Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nissan Titan SL 4x4 Crew Cab 2011: Test Drive

However, the U.S., Ford sells 21 F-Series pickups for each Titan sold. In Canada, the ratio is 31 to one. What Nissan is so wrong?

Let's say it's a matter of choice: the F-150 offers four engines, the Titan has only one. The F-150 offers three cab types and 11 levels of finishes, the Titan has only 2 and 4, respectively. The F-150 offers multiple axle ratios, innumerable options and packages, several bed lengths, while the Titan has that good-I think you understand.

As a work truck, the Titan is a good choice. Our version SL 4x4 Crew Cab test offers a load capacity of 774 kilos (1,706 lbs), which is very good. As for towing, the maximum capacity of 4128 kg (9100 lbs) is not as high as its competitors but still quite adequate.

The 5.6-liter V8 powering each Titan develops 317 horsepower and a torque of 385 lb-ft mated to a 5-speed automatic, muscular tone and gives the occasional dose of testosterone. We can not brag too much, because the engine upgrade is the 5.0-liter (360 horsepower) and the EcoBoost V6 (365 hp) Ford, the Toyota 5.7-liter (381 horsepower) and RAM 5.7-liter (390 horsepower). Titan loop from 0-100 km / h in 7.6 seconds, not bad for a truck of 2550 kg.

As for fuel consumption, our average of 16.7 L/100 km does not really surprise, it is expected that a V8 engine does not benefit from energy efficient technologies such as cylinder deactivation or box 6-speed. Ah yes, it's winter, so we left the system with four-wheel drive Titan hired almost all week.

There is plenty of room in the rear for three adults, and the cushions are easy to create a vast loading area for items that you would not leave it lying in the fund. The rear entertainment system with DVD $ 2 000, with remote and wireless headsets, allow your children to remain quiet.

At 100 km / h, the cabin remains relatively quiet Titan, however, you can hear a motor humming everywhere: increasing the volume of the radio aid, which consists of a chain with Rockford Fosgate and XM radio 6 CD changer can play MP3 files. Bluetooth connectivity is also included, but only in superior finishes PRO-4X and SL.

Regarding the external appearance of the Titan, well, it's a personal opinion. It lacks the imposing aggressive RAM 1500, although fortunately, the fact that the Titan does not sell in large numbers to prevent looking too common. Ah yes: I've never managed to unlock the storage compartment next to the left rear wheel.

The base price for a Titan King Cab S basic two-wheel drive is at $ 33 848 before taxes, transportation and preparation. Our version of SL on top of the line retails for $ 50,548 and includes heated front seats, power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, memory function for driver position, tube steps and chrome wheels with 20 inch tires 275/60R20.

In comparison, similar equipment will pay for the RAM 1500 49 915 $. The Ford F-150 Lariat amounts to $ 52 359. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra SLT LTZ costs $ 53,555. The Toyota Tundra Crewmax Limited, meanwhile, climbed to $ 52 075.

The Nissan Titan could be more savings in gasoline, offering a more comfortable ride and it could be more attractive inside and out. However, it remains a solid even after all these years, and a good effort by Nissan at their first attempt at developing a full-size pickup. It may be overridden, but that does not mean we should shun the provided.


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