Review: 2018 Nissan Titan

If only a full-size pickup will accommodate your professional or recreational needs, you can do no better than the 2018 Nissan Titan. It’s one of Charlottesville’s favorite trucks, and we know you’ll love it once you get inside.

With a highly capable engine, a range of options for cargo space and management, and interior features for your convenience and entertainment, there’s a lot to like about the new Titan. The only problem is choosing a model.

Below, we’ll tell you what you can expect from each trim level to help you decide. When you’re ready, visit us for a test drive.

Performance and Towing

The 2018 Titan has a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque, with Variable Valve Event and Lift. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, and comes standard with Hill Start Assist. Options include switch-operated two-speed transfer case four-wheel drive, and the Pro-4X trim includes Hill Descent Control and an electronic locking rear differential.

Payload and towing capacity depend on whether you choose a Crew, King, or Single Cab, as well as the presence of 4X4. Payload ranges from 1,590 pounds (Crew Cab 4X2) to 1,950 (Single Cab 4X4). Towing capacity ranges from 9,230 (Crew Cab 4X4) to 9,740 (Single Cab 4X4).

Drivers who need even more power can opt for the Titan XD. Talk to your Colonial Nissan rep about this turbo-diesel option, which tows up to 12,280 pounds and has a payload capacity of 2,080 pounds.

Seating and Comfort

Single Cab models can seat up to three passengers, while Crew and King Cab models can accommodate five to six passengers, depending on whether you choose front captain’s chairs or a front bench. The S and SV trims come with any cab configuration, the Pro-4X comes in King or Crew, and the SL and Platinum Reserve trims are Crew Cab only.

The 2018 Nissan Titan comes available with power front seats with power lumbar support, heated or climate-controlled front seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear bench, heated outboard seats, and a Memory System for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and monitors. You can also opt for a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, or metallic kick plates.

Features and Technology

All models of the 2018 Titan feature Bluetooth technology, a RearView Monitor, and Remote Keyless Entry with Push Button Ignition. The SV trim adds an Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Sirius XM Radio, and several options, including Nissan Intelligent Key, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, rain-sensing wipers, Nissan Navigation System, NissanConnect Apps, and Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation.

Upper trims feature Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control, NissanConnect Services, an Intelligent Around View Monitor, Proximity Activation for lighting, Rockford Fosgate audio, and the Nissan Mobile Entertainment System with headrest monitors and wireless headphones.


Starting at $30,030 MSRP - 1N6AA1R81JN508365

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