This truck can tow or haul just about anything. When properly equipped, the Titan can tow up to 9,400 pounds. But one of the most amazing feats for me was how refined the ride felt while driving around town.
If you absolutely have to have a full-size pickup for work or play, the 2009 Nissan Titan
is quite capable and features a powerful V-8 engine and a host of cab and bed configurations.
After making significant revisions to last year's model, Nissan has made very little change to the 2009 Titan.
For 2009 there are new Max Utility Packages that combine some of the most popular towing and bed utility items. Other enhancements for 2009 include the addition of matte black finish grille and body-color front bumper for Titan XE models and an auto-door locking feature to all power door lock-equipped vehicles.
I like Titan's tough-looking, muscular stance. For 2009, the Nissan Titan is offered in four trim levels: XE, SE, PRO-4X and LE. There are two body styles: King Cab and Crew Cab, and there are four bed sizes (5'5", 6'5", 7' and 8').
All Titans can be had as 2WD or 4WD models, except the PRO-4X (4WD only), which is Titan's true off-roader.
Powering all Titans is a strong and powerful 5.6-liter V-8 engine that produces 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The refined and likable V-8 is mated to a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode. A manual transmission is not available.
Still, this truck can tow or haul just about anything. When properly equipped, the Titan can tow up to 9,400 pounds, but one of the most amazing feats for me was how refined the ride felt while driving around town.
For a 4x4, my 2009 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab tester delivered a very likable ride that wasn't too bouncy or too stiff. My only complaints were my tester's thirst for fuel (rated at 12/17 mpg city/highway) and its large size, which made it difficult to park on the street or in crowded mall parking lots.
On the plus side, Titan is available (no-cost option) as a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) designed to run on E85 and its 4WD system works well and is easy to operate.
While I did not get the opportunity to leave the pavement with my PRO-4X model, it adds Rancho off-road performance shocks, skid plates, a lower final-drive gear ratio, all-terrain tires and a push-button rear locking differential. That should please off-roaders.
My tester's crew cab was large and easily accommodated five adults. The heated leather seats in my tester were comfortable and looked nice with "PRO-4X OFF ROAD" embroidered on the front seatbacks.