2013 Nissan Titan vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Titan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

While the 2013 Nissan Titan does come with a single V-8 powertrain, it's actually choice and seemingly endless variations and ordering combinations that seems to delight full-size truck shoppers.

And to that, the Titan offers relatively few choices.

The Ford F-150 now has four new engines, all with relatively good gas mileage and muscular power ratings, as well as some standout features such as Sync Bluetooth connectivity widely offered throughout the lineup.

The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are also dated, although their vast combinations of powertrains and bed lengths make them a great choice for commercial duty, or for shoppers who want a truck for a special purpose.

For 2013, Ram is giving the 1500 a serious refresh, with fuel-saving technologies like engine start-stop and a new eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as interior improvements that may make what's already a class standout even better.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Tundra stands as perhaps the most direct rival to the Titan; its overwrought styling--seemingly fueled by a luxury-car designer and a craftsman overdoing it on energy drinks--can put some people off, although it's a good performer.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2013 Nissan Titan provides strong performance, with a brash style, but it's simply fallen to the back of the pack in many respects.
7.2
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado lineup appeals to truck traditionalists, offering a straightforward package that isn't as bold or fashionable as rivals but delivers in every way a truck should.
8.2
Muscular but lower in fat thanks to turbo V-6 power, the 2013 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.
7.2
Among increasingly bold full-size trucks, the 2013 GMC Sierra is simple in looks and strong in performance—with the Sierra Hybrid remaining a fuel-efficient standout.
8.0
The 2013 Toyota Tundra is tough and able, but its overwrought styling, subpar interior appointments, and unimpressive fuel economy could be cause for hesitation.
8.2
The 2013 Ram 1500 leads full-size trucks in interior quality, gas mileage, and handling; it adds infotainment to the list this year, but we're mixed on its new air suspension, and towing capacity is down.
MSRP From     
$29,270$23,590$24,070$23,590$25,455$23,100
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
2WD King Cab SWB S2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work TruckReg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (GS)2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
633333
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
King CabReg Cab 6.5' WidesideRegular Cab PickupReg Cab PickupReg CabRegular Cab Pickup
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic