The all-new '04 Nissan Titan is available in King Cab and Crew Cab with 4x4 and 4x2 drive in three models: XE, SE, and LE. Both the Titan King Cab and Crew Cab offer a fullsize cabin with modern design features, but the King Cab's wide-open rear doors that open nearly 180 degrees, providing exceptionally good interior access, are one of its more impressive innovations.

The Nissan crew packed its newest truck with enough features and benefits to make a hard-core American fullsize truck buyer take a second look. For example: power-adjustable front seats with available driver's seat memory system and available heated front seats; fullsize door handles, knobs, and steering wheel specifically designed for operation with work gloves; flip-up rear seat cushions for added cargo space and flexibility; grocery hooks on the bottom of the seat cushions; and a near-flat rear floor for maximum cargo utility and ample rear storage, including door storage bins and rear-door bottle holders in armrests. The crew also engineered oversize assist grips and a coat hanger system as well as power front windows with a one-touch up and down function.

On the safety front, the Titan boasts a Zone Body construction with front and rear crushable zones and an occupant zone; a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental airbags with seatbelt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor); three-point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters; supplemental front side-impact airbags with available supplemental rollover protection curtain airbags; three-point seatbelts for all rear-seat occupants, including center position; and the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) child seat anchor system.

The King Cab and Crew Cab both feature factory-applied spray-in bedliner, a lockable climate-resistant bedside storage compartment and Nissan's exclusive Utili-Track Bed Channel Tie-Down System that provides enhanced cargo hauling flexibility.

Titan pickups are built on an all-new pickup platform powered by a new Nissan Endurance 5.6L DOHC V-8 engine. The 5.6L Endurance is rated at more than 300 hp and more than 375 lb-ft of torque and is back by a standard five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with tow/haul modes for enhanced fuel economy and a maximum towing capacity of 9,400 pounds. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) as well as Brake Activated Limited Slip Traction Control (includes deactivation switch) are available. The Dana-supplied front and rear axles (rear based on Dana 44 design) point to the serious nature of this truck.

Driving ImpressionThis is a great truck. Its styling might not appeal to the traditional American truck buyer, but technically and performance-wise, the Titan rocks.

The most impressive thing about the Titan is the seriously wide powerband produced by the four-valve-per-cylinder 5.6L V-8. It's got nearly 350 cubic inches of engine breathing through four valves, but tuned to make low-end torque. The effect of the tuning is an engine that feels much bigger than it is. It pulls off the line and makes great power all the way to redline. This is a fantastic engine, and since the company's not doing a lot of complicated computer-controlled tuning tricks such as variable cam timing or two-stage intakes, it should be relatively easy to tune even more power, be it naturally aspirated tweaks or a supercharger.

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)

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