2012 Nissan Titan

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Flash Drive: 2009 Nissan Titan King Cab PRO-4X

This 2009 review is representative of model years 2004 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos

View Pictures:  2009 Nissan Titan PRO-4X

The Titan certainly gets the job done — aggressive styling, lots of space, decent ride and good power. The cabin is roomy and functional, but at the same time comes across as a bit barren, especially compared to recently revamped offerings from GM, Ford, Dodge and Toyota. On the road, though, the V8's power has little trouble with requests from your right foot, and the Titan's manners remain unruffled regardless of conditions. Its Utili-track bed system continues to be best in class, making it simple (and reassuring) to strap down just about any load. Prefer to keep your stuff inside? The King Cab's "suicide" rear doors fold all the way against the side of the bed, allowing people and gear to be easily loaded behind the front seats. Overall, the Titan is still a solid choice, but feels a little dated when compared to its restyled competitors. – Kim Wolfkill

This Titan PRO-4X is the epitome of what trucks have become — and that's a good thing. All the creature comforts of a premium car are here — passengers sit in comfortable heated leather seats, can follow the route on the navigation system, talk hands-free on their Bluetooth phone or listen to satellite radio on the great-sounding audio system — without losing any of the capability and utility of a truck. The big V8 sounds great and provides plenty of get-up-and-go. All that power was fully appreciated after loading a yard of dirt into the back — accelerating up a steep hill with a full load was no problem at all for the Titan. Loaded or empty, the Titan rides smoothly, and it handles quite well for such a large truck — especially one that has been set up for what Nissan calls "serious off-road performance." Fuel economy was nothing to write home about — the trip computer indicated an average 10 mpg — but that's an unfortunate price to pay for the abilities provided by a big, powerful pickup. – Perry Stern

The Nissan Titan is big enough to do light work, especially on the weekends, yet still earn its keep as a family car when necessary. On the extended-cab version I drove, however, the bed seemed a little short, and although the usable space was supposedly extended by the flip-over metal bars (whatever they're called) I found the bars more of a hassle than a help. As normal transportation, the Titan is fine, but I was amazed to discover that the armrest of the driver's seat was completely in the way of buckling the seatbelt — I can think of almost nothing more annoying on a frequent basis. The Titan is a credible competitor in the hotly contested pickup market, but it has no standout feature to set it apart. – Paul Hagger

This city boy loves pickups. And this one is an attractive alternative to domestic full-size trucks from Dodge, Ford and GM thanks to its high level of practicality and strong powertrain. I recently used it to move from one apartment into another. The Utili-track system made it simple to strap down furniture and whatnot inside the sizable bed. Though I would have loved a side step to make loading and unloading easier, the lack of one didn't ruin the experience. I absolutely loved the fact that Nissan deliberately designed the cab so the floor would be flat. When the rear seats are not in use, they fold up against the bulkhead, providing a generous and unobstructed interior cargo area. I was able to fit a tall 50-inch plasma TV in there without any problem. Cargo-carrying abilities aside, the Titan also drives very well. Steering, brakes and handling are all first-rate. The interior, on the other hand, could use some work (cheap plastic all around), and the truck literally guzzles gas (getting only 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway). – Chuck Tannert

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