New for 2014
The Nissan Titan remains unchanged for 2014.
The Titan is Nissan’s full-size truck, slotting above the compact/midsize Frontier. It is sold in S, SV, SL, and Pro-4X grades with rear- or four-wheel drive, and King or Crew Cab configurations.
The 2014 Nissan Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 producing 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to tow up to 9,500 pounds. Due to its aging powertrain and size, the EPA rates the Nissan Titan at 13/18 mpg city/highway for rear-drive models while opting for four-wheel-drive drops those numbers down to 12/17 mpg. On the road, the Titan handles decently for a full-size truck, while retaining impressive off-road capabilities, making it pleasant to drive.
Boasting a spacious, a flexible cabin, and a standard or long bed, the Titan has generous space for up to six passengers and cargo. Tech features such as navigation, DVD entertainment system, Bluetooth connectivity and an upgraded Rockford Fosgate audio system are available as part of optional packages. There is abundant storage space inside the truck, a 60/40 split folding rear seat bottom, a near-flat floor, and wide door openings that expand its flexibility and capability to haul large items. However, the low-quality plastics used in the interior that detracts from the Titan’s overall refinement with the car “awash in squeaks and rattles” after about 9,000 miles.
The Nissan Titan has not been crash tested by the NHTSA but in IIHS testing, it received a score of good in two out of three categories and earned an acceptable rating for the roof strength test (good is the highest possible score).
What We Think
While the Nissan Titan remains a viable full-size truck, its aging powertrain, low-quality interior materials, and unimpressive fuel economy means it is lagging behind its competitors. Additionally, the prominence of engine noise detracts from the truck’s overall refinement. Despite its downsides, we noted in a 2004-2005 Four Seasons Test that the Nissan Titan’s bed is “well thought out” with an available utility bed package that improves the truck’s usability as a work truck and for hauling cargo. However, we also said in a 2005 review that while the Titan is a viable work truck, it is best for “light duty chores, towing boats, and as a general family vehicle.”
- Generous towing capacity
- Spacious cabin with many storage spaces
- Capable off-road
You Won’t Like
- Lackluster fuel economy
- Cheap interior plastics
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