2008 Titan New Car Test Drive
The 2008 Nissan Titan's most notable change is the new long-wheelbase variant that provides a bed length of almost 8 feet, 3 inches on King Cabs and 7 feet, 3 inches on Crew Cabs, the biggest box on a half-ton crew cab pickup; those models also have the largest fuel tank at 37 gallons. Subtle changes to the grille, lamps, bumpers and wheels have softened the edges a bit but Titan's in-your-face attitude is still prevalent.
The high level of function remains too, and maximum payload has been lifted above 2,000 pounds on certain versions. A tow package (up to 9500 pounds) that includes extendable dual-element mirrors and transmission temperature gauge ranks among the best in half-ton pickups, the locking tailgate is damped and assisted for easy open and close, and available features like the cargo track retention system (bed sides and floor) and storage box in the rear fender ideal for wet tow straps or chains are unmatched in class.
The 2008 Nissan Titan cabin will still serve well for truck duty, but it is now more refined and has less edginess, eliminating one of the few gripes regarding the original Titan.
Dash and door panels are easy-to-wipe-off plastic yet no longer give the impression of cost-cutting in materials, and the new instrument layout provides all the same, complete information but has a more coherent sophisticated look to it. On Pro-4X models the gauges are white-faced, and LE models have enough wood-like acreage to fit in a luxury utility.
Titans can be equipped with a six-person bench seat interior or with captain's chairs in front for a five-seat capacity.
Our Pro-4X had the buckets with heat, power adjustments, and two-position driver memory system to complement the adjustable pedals. The only nuisance in fit is the tilt-and-telescoping steering column adjustment that is spring-loaded and requires you to tilt-and-telescope the wheel with one hand while the other holds the release. You sit high and comfortable, not squeezed but not loosely floating about and visibility is excellent to all corners (and well-behind with the tow mirrors) although some shorter drivers may not like the large base on the windshield pillar. An optional rear-view camera is available and we found it eased trailer hitching.
A new center dash section for 2008 handles audio, climate, navigation, and switching duty (tow mode, VDC off, diff lock, etc.) with a slightly more integrated look. It looks better than last year's setup and more easily handles extras like the dual-zone climate control on LE models. All controls are logical and sensibly arranged, although traditional pickup truck buyers who go for six seats will have to adapt to wipers and shifter on the same side of the wheel. With deep bins in the center console and smaller ones along the sides, big door and seatback pockets, and generous cup holders, you'll find a place to put virtually anything.
Entry and exit is simple, aided by running boards if you value deportment above ground clearance. Rear doors on King Cabs swing almost 170 degrees for easy access and there's room back there for six-footers on short-to-moderate length trips. Crew Cab rear seats are downright spacious and eclipsed only by the Dodge Ram Mega Cab and Toyota Tundra CrewMax, neither of which offers near the bed capacity of a long-bed Titan. Titan Crew Cabs offer an optional moonroof and DVD rear-seat entertainment system.
You won't see any of the noise-reduction materials inside (unless you're under the dash installing a brake controller with the tow-package pigtail) but if you've ever been in a Titan you will notice the 2008 is much quieter and smoother.