2018 Nissan Titan, a Serious Half Ton

Bold front grill of the Nissan Titan

The 2018 Nissan Titan is changing the way folks think about the full size pickup truck market. What used to be the Big Three now has a viable competitor in everything from work trucks to full size luxury Boss Man mobile offices.

Like most of the truck builders Nissan offers the Titan in a wide assortment of bed and cab configurations for almost any need. The single cab, long bed work truck can seat a crew of three and haul almost a ton of payload in the bed. The King Cab offers more room inside and the Crew Cab sits 5 or 6 comfortably and can be decked out with all the options to make it a true luxury pickup.

One powerful engine for all Titan’s

One decision you don’t have to make is the power option you want; all Titan come with the 5.6 liter 390 horsepower Endurance V8. Equipped with 32 valves, overhead cams, direct port injection and variable timing the engine gets about 15 mpg city and up to 21 on the highway.

The Titan isn’t the highest rated towing pickup available but with a rating of 9740 pounds and a payload of 1950 pounds the Titan surely qualifies as a capable work or play truck.

There is a lot of focus today on off road capability and with the Pro 4X package offered on the SV, SL and Platinum Reserve trims the Titan comes with electronic locking differentials, hill decent, skid plates, Blisten shocks and All Terrain tires making it able to go just about anyplace the huge truck will fit. The Pro 4X option adds about 4 grand to the base 4×4 truck price.

The Titan was completely redesigned in 2017 to make it more competitive with the Big Three. The new high strength steel frame stiffens the truck up considerably improving both payload and driving performance. The big bold grille gives the Titan an aggressive appearance while the high stance and slightly round box styling make the big pickup look huge.

The interior options are dependent on the trim level. Bench or Captain’s Chairs are available with cloth or leather. The base 5 inch

Titan's well appointed interior

Titan’s well appointed interior

infotainment comes on the S and SV trim while the SL and Platinum Editions boast the 7 inch system. Apple Car Play is included in all systems, along with Bluetooth, texrt message handling and USB ports. The upgrade has more functions and navigation. Steering wheel controls and tilt and telescope comes on all models.

Seating is excellent; Nissan does their seats very well in all their car lines. The slightly smaller steering wheel, low belt line and large glass help with visibility but the massive front fenders and big A pillars take away all that gain. The park sensors available on most models and the surround view camera on the Platinum help a lot with slow speed maneuvers but a higher speed you just have to know how big your Titan is.

The Titan drives very well; almost like a sedan. Exceptional steering control through the tighter rack and pinion coupled with the twin wishbone suspension handles curves and bumps like a pro and the Titan’s ride is right up there with the best in class, if not class leading.  Acceleration is very good, but the truck could benefit from an 8 or even 10 speed transmission some of its competitors use.

Simple things often make the biggest difference.

All Titans come with keyless entry and push button start. There is a flip out step located at the left edge of the rear bumper that makes bed access a lot easier without having to deploy a ladder as some do. The Utili-trax cargo system is about the best you can find for               

Titan's versitile Utili-trax system and Titan Boxes

Titan’s veraitile Utili-trax system and Titan Boxes

managing and securing the varied and odd things we carry back there. Under edge bed lighting, a 110 volt outlet in the bed and Titan Tool boxes that make use of the wasted space fore and aft of the wheel wells add to the versatility of the truck.

Our test truck was the SL Endurance Midnight  Edition 4×4. It stickered at 53,500 with a lot of extras on it. The Midnight package that includes black mirrors, handles, wheels and steps as well as body color grill and bumpers adds 1250 to the price. Then they added floor mats, tool boxes, step bumper and locking tailgate for another 1800 plus. The base truck, which is very well equipped listed for 50,360.

The SL 4×4 trim level is comparable to the Lariat and comes with most of the tech goodies we want like cross traffic alert, blind spot monitors, parking sensors, cruise control, dual zone automatic ac, Rockford Foasgate premium audio, skid plates, tow hooks, trailer hitch with controller and trailer anti-sway control, LED lighting, running boards and the unique Utili-trax system in the bed.

The new Nissan Titan is definitely a truck to look into if you are considering a pickup.

For more information about the Titan and to build your own go here

Listen to the on air review by John and Lynn below