There are some points where the 2018 Nissan Titan beat its direct competitors. Some full-size pickup trucks can carry more, tow more and have a nicer interior. But overall, the 2018 Titan is still appealing.
It may not have great towing ability, but the 2018 Nissan Titan is completely qualified to tow most trailers. It does not have a modern ultra-luxurious feel, but has some technological and safety features to note. Most importantly, the Titan is versatile, convenient and competitively priced. The 2018 Titan may not be your first choice in the full-size truck segment, but needs to be considered, especially if you’re looking for a complete package.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck offered in five trims: S, SV, SL, Platinum Reserve and Pro-4X. The Titan available in three cab configurations: a crew cab with a short (5-foot-7-inch) bed, a single cab with a long (8-foot) bed and extended cab with a standard (6-foot-6.7-inch) bed. The single cab can seat two or three, while the crew cab and the King Cab can seat five or six.
The Titan S work truck is available with all cab configurations. Its standard equipment includes 18-inch steel wheels, an active grille shutter, a lockable damped tailgate, cab-mounted LED bed lights, manual exterior mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, push-button ignition, power windows and locks, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a vinyl floor, a 40/20/40-split folding front bench seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, NissanConnect with Mobile Apps, Bluetooth, a 5-inch color display, a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary input.
The 2018 Nissan Titan SV adds 18-inch alloy wheels, front tow hooks (4×4 only), chrome bumpers, grille, door handles, power-adjustable heated mirrors, a driver information display, cloth and vinyl upholstery, a carpeted floor, satellite radio and Nissan Trailer Sway Control.
The off-road-oriented 2018 Nissan Titan Pro-4X adds all-terrain tires with dark-finish wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, a lockable rear differential, off-road-tuned Bilstein shocks, hill descent control, a receiver hitch, skid plates, a seven-pin wiring harness connector, automatic wipers, a spray-in bedliner, keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Inside, you’ll get dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar, front bucket seats, unique cloth upholstery, floor mats, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls with Siri Eyes Free, a 120-volt household-style power outlet and a rear air vent.
The 2018 Nissan Titan SL only available in crew cab configuration and get the Pro-4X upgrades except for the all-terrain tires and off-road mechanical features plus 20-inch wheels, running boards, power-folding mirrors with puddle lamps, LED cargo box lighting, front and rear parking sensors, a power-sliding rear window, a Utili-Track bed rail system with four movable tie-down cleats, a remote engine start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver-seat memory functions, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, NissanConnect Services, a 120-volt outlet inside the bed, emergency telematics features suite and a Rockford Fosgate 12-speaker audio system.
The 2018 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve builds on the SL features but also adding dark chrome exterior trim, unique wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, a 360-degree parking camera, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel with wood inserts, heated rear seats, chrome and wood interior accents.
Various optional packages are available, most of them offer utility and luxury features from higher trims to the lower trims. The SL Tow package add a trailer brake controller, tow mirrors, front tow hooks for rear-wheel-drive models. The SV and SL Chrome package adds a chrome grille, chrome exhaust tips and 20-inch chrome wheels. The Platinum Utility package adds a bed utility step, a remote locking tailgate and in-bed Titan Box storage bins.
The Platinum Reserve can also be ordered with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and the Off-Road package with the Pro-4X Bilstein shocks and 18-inch alloys, all-terrain tires. The Midnight Edition package is available on SV and SL crew-cab models, and it adds black 20-inch wheels, black body accents, and unique interior trim.
The Pro-4X Convenience package adds NissanConnect Services, which include roadside assistance, stolen-vehicle recovery assistance and automatic crash notification.
The 2018 Nissan Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard, and four-wheel drive (4WD) is optional on all except the Pro-4X, which comes standard with 4WD.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Titan SV 4WD accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimate for the RWD or 4WD at 18 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). The Pro-4X rated at 17 mpg combined (15 city/20 highway).
Properly equipped, the 2018 Nissan Titan crew-cab RWD can tow up to 9,390 pounds and 4WD versions can tow up to 9,230 pounds. Maximum payload is 1,590 pounds for RWD models and 1,610 pounds for 4WD models.
Inside, the 2018 Nissan Titan cabin is spacious, though not as spacious as the Ford F-150 crew cab. But there is still plenty of room for five passengers, and the back area features smart storage options. Optional on the SV and standard on higher trims is a cab-width lockable bin with removable dividers located beneath the rear seat. Fold the seats up, and you’ll find an unfolded cargo space featuring a bungee tie-down to keep your stuff safe.
All controls on the central stack are easy to reach, including the trailer brake controller at the bottom of the pile. Overall, the cabin design and entire stack are not that impressive. Functionality seems to be the main focus, this is in contrast to the sleeker Chevy Silverado, which keep its control on the touchscreen menu, or the F-150 with a usable and appealing layout.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 Nissan Titan is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
The S trim price starts at $31,325 for the Single Cab, $34,295 for the King Cab, and $36,725 for the Crew Cab (all include a $1,295 destination charge). The SV trim priced at $34,655 for the two-door, $37,675 for the King, and $39,865 for the crew cab.
The PRO-4X King Cab costs $45,035 and the crew Cab bodies demand $46,965. The SL trim price starts at $48,325. The range-topping model Platinum Reserve trim priced at $54,255.