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2006 Nissan Titan

2006 Nissan Titan

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$2,969 — $14,857 USED
Truck
5-6 Seats
16 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Offroad capability
  • Construction quality
  • Handling and maneuverability
  • Automatic-transmission operation

The Bad

  • Instrument readability
  • Engine noise with hard acceleration
  • Rear-seat comfort

What to Know

about the 2006 Nissan Titan
  • 305-hp, 5.6-liter V-8
  • Wide-opening (168-degree) rear doors
  • Two cab configurations
  • Optional side-curtain airbags

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2006 Nissan Titan Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
With the launch of the Titan, Nissan joined the full-size pickup truck ranks. Seriously big in size, the Titan competes against the domestically built trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and GMC, which have virtually owned the full-size segment for decades.

The Titan features a 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 that cranks out 305 horsepower and 379 pounds-feet of torque. The truck is available in King Cab (extended-cab) and Crew Cab forms and can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Minor changes mark the 2006 Titan, including two new exterior colors: Majestic Blue and Graphite. A Tow Package is available for XE models, while Crew Cab SE models can be fitted with a sunroof. Dual-zone climate control is standard in LE Titans.

Exterior
Wide front fenders and blistered cargo-box sides help convey the sensation of bigness. At 224.2 inches long overall with a 6.5-foot cargo bed, the Titan King Cab is 5.6 inches shorter than an equivalent extended-cab Ford F-150.

The King Cab’s rear doors open nearly 180 degrees for easy access. A factory-applied spray-in bed liner is offered on upper-end trim levels. Nissan’s available Utili-track bed channel system uses C-channel rails on the cargo-box floor, side rails and front panel. A lockable bedside compartment, tailgate illumination and a bed-mounted 12-volt power point are included.

Titan XEs have 17-inch tires, but aluminum wheels on other models hold 18-inch tires. An optional offroad package includes a l...

Vehicle Overview
With the launch of the Titan, Nissan joined the full-size pickup truck ranks. Seriously big in size, the Titan competes against the domestically built trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and GMC, which have virtually owned the full-size segment for decades.

The Titan features a 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 that cranks out 305 horsepower and 379 pounds-feet of torque. The truck is available in King Cab (extended-cab) and Crew Cab forms and can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Minor changes mark the 2006 Titan, including two new exterior colors: Majestic Blue and Graphite. A Tow Package is available for XE models, while Crew Cab SE models can be fitted with a sunroof. Dual-zone climate control is standard in LE Titans.

Exterior
Wide front fenders and blistered cargo-box sides help convey the sensation of bigness. At 224.2 inches long overall with a 6.5-foot cargo bed, the Titan King Cab is 5.6 inches shorter than an equivalent extended-cab Ford F-150.

The King Cab’s rear doors open nearly 180 degrees for easy access. A factory-applied spray-in bed liner is offered on upper-end trim levels. Nissan’s available Utili-track bed channel system uses C-channel rails on the cargo-box floor, side rails and front panel. A lockable bedside compartment, tailgate illumination and a bed-mounted 12-volt power point are included.

Titan XEs have 17-inch tires, but aluminum wheels on other models hold 18-inch tires. An optional offroad package includes a lower-ratio rear axle, a driver-selectable locking rear differential, Rancho shock absorbers and skid plates.

Interior
Buyers can choose from two King Cab interior layouts. A front bench seat provides three-across seating, and a column-mounted gearshift is used. Titans with bucket seats get a large console and a gated gearshift.

Under the Hood
The Titan’s 5.6-liter V-8 produces 305 hp and teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. The Titan can tow as much as 9,500 pounds when properly equipped. Optional part-time shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive uses an electronically controlled dual-range transfer case.

Safety
Four-wheel all-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
Shoppers searching for solid construction in the full-size pickup category need not look any further than the Titan. It delivers confident handling, both on- and off-road. Expect superior maneuverability through twisting, narrow roads.

Performance is strong but not superlative. After some brief initial sluggishness, the Titan accelerates from a standstill with authority. Response is strong at midrange speeds, but acceleration is accompanied by considerable engine noise.

Occupants may feel quite a bit of body motion on rougher surfaces and when the bed is empty, but a loaded Titan rides quite nicely. It provides a secure ride with only a touch of body roll as the rather stiff suspension absorbs road imperfections.

Titans emit a distinctive exhaust note that’s not trucklike. Auxiliary tilt-down mirrors enhance rearward visibility. The seats provide good back support and feature especially long bottoms and soft cushions.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
37 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

best truck i have ever owned

by jbplmbng1 from san jose on July 14, 2019

2006 nissan titan crew cab,THIS TRUCK IS AWESOME ,i hve towed a 6000 lb excavatorwith this truck using the bumper hitch this truck handled that load with no problems good towing power, and the bumper ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable truck

by TitanFan from Tallahassee on July 9, 2019

Excellent truck for trips with family, hauling my boat or driving around town. Loved it so much that I am looking for a newer Titan. Highly recommend this truck! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Nissan Titan currently has 7 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Nissan Titan XE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Titan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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