2008 Nissan Titan 4X4 PRO-4X (689)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2008 Nissan Titan 4X4 PRO-4X full size pick up truck with crew cab. I have been testing a lot of Nissan’s lately and what I come away with is I am impressed with them all.  This full size pick up truck was first introduced in 2004 and I like this size better than the huge Armada for example.

I gave this a complete test and subjected it to virtually every condition you’re likely to encounter. It performed admirably. 2,000 miles in a big loop from LA, California to Oregon, along the Columbia River Gorge through rain, snow, ice, high winds negotiating dirt roads, white out snow conditions and not once felt I needed chains. I found the ease of use of the 4-wheel drive on the fly selector super convenient and in fact necessary in such conditions that changed by the minute.

General Info:

Parts –  n/a

Assembly – Canton, OH USA

Class:  – Standard Pick Up Trucks

Cars: – 350Z, Altima, Altima Hybird, Armada, Frontier, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Quest, Rogue, Sentra, Titan, Versa & Xterra.

Handling & Performance:

This Titan became my friend and I trusted it completely. It was comfortable for me and my passenger. I did all the testing in one week and although I was tired after the trip I know it would have been more harrowing in a lesser vehicle. We found ourselves complementing the Titan often. It has plenty of power but you’ll pay dearly in fuel. It is really bad but I don’t get too excited because that’s expected today for this kind of performance.

Silent running is very noticeable … and it may be the result of their advertised super silent timing chain.

Styling:

I like it a lot. You?

Fit and Finish:

I like it a lot. You?

Cost:

Pricey… but competitive with those listed here.

Consumer Recommendation:

I was equally impressed with my recent test of the Honda Ridgeline. Be sure to put that in your test drives as well. In fact you should test drive all of the listed competitors since the field is relatively small. I think you’ll agree this is a difficult choice to make. I have driven them all and they are all too close to call. I’ve owned Ford’s, Chevy’s and presently I have a Dodge and they’ve all been great trucks.

Recognized Competition:

Nissan Titan $24-39,000, Dodge RAM 1500 $21-40,000, Ford F150 $18-36,000, GMC Sierra 1500 $18-42,000, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $18-39,000, Toyota Tundra $22-42,000, Honda Ridgeline $28-35,000.

Good News:

They advertise serious off-road performance and I have to agree, roomy crew cab, powerful engine.

Bad News:

Hugely lousy fuel consumption.

Standard Equipment:

5.6 liter 317 hp V8 engine, 5-speed auto transmission, electronically controlled shift on the fly 4WD system, switch on demand Electronic locking rear differential, Rancho off-road performance shocks, independent double wishbone front suspension, solid rear axle with multi-leaf spring suspension, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, 18 inch alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, fog lights, bed mounted driver side lock box, locking tailgate, cargo bed lamp, easygate dampened tailgate, 8-speaker audio with 6 disc in dash CD player, power rear sliding glass, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control with leather wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, air conditioning, 60/40 split fold up rear bench seat, auto headlights, advanced airbag system, Latch system child anchors and tethers, tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle security system with vehicle immobilizer.

Gas Stats:

$2.90/ Gal avg. Feb 6, ‘07

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

12 City and 17 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $33,950.

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