In the US, more than anywhere else I’ve ever been, pickup trucks are massively popular. They seem to represent Americans as a people. US citizens are big, bold, and proud. They like their trucks to be strong and tough. They work hard, and they expect the same from their vehicles.
The most popular trucks in the US seem to be those made in America—Ford, Chevrolet, GMC. But there’s definitely a market for import trucks as well. Nissan pickups have been able to hold their own in North America, representing a percentage of the trucks on our roads.
The two pickups that are currently representing the Nissan name are the Titan and the Frontier. In this post, we’re going to take a look at those two trucks and what they have to offer.
The Titan is Nissan’s full-sized pickup truck. The Titan first hit the market in 2003. From the beginning, it was equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The first generation came in a 2-door style as well as a 4-door style. Options were either King Cab or Crew Cab. There was no standard cab offering. Available features included Bluetooth compatibility, a navigation system, a DVD player, a sunroof, satellite radio, heated seats, and more.
When the second generation rolled out in 2015, the Titan had upgraded to an optional 5.0-liter turbo diesel engine. The transmission was also upgraded, from a 5-speed automatic to a 7-speed (or a 6-speed for the diesel option).
The Titan has been recognized for its overall performance and for its gas mileage. According to Car and Driver, the Titan is ranked #5 on the list of best full-sized pickups. According to Autobytel’s ranking of pickup trucks with the best gas mileage, the Titan is in the top ten.
This truck is listed under two different names for the simple reason that it is soldunder two different names. In North America, Central America, and South America, the truck is sold as the Nissan Frontier. In Asia, Europe, and Australia, it is sold as the Nissan Navara.
This truck has been available since 1997. It is a mid-sized pickup truck available in 2-door and 4-door body styles. In 2009 and 2010, the truck received a facelift. The shapes of the headlights, bonnet, and grill were updated. The interior was redesignedusing better quality materials. New technology was also added to the dash. More importantly, the truck’s engine and transmission options were updated.
While some drivers have been critical of the Frontier’s broad turning radius and its relatively slow acceleration, the truck has received accolades, too. According to Autobytel’s ranking of pickup trucks with the best gas mileage, the Frontierjoins the Titan in the top ten.Initial concerns with the Frontier’s airbag safety inspired Nissan to upgrade the computer software, which brought safety ratings back up to expectations. In 2010 and 2011, the Frontier received high safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you’re wondering about the production of these vehicles, I invite you to keep reading! While some Americans want to drive an American truck, others are looking to buy an import from Japan or elsewhere. One thing to keep in mind is that many of these “foreign” trucks are actually built in the US. In fact, one of Nissan’s major assembly factories is located in Tennessee, and all of the Frontiers sold in North America are manufactured in Canton, Mississippi.
Nissan offers two great options for pickup truck drivers. The specs speak for themselves. It is clear that Nissan pickups stack up nicely when compared with others on the market.