V8 is a BLAST to drive and at times was frighteningly fast. Tranny was robust and I like the manu-matic mode that it offered.
The truck (SE) offered more than the competition for a few thousand less: large V8, rear view camera, Bose audio, sunroof, dual-zone HVAC, automatic AWD, 3rd row seating, etc. Features that were exclusive to higher trim models of other makers.
Never had to tow, but the space and seat configurations came in very handy. The front passenger seat that folded flat was a big plus.
Nissan had a great lease offer for V8 SE models and the payments were less than what the competition was offering.