Overview & Reviews
The Nissan Titan, introduced for 2004, was the first Japanese pickup to truly possess the attributes that buyers typically expect from a full-size truck. Manufactured at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, plant, it boasts dimensions and capabilities that are very similar to those of domestic full-size pickups. Though it hasn't sold as well as its rivals and is now growing quite long in the tooth, a new or used Nissan Titan can still meet the basic needs of many truck shoppers.
Current Nissan Titan
The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck. In terms of size, it's very similar to the trucks offered by domestic automakers, which means it provides competitive amounts of cargo and interior room. There's a fully boxed frame underneath for maximum rigidity and strength, as well as a traditional solid rear axle with leaf-spring support.
Nissan currently offers the Titan in extended-cab (King Cab) and crew-cab styles, with two bed lengths each. Buyers may also choose between standard- and long-wheelbase versions, with the latter adding 20 inches in length. The King Cab is offered with either a 6.5- or 8-foot bed, while those on the crew cab are each 1 foot shorter. The King Cab's rear-hinged doors open extra wide to aid cargo loading or a passenger's entry to the rear seats. The crew cab has four traditional doors and a larger rear seating area with more available rear legroom than the extended cab.
Each Nissan Titan body style is available in four trim levels. Similar to other Nissan products, there's the entry-level S, the midgrade SV, off-road-focused PRO-4X and the luxury-oriented SL. The S has a front bench seat, while captain's chairs with a flow-through console are standard on the other trims. Standard safety features now include stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Notable options, depending on trim, include upgraded audio systems, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and utility-enhancing cargo bed features. For those who anticipate pulling trailers, the SV Value Truck or SL Max Utility tow packages are also available.
The PRO-4X trim level adds equipment for serious off-roaders that include Rancho shocks, a lower final-drive ratio, skid plates, an electronic locking differential and 18-inch off-road wheels with aggressive off-road tires. Unique exterior and interior styling cues to differentiate the PRO-4X from the other Titan models are also included.
For power, Nissan offers only one combination: a 5.6-liter V8 connected to a five-speed automatic transmission. The V8 is rated at 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The transmission features a tow/haul mode for when the truck is used for pulling or carrying heavy loads. For every body style and trim combination, two- or four-wheel drive is available.
In Nissan Titan reviews, our editors have found it to be powerful and capable both on- and off-road. Downsides include a lack of additional powertrain choices and the absence of a heavy-duty model. The Titan has also been outclassed by newer competitors in terms of comfort and overall design. Still, we think Nissan's Titan is worth a look.
Used Nissan Titan Models
The current, first-generation Titan debuted for 2004, and these earlier trucks could be a good choice for a shopper searching for a used late-model pickup. The first couple of production years, in particular, outclassed domestic pickups in many ways. The most notable changes for the Nissan Titan came for the 2008 model year and included the addition of a long-wheelbase model, exterior and interior styling refreshes and new features. Models built for 2007 and earlier were available in one wheelbase length only, lacked the two different bed lengths for each body style and also had a reduced maximum payload.
It should be noted that stability control, side airbags and side curtain airbags were not standard on all Titans until 2010. Used shoppers should investigate whether the truck in question is equipped with them. Also, the current trim levels were introduced for the 2011 model year; previously, the Titan's three main trims were XE, SE and LE, though feature content was broadly comparable.
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Powerful truck! - 2004 Nissan Titan
By sangio - December 29 - 2:00 am
I test drove the Ram 1500 with the HEMI and an Avalanche. The acceleration respose does not come close. It reminds me of my 1972 Monte Carlo.
greattruck - 2004 Nissan Titan
By 10356 - December 29 - 2:00 am
this is a great truck
2004 Titan SE KingCab 4X4 - 2004 Nissan Titan
By Warbie - December 29 - 2:00 am
Comfortable, powerful, properly executed full size pickup.. I only have one complaint. There is no way to turn off the traction control! 305 horsepower/379 ft/lb of torque and no smokey burnouts, even with VDC turned off. I just want those "HEMI" owners to smell a little smoke when my Titan is smokin' 'em!!
Titan , name kinda says it all ......... - 2004 Nissan Titan
By Redd - December 29 - 2:00 am
Solid truck .......as well if not better built than Ford! If the reliability runs like most Nissans ...the 'Big Three' are in "Big Trouble!" Don't take my word for it......drive one and then be sure to drive a Ford, Chevy or Dodge asap.........and BE HONEST......no comparison!
what a TRUCK! - 2004 Nissan Titan
By pimpfatty - December 27 - 6:53 am
This truck has been great. 3,000 miles with no problems. Getting 16MPG with city driving and Big Tow package.
The 2015 I just purhcased in May is my third Titan - 2015 Nissan Titan
By Cheryl Vieau - December 26 - 6:58 am
My first Titan was a 2008. I had that truck for 4 years. Never had any trouble with it, loved it. It was totaled when a larger truck ran a stop sign and T-boned my truck. I walked away, took the insurance money and purchased my 2012. This year, I traded, what I thought would be "up" to the 2015. The 2015 interior design on the doors had changed, and for the worse. Very upset. Calling the dealership again this morning, because the "new" door Assembly is separating worse than the original door they replaced. Poor design? Poor materials? Very disappointed. Curious how I will be received this morning when I once again call the Service Dept...
F-150 Eat my Dust - 2004 Nissan Titan
By Tom Morehouse - December 24 - 10:00 am
I finally talked mom into a truck. she hated the idea until we took a test drive. Now she drives it. My neighbors all work for Ford and tried to talk me out of it. But when I brought it home they all came running to check it out. They still think its below their F-150, until I pass them on the highway. We have 4 kids and we all ride comfortable. Better than our old mini van. And she sounds great. I like to drown out the kid thumping his base next to me in traffic with the exhaust and a little Metallica. The truck gets the looks and she always thanks them with a blink from her tail lights as she speeds out of site. I cant wait until vacation!
Nissan Titan is one great pickup - 2004 Nissan Titan
By jkozemko - December 24 - 10:00 am
The Titan is like a full sized pickup and SUV combined. As a pickup owner for many years, I tried an SUV for 3 years and found I really missed the pickup. The Titan filled the void with added bonuses. It's got power, great amenities, smooth ride, and superb handling while still feeling like a rugged pickup. My wife has to drive the truck quite a bit due to her job and she loves it as much as I do.
Great truck - 2004 Nissan Titan
By jirvine - December 21 - 12:30 pm
I have had my titan for five years. I have 163k miles and it still runs like the day i bought. Could not ask for a better truck
good choice - 2006 Nissan Titan
By SP60 - December 19 - 6:56 am
i traded in an F-150 for my titan. many options on my titan were not even available on the 150. this truck has excellent power for towing an 8300 lb boat. great stereo system and tons of room in the back seat. best truck i have owned!