2013 Titan New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup with lots of power, ample capabilities and a level of refinement for price that adds to its appeal.
Originally launched as a 2004 model, Titan got a new interior, an expanded model lineup, and a long list of detail improvements for 2008, while more safety equipment was made standard for 2010. Changes since then have been minor. The most significant change for the 2012 Titan is a new Sport Appearance Package, which combines functional upgrades with a lot of unique appearance items, including 20-inch wheels.
There are two body styles: The King Cab has rearward-opening rear doors. The Crew Cab is a conventional four-door configuration and offers a choice of short or long cargo beds. The only engine is a very powerful 5.6-liter V8 that makes 317 horsepower, which is matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Titan is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 pounds.
On the outside, the Titan has a rugged, purposeful look. Inside, you'll find an attractive, user-friendly interior. There's room for a family of five or four burly fishermen. Titans range from utilitarian models with crank windows to leather-lined cabs befitting a luxury SUV.
The strong V8 engine gets the job done. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 13/18 mpg City/Highway with two-wheel drive. The Titan has the robustness and ability to deal with tough jobs and heavy loads, such as pulling a toy hauler full of dirt bikes and sand buggies.
If you need a full-size pickup with power to perform and deal with heavy loads, and with plenty of room inside, and you'd also like the comfort and convenience of the Titan's level of refinement, then it definitely should be on your shopping list.
The 2012 Nissan Titan comes in 14 versions. The King Cab, with its rearward-opening doors, is available in S, SV, and PRO-4X trim levels. The Crew Cab, with its full four-door configuration, is available in S, SV, PRO-4X, and SL trim. The PRO-4X models are available only with four-wheel drive; all the others offer a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. King Cab versions have a cargo bed that measures 79.1 inches long. Crew Cab models offer a cargo bed of 67.3 inches. Crew Cab SV is available with a long bed that measures 87.0 inches.
Titan King Cab S ($27,710) comes with cloth seating for six, 60/40 split fold-up rear seats, basic instrumentation, and 18-inch steel wheels. Titan Crew Cab S ($30,260) adds power windows and door locks. The S Popular Equipment Package for King Cab ($1,090) and Crew Cab ($1,140) adds alloy wheels, overhead console, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, sliding rear window on King Cab, remote keyless entry on Crew Cab, Class IV hitch receiver and seven-pin wiring harness, along with pre-wiring for a trailer brake controller. Accessories for S-models are limited to splashguards ($120), a rear bumper step assist ($225), all-season floor mats ($75), a towing package ($290), and bedliner ($340).
Titan SV King Cab ($29,710) and Titan SV Crew Cab ($31,910) upgrade with alloy wheels, chrome bumpers, upholstery and seating upgrades, a CD changer with MP3 playback, power mirrors, tailgate assist, sliding rear window, and conveniences such as remote keyless entry and illuminated visor mirrors. A long bed for SV Crew Cab is $450-480. The SV Value Truck Package ($1,300-1,350) includes cloth captain's chairs, eight-way power driver's seat, fog lights, Bluetooth, floor mats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, rear proximity sensors, and other features. The SV Premium Utility Package ($1,910) includes a Rockford Fosgate audio system, XM Satellite Radio, power-adjustable pedals, HomeLink garage-door opener, dual power and heated extendable tow mirrors, and a lot of utility features, including the Utili-track Bed Channel system, spray-on bedliner, lockable bedside storage, front tow hooks, a lower axle ratio for better pulling power, and other worthwhile items. The SV Utility Package ($950) includes the cargo-bed-related items from the Premium Utility Package. The list of available accessories expands to include a utility accessory package ($345), and an iPod interface ($270).
New for 2012 is the SV Sport Appearance Package ($2,490), which combines a dark-silver grille finish with body-color bumpers, black step rails, fog lights, special graphics, and 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside are embroidered captain's chairs, a center console, 8-way power for the driver's seat, steering wheel audio controls, rear parking sonar, Bluetooth and special floor mats.
Titan PRO-4X King Cab ($35,440) and PRO-4X Crew Cab ($37,640) come standard with four-wheel drive and wider off-road tires, off-road suspension tuning, 3.36:1 axle gears, electronic locking rear differential, skid plates, body-color bumpers, unique upholstery, additional instruments, and double sun visors. Otherwise the PRO-4X is similar to the SV in level of trim. Options include the Premium Utility Package ($1,560) with Rockford Fosgate sound system and bed equipment, and a Luxury Package ($2,230) that includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and memory for the driver's seat, pedals and outside mirrors. Crew Cab offers a Technology Package ($3,000) of moonroof, navigation, and rear-seat entertainment.
Titan SL Crew Cab ($40,510) features heated leather seats, a 350-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system with XM radio, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, woodgrain trim, Bluetooth, double overhead consoles, 20-inch wheels, fog lamps, and chrome power folding heated mirrors. Options include the Technology Package ($3,000), which includes a power moonroof, navigation, and DVD system; and the SL Max Utility Package ($500), which adds towing and utility enhancements.
Safety features include frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, and electronic stability control with traction control.