2013 Nissan Titan Review
Test drivers say the 2013 Nissan Titan offers acceptable performance, but they’re let down by its poor fuel economy, high price and short list of standard features.
The Titan is powered by a V8 engine that most reviewers say provides ample power. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and while one test driver writes that it shifts smoothly, a few critics note that it doesn’t downshift quickly enough when more power is needed. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is considerably less than the fuel economy ratings of trucks like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150. Most auto writers agree that the 2013 Nissan Titan offers composed handling, accurate steering and strong brakes, however one auto writer notes that long-bed models can have a slightly unsettled ride over rough pavement.
While the 2013 Nissan Titan’s basic, functional interior isn’t unusual among full-size trucks, some test drivers say that they’re let down by cheap plastics and other subpar materials in higher trims. Most auto critics agree that the Titan offers plenty of passenger space in both rows, though many recommend the optional front bucket seats, which offer better support than the standard bench. The base Titan has fewer standard features than many trucks in the class. Air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player are standard, while options and features available on higher trims include a sliding rear window, cruise control, keyless entry, power mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera and an upgraded stereo with a USB port, Bluetooth and satellite radio.
- "This is not a bad truck by any means, but Titan simply feels a step behind the competition." -- Consumer Guide
- "Even though Nissan has tried sprucing things up around the edges this year with a number of new standard features and options, the Titan's main disadvantage remains its dated design. Simply put, some of the latest pickups out of Detroit have significantly raised the bar with more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, innovative features and upscale extras." -- Edmunds
- "The 2013 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." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "A V-6 and single cab version are still MIA, which means the cheapest trim level costs some $8,000 more than a base Chevy Silverado or Ford F-150. Throw in a spotty reliability record, and the Titan doesn't seem headed for widespread appeal anytime soon." -- Cars.com (2008)
Other Trucks to Consider
The Ford F-150 impresses reviewers with its strong towing capacity and comfortable front seats. Additionally, the F-150 trumps the Titan with better fuel economy and a lower base price.
The Ram 1500 earns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class, thanks to a new V6 engine and an available eight-speed automatic transmission. The 1500 also has a lower starting price, and an available Hemi V8 makes it more powerful than the Titan.
Details: 2013 Nissan Titan
The 2013 Nissan Titan seats six and has standard rear-wheel drive. A 5.6-liter V8 engine and five-speed automatic transmission are standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. The Titan comes in two body styles. King Cab (extended) models come with a 6-foot-6-inch bed, while the Titan Crew Cab offers the choice of a 5-foot-7-inch or 7-foot-3-inch bed. Four trims are available: S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. Most trims add interior and exterior features, while the PRO-4X also adds mechanical upgrades to improve off-road performance. For 2013, the Titan gets new standard features on select trims, as well as updated styling on PRO-4X models. New optional features also include a moonroof and a DVD entertainment system. These additions aside, the Titan is basically unchanged for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2004 through 2013.