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Overview

The full-size truck segment is one of the most competitive in the auto industry. Truck buyers know what they want, and Nissan aims to give it to them with the 2018 TITAN. The second generation of Nissan’s full-size truck features a tough ladder frame, powerful V8 engine, as well as a spacious and ergonomic cabin. Depending on how you equip it, the TITAN can be everything from an off-road machine to a luxury vehicle. Nissan really covered all of the bases with this one.

The Perfect Ride for...

The driver who needs a workhorse for any job, whether it's moving the entire construction crew with all the gear or taking your best friend on an overnight camping trip. The 2018 Nissan TITAN is a full-size pickup truck available in two-door Single Cab or four-door Crew Cab configurations. Buyers can also choose from five trim levels, with pricing starting from $29,780.*

Drive & Handling

The 2018 TITAN is the automaker's answer to full-size trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra. That means the TITAN is up against some pretty tough competition, but Nissan's contender stands out with impressive capability.

The TITAN is offered with an updated version of the 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 used in the previous generation of this truck, along with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The V8 produces 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque and features direct injection for improved efficiency. Nissan says the TITAN can tow up to 9,390 pounds when properly equipped, and offers a maximum payload capacity of 1,610 pounds.

To make towing a bit easier, Nissan offers available features like an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, a tow/haul mode, and trailer-light check system. And to help the chassis handle whatever owners throw at it, the TITAN features a fully boxed ladder frame with beefy leaf springs at the back. The Pro-4X off-road model also gets Bilstein® monotube shocks and an electronic locking rear differential is available as well.

The TITAN offers standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Most models get an EPA-rated 18 mpg combined (15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway) regardless of how many wheels are driven.** The more powerful four-wheel drive Pro-4X model is rated at a slightly lower 17 mpg combined (15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway).**

Key Features

Technology by trim levels

The base TITAN S comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth® streaming audio, 5.0-inch display screen, hands-free text messaging, and Nissan ConnectSM with Mobile Apps.

The TITAN SV incorporates the standard features from the TITAN S and adds an off-road indicator and menu, power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors, trailer sway control, interior mood lighting, and more.

The TITAN Pro-4X model is designed specifically for off-road driving, so it includes a higher level of standard equipment than the SV, as well as performance-related features like all-terrain tires on 18-inch wheels, Bilstein® off-road shocks, electronic locking rear differential, and a skid plate. Other standard features on the Pro-4X include the Nissan ConnectSM infotainment system with navigation and a 7.0-inch display screen, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The TITAN SL comes standard with heated front seats, tilt and telescoping steering column, memory system for the seat and steering, LED signature headlights, Rockford Fosgate® Premium 12-speaker audio system, Utili-track cargo channel system, and a 110-volt outlet in the bed. The top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve adds everything from a heated steering wheel to heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Nissan TITAN includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and a full array of airbags. Optional features include blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera, and Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system.

Alternative Options

If you're searching for an SUV that's not too bulky to drive but that also has enough space to make it versatile, look no further than 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. If you want sporty, refined styling, the latest tech features, and a surprisingly large amount of power for a compact car, the 2018 Nissan 370Z® is everything a sports car should be—and more.

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*All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

**Fuel Economy based on targeted 2018 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2018 TITAN only. TITAN XD fuel economy estimate is not available. EPA data not available at time of publication. Targeted fuel economy estimate based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.

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