2004-2010 Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan
The unique Armada is the first full-size Nissan SUV to be sold in North America. Comes in base SE, SE Off-road and luxury LE trim levels, in either 2WD or 4WD form. Standard are a 5.6L V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

Pros :
– Tough-looking exterior.
– Value for money.
– Decent handling for a truck.
– Tons of horspower and torque.
– Good brakes.

Cons :
– Poor fuel economy.
– Some cheap interior materials.
– Limited body styles.
– Only one big engine choice.
– On-road ride somewhat firm.

Review :
The 2005 Nissan Titan King Cab full-size pickup continues as a “big ideas” design, with features like Wide-Open rear doors that open 168 degrees for nearly unlimited interior access and a high-utility bed that includes an industry-first factory-applied spray-in bed liner, a Utili-track tie-down system that provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility and an integrated, lockable bedside storage compartment.
After a banner first year, with a host of automotive awards, the Titan King Cab enters 2005 with minor enhancements. For 2005, the Titan King Cab adds standard front seat active head restraints, dampened tailgate assist, which helps aid in the opening and closing of the tailgate, and a new exterior and interior color. In addition, the Titan Crew Cab adds a power up/down rear privacy back glass with defroster standard on all models, providing an open-air feeling to the truck.
Unchanged is Titan’s powerful 305-horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC V8 with a torque rating of 379 lb-ft. The Titan also offers a standard 5-speed automatic transmission and a towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds (when properly equipped). Titan King Cab is available with a choice of 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.
The standard 5-speed automatic transmission was designed especially for heavy-duty truck use, with emphasis on serious towing. Each component was created for full-size truck application, along with a wide gear ratio to create a high performance control system producing top-class acceleration, power and shift quality.
For 4WD models, Titan adapts an advanced shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes with electronic control part-time transfer case.
An off-road package is available with a unique lower ratio gear Dana axles, class-exclusive switch-on-demand electronically activated locking rear differential, off-road-style Rancho performance gas shock absorbers, large all-terrain tires, fog lights and lower radiator, oil pan and transfer case skid plates.
Titan’s responsive handling is a product of its all-steel double wishbone front suspension design and rigid leaf (dual rate) rear suspension with shackles mounted along the frame sides to eliminate below-frame obstacles. The Titan is available with 7.5×17 painted steel wheels and 245/75R17 tires or 8.0×18 aluminum-alloy wheels and 265/70R18 tires. Also available are 7.5×17 brushed aluminum-alloy wheels and 285/70R17 tires as part of the off-road package.
Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is standard, along with 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Among the Titan King Cab’s many standard and available features are power-adjustable front seats with available driver’s seat memory system, heated front seats and flip-up 60/40 rear seat cushions for added cargo space and flexibility, with grocery hooks on the bottom of the seat cushions. The rear floor was designed to fold nearly flat for maximum cargo utility. The King Cab’s rear compartment offers ample rear storage, including door storage bins and rear door bottle holders in the armrests and power front windows with one-touch up and down function. The King Cab features a Wide-Open rear door that swings open 168 degrees, providing unprecedented access to the rear seats. Key to the door’s design is a hefty, two-stage hinge with four axis of rotation. The door opens first to a conventional 85 degrees, then can be swung the rest of the way up to 168 degrees.
The Titan also features an innovative bedside storage compartment located behind the rear driver’s side wheel. The bedside storage bin is designed to hold common truck items such as work gloves, chains, rope, road flares, first aid kit or a hitch ball. The compartment is double-sealed to help prevent the intrusion of water and dust (though not designed to be waterproof in case of submersion) and uses the Titan ignition key for unlocking.
Titan Crew Cab’s interior is designed to transport a crew from the job site or a family. At 126 cubic feet, the Titan Crew Cab offers more interior space than any competitive half-ton crew cab models. The Titan Crew Cab offers class-leading* front and rear seat leg room with 41.8 inches and 40.4 inches respectively. The rear seat is large and relaxing, with a full 24 degrees of seat back angle and offers a 60/40 split fold-up feature that offers more usable space than fold and tumble designs. The rear compartment offers ample storage, including door storage bins and rear door bottle holders in the armrests. An available overhead console system gives passengers more storage options and also comes with an optional rear-seat DVD Mobile Theatre System with fold-down 7-inch monitor. The console houses rear audio controls and also contains dampened storage bins for both front and rear passengers. Two interior configurations are available – a standard bench seat with column shifter, which seats six passengers or an optional Captain’s Chair Package, which offers a large center console with two front captain’s chairs with gated floor shifter. The center console can hold a variety of beverage containers, including a 1-liter bottle. A 12-volt adapter is equipped in the storage area and can be used as a power source for a phone or other electronic devices. The storage in the center console offers passengers a variety of storage choices, with size adjusted by simply removing or adding dividers.
To overcome the tendency of aftermarket drop-in bedliners to warp or trap rust-inducing moisture underneath, or the relatively high cost and thickness of typical aftermarket spray-in bedliners, a special factory-applied spray-in bedliner was developed. Using a special high durability hard surface resin application, which can be sprayed on complex surfaces, the bedliner helps prevent scratch damage and corrosion to the bed and inner tailgate surface. Nissan offers an extensive line of bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units, along with bike and kayak racks and other accessories. Also available for 2005 is dampened tailgate assist that aids in the effort to open and close the tailgate.
The 2005 Titan includes a long list of safety equipment, including available front seat side-impact and curtain supplemental air bags that help provide side-impact and rollover protection for outboard passengers (the first available among full-size pickups).
Standard safety features on the 2005 Titan include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front passenger occupant classification sensor, front seat belts with adjustable upper anchors, front seat active head restraints, pretensioners and load limiters, three-point rear outboard passenger seat belts and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system.
The 2005 Nissan Titan is offered in three models – XE, SE and LE, each with a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 – and with a long list of standard equipment including a powerful 5.6-liter V8, 5-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode, power rack-and-pinion steering and 17-inch wheels and tires.
Titan King Cab XE models are equipped with a standard split front bench seat (40/20/40 split) with a center seat fold-down armrest storage bin and split fold-up rear seat (60/40 split) with three-point seat belts for all positions and available spray-in bedliner. New for 2005, XE and SE 4WD models are available with a Trac Package (standard on LE) that includes 2-wheel limited slip and front tow hooks.
Titan King Cab SE models include optional front captains chairs, 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and P265/70R18 tires and chrome steel center bumper, while King Cab LE models add 6-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, standard high-utility bed, tubular-style running boards, leather-appointed seating, Rockford Fosgate?-powered audio system with eight speakers and more.
Optional equipment packages include the XE Preferred Package with upgraded audio system, sliding rear tinted window and overhead console. Optional SE equipment packages include a SE Popular Package (equipped with split bench seat or bucket seats) including upgraded audio system with steering wheel audio controls, rearview mirror, temperature and UGDO, proximity sensors and adjustable pedals; and Popular Rockford Fosgate Package, which includes Popular Package contents plus premium sound Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system. The well-equipped King Cab LE model includes an available Navigation Package with DVD-based navigations system.
All models offer an Off-Road Package, which includes Rancho performance gas shocks, lower final gear ratio (3.357), P285/70R17 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, skid plates (oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case), fog lamps and tow hooks. Both the SE and LE models offer a Utility Bed Package with C-channel tie down system, bed side storage, rear bed lighting and power point and spray-in bed liner; and Tow Package including receiver hitch, lower final gear ratio, additional 7-pin wiring harness plug, trailer brake prewiring, transmission temperature gauge, extending mirrors and heavy-duty battery.

Competitors :
Dodge Ram
Ford F-150
Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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