2009 Titan New Car Test Drive
The 2009 Nissan Titan gets minor upgrades and equipment repackaging. Titan was redesigned for 2008 and delivers truck capability and tough-guy truck image with enough refinement to appeal to a broad range of drivers and occupants.
Among the changes for 2009 are a matte-finish grille and body-colored bumper for the Titan XE, automatic locking on all models with power door locks, standard 18-inch wheels, and a Max-Utility package that combines much of the previous utility and towing packages into one.
Short- and long-bed models are offered, the latter among the largest half-tons with good bed space, cabin room, and towing and fuel capacity.
Inside, the 2008 redesign gave the Nissan Titan an attractive, user-friendly interior. There's plenty of room for a growing family of five or four big outdoorsmen out for weekend recreation. Titans range from utilitarian models with crank windows to leather-lined cabs befitting a luxurious sport-utility.
Titan's proven and powerful V8 and automatic is a stout engine raced at more than twice its street-legal 317 horsepower. Nothing like this gets good gas mileage and if you have no plans to haul stuff around or tow anything, the Titan will be overkill. When you do haul or tow, you'll find the Titan a highly capable half-ton pickup with features useful for towing and hauling.
In part because of the engine, the Titan leans to the sporty and heavy-user ends of the pickup truck spectrum. Obviously it can be used on a daily basis and perhaps on an overcast day it might just blend in, but the Titan is more outgoing than that and would prefer a home with an adventurous family, busy independent contractor or landscaper, hard-core four wheeler towing a buggy, or on the job site tending to fickle foremen and agitated architects: At least on the weekdays.
If you need a full-size pickup with power to perform and plenty of room, the Nissan Titan should be on your shopping list.
The 2009 Nissan Titan offers more than 25 variants. Choose from two cabs (King Cab, Crew Cab), two wheelbases (short or long bed), two- and four-wheel drive, and four trim levels (XE, SE, Pro-4X, LE) in virtually any combination with these exceptions: Pro-4X models are 4WD only, and the King Cab Pro-4X is short wheelbase only. Four-wheel drive adds about $3000; a long wheelbase adds about $400, and figure $2500-$3000 to move up from King Cab to Crew Cab.
Titan XE is focused on function and includes cloth seating for six, active front head restraints, full instrumentation, cruise control, split fold-up rear seats, 18-inch wheels, and on Crew Cabs, power windows and door locks.
Titan SE models add alloy wheels, chrome bumpers, upholstery upgrades, a CD changer, heated power mirrors, tailgate assist, and conveniences such as remote keyless entry and illuminated visor mirrors.
Titan Pro-4X is a 4WD SE with larger, more aggressive tires, off-road suspension tuning, 3.36:1 gears, electronic locking rear differential, skid plates, two-tone cloth upholstery, body-color bumpers, unique upholstery and instruments, and double sun visors.
Titan LE is the luxury model, with 20-inch wheels, fog lamps, leather power seats, a 350-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system with XM radio, dual-zone climate control, power adjustable pedals, woodgrain trim, Bluetooth, double overhead consoles on Crew Cab, traction package, and chrome power folding heated mirrors.
Options include a navigation system, spray-in bed liner, moonroof, DVD entertainment.
Safety features include frontal airbags. Side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are optional A roll-sensing electronic stability control system is optional.