2009 Nissan Titan Performance
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Reviewers generally like the Titan's performance on the road, but are disappointed that there is only one available engine, and some say that competitors offer a more refined ride. Still, Consumer Guide says the Titan is "Relatively easy to drive and nimble for a big pickup."
- "Smooth, powerful V8 puts Titan among quickest large trucks off the line. Passing punch is ample. The transmission upshifts smoothly and downshifts promptly." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Titan's tractable 5.6-liter V8 delivers plenty of muscle right from idle. It sounds great, too, but that booming exhaust note can grow tiresome on long drives." -- Edmunds
Acceleration and Power
The 2009 Nissan Titan only provides one engine option. The Titan's engine is a 5.6-liter V8 with 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque -- and reviewers couldn't be happier-except when it comes time to refuel. Both the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive Titan rate at 12/17 mpg city/highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's ratings. The Titan's V8 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
- "We found the Titan's V8 engine felt strong at all speeds, with loads of power on demand." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Smooth, powerful V8 puts Titan amongst quickest large trucks off the line." -- Consumer Guide
- "The five-speed automatic lags a bit in kick-down response, and its shifts are on the slow side. Fortunately there's enough power that the laziness rarely detracts from the driving experience. Without any downshifts, I was able to comfortably pass on the highway, scooting from 60 to 70 mph in fifth gear at just 1,900 rpm." -- Cars.com
Handling and Braking
Reviewers are generally pleased with the 2009 Nissan Titan's ride, braking and handling.
- "The Titan's road manners are what truly distinguish this pickup from the old guard. Grab the wheel, and the road grabs back." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The 2009 Nissan Titan's precise, linear steering with nicely weighted effort makes the truck relatively nimble and easy to drive on pavement. However, the rather stiff suspension (especially on Pro-4X models) can make the Titan feel skittish in off-road situations." -- Edmunds
- "Steering is notably more communicative than the full-size truck norm. You can pick a line and hold it, without sawing back and forth in search of an elusive on-center feel." -- Motor Trend
- "The Titan delivers a smooth, controlled ride and exhibits better-than-average steering and handling response." -- Kelley Blue Book