Introduced in 2014, the Nissan Titan took a noticeably different design direction compared to that of other full-size trucks. The Titan has thoroughly macho styling cues, including flared fenders and a large bright chrome grille. Altogether it looks a little more in place in the city than many comparable trucks from other automakers.
A 5.6-liter V8 Engine came standard. It produced 305 hp and 379 lb.ft of torque and was the fatest, most powerful standard-equipment trucks. The powertrain is positively quick, and handling is good thanks to the responsive five-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive. Road noise is more accentuated than with other full-size trucks, though, and the rumbly, ever-present nature of the engine won't suit everyone.
The Titan has changed very little since it was first introduced, for 2004. The only significant difference is that for 2007, Nissan introduced long-wheelbase versions of the Titan, payload capacity was increased, and the V8 produced 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. Now, Titan models can now carry up to 9,500 pounds and have a unique factory spray-in bedliner, and Nissan has offered some unique storage options like the cleated tie-downs that slide up and down tracks to secure a small, heavy object like an engine block.
Both King Cab and Crew Cab versions of the Titan are offered and bed lengths range from 6.5 to 8.0 feet. The Crew Cab models come with seating that's genuinely roomy enough for four adults. Cabin comfort is good in both models and there's been a very expansive feature list that has included, in recent years, options like Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio, and a DVD entertainment system.
For the 2013 Titan, Nissan freshened the look of the off-road-themed PRO-4X. They gave all the Titan models a new tailgate design, with a few other minor appearance changes; and made the navigation system (with a USB port and satellite radio) more widely available.
A replacement for the Titan is due in summer of 2105, as a 2016 model. The 2016 Nissan Titan is expected to be extensively re-engineered and completely redesigned, and a clean-diesel engine option remains a possibility.