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2014 Titan PRO 4X: An even tougher truck from Nissan

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When you need a truck that is more capable than the already very tough mid-size Frontier PRO 4X, Nissan has the full-size truck for you. When only full-size power and capability will do, the 2014 Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab 4X4 absolutely fills the bill for the serious truck owner.

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Nissan will be the last of the full-size pickup truck brands to introduce a next generation pickup with a new Titan to be revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, 2015. But, when you already have one of the most capable and rugged trucks in the market right now, being the last with a new truck is not a real problem. In fact, Titan owners will tell you that their current truck is just fine – thank you.

The Titan for 2014 continues the Nissan strategy of offering a narrow line of full-size pickup truck models with just a single power train with features and accessories aimed squarely at making it a fully capable truck without having to resort to what some might call ‘whistles and bells’ models as others manufacturers do.

Nissan, for 2014, keeps their Titan focused on the basics that gets the job done (without compromise) for work, play - including offroading - and everyday family needs

Our favorite Titan, as with the mid-size Frontier PRO-4X, is the Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4. This month, we had a 2014 Titan PRO-4X in Cayenne Red with a Charcoal interior for a week long drive test. Our test truck – a nearly the top-of-the-line model - had a base price of $39,690.

Standard features on the PRO-4X include a distinctive satin chrome-finish grille and the PRO-4X decal on the side of the cargo box. It also has a lockable bedside storage compartment, splash guards and auto on/off headlights.

Specific PRO-4X performance equipment includes Rancho performance shock absorbers, a lower final drive ratio (3.357), additional skid plates on the oil pan and transfer case, an Electronic Locking Rear Differential and unique 18-inch dark finish aluminum-alloy off-road wheels with off-road style center caps and BFGoodrich Rugged Trail 275/70R18 all-terrain tires with ground clearance of 10.7-inches.

Also included are Rear Sonar, RearView Monitor, Driver Information Center Display, 8-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat, Tow Package, Tow-Haul Mode, Cruise Control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with NAV/Traffic and NAV/Weather, Auxiliary Audio Input Jack, Front Tow Hooks, Automatic Halogen Headlamps, Fog Lamps, Color Keyed Bumpers, Black Splash Guards, Power Rear Bed Cab (up/down) Window, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control.

The PRO-4X interior includes styling cues that differentiate it from the rest of the Titan lineup including unique white-face meters and gauges, seats featuring an embroidered PRO-4X logo, white stitching and available leather-appointed seats plus white-stitched shifter knob and steering wheel with audio controls and a fold-flat passenger seat that creates a work surface or additional cargo space.

Our Titan PRO-4X test truck was fitted out additionally with the following premium packages:

PRO-4X Utility Package ($1,500) which includes Heated Power Extendable Towing Mirrors, the Rockford Fosgate 10-speaker Audio System with Subwoofer and Center Speaker, Rear Overhead Console, Power Adjustable Pedals, Factory Applied Spray-on Bedliner, Utili-track Cargo Cargo Bed Channel System with Four Adjustable Tie-Down Cleats, Tailgate Lighting and a 120 Volt Power Outlet in the bed.

PRO-4X Luxury Package ($2,630) added the Nissan Navigation System with 5.8-inch Color Display, Hands Free Phone, USB Connectivity and Music Streaming by Bluetooth, Leather Appointed Seating, Heated Driver and Front Passenger Seats, 4-way Power Adjust for the Front Passenger and Memory for the mirrors, seats and adjustable pedals.

A Utility Accessory Package ($350) which included the Sliding Bed Extender for the cargo box and the Under Seat Storage Bin; the unique Rear Bumper Step ($230) and the PRO-4X Floor Mats ($165) completed our truck.

With delivery, this 2014 Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4 full-size pickup truck priced at $45,555.

You could add either of a couple more options if you wanted. They are the Power Moon Roof for $850 or the DVD Second Row Entertainment Package for $1,000. Frankly, I wouldn’t.

Titan comes in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations, two wheelbases, three bed lengths and just four well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. Titan full-size pickup truck pricing starts at $29,270 for a King Cab S model and runs to the SL Crew Cab luxury model at $43,190.

Built on Nissan’s rugged F-Alpha pickup platform, the only Titan power train is their powerful 5.6-liter DOHC V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. Titan has a maximum towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for Crew Cab (when properly equipped). If you select a Titan 4x4, your truck will include an advanced shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes with electronic control part-time transfer case.

Keeping its focus on simple yet refined styling, the Titan has just two interior configurations – a bench seat with column shifter (seats six) or two front bucket seats with a large center console and gated floor shifter that seats five. The bench seat is standard on S and SV models, while captain’s seats are standard on the PRO-4X and SL models.

The bucket seat-equipped Titan’s center console can hold a variety of beverage containers types and sizes, including a one-liter bottle. A 12-volt adapter is equipped in the back of the center console and can be used as a power source for a phone or other electronic devices. The console’s storage box can also handle hanging file folders and has holders for maps, paper, pens and business cards on the console lid.

The Crew Cab’s rear seat is large and comfortable, with a full 24 degrees of seat back angle that enables front and rear seat leg room of 41.8 inches and 40.4 inches, respectively. Also available are standard flip-up 60/40 rear seat cushions for added cargo space and a rear floor designed to be nearly flat for added cargo utility.

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