Vehicle Review - 2004 Nissan Titan

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    A True Challenger: Nissan goes all-out to battle the truck Titans

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    By JOE KOVACH
    (08:30 Aug. 26, 2003)

    Starting from scratch, doing relentless research and learning from the rival Toyota Tundra, Nissan will launch its new Titan in December, armed to bash its way into the competitive—and lucrative—full-size truck market. Nissan spent more than $2 million on consumer research nationwide, not to mention building a new $1.43 billion factory in Canton, Mississippi, which starts cranking out Titans this fall.

    Nissan engineers went off-roading in Utah, rock climbing in Arizona, ranch-road riding and creek fording in Idaho, and slogging through deep snow in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. One result of that is Titan’s switch-on-demand locking rear differential (due in May), the only one on a full-size truck.

    A big achievement for those developing Titan was convincing Nissan’s execs that bigger is better in the United States, and why the Titan’s engine needed the size and power it ultimately received. The Tundra, while a very good truck, fell short because it wasn’t full-size. The Titan’s dimensions are similar to the market’s superstar, the perennially best-selling Ford F-150.

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    The Titan’s look is rugged—though not as rugged as the Dodge Ram’s—with simple, clean lines. Its styling evolution is reminiscent of when Volvo moved from its boxy body to a design that fared well with its BMW/Mercedes/Audi rivals yet stood out from a crowd. Very nice, indeed.

    Inside the Titan are basic, clean lines, too, and it is as roomy and airy as a full-size truck should be. Product planning director Larry Dominique told the designers that all instruments must be operated easily by someone wearing leather work gloves. To get the point across, Dominique sent them all gloves. They got the point. We like the user-friendliness of the instruments and even prefer them to the increasingly distracting controls on many new cars. Flip-flexible seats provide stowage space in addition to the bed.

    Nissan’s research shows in the Titan’s specs and features. “For 80 years the pickup truck’s rectangle box didn’t change,” Dominique noted. And because many truck guys who were surveyed griped that truck beds aren’t illuminated enough, the Titan has two lights, the second located on the tailgate. “Four-corner tie-downs don’t give me enough flexibility” was another common complaint, Dominique said. Thus, the Titan features a system of channels in the bed and side panels. Aluminum cleats, which look like fancy fuel caps, slide in the channels and lock down wherever an attaching point is needed for a tie-down strap. Nissan says sliding cargo trays, a tool box and other modular storage units, plus bike and kayak racks will be available down the road. The bed also gets a first-in-class factory-applied spray-in bedliner, a 12-volt utility outlet and a lockable, weather-resistant storage compartment in the bedside.

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    The new 5.6-liter, aluminum block dohc V8 makes 305 hp at 4900 rpm and 379 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission on all models. With tow package, towing capacity reaches 9500 pounds. The Titan is available in two- or four-wheel drive in three models: XE, SE and LE, from base to top level, respectively.

    The engine churns out plenty of power for exploring scenic vistas or highway stretches. Like the F-150, the Titan doesn’t feel as big as it is. The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is tight, even at center, aiding a car-like impression that makers of civilian trucks seek. The suspension is set up with double wishbones in front and dual-rate leaf springs in the rear. Brakes are 12.6-inch discs all around with ABS, and wheels come in 17 or 18 inches.

    We drove Titan off-road, in both its off-road and regular 4x4 packages. On a forest service trail in the mountains we encountered curved ditches about a foot deep running across the trail that allow rain runoff to avoid erosion. The dips weren’t too jarring considering the speeds. Later, on a man-made off-road course in mud, sand and rocks with sharp, narrow turns between trees and rocks, the only drama took place in a rocky area: horrible-sounding scraping noises beneath us. We jumped out to check underneath the Titan and thanks to skid plates there was no damage. We never got close to getting stuck all day. The 4x4 uses shift-on-the-fly 4wd, with 2wd and 4 High and 4 Low modes.

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    Crew cabs and 4x4s are red-hot in the truck market, while regular cabs are waning in popularity. So flexible is the company’s manufacturing plant that Nissan didn’t even bother to make a regular-cab Titan (likewise Ford and its new F-150). The two Titans it offers are a King Cab (60 percent of the mix) and a Crew Cab (40 percent). The King Cab’s bed is six feet, seven inches long, while the Crew Cab bed is a foot shorter to allow more cab space (127 cubic feet vs. King Cab’s 114). And the King Cab’s rear door opens all the way for easier access in a crowded parking lot.

    Among many other options are a DVD system, Vehicle Dynamic Control with brake-activated limited-slip traction control, and a tire pressure monitor system. Nissan has not announced pricing yet, but if history is any indication, Titan will be competitively priced to wedge its way into the segment.

    The orgy of options and new features in trucks may seem like overkill, but according to Nissan’s research, it’s what the market craves. That market will become more competitive when Titan goes on sale this winter.

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    2004 NISSAN TITAN
    ON SALE: December
    POWERTRAIN: 5.6-liter, 305-hp, 379-lb-ft V8; rwd, five-speed automatic
    CURB WEIGHT: 5019 pounds

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    Front looks ok, bed looks nice, tailgate is :ugh: :barf:
     
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    It's ugly, but it should provide plenty of competition. This is good, it'll make the domestics work harder to maintain their cash cows.
     
  5. mrautoxer

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    doesn't look like a work truck. looks like something you wouldn't want to haul anything in for fear of putting some dings on it
     
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    I like it.. tailgate is kinda weird, tho :ugh:

    if I was gonna get a truck I'd get an F-150.. no question.

    but I would get that Titan over a chevy, dodge, or toyota. :bigthumb:
     
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    I'll take one in black, lifted, with some 32" boggers.
     
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    I dont think so the new 150 should be the easy choice.
     
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    New Ford won't have a problem at all.
     
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    very nice :bigthumb:

    i'd still prolly get an F-150, but a titan would make me seriously think twice about it :o
     
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    they dont make 32" boggers
     
  13. thewise1

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    I'd still rather have a Dodge Ram, but they are damn nice nonetheless
     
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    so, uhhh how much is it gonna be? :o
     
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    32 = wimpy shit. 44 inch Thornbirds all the fuckin way.
     
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    UGLY! Rather have a F-150.
     
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    they dont make 44" thornbirds
     
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    I want something that can actually be driven to where it needs to go.
     
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    It might be kinda nice in black.
     
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    it just looks funny, but seems badass
     
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    The next Frontier will be based on this platform as well. It's supposed to have a 4+ liter VQ. Output is to be higher than GM's inline-6. It's coming in 2005.
     
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    You have to give Nissan props for going their own way instead of ripping off the F-150 like Toyota did.
     
  24. dragon1976

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    Same for the 2005 Xterra.
     

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