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MSRP: $29,270 - $43,190
Invoice: $26,813 - $39,542
MPG: 13 City / 18 Hwy
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Nissan Titan Performance

Test drivers think the Titan's V8 engine has plenty of power, and some even say it has decent handling for a truck. However, many agree that the Titan falls short of rivals with its poor fuel economy and a lack of other engine choices. They also say its transmission is hesitant to downshift when more power is needed.

  • "In any configuration, Nissan's Titan is one smooth operator, even if its platform is showing its age." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Titan's V8 isn't the strongest or most fuel-efficient. Ford's F-150 EcoBoost V6 makes more horsepower, more torque, and achieves better fuel economy. The Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado also offer engines more powerful than the Nissan's. Also, the Titan is not available in standard cab configuration." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Driving the 2013 Nissan Titan is a satisfying experience thanks to the robust V8, nicely weighted steering and strong brakes. The trade-off for all this muscle is disappointing fuel economy, even by big pickup standards." -- Edmunds (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The Titan comes with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Titan achieves up to an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is poor for the class.

Reviewers say the Titan's V8 has plenty of power whether or not there is cargo in the bed or a trailer being towed. However, most agree that the transmission is less refined than rivals' transmissions that offer six or more speeds. Multiple test drivers mention that the transmission is reluctant to downshift when more power is needed.

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  • "The 2014 Nissan Titan's engine isn't the most powerful V8 in its class, but it's far from tepid, with good punch off the line punch and more than enough muscle to get the job done, whether that's passing slower traffic or hauling a heavy trailer (9,500 pounds is the max towing capacity) up a long grade. The powertrain is responsive at all speeds, and we appreciate Nissan's gated 5-speed automatic transmission that comes on models with front captain's chairs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The powertrain is refined, though its 5-speed automatic transmission is short at least a gear in its competitive set." -- AutoTrader
  • "Titan's V8 delivers surprisingly strong power at any speed despite having one of the lowest horsepower ratings in the class. The transmission shifts smoothly, though coaxing a downshift can take a deep stab of the gas pedal." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The five-speed automatic lags a bit in kick-down response, and its shifts are on the slow side. Fortunately there's enough power that the laziness rarely detracts from the driving experience." -- Cars.com (2008)

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2014 Nissan Titan and four-wheel drive is optional. Nissan also offers an off-road-oriented Pro-4X trim that adds upgraded components like Rancho shocks, an electronic locking rear differential and skid plates. Some reviewers say the Titan has a smooth ride and decent handling for a truck, while others say that the Titan's ride is too firm and tends to bounce around on the pavement when there isn't a load in the bed. Others say it feels larger than some of its rivals, which makes it seem harder to maneuver it in tight spaces.

  • "Nevertheless, this is still a 5,000-lb platform, before adding passengers, cargo and fuel. If you need a full-size vehicle for towing or hauling, the Titan works well and fulfills that mission statement. But if you're looking for ease of daily use, there are trucks with similar capability that drive smaller -- and for in-town usage, smaller is typically better." -- AutoTrader
  • "Handling is deliberate for vehicles in this class, but the Titan's steering is better than average, ride quality is surprisingly smooth - ranking near best-in-class - and the cabin is commendably quiet at all speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Titan's handling is precise for a large pickup, and could even be called sporty." -- Left Lane News
  • "All Titans ride quite firmly with the expected big-pickup bounce when the bed is unladen. There's little difference between "standard" models and the differently sprung, off-road-oriented PRO-4X." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Towing and Hauling

When properly equipped, the Titan can tow up to 9,500 pounds and can haul up to 2,153 pounds. These figures are a bit low for the class. Reviewers say there is sufficient power for towing and hauling, and appreciate the Titan's manual shift mode, which lets you slow the Titan by shifting to a lower gear instead of relying on the brakes. 

  • "Although 6-speed automatics are the full-size pickup norm now, the Titan's setup is still handy on steep descents and when towing because it allows you to shift to lower gears to spare the brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 11/26/13

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