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2010 Nissan Titan: ‘Sports Car Of Trucks’ Gets A Safety Boost

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2010 Nissan Titan

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2010 Nissan Titan

2010 Nissan Titan

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2010 Nissan Titan

2010 Nissan Titan

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2010 Nissan Titan

2010 Nissan Titan

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2010 Nissan Titan

2010 Nissan Titan

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Safety features have been boosted across the 2010 Nissan Titan range of pickups, yet prices have only been raised modestly from 2009.

That’s the most important news for 2010 on Nissan’s full-size, V-8-powered Titan. Standard safety equipment has been expanded to include side airbags, side curtain bags, stability control, and an Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) system now standard across the entire model line. Previously the side and side-curtain bags had been available as a $685 option.

At a substantial savings versus standalone options, a new SE Value Truck Package adds more features—including captain’s chairs, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a tow hitch, fog lights, and Bluetooth—to the popular, affordable SE trim, which is a step up from the basic XE.

Otherwise the 2010 Titan carries over with virtually no changes. Two new colors—Blue Steel and Navy Blue—freshen the lineup. It’s still offered in four models (XE, SE, PRO-4X, and LE) and two body styles (King Cab and Crew Cab) in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, with four bed sizes (5'5", 6'5", 7', and 8').

Since its original introduction, the Titan has emphasized utility with some very useful features such as a factory spray-on bedliner, Utili-track tie-down system, and locking bedside storage.

Unfortunately, there’s still no V-6 or more fuel-efficient alternative to the 5.6-liter V-8, which is rated at 12 mpg city, 17 highway. In repeat drives of the Titan, it’s proven one of the thirstiest of the full-size trucks, and TheCarConnection.com’s editors have also noted more road and engine noise in the Titan than in rival models such as the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, or Toyota Tundra. However the tremendously torquey (385 lb-ft), 317-horsepower engine performs as well as the top V-8s in some full-sizers, at a substantially lower price; the Titan handles well for such a big truck, too. We’ve gone so far as to say that the Titan “could be considered a sports car of trucks.”

While a previous deal to replace the current Titan with a version based on the Dodge Ram is now off, Nissan has stated repeatedly that it will stay in the full-size pickup market—perhaps now a more substantial remake of the Titan is in the works.

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