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2014 Nissan Titan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/15/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The Nissan Titan enters 2014 largely unchanged, but a new model is on the horizon, due to be introduced at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

Vehicle Overview

The Titan is Nissan's full-size pickup truck, which fits above the smaller Frontier in the automaker's lineup. It comes in king and crew cab forms and competes in the lucrative half-ton truck segment, though there's no standard-cab model.

Summary

The 2014 Nissan Titan comes as a king or crew cab, each with a unique short and long bed length. All Titans get the 317-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 that makes 385 lb-ft of torque and a five-speed automatic, which can be paired with rear- or four-wheel drive. Fuel economy was competitive when launched at an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, and a one-mpg penalty for 4WD. The king cab features 169-degree opening rear doors that provide nearly unlimited access to the rear seats. Notable optional features include factory-applied spray-on bedliner, Utili-Track bed channel system for cargo tie-down flexibility, and a lockable bedside storage compartment.

The 2014 Nissan Titan received a three- and four-star rollover rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), the better score for the RWD versions. In IIHS testing the Titan received two ratings of good and one of acceptable (for roof strength; the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

In a First Drive of a 2011 Nissan Titan we said: "Since we last tested it in 2005, the Nissan Titan has gotten a smidge more powerful, been slightly restyled, and seen its list of standard features grow. Other than that, the full-size rig has remained much the same as it was six years ago. As its sales figures show, that may not be the best tactic in challenging its heavy-hitting rivals from the Detroit Three." Like most full-size trucks used to handle, we noted that the Titan handled most comfortably with a load or several passengers. While the response is still good and the V-8 feels powerful, the competition offers similar power but with significantly better fuel economy. We felt that "the Titan is in dire need of a redo if it's going to get back on truck buyers' radar screens."

You'll Like

  • Optional utility features
  • Powerful V-8
  • Wide-opening rear doors on king cab

You Won't Like

  • It's been 10 years since a redesign
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lacks a diesel option

Key Competitors

  • Ford F-150
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Ram 1500
  • Toyota Tundra

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