The Truck Show Podcast Goes Inside Nissan Trucks (Literally)
Getting Up Close and Personal with the Titan, Frontier, and the People Who Love Them
This week, The Truck Show Podcast has access to a pair of 2020 Nissan Titan pickups, one a light-duty Pro-4X in Baja Storm and the other a Titan XD SL in Deep Blue Pearl. So, armed with those machines, what did Lightning and Holman do? They jumped in and learned everything they could.
First off, the guys had a good, long chat with Tiago Castro, the director of light commercial vehicles for Nissan. Tiago's fingerprints are all over the 2020 Nissan Titan, which has been updated for the new model year with standard forward collision monitoring and automated emergency braking, as well as a revised 5.6L V-8 with 400 hp and 413 lb-ft that's paired to a new nine-speed automatic gearbox (up two speeds from 2019). In their conversation, Tiago discussed the updates Nissan made to help the 2020 Titan and Titan XD remain competitive with other pickups.
Turning their attention to the one-size-smaller Frontier, the guys tapped Brian Murphy, the now-famous owner of a 2007 version of the midsize pickup that has more than 1 million miles on the original drivetrain. Brian, who racked up 400 miles a day in his Frontier as a delivery driver in and around Chicago, performed only basic maintenance to keep his manual-shift, four-cylinder Frontier on the road. A new clutch went in at 801,000 miles, and a preventive timing chain replacement happened at 700,000. The radiator and alternator both lasted about 450,000 miles.
Finally, Lighting and Holman checked in with two Titan Ambassadors, fly fishing guide Maddie Brenneman and celebrity chef David Rose. Maddie, who currently drives a 2020 Titan Pro-4X, spends a few hours each day in her truck, using it to ferry gear and supplies to her work at the North Fork Ranch Guide Service. She's also put the off-road-trimmed pickup through its paces during Colorado's heavy winters and muddy springs, and she is consistently impressed by its traction and capability.
Chef David likewise asks a lot of his 2020 Titan Platinum Reserve, using it as part of his catering business and to occasionally haul his motorcycles. Moving from his home state of New Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2003, Chef David knew he needed to get on board with pickups fast, and he's since been converted to the Nissan Titan.
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