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Nissan’s tailgate Dampening Assist is a winner – drop your tailgate.

Filed under: 2006 Nissan Titan,4x4s/Off-roaders,Nissan,Trucks/Pickups
Written by Ross Rapoport

After spending lots of quality time with our 2006 Nissan Titan long-term tester, we’re prepared to say that from the C-pillars back, it’s currently the most innovative full-size truck on the market this side of a Chevy Avalanche.

In addition to the unique Utili-track system in the bed, which makes tying down motorcycles a snap, the tailgate is just the best we’ve ever seen. It’s lockable, and can be opened with one hand, both commendable attributes. But the clincher is what Nissan calls “dampening assist” – basically a spring-loaded mechanism that eases the tailgate down without drama, regardless of how hard you drop it. So if your hand slips, or is just too weak to handle the tailgate on a full-size truck like this, have no fear. Dropping the gate on any other truck ensures a loud bang and startled bystanders, but the Nissan Titan produces only a slight hissing noise – and inevitably, double takes from your buddies.

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August 26, 2006 , 10:41 am |

The Titan’s Sirius satellite antenna is nicely hidden

Filed under: 2006 Nissan Titan,4x4s/Off-roaders,Nissan,Trucks/Pickups
Written by Ross Rapoport

One other thing we feel compelled to mention about our Titan test truck is the common-sense approach Nissan has taken on the issue of satellite radio. Most manufacturers have elected to plop strangely-shaped, body-colored antennae on the roofs of their cars. However, the Titan’s Sirius antenna is located inside the car, tucked in next to the rear-view mirror’s mount on the windshield where a parking-garage transmitter or SmartTag might go. It’s still a big ugly box, but it’s the best solution that we’ve seen to this aesthetic issue. Hats off to Nissan for addressing what is admittedly a strictly aesthetic, car-guy nit-pick.

Nissan Titan's Sirius Satellite Antenna

August 25, 2006 , 4:11 pm |

Utili-Track System provides a ton of utility.

Filed under: 2006 Nissan Titan,4x4s/Off-roaders,Nissan,Trucks/Pickups
Written by Alan Riley

One of the features of our Nissan Titan that we have found to be unexpectedly useful is the Utili-track bed system. With a name like Utili-track, you might think that this is simply one of a long list of features attached to the window sticker of a truck by some marketing type.

Wrong. The Utili-track bed system is something we wish would be on every truck. It is a sliding rail system accomodating a variety of OEM and aftermarket accessories which can lock into the four lengthwise rails and one horizontal rail. Rather than having to stretch bungee cords to the far corners of the truck to tie something down, we can just slide the Titan’s adjustable cleats to where we need them, lock them down, and have a secure tie down in minutes.

Even better are the plethora of items which have been made to work with this system. From bicycle fork mounts to sliding floor trays to toolboxes to motorcycle wheel chocks to bed extenders, the myriad of possibilities for the Utili-track system continue to impress us.




August 15, 2006 , 2:57 pm |

Welcome the 2006 Nissan Titan Crew Cab to the fleet.

Filed under: 2006 Nissan Titan,4x4s/Off-roaders,Nissan,Trucks/Pickups
Written by Charlie Romero

Nissan is a gutsy brand, overall–willing to take chances that other automakers would have rejected as too risky within the first committee meeting. Look at the 350Z, the Spec-V sedans, or even the alternatively-styled Quest minivan. We credit this audacious attitude with starting the V6 horsepower wars in the midsize sedan class–which we’re all reaping the benefits of, now. Remember, it was the Altima’s 240-horse 3.5-liter that started it all, forcing Honda, Mazda, and even staid Toyota to follow suit by stuffing muscular sixes into their previously bland bread-and-butter cars, just to compete.

Nissan showed the same sort of cojones when they brought the Titan to market. The last bastion of “Big-3”-style Detroit domination, the full-size truck market had been looked upon by pretty much everybody as domestic-only territory. Toyota had made a half-hearted effort earlier, but wasn’t having much success. The conventional wisdom held that nobody here would buy a “real” truck built by foreigners, and that the Japanese didn’t have the experience in the field anyway.

Nissan solved that first problem by building the Titan in Canton Mississippi, with American labor. And the second problem? They licked that one by building one heck of a truck.

Faithful readers will recall our previous encounters with the Nissan Titan. We gave it the usual once-over back in 2004, and found it impressively competent. Then, several months back, we flogged several 4×4 Titans through one of the most challenging off-road courses in the country, and came away doubly impressed with its capabilities. Now, we’ve added a 2006 Nissan Titan SE 4×4 Crew Cab to our long-term fleet, to see how it handles the really rough stuff–living with us. As seriously discerning automotive experts, we’ll be putting this puppy through its paces, and reporting back to you on it all.

Follow this link to read the full review of the 2006 Nissan Titan.

Nissan Titan Crew Cab 4X4 SE Truck

August 14, 2006 , 9:17 am |

Welcome to the Roadfly Long-Term Road Tests

Filed under: Etc.
Written by Charlie Romero

Certain cars, trucks and SUVs are just too important, interesting, or plain good to cover comprehensively in our standard one-week test format. That’s why Roadfly is establishing a long-term fleet–with the gracious cooperation of the manufacturers. We’ll be subjecting these vehicles to a full year of real-life assessment, evaluating how they perform when the novelty wears off.

We’ll be living with these long-term testers as if they were our own, and bringing you updates on their performance, functionality, and reliability every couple of weeks.

August 14, 2006 , 9:02 am |