2011 Titan New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup with lots of power, ample capabilities and a level of refinement for price 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 is a very powerful 5.6-liter V8 that makes 317 horsepower; it is matched to a 5-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.
The strong V8 engine gets the job done. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 13/18 mpg City/Highway with two-wheel drive. The Titan has the robustness and ability to deal with tough jobs and heavy loads, such as pulling a toy hauler full of dirt bikes and sand buggies.
The 2011 Titan carries over with minor changes: A 4x4 tailgate badge has been added to the 4WD versions. The other changes are all made to packaging and the model names to parallel other Nissan products: S replaces XE as the entry level, SV replaces SE as the mainline model, and SL replaces LE as the top-line model. Originally launched as a 2004 model, Titan was last re-engineered for the 2008 model year and was upgraded for 2010.
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 2011 Nissan Titan comes in 14 versions, sorted by cab style, cargo bed length, two-wheel or four-wheel drive (about $2800 more than 2WD), and trim level.
The King Cab, with its rearward-opening doors, is available in S, SV, and PRO-4X trim levels. The Crew Cab, with its full four-door configuration, is available in S, SV, PRO-4X, and SL trim. 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. Crew Cab SV is available with a long bed that measures 87.0 inches.
Titan King Cab S ($26,820) comes with cloth seating for six, full instrumentation, cruise control, split fold-up rear seats, 18-inch wheels. Titan Crew Cab S ($29,370) includes power windows and door locks. The S 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, sliding rear window on King Cab, Class IV hitch receiver and seven-pin wiring harness, along with pre-wiring for a trailer brake controller. Accessories include a utility accessory package ($345), splashguards ($115), rear bumper step assist ($225), under-seat storage ($150), iPod interface ($270); and bedliner ($340).
Titan SV King Cab ($28,820) and Titan SV Crew Cab ($31,020) 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. A long bed for SV Crew Cab is $450. The SV Value Truck Package ($1,350) includes cloth 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 proximity sensors, and other features. The SV Popular Equipment Package ($1,140) features interior trim upgrades. The SV Premium Utility Package ($1,910) includes a Rockford Fosgate audio system with 6CD 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 SV Utility Package ($950) includes the cargo-bed-related items from the Premium Utility Package.
Titan PRO-4X King Cab ($34,550) and Crew Cab ($36,750) 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, body-color bumpers, unique upholstery and instruments, and double sun visors. The PRO-4X is similar to the SV in level of trim. Options include the Premium Utility Package ($1,560) with Rockford Fosgate sound system and bed equipment, and a Luxury Package ($2,230) that includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and memory for the driver's seat, pedals and outside mirrors. Crew Cab offers a Technology Package ($3,000) of moonroof, navigation, and rear-seat entertainment.
Titan SL Crew Cab ($39,620) features embroidered leather seats, a 350-watt 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. Options include the Technology Package ($3,000), which includes a power moonroof and navigation, and the SL Max Utility Package ($500), which adds towing and utility enhancements.
Safety features include frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, and electronic stability control with traction control.