2010 Titan New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup with lots of power, ample capabilities and a level of refinement that adds to its appeal. There are two body styles: The King Cab has rearward-opening rear doors. The Crew Cab is a conventional four-door configuration and offers a choice of short or long cargo beds. The only engine choice is a very powerful 5.6-liter V8 that makes 317 horsepower; it is matched to a five-speed automatic transmission. The Titan is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 pounds.
On the outside the Titan has a rugged, purposeful look. Inside, you'll find an attractive, user-friendly interior. There's room for a family of five or four burly fishermen. Titans range from utilitarian models with crank windows to leather-lined cabs befitting a luxury SUV. You really can have it just about any way you want it.
The strong V8 engine gets the done. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 13 mpg City, 18 mpg Highway with two-wheel drive. This is a truck for true truckers. If you have no need for its stout capabilities to haul or tow heavy and/or big things, you may be better off with something smaller and more efficient. However, if the Titan's robustness and its ability to deal with tough jobs and heavy loads, such as pulling a toy box full of dirt bikes and sand buggies, is just what you need, then the Titan will certainly deliver while cradling you in comfort and convenience every mile of the way.
For 2010, Titan receives some upgrades. On the safety side, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control, and Active Brake Limited Slip are now standard on all models. There have also been changes and additions to the available options and packages which, basically, make it easier and less expensive to equip the Titan with the features most buyers want in order to suit individual preferences.
In short, if you need a full-size pickup with power to perform and deal with heavy loads, and with plenty of room inside, and you'd also like the comfort and convenience of the Titan's level of refinement, then it definitely should be on your shopping list.
The 2010 Nissan Titan comes in a dozen versions, sorted by cab style, cargo-bed length, two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and trim level.
The King Cab, with its rearward-opening doors, is available in XE, SE and PRO-4X trim levels. The Crew Cab, with its full four-door configuration, is available in XE, SE, PRO-4X and LE trim levels. The PRO-4X models are available only with four-wheel drive; all the others offer a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. King Cab versions have a cargo bed that measures 79.1 inches long. Crew Cab models offer a cargo bed of 67.3 inches (a little less than six feet). Crew Cab SE is available with a long bed that measures 87.0 inches.
Nissan King Cab XE ($26,320) comes with cloth seating for six, active front head restraints, full instrumentation, cruise control, split fold-up rear seats, 18-inch wheels. Crew Cab XE ($28,870) also gets power windows and door locks. The XE Popular Equipment Package for King Cab ($1,090) and Crew Cab ($1,140) adds alloy wheels, overhead center console, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, Class IV hitch receiver and seven-pin wiring harness, along with pre-wiring for a trailer brake controller. Options include a bed extender ($260), splashguards ($115), rear bumper step assist ($225), under-seat storage ($150), auto-dimming mirror ($230).
Titan SE King Cab ($28,320) and Crew Cab ($30,520) upgrade with alloy wheels, chrome bumpers, upholstery and seating upgrades, a CD changer, power mirrors, tailgate assist, sliding rear window, and conveniences such as remote keyless entry and illuminated visor mirrors. Crew Cab SE is available with a longer cargo bed ($450). Four-wheel drive ($2850) is optional.
Options for Titan SE: The SE Value Truck Package ($1,350) includes front captain's chairs, eight-way power driver's seat, fog lights, Bluetooth, floor mats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, rear sonar system, and other features. The SE Popular Equipment Package ($1,100) features interior trim upgrades. The SE Premium Utility Package ($1,910) includes a Rockford Fosgate audio system with six-CD changer and eight speakers, XM Satellite Radio, power-adjustable pedals, HomeLink garage-door opener, dual power and heated extendable tow mirrors, and a lot of utility features, including the Utili-track Bed Channel system, spray-on bedliner, lockable bedside storage, front tow hooks, a lower axle ratio for better pulling power, and other worthwhile items. The SE Utility Package ($950) includes the cargo-bed-related items from the Premium Utility Package.
Titan PRO-4X King Cab ($34,050) and Crew Cab $36,420) come standard with four-wheel drive and larger, more aggressive tires, off-road suspension tuning, 3.36:1 axle gears, electronic locking rear differential, skid plates, two-tone cloth upholstery, body-color bumpers, unique upholstery and instruments, and double sun visors. The PRO-4X is similar to the SE in level of trim. Options include the Premium Utility Package ($1,560) and a Leather Package ($2,230) that includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and memory for the driver's seat, pedals and outside mirrors.
The Titan LE Crew Cab ($36,420) features leather power seats, a Rockford Fosgate sound system with XM radio, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, woodgrain trim, Bluetooth, double overhead consoles, 20-inch wheels, fog lamps, and chrome power folding heated mirrors. Titan LE Crew Cab is available with four-wheel drive ($39,120). Options include a Technology Package ($2,000), which includes a power moonroof and navigation; the LE Max Utility Package ($500), which adds towing and utility enhancements; DVD entertainment ($1,000).
Safety features include frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control, and Active Brake Limited Slip.