Trucks – August 2009

Nissan’s Titan Pro-4X Off-Road Series does double-duty by plowing through rough jobsites and hauling loads of cargo.

Now in its fifth year producing full-size trucks, Nissan continues to deliver jobsite-ready performers with its 2009 Titan Pro-4X Off-Road Series. This hefty four-wheel drive truck proves capable of rolling through mud and muck thanks to large, all-terrain tires and a 5.6-liter V8 engine producing 317 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque.

The 2009 Titan is available in four models – the XE, SE, Pro-4X and LE, either standard or long wheelbase, King Cab or Crew Cab body styles and four bed lengths.

But out of all of Nissan’s truck models, the Pro-4X Series offers the most heavy-duty features, courtesy of its off-road equipment package. Equipment World had the chance to test drive a well-equipped Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab, which included Rancho performance shock absorbers for a smoother ride, a class-exclusive electronic rear differential lock and a maximum towing capacity of 9,400 pounds when equipped with a weight-distributing hitch, or 5,000 pounds without a hitch. King Cab models feature a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 pounds.

Made to move
When test driving the Titan Pro-4X Series, it quickly became obvious this truck doesn’t fool around: it climbed a steep, sandy grade at a newly developed landscaping establishment easily without loosing traction and then ran over rocks and through mud without hesitation.

Although a shorter, 67.3-inch bed is available on standard wheelbase Crew Cabs if preferred, the extra long Crew Cab bed option measuring 87 inches – the longest in its class – on the 159.5-inch long wheelbase models doesn’t hurt matters either. One can easily fit all the gear and tools necessary for a day of work in the truck bed, which comes equipped with an Utili-track tie down system, or use the cargo cage to secure specific items and prevent them from shifting. And on the driver’s side, there’s extra exterior storage space located above the rear wheel in a lockable hidden compartment.

Overall, the exterior maintains its appearance compared to the 2008 Titan Pro-4X Series, with a body-colored grille and bumpers, Pro-4X decals on the rear fenders and splash guards.

Several interior features of the Titan Pro-4X immediately stood out when I hopped in the cab: leather bucket seats with embroidered Pro-4X logos and a leather steering wheel with contrasting deep red stitching, white racing gauges and an in-dash display showing the truck’s miles per gallon, miles per hour, and choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive mode. The Titan also makes the most of storage with available ceiling space for cell phones or PDAs and a center console large enough to house your latest project information in hanging file folders, as well as provide a 12-volt adapter to charge your phone or other electronics.

A large rear seat on the Crew Cab delivers ample room for passengers or more gear with 126 cubic feet of available space and a 24-degree seat back angle. Also standard on Crew Cab models: a rear-powered window, which rolls down completely for access to the bed.
Other standout interior features include an available Rockford Fosgate stereo system, wood trim, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone capability, XM satellite radio and power folding, heated mirrors that can automatically adjust and dim.

The Titan also maintains important safety features, including a back-up alarm so that when reversing, the truck audibly beeps and becomes louder if you begin to approach an object close by.