For anyone buying a truck, the Nissan Titan should be on top of the list of options. The 2005 Titan is a dominant force in the full-sized truck category. The combination of the spacious interior, unmatched cabin space and powerful V-8 engine makes this truck hard to beat. This is the only truck comparable in power and size to any trucks built in the United States. In its first year, the Titan raised the bar for utility, power, and style in the full-size truck segment.
The Titan is available in three models and two cab styles that are the XE, SE, and LE models. The cab sizes are crew and king cabs. All models share a 5.6-liter V-8 engine with 305 horsepower teamed with a five-speed automatic transmission. In addition is a choice of two-wheel and four-wheel drive as well as available two-door or four-door.
Body Styles: Two- or four-door crew cab pickup, four-door king cab pickup
Engines: 5.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Titan XE, Nissan Titan SE, Nissan Titan LE
The crew cab gets a standard power rear window with defroster and all models get a tailgate dampened assist for easier opening and closing. In addition, the front doors receive new badging, the wheels receive a new finish, and there are new active head restraints for the driver and front occupant in the SE models. The LE model gets a brushed aluminum interior trim and a leather bench seat is an option in place of bucket seats. A new spray in bed-liner is a popular option for the XE.
The base XE model comes standard with 17-inch wheels and the SE and LE 18-inch wheels. For easy loading, the King Cab’s rear doors are reverse-hinged and open almost flat against the truck. Optional features include a sliding toolbox, cargo trays, rails, and positionable cleats. Other exterior features include power door mirrors and a trailer hitch that is standard all on models except the base XE model.
As is typical for Nissan, the Titan is distinctive, bold, and modern. Large hefty and chromed door handles, a massive grille, and huge side mirrors aid in its massive appearance. This truck has unabashed power with the 5.6-liter V-8 engine producing 305 horsepower and 379 lb-ft of torque. The crew cab has a maximum towing capacity of 9400 when properly equipped. It sits on a tough high strength steel F-Alpha platform giving long-term durability.
The interior is designed to transport the crew to a job site or the family to a destination. The size of this truck does not stop at the exterior. The crew cab’s interior space exceeds any comparable truck and as well as the abundant legroom. The rear bench seat is large and comfortable with a 24-degree back angle. In addition, it has a 60/40 split fold up feature for more usable space. There is ample storage in the rear compartment with door storage and rear door cup holders.
More options for rear passengers includes an overhead console system with storage and a rear seat DVD theatre system with a fold down monitor is a unique option. The console also contains rear audio controls and places for items such as CDs, sunglasses, and cell phone.
Performance & Handling
There never fails to be enough power, and the performance is outstanding. The ride is firm, and the suspension absorbs most of the shock after hitting potholes. The lean of the body in curves is respectable. For improved steering and handling, the Titan features a power assisted rack and pinion steering system. In order to reduce vibration felt through the steering wheel, the rack and pinion is isolated away from the body with rubber insulated mounts. To enhance the off-road capabilities is an advance torque split control strategy, which works in coordination with the traction control system.
Every component for this vehicle is created for big truck applications combined with low and wide gear ratio creates a high performance system that produces top-quality acceleration, power, and shift quality. The excellent handling is due to the steel double wishbone front suspension design. Available are Rancho off-road performance shocks, which is part of the four-wheel-drive off-road package.
This truck is loaded with safety features including stability and traction control, a security system, ignition disable, and a panic alarm. In addition are dual front side impact airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and overhead airbags. Also available in this vast array of safety features are fog lights, a reverse sensing system, and tire pressure monitoring.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Titan: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
- Spacious and functional cabin
- Best powertrain in its class
- Innovative design features
- Optional stability control and side airbags
You Won't Like
- Limited drivetrain
- Limited body style choices
- No heavy duty models
- Noisy exhaust
An impressive and massive truck with tons of innovative features.
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