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2012 Nissan Titan Review

This review was written when the 2012 Nissan Titan was new.

The 2012 Nissan Titan remains a good full-size pickup truck for casual users, but it’s outdone in nearly every way by competitors that are more customizable, more capable and less expensive.

Test drivers say that the 2012 Nissan Titan is a pretty good truck. Its controls are easy to use, it comes standard with V8 muscle and it handles fairly well for such a big, heavy machine. It’s a good compromise between all-out utility and everyday usability.

However, test drivers note that this compromise is the reason why the Titan falls short. Most of its competitors offer outstanding capability without sacrificing interior luxury. The Titan has one of the smallest towing capacities in the class, despite its standard V8, and its lack of regular cab and long bed options mean that it’s not the best vehicle for shoppers who need a work truck. Shoppers who want a truck for play will find that the Nissan Titan’s competitors offer interiors with more features and better build quality at a comparable price. Plus, its poor fuel economy and relatively high base price mean it’s not the budget-oriented pick in its class, either.

Overall, test drivers don't think that the Nissan Titan is that bad. Weekend warriors will appreciate its combination of drivability and utility. However, most buyers in the market for a full-size pickup will be better-served by shopping rivals.

Other Trucks to Consider

Shoppers who want an all-out work truck with a priority on capability should look no further than the Ford F-150. It has the highest towing capacity in its class, and its bare-bones standard cabin and long list of available features  mean that you can make the interior as basic or as feature-heavy as you want. Contractors will especially appreciate the available Ford Work Solutions in-dash computer, which helps crew chiefs manage their fleet, keep track of tools and even print invoices. Plus, the F-150 gets better fuel economy and costs significantly less than the Nissan Titan.

The top choice for those who want a pickup for occasional utility but put a priority on interior comfort is the Ram 1500. It has one of the most comfortable rides on the market, thanks to its unique coil-over suspension. In Laramie Longhorn trim, it’s outfitted more like a Range Rover than a Ram. And even with all this interior luxury, the Ram 1500 doesn’t sacrifice too much utility. Test drivers love its RamBox in-bed cargo compartments and its available 3G Wi-Fi system. Plus even though its towing capacity isn’t the highest in its class, it’s still about 1,000 pounds more than the Titan’s.

Details: Nissan Titan

The 2012 Nissan Titan comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and the off-road oriented PRO-4X. It offers a choice of King (extended) or Crew Cabs, but does not offer a regular cab model or an 8-foot bed. A 6-foot-7-inch bed comes standard with the King Cab and a 5-foot-7-inch bed is standard with the Crew Cab. Crew Cab models also offer a 7-foot-3-inch bed. For 2012, Nissan added a sport appearance package to SV models, but otherwise, the Titan remains unchanged.

See the full list of 2012 Nissan Titan specifications.

  • "Limited to just one engine and two cab configurations, Titan's appeal is narrower than that of its large-pickup competition, especially since the 8-foot bed has been discontinued. However, Titan is strong in performance, comfort, utility, and available safety features. If you need what it offers, this brawny Nissan is worth a look.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Thanks to its slow evolutionary march, the Titan remains a good truck. It'll do just about anything you ask of it, as witnessed by its respectable 9,500-pound maximum towing capacity, spacious cabin and versatile cargo options. But considering that other competing trucks are better in just about every regard, we'd recommend going with the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Ford F-150 or Toyota Tundra before settling on the Titan.” -- Edmunds
  • "Nissan's pickup is aging, but it continues to offer a sporty and stout feel, secure handling, and a strong V-8. There are two cab sizes and three bed lengths. It might not be as configurable as the domestic trucks, but it offers enough for most casual pickup-truck customers.” -- Car and Driver
Review Last Updated: 10/10/13

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