Our Trucks Report starts here. In Part 3: Nifty Nissan
April 20, 2012 by Robert Koci
The 2012 Nissan Titan is offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations, along with two wheelbases (139.8 in. and 159.5 in.) and two bed lengths. Crew Cab Titans are offered as a Standard Wheelbase Model, with a 5 ft. 6 in. bed, while King Cabs feature a 6 ft. 6 in. bed. The Titan bed also includes four standard stake pockets and carries 4×8-ft. plywood sheets between the wheel housings.
There are four models in the Titan lineup – S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. They are available in King Cab and Crew Cab body configurations with a choice of 2WD and 4WD in the S and SV King Cab models. All others are available in 4WD only. On its 4WD models, Titan has an advanced shift-on-the-fly 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes.
For 2012, options include 20-in. SL aluminum-alloy wheels in dark hyper silver finish, a dark grille treatment, body-coloured front and rear bumpers, black step rails, PRO-4X seats with silver contrasting stitching, a lockable bedside storage compartment, white-faced gauges, fog lights, captain’s chairs and more. Two new colours are offered for 2012 — Airstream and Hematite Grey.
Configuring the powertrain is much easier with Nissan than models from the Detroit Three. The engine is a 5.6-litre DOHC V8 rated at 317 hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard five-speed automatic transmission that has tow/haul modes. The maximum towing capacity of up to 9,500 lb. for the King Cab versions and 9,400 lb. for the Crew Cab.
A lockable, climate-resistant bedside storage compartment located immediately behind the driver’s side rear wheelwell has a two-position adjustable tray.
Inside are standard flip-up 60/40 rear seat cushions for added cargo space. The rear floor was designed to be nearly flat. The Crew Cab models feature a standard power down/up rear bed access cab window.