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2008 Nissan Titan Review

A longer wheelbase and a good choice as a pickup.

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Overview

Nissan first introduced the Titan full-sized pickup truck during its 2004 model year. The 2008 Nissan Titan comes in two model types: King (extended) Cab and Crew (single) Cab. Both of these claim four models apiece: the XE, the SE, the PRO 4X, and the LE. The PRO 4X model is a new offering for 2008.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door pickup, four-door pickup
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic transmission
Models: XE, SE, PRO 4X, LE

What's New

As of 2008, Nissan has fixed the initial errors associated with the original Titan. This includes improvements to the cab area and wheelbase. Despite problems in the construction industry, most pickups are still purchased with a heavy workload in mind. Mindful of this, the 2008 Nissan Titan comes in two new long bed varieties that are perfect for heavy construction related cargo.

Exterior

Obviously, the newly-extended beds make the 2008 Nissan Titan look a lot different, but the biggest change in appearance is the longer wheelbase, which supports the longer beds. Both the Titan King Cab and the Titan Crew Cab have a wheelbase that is 20-inches longer than the models of previous years. The front end of the 2008 Nissan Titan has also received an update. The two model types do not look all that different on the outside. One way to tell them apart is the different bed lengths. The 2008 Nissan Titan King Cab bed measures eight feet. This catches the eye, because the standard payload bay for an extended cab is 78 inches. The 2008 Nissan Crew Cab payload bay measures seven feet long. The standard for a single cab is just 66 inches.

The tires are also an exterior difference, but not between the two model types. The model (XE, SE, PRO 4X, or LE) determines the tire size and material, not the model type (King Cab or Crew Cab). The XE has 18-inch steel wheels. The SE's 18-inch wheels are alloy. The PRO 4X's wheels are 18-inch as well, but it's all terrain. Finally, the LE has 20-inch wheels. There are some other additional exterior differences between the models.

Interior

The 2008 remake of the Titan pickup features a new interior design that affects the seat coverings, gauge display, and center stack. The interiors of both the King Cab and the Crew Cab are spacious, but functional, with tons of storage. The interior is pretty similar in the two model types, and the available features get nicer as the models progress.

Performance & Handling

All models have a 5.7-liter Endurance V-8 with 317 horsepower, 385 lb.-feet of torque, and four-wheel drive. The maximum towing weight is unchanged from the 2007 models, with 9500 and 9400 pounds, respectively. As Nissan has not improved the Titan's rather poor fuel economy, it tried to make up for that by fitting both model types with a supertanker gas tank that will hold more fuel. Both are equipped with a 37-gallon tank. Nissan promises to improve the Titan's fuel economy in 2009.The longer chassis on the 2008 Nissan Titans make the ride a lot smoother than other pickup trucks. These long wheelbase models also have easier handling.

Safety

For the 2008 models, Nissan replaced its older, smaller brakes. The new ones are also not as likely to wear out prematurely.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Titan V-8: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-8
  • Longer beds ideal for hauling construction material
  • Easier towing
  • Two choices of cab size
  • Smoother ride

You Won't Like

  • Long wheelbase trucks always look a bit off balance
  • Unimproved fuel economy
  • Loud exhaust

Sum Up

A longer wheelbase and a good choice as a pickup.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Toyota Tundra
  • Ford F-150
  • Chevrolet Silverado

See the New 2014 Titan.

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