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Nissan Titan’s Fold Flat Front Passenger Seat

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

One of the full-size truck market’s most reliable customers is the contractor – that guy who practically lives in his truck, carrying a mix of business and personal items (tools and toys), and often a variety of people. The contractor demographic helped make the four-door pickup a household item, and as contractors grew more affluent during the American construction boom, amenities and creature comforts began to appear in their trucks that had previously only been available to luxury-car buyers.

The driver’s seat of a contractor’s truck is often his office chair. From this post, he commandeers projects, makes phone calls, and writes all manner of communiqu├ęs. The passenger seat then becomes his desk, albeit a soft and uneven one. Not so in the Nissan Titan. The Titan’s passenger seatback folds down completely flat with the pull of a handle, and offers the driver a completely flat, hard surface resembling the tray table on a passenger jet. Since it’s set into the back of a car seat, it’s obviously much sturdier.

The seatback is perfectly positioned for the driver to write on and show the workers standing on the passenger side exactly what he means. We’ve remarked before about little things making a big difference in reference to this truck, and it holds true here as well. This is one of the most butt-kicking features we have ever seen, and Nissan deserves credit for executing it in a most convenient fashion.

Flat Folding Front Seat

Nissan Titan Front Passenger Seat

Contractor Work Space Front Seat

Nissan Truck Front Passenger Seat

September 25, 2006 , 2:14 pm |

Sporty Steering Wheel in the Titan

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

In keeping with the theme of little things making big differences, we feel that our long-term Nissan Titan deserves praise for its steering wheel. Why does a truck need a cool steering wheel, you ask? Well, grip the Titan’s wheel and find out for yourself. It’s thick all-around, and has those nifty bumps at ten’o’clock and two’o’clock, usually a hallmark of serious sports cars. Apparently the folks at Mazda aren’t the only ones capable of injecting sporting DNA into every vehicle they build.

The sportiness of the wheel is in keeping with the character of the Titan, with the floor-mounted shifter contrasting with the schoolbus-style steering-column mounts of some trucks and SUVs. Even for some of our more diminutive writers, getting comfortable in the Titan is a snap. The armrest is perfectly positioned to allow you to rest your elbow on it while holding the shift knob. Although holding the shifter is mostly a formality with an automatic transmission, it is a familiar ergonomic touch for those of us who are more inclined towards sports cars with manual gearboxes. Nissan surely realizes that a good number of the Titan’s buyers will be speed demons looking for a tow vehicle for one of their money pits. So, hats off to Nissan for making us – er, those crazy guys comfortable behind the wheel of their truck.

Thick Sporty Nissan Titan Steering Wheel

September 21, 2006 , 1:57 pm |

The Nissan Titan’s Side View Mirrors Increase Visibility

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

Given the superlative terms we heaped on our long-term Nissan Titan’s liftgate mechanism, we hesitated to use another “best-on-the-market” line for fear of lessening the effect. But the Titan is really just that good, and is a rolling example of all those proverbs about little things making a big difference.

The side view mirrors on the Titan are without a doubt the best on the full-size truck market. The standard mirror for every Titan is a huge, box-shaped regular mirror, accompanied by a rectangular convex mirror on the bottom. The top portions are power-adjustable, and the convex mirror is just poke-adjustable. That’s fine with us, since it offers the driver such a wide field of vision that you may never need to adjust it at all.

The only mirror that really compares to the Titan’s is found on the Ford F Series trucks. For trucks that you can fit into a standard garage, the Titan is “king of visibility.”

Nissan Titan Side View Mirror

September 15, 2006 , 4:26 pm |

Tight Turning Titan is Tops

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

When you’re talking trucks, the figures and stats that normally would get your heart racing-slalom times, cornering forces, etc.–suddenly become less important, compared to numbers that car-guys generally consider mundane. Turning Radius, for example. A low-slung, Italianate exotic with nine-inch-wide wheels isn’t going to have the tightest turning radius, but that’s not going to keep the lottery winners out of the dealership, either. But on an everyday-use pickup, little things like the turning radius become very important indeed. It’s one thing to have to make a 53-point turn on that rare occasion when you’re out in your Lamborghini; it’s entirely another when that same contortionism is required every time you head to the hardware store.

We’re handily impressed with the turning radius on our long-term Nissan Titan. For a full-size truck, this thing seems as light on its feet as a ballet dancer; easy to slot into even the narrowest of alleys or parking spots with a minimum of back-and-forth fuss. We have yet to run the numbers, but we’d be willing to bet that the Titan’s turning circle is the shortest out of any competitor on the market today. We’ve driven them all, of course, and our seat-of-the-pants impression is that Nissan has them all beat. It makes driving the Titan just that much easier.

September 3, 2006 , 10:16 am |