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2012 Nissan Titan

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2012 Nissan Titan Review

A capable truck that's gone stale.

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The Titan is Nissan's full-sized truck, the Japanese automaker's offering to compete against the popular Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra. Although there are not as many configurations, sizes, and engine options as the Detroit Three trucks, the Titan adds muscular good looks and a standard V-8 engine, to the American-dominated market. With a sturdy exterior and three bed lengths, available four-wheel drive, and a standard 5.6-liter V-8 good for 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, the Titan can tow up to 9500 pounds. Both two- and four-wheel drive trucks are deceptively quick around town, but lack a well-mannered suspension. EPA estimates place mileage at 13/18 mpg city/highway for two-wheel drive and 12/17 mpg for four-wheel-drive models. Since there is no base V-6, the Titan is a bit on the expensive side, at $27,410, before incentives. Well-equipped models begin at $35,140 and with options, can quickly exceed $40,000.

The Range

Bodystyle: Truck
Engine: 5.6L V-8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Models: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL

What's New

Very little has changed from 2011, but there is a new Brilliant Silver color option. The biggest addition for 2012 is Titan's new Sport Appearance Package available on King Cab and Crew Cab SV models. It includes dark hyper silver finish 20-inch wheels, dark grille treatment, body colored front and rear bumpers, black step rails, PRO-4X seats, lockable bedside storage compartment, white-faced gauges, fog lights, and captain's chairs.


The Titan looks like a large toy with a bold front end and cab design, with a standard 138.9-inch wheelbase (optional 159.5-inch). Three bed lengths, optional 20-inch tires, fog lights, steprails, and smoked grill highlight exterior distinctions from base models.


Inside, the Titan's cabin has plentiful storage space (eight cupholders!) and most of the usual bells and whistles expected in today's high-tech interiors, like Bluetooth and HomeLink as well as an available six-CD sound system with up to eight speakers, a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, an iPod interface, and available XM Satellite Radio.

Performance & Handling

A 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 generates 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque and comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission with traction control. Though it won't win any battles on the dragstrip, the Titan is surprisingly quick, hitting 60 mph in a Motor Trend tested 7.2 seconds. With optional four-wheel drive, offroad suspension, final-drive axel-ratios, and up to 20-inch wheels, there aren't many places the Titan can't go.


Every Titan model features the same standard safety equipment, including front, front-side, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. Nissan also fits the Titan with occupant seatbelt sensors, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

EPA Fuel Economy

13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (4x2)
12 mpg city/17 mpg highway (4x4)

You'll Like

  • Engine performance
  • Impressive towing
  • Optional final-gear ratios

You Won't Like

  • No base V-6
  • Price
  • Feels dated

Sum Up

A capable truck that's gone stale.

If You Like This Vehicle

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

See the New 2014 Titan.

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