2008 Nissan Titan


$6,022 - $10,817

2008 Nissan Titan Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Nissan Titan was new.


Interior: 7.7

Despite praising the updated interior features and ample storage possibilities, most reviewers still say the 2008 Nissan Titan's interior lags behind its American counterparts. MSN sums it up best: "The comfortable interior is rather plasticky looking but has a businesslike design, high seating, large door handles and lots of cupholders and storage areas."

The Detroit News notes that "even though the workmanship was good on our test truck, the quality of the materials is not up to par with what Detroit has to offer." Some reviewers were more critical. Car and Driver finds that the base model's fabric interior "has an Avis-rental mood about it," while the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is all around displeased. "I didn't care for its slick-feeling seat material that was big on creating static electricity as you slid out and jumped back down to Earth from the high riding cab," they complain. "The truck's black-and-gray interior felt like a lot of polyesters had to die to make it."


Writers were comfortable sitting in the 2008 Titan's cabin, and MSN's reviewer "noticed the Titan driver seat cushion is generously deep and extends all the way to the back of my knees." Other reviews state even taller persons can find a comfortable perch, though Kelley Blue Book warns that "drivers over six feet may find themselves staring out through the windshield's tint band."

Be prepared when stepping into the Titan's front row, as The Auto Channel states "it sure takes a big step to get up into the thing." Consumer Guide also faced a challenge, and explains the "high step-in requires grabbing steering wheel or assist handle to enter." However, once they were safely inside, writers especially enjoyed the SE, PRO-4X and LE's front-row captain's chairs. The Sacramento Bee's reviewer explains that they "have lumbar support and can be adjusted to rival the comfort of your favorite family room chair."

Opinions vary on the second-row seating for either Titan cab. Some, like Edmunds, give the Crew Cab credit for "a surprising amount of room in the back. We didn't exactly get out the measuring tape, but head-, leg- and shoulder room were all exceptional." However, Newsday represents those who say to "keep in mind also that, as is usually the case in pickups, the rear seatbacks are nearly bolt upright -- not comfortable on a long trip." The MSN writer gives a balanced review: "I drove both version and found legroom in the King Cab is tight for a 6-footer behind a driver with his seat shoved roughly halfway back. The Crew Cab provides plenty of knee room for back-seat occupants and has rear windows that roll all the way down."

Interior Features

The Titan's interior features are described as "clear, legible and easy to see," for Kelley Blue Book and "straightforward...no-nonsense" for USA Today. MSN specifically calls the heating and control knobs "beefy, so they work well with a woman's hands or a guy's hand wearing gloves." The base XE trim has air conditioning, cruise control with buttons on a tilt steering column, but buyers will have to upgrade to the SE or higher for power door locks and windows, remote keyless entry and courtesy lights.

Stereo and Entertainment

The Titan's base audio system is an AM/FM CD player, but the higher trims receive a six-disc in-dash CD player with MP3 playback capability, an auxiliary audio input and a radio data system. The most often mentioned system is the LE's Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system, which is an optional indulgence for the SE and PRO-4X trims. PickupTruck.com is one of its strongest supporters, writing that "even though it's pricey, sound quality was outstanding at every level and with all types of programming."

The Crew Cab's SE, PRO-4X and LE trims can have an optional rear DVD system with a monitor that has been stretched from seven inches to eight for 2008. The system also comes with a remote control, auxiliary inputs and two wireless headphones.


Praise continues as reviewers describe the Titan LE trim's optional navigation system with GPS, a DVD atlas and a seven-inch LCD monitor. The Los Angeles Times calls it "excellent and intuitive," while Motor Trend appreciates the "Leno-like pop-up screen."


Reviewers find that the 2008 Titan's interior is fully functional for carrying smaller items. As PickupTruck.com says, "inside the cab there are plenty of storage options that are easily within reach and deep enough to hold most common items used by drivers, such as CDs and cell phones." An MSN reviewer strongly suggests using those storage options -- as she found on her test drive, placing items on the front seat instead of in a storage bin can cause them to fly across the expansive cabin. "I had to stop, park the truck and walk around to the passenger door from the outside to get my purse. After this, I made sure to put the purse into the roomy, open center console storage area, where it fit nicely," she writes.

Car and Driver notices: "Nissan deliberately designed the cab so the floor would be flat, with minimal intrusion from the rear bulkhead. When the rear seats are not in use, they fold up against the bulkhead, providing a generous and unobstructed interior cargo area." Consumer Guide agrees, stating that the flat floor and fold-up rear seats "provide outstanding in-cab storage." The three highest Titan trims also have a fold-down front-passenger's seat that comes standard with the captain's chairs.

Reviewers reveal that the storage versatility doesn't stop there. "The optional roof-mounted storage console had a remarkable five separate storage compartments, making the Titan one of the few vehicles in which I'd probably run out of stuff before running out of cubbyholes," the Detroit Free Press says. Lastly, the Sacramento Bee thinks "it's obvious that Nissan did its homework on America's big-truck buyers. Six cupholders, two bottle holders and 12-volt power outlets are thoughtfully placed throughout the pickup."

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