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2018 Nissan Titan: What You Need to Know

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The 2018 Nissan Titan finishes near the bottom of our full-size truck rankings. Although it has a smooth ride and good maneuverability, the Titan’s below-average predicted reliability rating and aged tech features make it tough to recommend.

The 2018 Nissan Titan is ranked:

Is the Nissan Titan a Good Truck?

The Nissan Titan is a decent full-size pickup truck. The Titan’s comfortable interior and refined handling make it easy to live with day to day. The Titan also rates well for crash safety, and it’s available in an XD model that offers stout towing and payload capabilities.

Should I Buy the Nissan Titan?

Unless you're a die-hard Nissan fan, there aren't many good reasons to buy the Titan over its competitors. Most rivals are similarly spacious and comfortable to drive, but they offer more standard features, higher-quality cabin materials, and a lower starting price. Top competitors like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado also rate higher for predicted reliability. The biggest hiccup, however, relates to the Titan XD. The XD’s towing and hauling capacities are impressive for a light-duty truck, but they can’t compete with the heavy-duty models in this class – many of which are only slightly more expensive. It’s best to shop around before considering the Titan.

Compare the Titan, F-150, and Silverado »

Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Titan?

After skipping the 2016 model year, the Nissan Titan was fully redesigned for 2017. There are no major changes for 2018, so you can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2017 model while still finding comparable performance and all the same features found in the new Titan.

You can save even more money by shopping for a first-generation Nissan Titan (2004 to 2015), but these models feature different exterior styling, cheap interior materials, fewer advanced safety features, and lower tow ratings. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2015 Nissan Titan and 2017 Nissan Titan. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses relevant research and data from every year of the current Titan generation, which includes the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Nissan Titan Cost?

The Nissan Titan’s base price is around $30,000, making it one of the more expensive full-size pickup trucks. There are several higher trims and many available features, all of which can up the price considerably. A fully loaded Titan XD can run well into the $60,000 range.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

Nissan Titan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Titan or Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 is an outstanding value. It ranks high in the class, is one of the most capable trucks, and sports one of the lowest starting prices in the segment. It has several powerful engine choices, a user-friendly infotainment system, and comfortable seats. The F-150 also offers features you can't get in the Titan, including Apple CarPlay and forward collision warning. The Nissan is a good truck, but there's no reason to buy it over this Ford.

Which Is Better: Nissan Titan or Chevrolet Silverado?

The Chevrolet Silverado is another truck that stands above the Titan. It has several powertrain choices, with the top engine having more horsepower than any Titan offering. The Chevy's cabin looks and feels nicer than most competitors', and the seats are roomy and supportive. There are plenty of tech features, including an intuitive infotainment system. The Silverado’s bed has steps built into the corners of the rear bumper to help you climb into the bed. Also, it’s easy to open and close the tailgate with one hand.

Which Is Better: Nissan Titan or Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 is is yet another truck that's more capable and more upscale than the Titan. The Ram rides smoother than almost any rival, and it offers a variety of muscular powertrains. Inside, the Ram's interior feels upscale, even in lower trims, and the seats provide all-day comfort. The infotainment system is easy to use, and you can add the RamBox storage system, which features lockable compartments built into the sidewalls of the bed, for additional secured storage.

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Titan Performance

Titan Engine: 8 Cylinders or Bust

The Titan's base engine is a 390-horsepower V8 that produces 394 pound-feet of torque. The engine doesn’t lack for power, and in addition to never feeling strained, it delivers good acceleration. Titan XD models offer a 310-horsepower turbodiesel that puts out 555 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a seven-speed automatic.

Titan Gas Mileage: Not Its Strong Suit

This Nissan truck gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Some rivals, like the Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500, get slightly better mileage with their V8 engines.

Titan Ride and Handling: Lots to Like

The Titan may surprise you with its road manners. Even when taking turns at speed, the Titan feels stable, and its sharp steering helps maneuverability. The ride remains cushioned over road imperfections.

Titan Off-Road Performance

You can get four-wheel drive in every Titan trim, but you want the Pro-4X for serious off-roading. It can handle most terrain thanks to features like skid plates, a locking rear differential, and hill descent control.

Titan Towing Capacity

The 2018 Titan has some of the lowest towing and hauling capacities in its class. When properly equipped, the Titan has a maximum towing capacity of 9,740 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,950 pounds. The larger Titan XD can tow up to 12,760 pounds and haul up to 2,910 pounds. Even the Titan XD trails some competitor's light-duty pickups (such as the Ford F-150), when it comes to maximum towing and payload ratings.

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Titan Interior

How Many People Does the Titan Seat?

The Titan seats three to six people, depending on cab style and configuration. The front seats are roomy enough for most people, but tall folks might want a smidge more legroom. The rear seats have plenty of space for anyone – even adults – to ride comfortably, especially in Crew Cab models.

