Boating - - MOTORHEAD -

LLook­ing for a ma­cho tow­ing ma­chine? If so, you’ll love the Nis­san Ti­tan.

The bold grille, ag­gres­sive all-ter­rain tires, and rum­ble of the En­durance di­rect-fu­elin­jected, all-alu­minum 5.6L V-8 tip off ev­ery­one to the tow­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of this halfton. While the brand might be Ja­panese, Ti­tans are built with Amer­i­can mus­cle in Can­ton, Mis­sis­sippi.

The 2018 Ti­tan Pro 4X towed our 6,500-pound boat/ trailer with ease. Even while tow­ing, it dis­played head­snap­ping ac­cel­er­a­tion. The seven-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with tow/haul mode helps keep the en­gine revving in its power band and min­i­mizes gear hunt­ing on grades.

We were pleased with the ride. It proved com­fort­able whether tow­ing or not, and the 600 pounds of tongue weight from our boat/trailer barely de­flected the rear end. The eas­ily ac­ti­vated four-wheel-drive sys­tem helped us pull up on a slippery ramp.

The big, ex­tend­able side­view mir­rors on our Ti­tan in­te­grated turn sig­nals, auto dim­ming, and heat­ing to de­feat frost and fog­ging. Each has an in­de­pen­dently ad­justable con­ven­tional mir­ror, plus a widean­gle mir­ror at the bot­tom. This sounds like a great idea, but it’s some­times con­fus­ing and takes some getting used to. Adding to the safety fac­tor are blind-spot warn­ing and rearcross traf­fic-alert sys­tems.

In­side our Ti­tan Pro 4X crew cab we found a wealth of lux­ury ap­point­ments and high-tech fea­tures, in­clud­ing Nis­sanCon­nect ser­vices, in­tel­li­gent around-view cam­era mon­i­tors and trailer-light func­tion check.

Among all the trucks in this group, the Ti­tan had one of the best sound sys­tems. The Rock­ford-Fos­gate premium au­dio sys­tem fea­tured 12 speak­ers with a sub­woofer un­der each front seat. Now that’s mu­sic you feel.

On the more prac­ti­cal side, we loved the LED un­der-rail truck-bed light­ing sys­tem for load­ing and ac­cess­ing gear in the pre-dawn hours, which is when much of our tow test­ing be­gan each day.

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