CarCorner Review: Nissan Titan CC 4X4 SV


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By Cathy Droz and Bill Zervakos –

The 2012 Nissan Titan comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and the off-road oriented PRO-4X. It offers a choice of King or Crew Cabs, but does not offer a regular cab model or an eight-foot bed. A six-foot-seven-inch bed comes standard with the King Cab and a five-foot-seven-inch bed is standard with the Crew Cab. Crew Cab models also offer a seven-foot-three-inch bed. For 2012 the Titan remains unchanged save for a new sport appearance package to SV models.

The Titan comes with 5.6-liter V-8 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Endurance V-8 with 317 horsepower has a great exhaust note and sounds manly, but there are a lot of six cylinder power-plants that offer that and more punch, so in truth, Titan’s V-8 is anemic when compared to some of its competitors.

The Titan will tow up to 9,500 pounds in the right configuration, but that’s now a thousand pounds shy of the class leaders. Handling’s very good for a truck this size, though, and the PRO-4X iteration offers some pretty capable off-road romping. As with most full size trucks, the Titan’s fuel numbers leave a lot to be desired.

Some trucks on the market seem to be trying to soften their image but the Titan is a big brawny truck pure and simple. Its job is to haul and tow not just be a dime store cowboy or cowgirls city ride. Inside the Titan, space and comfort are good, and build quality is reasonably good, too. King Cabs have rear-hinged doors for access to a stubby rear-seat area; four-door Crew Cabs are preferred for wide, nicely positioned seats, though the step-in height in the Titan seems higher than in competitive trucks. The choice of three bed lengths keeps the Titan in the hunt for hauling a big payload, but the longest bed length of 7’ 3” unfortunately is nine inches less than you’ll need to haul the usual 4×8 sheets of plywood. The Titan is available with a factory-applied spray-in bedliner and lockable storage bins built into its bed fenders, handy features that are demanded more and more in utility vehicles.

While the Titan has the appearance of a work truck, it sports quite a few handy features. Option packages and trim levels are the main point of differentiation for the single power-train Titan, and the differences between the four models and several option packages are noticeable and not inexpensive. The base Titan starts at just a bit over $28,000 with the S Crew Cab basing at $33,560 and the SV which my tester was basing at $34,460 and the Pro-4X Crew Cab starting at $37,910. While advanced technology is not high on the list of things the Titan offers, it does offer Bluetooth phone connectivity, a DVD entertainment system and XM Satellite Radio to keep it in the 21st Century. Leather, a Rockford Fosgate audio system and heated front seats are available.

All in all the Nissan Titan is a big, brawny truck that does its job well and in relative comfort, and while it’s not necessarily the prettiest truck at the dance, it isn’t bad. So if you haven’t checked one out lately, maybe you should.

Titan photos courtesy of http://www.nissanusa.com/titan
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