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STYLING | 7 out of 10
the 20-inch longer wheelbase is available on both extended-cab and crew-cab trucks
designed for the urban pickup owner
Kelley Blue Book
the Titan's massive grill is getting familiar these days
the gauges are a simple, clean design
Reviewers find the 2009 Nissan Titan has fairly attractive styling that benefits from a 2008 redo. It's much less conservative than options from Ford and Chevy, but its chunky look continues to find fans.
Kelley Blue Book describes its style as "out of the mainstream" and warns, "if you like the more conservatively-styled trucks from Chevrolet and Ford, the Titan may be too flashy for your taste." Cars.com says, "The Titan's massive grille is getting familiar these days; in Nissan's lineup, it adorns one other truck and three SUVs." Even so, the Titan "looks just as commanding as a Silverado or Tundra." Car and Driver thinks it bears a resemblance to "a little Frontier," Nissan's smaller truck, and snipes "the Titan's got enough fake chrome on its nose to outfit a Roppongi sushi bar."
The 2008 addition of a long-wheelbase option is welcome. According to Edmunds, "The 20-inch longer wheelbase is available on both extended-cab and crew-cab trucks...and come with 7-foot and 8-foot beds, respectively."
2008 brought "some changes in the Titan's headlights and grille framework, but the differences are slight," says Cars.com. Edmunds states, "Base XE models come with 18-inch steel wheels...Titan SE [has] 18-inch alloys...Titan LE [has] 20-inch wheels." Titans with the off-road package receive a "PRO-4X decal over the rear fender and a body-colored grille and bumper," notes Car and Driver.
Inside, Cars.com reports that the Nissan Titan has "a lot of typical big-pickup fixtures [such as] hefty door handles [and] a big armrest." Edmunds likes the Nissan Titan's "spacious and functional interior design," and Kelley Blue Book calls it "bold and forward-thinking in its design." Revised metering for the instrument cluster and center stack "improves visual appeal," according to Kelley Blue Book.
Cars.com isn't a big fan of the controls design. "Nissan redesigned the center controls this year. The chrome-ringed dials...might prove difficult to use if you're wearing gloves—especially since the fan settings are now arranged in seven or eight separate buttons instead of a single knob, as they used to be," the reviewer remarks. ConsumerGuide feels "some switches are mounted too low for quick access while driving," and Kelley Blue Book thinks "the placement of the power window buttons atop the door's edge makes them vulnerable to outside elements when the windows are down."
The 2009 Nissan Titan is a good-looking vehicle, with an emphasis on strength and toughness.