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Issue Seventeen
March 28, 2005
2005 Geneva Auto Show
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Nissan Titan:
Make Room at the Top
By Steve Litscher

(March 11, 2005)

2005 Nissan Titan LE 4x4

Nissan Titan Crew Cab has plenty of power, room and good looks

Dashboard and center stack - Nissan Titan

5.6 liter V8 delivers 305 horsepower

18-inch wheel and tire package is standard on the Nissan Titan SE

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When Nissan threw their hat into the full-size pick-up ring, they didn't tip toe around the competition - they came out swinging and aiming square for the jaw. Today and no longer a rookie, the Nissan Titan hasn't lost any of its passion - Nissan introduced a host of subtle improvements and refinements intended to solidify the Titan as the heavyweight champion of the full-size truck market.

For 2005, the Nissan Titan adds a power-operated rear privacy back glass (ala the Toyota Tundra), front and rear active head restraints, a dampened tailgate assist system that makes opening and closing the tailgate easier, refined exterior styling and new exterior and interior color choices. By our scorecard, those are a lot of enhancements for a vehicle just one year old.

But to rise up from the ranks of contender to champion requires dedication, improvement and refinement - exactly what the doctors at Nissan ordered for the Titan. Starting with an already excellent platform, the 2005 Titan is more than ready for primetime. Our Nissan Titan Crew Cab LE 4x4 arrived dressed to the nines and optioned with just about every gadget Nissan had to offer, including the $1800 Rockford Fosgate package that includes a 350-watt premium audio system with in-dash six disc CD changer, 10 speakers, 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable pedals, and an electronics package that includes auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and temperature display and a universal garage door opener system.

The big Titan also included a $950 off-road package with 17" alloy wheels, a $850 "Big Tow" package that bumps towing capacity to a staggering 9,400lbs, a $1,450 DVD mobile theater package, a $900 utility bed package and a few extra options like bedliner, floor mats, and so on. All told, our Titan weighed in at a middle-weight $34,260, including destination fees - not bad for a truck with so many options, and downright cheap when you compare it to offerings from the reigning truck champs like Ford and GM. For comparison, our long-term Toyota Tundra Double Cab stickered at $40k and didn't include a DVD player or premium sound system.

The competitive nature of the Titan doesn't stop at the options-to-price ratio; pop the hood and you'll find one of the most powerful V8 motors in the business. The Titan offers just one engine option, but what a wonderful engine it is. The Endurance 5.6L 32-valve V8 features an all aluminum block (with cast iron cylinder sleeves) and heads, and delivers a pummeling 305 horsepower and 379 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission that delivers shifts that are smooth, yet jab-accurate.

All of that power translates into performance figures that are more sports car than utilitarian. We observed zero to sixty times of 7.3 seconds and quarter mile results of 15.4 seconds at more than 90 mph. Not bad for a truck that weighs 5,100lbs and measures in at more than 18-feet in length. Those 18-plus feet are carried on a wheelbase that measures 139.8 inches - one of the biggest in the business.

On the road, the fully boxed steel ladder frame provides a rigid, vibration-free platform that does a great job of isolating road and surface irregularities from the passenger compartment. Double wish-bone front suspension pieces and dual-rate rear leaf springs supplement the ride quality while providing enough support for the Titan's 1,453lb payload rating.

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