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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
some testers judge the bench seat too flat and firm
that booming exhaust note can grow tiresome
hinged rear door...swings back 168 degrees to create exceptionally convenient interior access.
Kelley Blue Book
front seats are wide and comfortable
The cabin of the 2010 Titan is roomy and comfortable, with good seating for four full-size adults in Crew Cab versions. Shorter drivers will appreciate the power-adjustable pedals.
As it turns out, the interior of the Titan varies significantly depending on which model you choose. As Edmunds explains, "Base XE models come with a 40/20/40-split bench front seat; The mid-grade Titan SE adds front captain's chairs with a center console and leather; [and] Top-of-the-line Titan LE models add power-adjustable seats [and] pedals." ConsumerGuide calls the captain's chairs "substantial and supportive," with ample headroom and legroom. They point out that a "high step-in requires grabbing the steering wheel or assist handle to enter." Kelley Blue Book mentions that "some drivers also felt the seat bottoms could do with a sharper upward angle to better support their thighs."
In Crew Cab Titans, the rear doors swing back 180 degrees, "but they also anchor the front seat belts, so people in front have to unbuckle if someone in back needs to get out," notes Cars.com.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com tout the numerous storage options of the 2009 Nissan Titan. Kelley Blue Book calls the lockbox "perfect for storing such items as jumper cables or muddy clothing." They also like that on the Nissan Titan, the "hinged rear door on the King Cab model swings back 168 degrees to create exceptionally convenient interior access." Edmunds notes that the "rear seats fold up to provide a large load floor for hauling items inside the cab." They describe the Nissan Titan as "a great cargo carrier thanks to the optional Utility Bed Package with its durable spray-on bed liner, movable tie-down cleats, handy tailgate illumination and driver-side lockbox [located behind the rear wheel]."
But interior materials leave a lot to be desired; the drab look and feel of the interior plastics is tough to get over—particularly if you've tested other trucks in this class. ConsumerGuide complains that the Titan's cabin "is let down by an overuse of hard plastic materials and mediocre assembly quality. The glovebox lid has a flimsy, insubstantial feel." Edmunds, however, disagrees, contending that materials are "only average, but build quality is generally very good."
Cars.com isn't a big fan of the instrument-panel 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."
Although the engine note is a bit too loud for some tastes, the Titan rides comfortably for a truck, with very little road or wind noise. Edmunds says that the "booming exhaust note can grow tiresome," and ConsumerGuide reports, "Road, engine, and wind noise are nicely muted, but Titan's constant exhaust rumble gets tiring on long drives."
The materials and interior details inside the 2010 Nissan Titan aren't likely to win you over, but its otherwise spacious and comfortable cabin might.