The aptly named Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck and a strong contender in the heavily contested half-ton segment. Powered by a robust engine, the rear- or four-wheel drive Titan is available with a wide variety of cab and bed choices. There are options and configurations to meet the needs of every light-duty pickup buyer.
2017 to Present: Nissan Titan
The second-generation Nissan Titan is a full-size half-ton pickup truck that was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. Following in the tracks of Nissan’s Titan XD, the Titan shares the XD’s aggressive style, powerful V8 engine and some of its cab and bed options. However, the Titan is based on a different chassis that’s significantly smaller than the Titan XD’s. The Titan is available with multiple bed lengths, and in rear- or four-wheel drive configurations.
Earlier Nissan Titan Models
The first-generation Nissan Titan was launched for the 2004 model year. Japanese trucks haven’t always been crafted to ideally serve the U.S. market, but the Titan was clearly built with an understanding of the needs and priorities of shoppers in this segment. The full-size pickup utilizes a traditional solid rear axle with leaf springs and was built on a fully boxed frame, which is the expected combination for a competent work truck.
Early first-generation Titan pickups were offered with one wheelbase and a single bed size for each cab. After 2008, Nissan added a longer-wheelbase model and refreshed the Titan’s interior and exterior. All first-generation Titans are powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine good for 317 horsepower, which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Later Titans were sold in extended cab (King Cab) and crew cab versions. Four trim levels were available including the entry-level S, the midgrade SV, a more luxurious SL and an off-road-ready Pro-4X.
Earlier models lacked standard safety features including stability control, side air bags and side curtain air bags, but 2010 and newer models include those safety extras and more on all trim levels. Other notable options include navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and premium audio systems. The off-road-focused Titan Pro-4X model includes a lower final-drive ratio, skid plates, a locking rear differential, Rancho shocks and all terrain tires.