Although Nissan's corporate mantra urges us to _shift, it appears the automaker isn't shifting its full-size truck offerings anytime soon. Pricing for the 2011 Armada SUV and Titan pickup have jumped slightly over last year, but they differ little -- if at all -- from their 2010 counterparts.
The 2011 Armada is still offered in three different trim levels -- all with Nissan's 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 and a five-speed automatic -- but the names have been changed to SV, SL, and Platinum. SV models, which start at $38,860 for a rear-wheel-drive version and $44,460 for a four-wheel-drive example, include dual-zone automatic climate control, four 12-volt power outlets, and a power driver's seat. Stepping up to the SL trim adds a bit of cost (pricing jumps to $43,790 and $46,590 for two- and four-wheel-drive models, respectively), but does add things like leather seating, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a Bose audio system. For an extra $7250, the Platinum model maxes out the content by throwing in heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation, and a DVD rear entertainment system.
For Nissan's 2011 Titan, changes are limited only to trim names and pricing, which now runs roughly $250 more than last year. Although content levels differ little (if at all) from last year, the previous XE, SE, and top-end LE models are now named S, SV, and SL, fitting in with Nissan's fleet-wide nomenclature.
Regardless of the model selected, 2011 Titans continue to use the 5.6-liter V-8 and a five-speed automatic. Want a bare-bones work truck? The Titan S is likely your trim, if you can live with cloth seats, vinyl flooring, and steel wheels. Titan S 2x4 and 4x4 King Cabs retail for $27,770 and $30,620, respectively, while springing for the four-door Crew Cab bumps those figures to $30,320 and $33,170.
SV models offer a little more glitz, adding aluminum wheels, chrome bumpers, power mirrors, and an in-dash six-CD changer. Pricing for SV King Cabs start at $29,770 and $32,620 for two- and four-wheel-drive models, respectively, while the Crew Cab adds an extra $2200. Buyers looking for something other than the typical 5.6- and 6.5-foot beds will have to shop the SV. Nissan's 7.25-foot bed is only available on SV Crew Cab models; long-bed SV Crew Cab pricing is set at $32,420 with rear-wheel-drive, and $35,300 with four-wheel-drive.
Billed as a rough, tough, off-road pickup, 2011 Titan Pro-4X models are again available only as four-wheel-drive models, and add skidplates, lower gear ratios, unique Rancho dampers, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and front bucket seats. Pricing starts at $35,500 for King Cab models, while the larger Crew Cab is again a $2200 premium.
Top end SL models add leather seating, power-folding side-view mirrors, chrome door handles and mirror covers, and chromed 20-inch wheels. SL models are only available as Crew Cabs; two-wheel-drive examples sticker at $37,870, while four-wheel-drive models run $40,570.
All pricing includes $950 in destination charges. Look for the 2011 Titan and Armada to hit Nissan dealers across the U.S. immediately.