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2009 Nissan Titan Truck

2WD King Cab SWB SE

Starting at | Starting at 13 MPG City - 17 MPG Highway

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  • $28,150 original MSRP
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2009 Nissan Titan Truck

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Nissan Titan Truck

As the name implies, you get a lot of truck in the Nissan Titan. For less than $30,000 in any configuration, it features a standard 5.6L V8 engine that makes 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque that can haul a 2,000-lb payload or tow 9,500 lbs. For people that need that kind of capacity -- including room for five or six guys in the cabin -- the 12 mpg city, 18 mpg highway gas mileage is par for the worksite course.

What's new for 2009?

The Titan range of full-sized pickups got a freshening for the 2008 model year, so changes for 2009 are minor, and mostly to the list of options. A Heavy Metal package with chrome exterior accents is new for this year, as is a long-wheelbase option.

Model Strengths

  • E85-capable V8 standard
  • fully boxed frame
  • seemingly endless configurations
  • massive towing and payload capabilities

Model Review

With two cab sizes, four bed sizes, four trim levels, and a long list of options and available packages, there are dozens of ways to configure the Titan to fit the job at hand. Every Titan gets the 5.6L V8 engine, which is capable of running on E85 bio-ethanol fuel, and a 5-speed transmission. Front air bags and ABS are also standard features.

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Source: The Car Connection

Editors at TheCarConnection.com have driven the 2009 Nissan Titan on- and off-road to bring you their overall take on how the Titan ranks next to other full-size rigs. TheCarConnection.com's experts have also read other reviews on the Web to bring you a wide range of opinions and help you to make a smart buying decision for your next truck.

The Nissan Titan was first introduced in 2004 to glowing reviews across the board. For 2009, the truck is still a strong choice--but in some ways it feels a bit dated. The exterior and interior were slightly revised for 2008, and the exterior in particular stands up well, with a macho look that doesn't blend in with the rest of the pack.

Nissan finally made a long-wheelbase (159.5 inches) model available last year. Through 2007, only the standard 139.8-inch wheelbase had been available. Ford, Chevy, and Dodge all offer huge ranges of models and configurations, while the Titan has been stalwart in its limited range. However, the 2009 Nissan Titan line includes four models (XE, SE, PRO-4X, and LE) and two body styles (King Cab and Crew Cab) in 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations, as well as four bed sizes (5'5", 6'5", 7', and 8').

The 2009 Titan's only powertrain is the powerful 5.6-liter dual-overhead-camshaft V-8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The Titan features a standard five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is poor; the combination gets ratings as low as 12 mpg city, and TheCarConnection.com has seen even worse numbers in real-world driving.

Along with powerful acceleration, this powertrain gives properly equipped Titan models the capability to tow up to 9,500 pounds with the King Cab and 9,400 pounds with the Crew Cab.

On the road, the Titan could be considered a sports car of trucks. While still a big vehicle, it drives smaller than it is. The truck corners with little lean, and the optional Vehicle Dynamic Control stability system works well without being too intrusive. The ride is comfortable for a truck, but the road and engine noise can wear on you after a few hours in the driver's seat.

Inside, the cabin is roomy and comfortable enough. Shorter drivers will appreciate the power-adjustable pedals. Some interior materials could be better, but overall the interior is more than acceptable.

A full range of airbags is available on the 2009 Titan, helping to improve the safety score to five stars for driver front impacts and four stars for passenger front impacts.

Options include a Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System; an XM Satellite Radio tuner; a heated, leather-appointed bench seat; a revised center stack; and a larger, 8.0-inch DVD screen (up from 7.0 inches). New for 2009 is a Max Utility Package that combines towing and bed-utility features.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Nissan Titan won't meet all specialized work needs, but it's a good, powerful hauler with a comfortable interior.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150+ point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes if wrap coverage is purchased at the time of sale
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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