Nissan Titan Review
The 2014 Nissan Titan ranks 6 out of 6 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Titan, as well as reliability and safety data.
Auto writers say the 2014 Nissan Titan is a fine truck in its own right, but agree that it falls well short of newer rivals that have higher-quality interiors, greater ride comfort, more engine choices and better fuel economy.
The Titan comes exclusively with a V8 engine, which test drivers say generates plenty of power for day-to-day driving as well as towing and hauling. However, some reviewers wish that the Titan offered more engine choices like most of its rivals do. Power is routed through a five-speed automatic transmission that reviewers say is slow to downshift when more power is needed. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is poor for the class. Some reviewers say the Titan demonstrates good handling for a truck, while other say it doesn't seem as maneuverable as its rivals. Critics say that the Titan's ride quality is a bit too firm and it tends to bounce over road imperfections when its bed is empty.
Reviewers say the Nissan Titan's cabin shows its age, with lots of low-quality, hard plastics and a dated design compared with its rivals’ interiors, which have all been more recently redesigned. Reviewers say the 2014 Titan's optional front bucket seats are more comfortable and supportive than the standard bench seats. They say the King cab's back seats don’t offer much legroom, and the Crew cab is a better choice if back-seat space is a priority. Test drivers appreciate the Titan's optional bed-mounted track system, which includes movable tie-down brackets that make it easier to secure cargo. Reviewers say the Titan's gauges are legible, though some dislike that features like cruise control and power windows and mirrors are not standard, especially since the Titan's starting price is quite a bit more than its rivals’. A six-speaker stereo is standard. Major options include power windows and mirrors, cruise control, an eight- or 10-speaker stereo system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, rear parking sensors and a backup camera.
- "But with so many new trucks on the market, we'd suggest shopping around first to make sure the Titan is the one you really want." -- AutoTrader
- "First introduced way back in 2004, the Nissan Titan full-size pickup is definitely beginning to show its age but still offers plenty of power and capability. One weakness is a lack of options compared to the domestic competition- the Titan has a single powertrain and no heavy-duty model." -- Left Lane News
- "The 2014 Nissan Titan remains a competitive player among full-size trucks. In a segment traditionally dominated by Ford, GM and Ram, the Titan holds its own against domestic rivals. While it doesn't offer the range of engine choices or heavy duty models like most of its peers, the Titan does come with a stout but thirsty V8 engine, king-cab or crew-cab configuration, and a choice of three bed lengths." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Titan's niche in the market is rather small given that it doesn't have nearly the depth and breadth of drivetrain, body, and equipment configurations as its Ford, General Motors, and Ram counterparts do. That would be fine if it drove, handled, or was screwed together as well as its rivals, but it's not. This is not a bad truck by any means, but Titan simply feels a step behind the competition. It's priced aggressively, though. If Titan ticks your boxes, and you can get one at a knockdown price, give it a look." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other Trucks to Consider
The Ram 1500 earns one of the best fuel economy estimates in the class with its V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers also like its opulent interior and innovative RamBox storage compartments, which are integrated into the bed sidewalls.
Fully redesigned for 2014, the GMC Sierra 1500 is praised for its high-quality interior and comfortable, refined ride. Test drivers are also impressed with its optional 5.3-liter V8, which they say delivers a good blend of power and fuel economy.
Details: 2014 Nissan Titan
The 2014 Nissan Titan is offered in King and Crew cab configurations, which both seat up to six people. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. Power comes from a 5.6-liter V8 engine, which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The Titan comes in four trims: S, SV, SL (Crew cab only) and Pro-4X. The Titan was introduced for the 2004 model year and has been largely unchanged since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2014 and prior model years.
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