Chassis-wise, this leaf-sprung rear, double-wishbone front suspension is as nimble as any truck we've driven this new-truck season. Its frame is very stiff, the shock and spring rates are expertly tuned and balanced, and this truck has some very large binders. We pushed the new Titan very hard in the mountains surrounding Blackcombe and Whistler ski areas in British Columbia. Downhill, through an endlessly twisting two-lane, we had to intentionally brake supremely late to get the brakes to begin to fade; they immediately recovered when we eased off just a tick. In addition to very competent brakes, the Titan's cornering power and handling rate with the best domestic fullsize pickups; the same can be said of its ride quality.

All in all, it's a very impressive-performing machine that's filled with a pleasing and desirable mix of style and conveniences. We strongly recommend a test drive of the new Titan before you make your final decision on any other truck.

'04 Nissan TitanVehicle Type: 1/2-ton Extended Cab pickup; 1/2-ton Crew Cab

Construction: Body on fully boxed frame

Engine: 5.6L aluminum block and head DOHC 32-valve V-8 with six-bolt main bearing and graphite-coated piston skirts

Horsepower: 305 @ 4,900 rpm

Torque: 385 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

Fuel: 87 octane

Transmission: Five-speed automatic with lockup converter; 2WD or 4WD

Front Suspension: Double Wishbone With Stabilizer Bar

Front Suspension: Solid axle with leaf spring

Wheel/Tire: XE std.: 17x7.5-inch styled steel wheels / P245/75R17 BSW; SE std.: 18X8.0-inch aluminum wheels (five-spoke) / P265/70R18 Goodyear OWL; LE std.: 18x8.0-inch aluminum wheels (six-spoke) / P265/70R18 Goodyear OWL. Tire pressure monitoring system with IP warning lamp std. all trim levels

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel disc (12.6-inch diam.) with four channels, four sensors, and ABS; Electronic Brake Force Distribution

Wheelbase: 139.8 in

Length/Width/Height (in): 224.2/78.8/75.1 (76.7; 4x4)

Track: F: 67.5 in; R: 67.5 in

Turning Circle (curb-to-curb): N/A

Curb Weight: Crew Cab: 4x2: 5,019 lbs; King Cab: 4x2: 4,966 lbs

Tow Rating: 9,400 lbs

Acceleration 0-60: 8 sec. (est. 4x2 King Cab)

Quarter-Mile Elapsed Time: 15.85 sec. (est. 4x2 King Cab)