be useful for those who do lots of heavy and/or hilly towing. Owners who wrote to us who do tow with their trucks praised how the five-speed automatic held its gear instead of going gear hunting.

    At the track we found the tranny will stay locked in gear and not kick up at redline. From 0 to 60 mph the Titan ran 0.91 second faster than the 5.4-liter F-150, and 0.33 second quicker in the quarter-mile (Feb. 16). We noticed on the slalom that it will kick down, as we started some runs in third gear and found ourselves finishing in second gear. On the skidpad the F-150 barely edged the Titan, 0.73 g to 0.72 g. In the slalom the F-150’s 40.3 mph topped the Titan’s 39.1 mph.

    The Titan’s brakes showed some slight fading early in our testing, and the Nissan’s best result took an extra five feet to stop from 60 mph vs. the F-150. The Titan’s top stopping distances are in the range of a regular sedan. Towing capacity is 9500 pounds for the Titan King Cab and 9400 pounds for the Crew Cab, vs. the F-150’s 9900 pounds.

    Likewise, the truck performed well on our off-track testing: the rough pavement around railroad crossings and the broken-up asphalt on the road to our test track.

    The Titan’s ride impressed owners and staffers. Steering is light without being overboosted, and it has a good feel. On certain sections known for freeway hop, the Titan fared better than many cars we tested. "I can’t feel anything; can’t even hear tires thumping, just a slight wobble of the cabin," said one of our track testers who was testing off-track. "It’s also subdued over lane divider dots, and makes only a slight jiggling on the worst freeway hop."

    One area where Titan can’t challenge the F-150 is in sales, as Nissan’s U.S. dealership coverage is dwarfed by Ford’s. But the new Nissan truck shows it is a real player in the strong, competitive truck market.

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    LIKES
    Engine power tops F-150's
    Capacious interior
    Exclusive five-speed auto

    DISLIKES
    A high step up to seats
    Lower-than-expected mpg
    Gated shifter not lighted

    OTHERS CONSIDERED
    Chevrolet Silverado
    Dodge Ram
    Ford F-150

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    OWNERS SAY...

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    The Titan has lots of power and a great, throaty sound. The ride is smooth and firm but not bouncy, and the cabin gives you a feeling of spaciousness with legroom unmatched by the other trucks I tested. It’s the little things that really make this truck special though. On an 800-mile family road trip to upper Michigan, with the bed loaded with luggage and ski gear, I drove six hours straight without a hint of butt fatigue and not a single complaint from the back. Don Kuroiwa, Indianapolis

    From its clean exterior design to its overachieving powertrain, the Titan exudes sportiness. The factory-applied bedliner and utili-track system are functional and easy to use. The interior is well conceived and roomy, although the materials used are not top-notch. I dislike the fact the gated shifter is not illuminated at night. Scott Demarest, Caledonia, Wis.

    Neither the GMC nor Ford products offered a five-speed automatic, which in the Titan makes highway driving easy, with buttery-smooth shifts, even under full throttle. The Titan’s layout is beautiful, the seats comfortable, and there is plenty of well-designed storage space. Exterior styling is bold and masculine. The Titan is firm on the road and sure-footed. The V8 sounds fantastic. The truck does, however, sit too high up, and did not come standard with running boards. Cary Fox, East Dover, Vt.

    Titan’s drivetrain simply killed the other trucks I test-drove, including the Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra and Dodge Ram. I ordered the big tow package to get the traction control, stability control and side-curtain airbags. It has proved to have a less choppy ride than the Titans without the tow package. Fit-and-finish is excellent and the exhaust note is great but not intrusive. The interior has great storage capacity with all the comfort and conveniences one could ever need. Bill Byerly, Houston

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    STICKER
    Base (includes $650 delivery): $27,350
    As tested: $29,500
    Owners paid; average: $24,230 to $35,780; $31,350


    OPTIONS AS TESTED
    Popular package, with power seats, adjustable
    pedals, six-disc CD changer, audio upgrade,
    overhead consoles ($1,300); big tow package,
    with Class IV hitch, wiring harness, power
    extending tow mirrors, heavy-duty battery,
    3.357 axle ratio, transmission temperature
    gauge, traction control ($850)

    OTHER MAJOR OPTIONS
    DVD package, with seven-inch monitor, wireless
    headphones ($1,450); high-utility bed package,
    with spray-on bedliner, utili-track channel system,
    lockbox, bed power outlets, tailgate lights ($900);
    off-road package, with fog lights, rancho shock
    absorbers, skid plates, tow hooks, 17-inch wheels
    with BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires ($850, requires
    popular package); side-airbag package ($850)

