Nissan Titan Performance
The 2015 Nissan Titan has strong acceleration, poised handling and sharp steering, according to most reviewers. However, unlike rivals, the Titan is only available with one powertrain choice, gets poor fuel economy for the class and has only a five-speed transmission. The Titan is also out-towed by its competition, and some test drivers think that rivals ride more comfortably.
- "The Titan's five-speed automatic goes about its job without fuss, but the six- and eight-speed transmissions in other full-size pickups allow for reduced engine speeds during highway cruising, which not only makes road trips more economical but also quieter and more relaxed." -- Edmunds
- "In any configuration, Nissan's Titan is one smooth operator, even if its platform shows 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 (2014)
Acceleration and Power
The Nissan Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy, at an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, is low for the class.
Reviewers write that the 2015 Titan's V8 has ample power and helps the Titan deliver strong acceleration. Still, some remark that the Titan falls short of its rivals because it doesn't offer as many engine options. Others comment that the Titan's transmission could use at least one more gear to be more competitive with rivals' transmissions. Another gear would also improve fuel economy and make it so the engine doesn’t have to work so hard at highway speeds, reviewers say.
- "The powertrain is refined, though its 5-speed automatic transmission is short at least one gear in its competitive set." -- AutoTrader
- "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 5.6-liter V8 under the hood of every 2015 Nissan Titan isn't as powerful on paper as most rival eight-cylinders, but you wouldn't know it from the driving experience. The truck accelerates aggressively with even a small prod of the gas pedal, and the V8 shows few signs of strain when there's a full load of passengers or heavy cargo in the bed." -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
The 2015 Titan comes with standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Some reviewers say that the Titan's handling is fairly nimble for a pickup truck, and they agree that it has responsive steering. A few critics think it rides comfortably, but others remark that rivals like the Ram 1500 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are more comfortable.
- "Everyday suburban driving in the Titan won't beat you up, but competitors like the Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 treat occupants to a noticeably superior ride. The Titan's brakes and steering responses are sharp, though, and performance is on par with just about any other full-size pickup." -- Edmunds
- "The Titan's handling is precise for a large pickup, and could even be called sporty." -- Left Lane News
- "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 (2014)
- "Titan is relatively easy to drive for a big pickup. … The rear end tends to hop through bumpy corners when the cargo bed is empty. Steering feel is accurate, and the brakes deliver smooth stops." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Towing and Hauling
When properly equipped, the 2015 Titan can tow up to 9,500 pounds and can haul up to 2,102 pounds. Most of the Titan's competitors can tow at least 10,000 pounds. Still, reviewers say that the Titan is a capable tow vehicle and appreciate that you can use the transmission to help slow your speed on a hill so you don't wear out the brakes.
- "If you need a full-size vehicle for towing or hauling, the Titan works well and fulfills that mission statement." -- AutoTrader
- "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 (2014)
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