BY H. THROTTLE
At the recent Colorado Auto Show, the Nissan Titan 1500 truck was judged “Truck of the Year” by the Rocky Mountain Auto Media organization of which I’m a voting member. The organization receives and reviews many makes and models of cars and trucks provided to the media by factory representatives. The Titan 1500 won the award for the second straight year. “Car of the Year” was the Toyota Camry and “Best Cross Over” vehicle was the Dodge Durango.
A 2018 Nissan Titan pro-4x arrived this week to be road-tested with the knowledge that this Titan line of trucks were award winning.
It is easy to see why the Nissan Titan trucks are winning awards with the many thoughtful features engineered and designed into these trucks. This Titan King Cab suggested list price is $43,400 with a list of favorable options reaching $50,720.
First, the appearance is powerful with the “cayenne red” paint and black cabin leather seats with embroidered stitching on seats and dash is classy for a truck designed for hard labor.
The truck sits high off the ground and one has to mount into the cabin of this 390 horsepower well-named “Titan.” The transmission extends off the steering wheel, with seven other optional speed controls on the manual gearshift. A simple push of a button, plus or minus, changes the gear selection without having to move the gear shift control. Engine power and transmission work well together. The truck is loaded with hitches, electric power outlets, and a removable rear seat for further storage and expanded load capacity designed in San Diego for Nissan.
This Nissan Titan “King Cab” will seat six with a towing capacity of 9,420 pounds and carry 1,620 pounds in the bed panel.
The King Cab has a 6.5-foot bed length and tailgate illumination.
The truck is assembled in Canton, Miss. with the engine assembled in Decherd, Tennessee. The 390-horsepower 5.7L engine produces 390 pounds of torque at 4,000 rpms. The truck comes with electronic locking differential that can be changed from four-wheel drive to two-wheel rear drive on the fly.
The rearview mirrors are lengthy with split mirrors showing both far away and nearby view of the rear traffic lane. Something that should be added to rearview mirrors for all vehicles.
The Titan is heavy and rides on a double-wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar, rigid axle, and leaf spring rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers for a comfortable and stable drive on all types of terrain and road conditions.
There is a price to pay for a V8 engine and 390 horsepower in fuel economy with the metro drive mileage 15 mpg and highway mileage 20.
This American-made truck has been judged a winner for two years in a row and is a very competitive vehicle for performance and price.
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