What Changed for 2009:
- Revised features and equipment packages
- New Max Utility package
- Titan XE model receives black finish grille and body-color bumper
- Auto-lock feature added to all power door locks
After years in the compact and midsize pickup marketplace, Nissan entered the full-size pickup market with the Titan in 2004. Built on a rugged body-on-frame chassis like the other leaders in the segment, the all-new Titan offered a powerful 5.6-liter engine for plenty of towing power (up to 9500 pounds, if properly equipped). Short- and long-wheelbase Titans are offered in extended-cab King Cab and Crew Cab configurations. Both have 4 doors. The King Cab's rear doors don't open independently of the fronts, but they do open 168 degrees. Short-wheelbase models have a 78-inch bed with the King Cab and a 66-inch bed with the Crew Cab. Long-wheelbase bed lengths are 8 feet with the King Cab and 7 feet with the Crew Cab. The base seating configuration includes a front bench seat with a column-mounted shifter that allows seating for 6. Front bucket seats and a floor shifter are offered that reduce seating capacity to 5. The bottom of the rear bench seat folds up to create storage space. All Crew Cab models have reclining rear seats and a power rear bed access window. The 2009 Nissan Titan differs only slightly from the 2008 model. The automaker has added some new standard equipment, and consolidated an option package.
Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the 2009 Nissan Titan during the first 3 years/36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no deductible on either warranty, and towing may be reimbursed if the vehicle is less than 36 months old.
There are four distinct 2009 Nissan Titan models: XE, SE, PRO-4X and LE. All are offered with rear- or 4-wheel drive (4WD) except the PRO-4X, which only comes with 4WD. Standard on XE models are a front-row 40/20/40 bench seat; column shifter; cloth upholstery; AM/FM stereo with CD player; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; split-folding rear bench seat; and 18-inch steel wheels. For 2009, all Titan XE models also receive a standard matte black grille and body-colored front bumpers. The SE models add first-row bucket seats; floor shifter; alloy wheels; AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD player and auxiliary input; remote keyless entry; heated power outside mirrors; fold-flat front passenger seat; and a theft-deterrent system. PRO-4X models have all-terrain tires; Rancho performance shocks; lower final drive ratio (to 3.357); skid plates on the oil pan and transfer case; electronic-locking rear differential; unique gauges; fog lights; automatic headlights; splash guards; lockable bedside storage box; and special interior and exterior trim. The LE models are the most fully equipped, with 350-watt Rockford Fosgate premium sound; 20-inch alloy wheels; leather upholstery; heated front seats; 8-way power driver seat with memory; 6-way power passenger seat; dual-zone automatic climate control; auto-dimming rearview mirror; power-adjustable pedals; universal garage door opener; Utili-Track Bed Channel System with tie downs; bedside storage box; spray-in bedliner; and tow hooks. Available options include a sunroof, navigation system, rear DVD entertainment, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link, and a towing package. New for 2009, Nissan has added the Max Utility package. It combines some of the most popular towing and bed utility items into one single option.
The sole engine offered in the 2009 Nissan Titan pickup is a 5.6-liter V-8 that is rated at 317 hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. The EPA has estimated fuel economy at 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway. The Titan is offered as a flex-fuel vehicle at no charge (the only import full-size pickup with this option, according to Nissan). This means the Titan can run on E85, a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. While the fuel burns cleaner than gasoline, it is also less efficient. In EPA testing, while running on E85, the 2WD Titan earned 9 mpg city/13 mpg highway and 4WD models were rated 9 mpg city/12 mpg highway. The Titan's 4WD system is a part-time setup that should not be driven on dry pavement, according to the manufacturer. It includes a 2-speed transfer case for low-range gearing. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard, and traction control and stability control are available. The Titan uses a double-wishbone independent front suspension and a leaf-spring solid axle rear suspension.
All 2009 Nissan Titan models feature standard 4-wheel ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. Inside the passenger cabin are dual-stage front air bags and active front head restraints. Seat-mounted front side air bags and side curtain air bags that have rollover sensors and cover both seating rows are available in a package for SE, PRO-4X and LE models. This package also includes stability control. Traction control is standard on LE and all 4WD models, and is optional on XE and SE 2WD models.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), short-wheelbase models of the 2009 Nissan Titan received a perfect 5-star rating for the driver in frontal impacts and a 4-star rating for the front passenger in frontal impacts. Rear-drive short-wheelbase models received a 4-star rating for rollover resistance and 4WD short-wheelbase models received a 3-star rating. The NHTSA did not conduct side-impact tests. When crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2004-09 Nissan Titan received an overall \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest score) in frontal offset crash testing.
The available Bluetooth wireless cell phone link on the 2009 Nissan Titan allows calls on Bluetooth-enabled cell phones to be played over the vehicle's speakers. The navigation system uses GPS technology and a DVD with map information to track the vehicle's position and issue directions. The rear DVD entertainment system comes with an 8-inch screen and two sets of headphones for rear-seat passengers. Nissan's Utili-Track tie-down channel system has five \"C\" cross-section rails in the bed (two in the floor, one on each bed side rail and one on the bed header panel). Removable utility cleats are provided to slide into the channels and act as cargo tie-down points. The bed also has 4 standard stake pickets. A lockable bedside storage compartment is available, located behind the driver's-side rear wheel. Nissan says the Titan's available spray-in bedliner helps prevent scratch damage and corrosion.