    CHASSIS
    Body-on-frame four-door truck

    DIMENSIONS
    Wheelbase (in): 139.8
    Track (in): 67.5 front, 67.5 rear
    Length/width/height (in): 224.2/78.8/75.1
    Curb weight/GVWR (lbs): 5019/6486

    CAPACITIES
    Fuel (gal): 28.0
    Cargo (cu ft): 48.1
    Towing (lbs): 9400


    ENGINE
    Front-longitudinal 5.6-liter/341.73-cid dohc V8
    Horsepower: 305 @ 4900 rpm
    Torque (lb-ft): 379 @ 3600 rpm

    Compression ratio: 9.8:1
    Fuel requirement: 87 octane

    DRIVETRAIN
    Rear-wheel drive
    Transmission: Five-speed automatic
    Final drive ratio: 3.357:1


    SUSPENSION
    Front: Double wishbone with coil springs,
    gas-charged shock absorbers, antiroll bar
    Rear: Rigid leaf springs with gas-charged
    shock absorbers, antiroll bar

    BRAKES/WHEELS/TIRES
    Discs front and rear, ABS, aluminum
    265/70R-18 Goodyear Wrangler SR-A

    STANDING-START ACCELERATION
    0-60 mph: 7.53 sec
    0-100 km/h (62.1 mph): 8.00 sec
    0-quarter-mile: 15.89 sec @ 90.9 mph

    ROLLING ACCELERATION
    20-40 mph (first gear): 2.7 sec
    40-60 mph (second gear): 3.6 sec
    60-80 mph (third gear): 5.8 sec

    BRAKING
    60 mph-0: 137 ft

    HANDLING
    490-foot slalom: 39.1 mph
    Lateral acceleration (200-foot skidpad): 0.72 g


    INTERIOR NOISE (dBA)
    Idle: 40
    Full throttle: 73
    Steady 60 mph: 62

    FUEL MILEAGE
    EPA combined: 15.87 mpg
    AW overall: 14.74 mpg

    True Cost to OwnSM
    Five-year total: $40,636
    Average cost per mile: $0.54

    DEPRECIATION
    After one year: $6,022
    Five-year total: $14,518

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  2. Nemesis_152

    Nemesis_152 I'm a delicate desert flower from Arizona.

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    :cool: at least hisXLNC can finally shut the fuck up aobut it outhandling the f-150 :o
     
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    Hell he liked a car not too long ago that wasn't a Nissan. Who knows what he'll say.
     
  4. Dalai Lama

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    notice how all the dislikes are fucking retarded things to complain about

    DISLIKES
    A high step up to seats - its a big truck. what do you expect?

    Lower-than-expected mpg - its a big truck, again, do you expect Honda Civic fuel economy?

    Gated shifter not lighted - sounds pretty gay to me. what does this mean anyways? not lighted? hard to move or something?
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    I remember the headline...in fact, it's right here beside me.

    NISSAN TITAN
    Hey, Detroit! Here's
    How to Build a Truck
     
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    Nissan is fucking people up left and right. :bowdown:
     
  7. Dalai Lama

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    "At the track we found the tranny will stay locked in gear and not kick up at redline. From 0 to 60 mph the Titan ran 0.91 second faster than the 5.4-liter F-150, and 0.33 second quicker in the quarter-mile (Feb. 16). We noticed on the slalom that it will kick down, as we started some runs in third gear and found ourselves finishing in second gear. On the skidpad the F-150 barely edged the Titan, 0.73 g to 0.72 g. In the slalom the F-150’s 40.3 mph topped the Titan’s 39.1 mph."


    not hard to tell that this is aimed towards americans. Of course, skidpad is very important when buying a fullsize truck. as is quarter mile. :rofl:
     
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    The numbers and letters aren't backlit. You have to look at the gauge cluster to know what gear you're in if it's dark and you don't know how to drive.

    The odd thing is, people complain about the complete opposite in Nissan's other vehicles. They complain about not having a gear indicator on the gauge cluster.
     
  9. Dalai Lama

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    they have to complain about something i guess :dunno:
     
  10. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    I still might consider one of those when I trade the maxima in
     
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    Can you get that with a manual transmission?
     
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    Nissan trucks :jerkit:
     
  13. Dalai Lama

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    no
     
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    TITAN SI HUGE!!!!11
     
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    They may but you'd never see them at a work site ie. construction :o

    At least where I live :dunno:
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Because they can't offer the discounts that the domestics can, I'm sure.
     
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    And no self respecting redneck would drive a Japanese vehicle.
     
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    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    You got that right. They can't even pronounce Nissan.
     
  20. TriShield

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    Infor6.1LfivespeedF-150trouncestheTitan :o
     
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    Too bad it's ugly as sin.
     
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    Titan > *
     

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