Titan and Car Seats

Titan models with a rear seat feature two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates them as Acceptable (the second-best rating) for their ease of use. The tether anchors are hard to find, and the lower anchors require a lot of force when attaching car seat straps.

Titan Interior Quality

Full-size trucks have increasingly nice cabins, and the Titan keeps up with this trend. This Nissan looks great inside and features many high-end materials (though there are also some cheaper plastics). The higher trims feel almost luxurylike.

Titan Cargo Space

The Titan is available with a 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, or 8-foot bed, depending on which cab you want. You can add plenty of features that make the bed more usable, including moveable tie-down cleats, removable in-bed storage boxes, a fold-down bumper step, a 110-volt power outlet, and cargo bed lights.

Titan Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Titan include Bluetooth, a USB port, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5-inch display screen and smartphone app integration.

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, satellite radio, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, and an upgraded NissanConnect system with navigation, voice recognition, a 7-inch touch screen, and Siri Eyes Free.

The NissanConnect system’s screen feels a bit antiquated compared to rivals’ systems. However, it has user-friendly controls that are easily reachable from the driver’s seat. The Titan falls another step behind the competition by not offering Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

Read more about interior »

Titan Reliability

Is the Nissan Titan Reliable?

The 2018 Titan has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Nissan Titan Warranty

The Nissan Titan is backed by a five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. That’s a better warranty than most full-size pickup trucks provide.

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Titan Safety

Titan Crash Test Results

The 2018 Nissan Titan received a four-star overall crash test rating (out of five) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Titan a Good rating (the highest offered) in all crash test categories.

Titan Safety Features

The Titan’s available driver assistance features include a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Nissan Titan Model Is Right for Me?

Buying a truck always starts with picking a cab size and bed length because not every trim is available in every cab/bed combination. Once you’ve sorted that out, it’s time to pick a trim. If you need a truck that can handle any off-road challenge, you'll want the Pro-4X trim, which is specifically designed to stand up to any terrain.

If off-roading is a lower priority for you, then the Titan SL offers a great value. It comes standard with many more features than the S and SV trims, and when fully loaded, it has almost all the features the Titan offers. Its starting price is also several thousand dollars less than the top trim.

Regardless of which trim you choose, drivers looking to tow heavy loads should consider upgrading to the Titan XD, which has a higher max towing capacity and is available with a diesel engine. Note that the Titan XD carries a four-figure price increase compared to the standard Titan.

Regardless of which cab style and trim you choose, upgrading from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive will cost $3,000-$3,100.

Nissan Titan S

The Titan S has a starting price of $30,030 for the three-seat Single Cab model. King Cab models start at $33,000, and Crew Cab models start at $35,680. The S trim doesn't offer much beyond the standard features; the only options are an overhead storage console in the cab, a spray-on bed liner, and 4G Wi-Fi for up to five devices.

Nissan Titan SV

The Titan SV starts at $33,360 for a Single Cab model ($36,380 for King Cab and $38,820 for Crew Cab). In addition to the S trim’s features, the SV comes standard with stain-resistant cloth upholstery, satellite radio, and trailer sway control. It also has available features that you can't get in the base trim. These include the Utili-track system of movable bed tie-downs, a 120-volt in-bed power outlet, tailgate area illumination, and front and rear parking sensors.

Nissan Titan Pro-4X

The off-road-oriented Pro-4X trim starts at $43,740 for the King Cab and $45,920 for the Crew Cab. It’s only available with four-wheel drive. The Pro-4X is the most capable off-roader in the Titan lineup, and it comes with standard features that reinforce that status, including all-terrain tires, skid plates, front tow hooks, a two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, Bilstein off-road performance shocks, and a locking rear differential.

The Pro-4X also comes standard with many features that are optional in lower trims. These include a bed liner, navigation, smartphone app integration, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition, dual-zone automatic climate control, front captain's chairs, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Pro-4X offers a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and a surround-view camera, as well as options offered in lower trims.

Nissan Titan SL

The Titan SL carries a starting price of $47,280. The SL and all higher trims are only available with a Crew Cab. The SL is also the trim where the majority of features become standard. The SL comes with heated and power-folding mirrors, a power-sliding back window, Utili-track, heated and power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, and front and rear parking sensors. You can add a few optional features – like a Wi-Fi hot spot – to this and other trims.

Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve

The Platinum Reserve is the highest trim in the Titan's lineup, and it starts at $53,210. The Platinum Reserve comes standard with virtually every feature you can get in the Titan, but you can add a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

See 2018 Nissan Titan specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2018 Nissan Titan is a good truck, but it comes up a little short in the areas that matter most to many truck buyers. Because of that, it finishes well down in our full-size truck rankings. That’s not to say you shouldn’t look at the Titan if you’re considering a new truck; but you can probably find another truck with a better overall appeal than this Nissan.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2018 Nissan Titan review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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