I was there when it all started, in 2003 Nissan introduced the all new 2004 Titan 1/2 ton truck at Napa Valley California. We were in wine country driving the new trucks on the Silverado Highway. On the highway we weaved in and out between Lamborghini sport cars on their way to Pebble Beach. Not something I do everyday, but fun. The new Titan only came in a King Cab or Crew cab, just the 5.6L V-8 gas engine and automatic tranny. Nissan thought they would sell to just the sweet spot in the truck market. Well the Big Three in Detroit didn’t slow down and let Nissan in. Even though the Titan was ahead of it’s time with factory sprayed in bed-liner, Electronic Sway Control, 180 degree second doors on King Cab and great cargo management rails in the bed, sales never caught on. With 12,000 sold trucks a year, they were not making a dent in the hundreds of thousands of Fords, Chevy’s, GMC’s and Dodges that sold to loyal fans.
That was the problem, Americans are loyal to their truck brands, tractor brands and religions. 11 years later, Nissan tried again to dent the American truck market with the Titan XD using a Cummins diesel. Now for 2017 Nissan brings in more truck models, more bed sizes, even a single cab and the 1/2 ton truck they started with. This should help market share with Nissan finally understanding the work truck category.
The truck I just reviewed is the new 1/2 ton 2017 PRO-4X crew cab 4×4 with a 5′ 6″ bed. The original Titan was fun to drive, it would spin the tires at will, burn kitties and donuts, a blast on the autocross track. The new truck still has a 5.6L V-8 but updated, improved and now 390 horsepower with 394 torque. Also new is the 7-speed automatic transmission. This helps with acceleration with and without a trailer from closer gear spacing and improves grade shifting in tow/haul mode. The truck weighed in at 6300 lbs empty. We towed a Load-Trail ATV trailer with two Honda Ranchers and a Yamaha 225 Enduro in the bed for a load of 3040 lbs. Not a big load, it was hard to find trailer capacity for this truck but comparing to a base Titan truck, my calculations shows a 8978 lb trailer capacity for this truck. Payload capacity is 1610 lbs.
PRO 4X, is my favorite package, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, all-terrain tires and more. Well equipped with electronic locking rear diff, heated and cooled seats, power tilt and telescoping heated steering wheel. Hill start and hill decent control adds to the off-road capability. Even the headlights have a manual tilting feature if your load makes the rear sag. Rockford Fosgate stereo with 12 speakers, sounds like Toby Keith is singing in the seat next to me, or better yet Faith Hill. If you can’t get comfortable in this truck, a Cadillac won’t help you either. MSRP is $52,305, EPA rates the fuel mileage at 17 mpg combined, 15 mpg city and 20 on the highway. New this year is a 5 year 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, across all full size Titan’s, the best in the industry. Don’t forgot to look for my new book “Truck Nuts” on my website www.MrTruck.com, the editor at the Fence Post has a review of it on the back page.
Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, or pintle, is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. Their newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review...Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, amplifying the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use it with any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat.For the whole story click….Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge? On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, truck can squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know...
Shocker Hitch, New 9 ” offset. FREE Shipping, Gooseneck Surge with New Shift-Lock 30K coupler. Gooseneck air bag cushion coupler for 4 inch round tube, 4 and 4.5 in square tube. Click for more...
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...Tuson Sway Control, ultimate trailer sway control for safer trailer towing. A module that controls sway on bumper pull trailers. It will actually steer the trailer left and right to keep the trailer towing straight. MoreHoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
GanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable couplerRead the Review
My mechanic Ruben has rebuilt my project truck's automatic transmission as "Overkill" making it better than original factory tranny. His work is amazing. Check out his website (ColoradoTrans.com) or call 303-776-1191. See the video's of my transmission rebuild
CA Conversions can convert almost any diesel to a Allison Automatic Transmission. Diesel engines are hard on transmissions. Transmission failure is common towing heavy trailers. CA overbuilds Allison transmissions keep you on the road not on the side of the road. Read More:
The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to a smooth bed in seconds. Just rotate the handle and Flip the ball over. In seconds you can have a level bed for all those jobs when an ordinary hitch ball is always in the way. More...
Another short bed solution. Short bed truck hitch. Is it for you? See the story, Click for more...
25 to 50% longer tire life. Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. More
We decided to have our own towing test truck. Now we are going to keep the products on our own truck to be able to give a longer review and how things standup long term. Rest of the report
MrTruck.com Presents: New for the "EZ Connector Horse Expo Tour" Updates from each event, pictures & commentary, With the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit in our tour, come by our display. We'll be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Click for the "Tour" schedule,
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