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Issue Seventeen
March 28, 2005
2005 Geneva Auto Show
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2005 Geneva Auto Show
2005 New York Auto Show
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2005 NY Auto Show
Hot Lap with:
Detailers Paradise
Nissan Titan
Porsche 911 Carrera S
2005 Volvo S40

Nissan Titan:
Make Room at the Top (continued)

The Nissan Titan's grill is unmistakable

Nissan Titan offers plenty of storage, including a lock box behind the rear wheel

Cabin is large, spacious and comfortable in the 2005 Nissan Titan

Optional DVD-based navigation system is accurate and helpful

Nissan Titan - one of the best trucks available today

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Handling is more than respectable for such a big truck, but highway cruising is what the Titan does best. Forget about trying to run errands around a crowded city - the Titan is difficult to squeeze into tiny parking stalls - let the Titan stretch its legs and exercise that big motor on your favorite stretch of highway. With minimal wind and road noise finding its way into the cabin, you can take full advantage of the 350-watt sound system, the comfy and supportive seats, and ample space. Don't worry about bringing a map, either - the Titan provides an optional 6.4-inch, DVD-based in-dash navigation system.

The climate control system is simple and straight-forward, and delivered an arctic blast of refreshing A/C, even in the 100+ degree temperatures in which we tested the Titan. The leather-wrapped shift knob was a nice touch, as are the numerous storage compartments. There's a cavernous center console bin with map pockets on each side, plenty of cup holders, and additional "pockets" in the dash. And speaking of the dash, the instrument cluster is clean and easy to read; our model included an optional transmission oil temperature gauge.

Out back, Titan owners will find one of the best truck beds in the business, thanks in large part to the optional Utili-track channel system that's a part of the $900 Utility Bed package. This ingenius system allows you to quickly and easily secure cargo. The Utility Bed package also includes a factory applied spray-in bedliner, a 12-volt outlet in the truck bed, and the driver's side lockbox - an environmentally sealed storage compartment located behind the left rear wheel. At first, it looks a bit odd, but it's ultra-handy.

Speaking of looks, we love the brawny look of the Titan. The big chrome grill almost seems to snarl tauntingly at other vehicles, as if to say, "Go ahead, make my day...punk." No one ever said fighters had to be pretty, but we think the Titan is ruggedly handsome - the wheels fill the wheel wells nicely, the full-size door handles are functional and attractive, and the chrome accents are a nice touch.

The Achilles heel of the Titan may be its brakes. And while they do an adequate job of stopping the Titan (we observed 70 to 0 stops of 187 feet), they don't inspire as much confidence as the rest of the truck does. There's a bit of "pedal lag," meaning that the pedal drops a bit before the brakes begin to activate. This can lead to a momentary feeling of panic as you wonder if the brakes are going to wake-up and do their job. The lag takes a little getting used to and can lend itself to some herky-jerky stops, but we managed to deliver smooth stops after a few days of driving.

Aside from that minor complaint, the Nissan Titan is well rounded and world-class. The Titan delivers a level of fit and finish that few others do, and it dishes out performance like Tyson used to dish out KOs. The Titan combines flexibility, versatility, purpose and value - key features often overlooked by truck and SUV buyers. The Titan one of the few trucks that we've driven that is just as happy to haul family members to a movie or groceries home from the store as it is hauling horses or large appliances. It also delivers tremendous value - our fully loaded test mule stickered for more than $5,000 less than its competitors, and is another reason we're happy to crown the 2005 Nissan Titan as champion of the (truck) world.

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