One of the more distinctive looking and sounding full-size truck imports on the market, the 2013 Nissan Titan is back without a lot of changes from previous year models. It still has plenty of power under the hood, along with more than adequate towing ability. It handles well on just about any type of road surface, and with ten inches of ground clearance, it has off-road capabilities and an available four-wheel-drive option. Some of the latest in technology is available with the top trim packages.
New For 2013
While the 2013 Nissan Titan is largely unchanged from previous year models, this model does have a number of subtle changes including:
- Skid plates
- A newly-designed aerodynamic tailgate with an integrated back-up camera
- 12-volt bed outlet standard on the SL model and optional on the other trim packages
- Improved navigational systems available on all trim packages
The 2013 Nissan Titan retains its bold and powerful look on the outside with plenty of chrome and a satin chrome grill. The SV and SL trim packages have newly-designed step rails and a removable locking tailgate. Body-colored front and back bumpers add to the overall appeal, and all models have powerful halogen headlamps with complex surface lenses that provide serious visibility. All of the trim packages roll on 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, and all packages have a bed liner to protect the bed of the truck. All trim packages also have plenty of muscle under the hood, with 5.6-liter, V-8 engines paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. A tow package is also standard across the board.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Nissan Titan does vary between the different trim packages. The base model S package has 40-20-40 bench front seats, while the top trim packages, including the PRO-4X King Cab, have eight-way power-adjustable captain's chairs in the front with manual-adjustable lumbar support. The base model S has a six-speaker AM/FM in-dash single-CD player stereo system, but for the discerning music-lover, a higher-end Rockford Fosgate audio system with auxiliary MP3 audio input is also available. Optional features include a Bluetooth-ready wireless data link for hand-free communication and an iPod interface. The interior of the base model is designed for six adults to sit comfortably. Air-conditioning is standard on all trim packages, and the higher-level trim packages have dual-zone climate control systems and simulated alloy trim on the center console and dash. The top two trim packages give drivers plenty of high-tech options, including a power sunroof, a GPS navigation system, and a rear seat entertainment system that is ideal for keeping children occupied. The top trim packages include steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls for a safer and more enjoyable driving experience.
As one would expect from a full-size pickup, there is plenty of cargo room and capacity. The base model can handle a payload of up to 2,153 pounds and cargo tie-downs are standard with all trim packages.
Safety has long been a priority for the makers of the Nissan Titan. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes and stability and traction control. Electronic brake force distribution helps to ensure safe stopping on any road surface, and child seat anchors and a rear-center three-point belt combine to make this a solid family truck option. In the event of an accident, passengers are well-protected with front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags. Both the driver and passenger seat have a head restraint for whiplash protection.
Other excellent safety features that can help to detect a problem before it happens include a tire pressure monitoring system and a rearview camera system, which are available with all of the trim packages. Another family-friendly feature of this truck is the passenger side airbag occupant-sensing deactivation system. This system will not deploy if it senses a child is in the seat and may be injured upon deployment. This truck performed well in crash tests, so buyers can rest assured that the Titan is safe for the entire family.
The driving experience can vary depending on whether the owner opted for the standard rear-wheel drive or the optional four-wheel drive that makes off-roading possible. The engine generates up to 317 horsepower (hp) and up to 385 lb-ft of torque for ample towing power. Drivers will love the NASCAR-sounding engine that is sure to turn a few heads. It handles exceptionally well for a full-size truck, thanks to a double wishbone front suspension and a solid live axle rear suspension. This truck has an average fuel economy of 13/18 mpg city/highway, but the four-wheel-drive options will get slightly less than that.
This truck is made to give the driver and passengers an exceptionally smooth and quiet ride, and is ideal as a work or family vehicle. It has plenty of legroom in the front and the back, making it ideal for a long-haul business trip or vacation.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Titan
- Dodge Ram 1500
- Ford F Series
- Toyota Tundra