2018 Nissan Titan Review
Pros & Cons
- Standard V8 offers plenty of power
- Numerous in-cabin and bed storage solutions
- Optional Pro-4X off-road package offers useful upgrades
- Generous bumper-to-bumper warranty
- No alternative engines
- Only one available axle ratio
- Touchscreen interface hampered by small buttons
- Cabin design not especially attractive
List Price Estimate
$24,738 - $28,967
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Which Titan does Edmunds recommend?
For most buyers, we recommend the midlevel Titan SV with the Convenience package. Compared to similarly equipped rivals, it's reasonably priced, and on top of the standard S and SV equipment, the Convenience package adds parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, the larger 7-inch touchscreen, the NissanConnect system with navigation, and heated front seats. And if you need them, several other options are available on the SV including a Tow package, a spray-in bedliner and cosmetic upgrades.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Titan proves that big trucks don't have to drive that way. The accurate steering, strong motor and confident, powerful brakes make the Titan one of the better-driving trucks in its class. While we wouldn't call it carlike, its manners might be the Nissan's strongest selling point.
The Titan could be excused for being noisy and having a rough ride. But it is, in fact, just the opposite. The cabin is quiet, and the ride is one of the best in class. Covering a lot of ground in the Titan certainly won't take much of a toll on its occupants.
Most full-size trucks carry their tougher-than-nails persona into the cabin, but Nissan has opted for a much friendlier, almost crossoverlike interior. Combine that friendly look with a smaller steering wheel and good ergonomics, and the Titan is a truck anyone will want to drive.
Nissan hasn't gone to all this trouble to build a truck that can't work like a truck should, and the Titan will not leave you wanting for much in the way of capability. Where the Titan does come up short is with its single engine option, which puts it midpack when it comes to towing and hauling.
Tech might well be the Titan's Achilles' heel. While it has the features to make up the numbers, its small display, dated graphics and small buttons seem very early 2000s. Seat time in any of the Titan's competitors only makes the Nissan's hardware seem more out-of-date.
Most helpful consumer reviews
PRO-4X 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
I'm about a month into the purchase of my 2018 Titan Pro4X Crew Cab, and I'm absolutely loving it. I traded in a 2015 BMW 335i since I needed something to tow with, and although I loved that car and miss the manual transmission, the Titan still puts a big grin across my face when I drive it. I've already towed a boat with it, and it didn't even feel like it was back there. Great power and the engine sounds great when you want it to, but quiet when you don't want to hear it. The interior is extremely comfortable and feels well put together. With several other nissans in the family (a few over 100k miles and one over 250k), it looks like the interior durability is comparable which means it should look like new in 10 years like my others. I test drove all the full size trucks, and the titan really provided the best bang for your buck. I think the ride and interior quality is much better than the ford, it's light years ahead of the tundra (though I can't fault those for reliability), I personally don't like the styling of the GM twins but they do have great drivetrains, and the new 2019 RAM 1500 came in a close second place for me. In the end, I think the Titan rides nearly as well as the RAM, and while it doesn't offer quite as many bells and whistles, I was able to get into a Titan for about $10k less than a comparably equipped RAM. I think the only options I would have liked that I don't have would be a regular (non-pano) sunroof, and a heads up display. Cooled seats, around view monitor, LED headlights and foglights, and insane amounts of bed utility and storage under the rear seat are some jump out options that I love. Call me a happy truck owner! UPDATE 9/25/19: I have 15,000 miles on the truck and no difference in option. Still drives and smells like new. I’ve taken several road trips and the seats and ride quality are so comfortable, I had no fatigue even on a 22 hour (straight) drive. My average fuel economy is 16.4 mpg - I use the Fuelly app to track every fill up. My best gas mileage is 21.7 all highway driving at 78 mph. Lowest is 13.2 mostly city with ~120 miles of towing a boat. I do wish the fuel tank was larger but it gives you a lot of warning before it’s empty. No regrets buying a Titan! Update 03/25/2021: 31k miles now and still have no plans to get rid of my Titan. Still very solid/comfortable and a great road trip machine. Towed a u-haul trailer through the Rockies with no issues. I’ve had the fan clutch and EVAP canister replaced under warranty but no other issues. I wouldn’t trade my truck in for a new one because I like how analog everything is on mine. No auto braking, no intelligent cruise control, no auto start/stop (worst feature ever), no cylinder deactivation, etc. It’s just a truck, like it’s supposed to be. And new trucks have gotten out of control on pricing.
SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
I trade trucks at least every year. During the past 7 years I’ve owned Tundra, Sierra 1500, Silverado 1500, and Ram 1500. I’ve never owned a Titan because of reviews - this year I decided to look at a Titan, and I’m glad I did. Getting out of a Ram 1500, great truck, but time for a change. Looked at a Sierra 1500 SLT, but not near the options of the Titan. Also looked at a Silverado LT 1500, again not near the option as the Titan. GMC nor Chevy could touch pricing of the Titan. The Titan is probably the best riding truck I’ve purchased. In addition it’s made in Canton MS vs. GMC and Chevy - made in Mexico - a deciding factor. In addition, the Titan has a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty - so guess Nissan has faith in reliability.
PRO-4X 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
This is a capable truck for both offroad and towing. My last Titan went over 300K with no problems whatsoever. The new version has all the new amenities you would expect of a modern truck. Be warned the Pro4X suspension is on the stiff side. Overall I love the truck.
SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A)
5,600 miles in and I still love this truck. Before making this purchase I did a lot of research and had narrowed my search down to the titan, 2019 Ram 1500 and the 2018 F150. The titan had the lowest reported mpg, but when you compared the purchase price to the other 2 trucks we'd have to hit almost $5/gal for the Ford or Ram to come up ahead in a 10 year cost of ownership for me. When I came across the midnight edition at my dealership it was a done deal, a similarly equipped Ford or Ram would have cost $15-20K more than what I spent. The one negative I have is the infotainment system. I previously was driving an Apple Carplay equipped vehicle and the Nissan factory system just doesn't match up. With all of the money I saved on the purchase I was able to put an after market Carplay receiver into the truck, and there isn't anything else I would change with this truck! Update 12/7/20: At 15,000 miles I had the engine knock issue that is pretty well documented by now. The fix was a new long block engine. I've put another 30,000 miles on the truck since and have had no further issues. I still love this truck and plan on putting many more miles on it!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Titan models:
- Blind-Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross-Traffic
- Monitors the area around the rear-quarter panel and warns of vehicles that are in the blind spot or approaching it.
- Trailer Sway Control
- Helps keep a trailer tracking straight when buffeted by crosswinds or while driving on poor-quality roads.
- Surround-View Camera
- Gives a bird's-eye, 360-degree view of the vehicle to help fit the truck into tight spaces.