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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10
Compared to the recently tested 2011 Silverado and F Series rigs, the Titan's ride felt skittish and overly responsive to passing imperfections.
However, the rather stiff suspension (especially on Pro-4X models) can make the Titan feel skittish in off-road situations.
Titan is relatively easy to drive for a big pickup.
In extreme cornering situations, the Titan's spirited handling impressed.
Regardless, the Titan is powerful and strong, and can handle just about any task that’s asked of it.
No matter which bed or cab style you choose, there's just one engine for all 2011 Nissan Titans: a 5.6-liter DOHC V-8, rated at 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. Likewise, just one five-speed automatic transmission is available through the line.
The combo works together for smooth shifts and strong acceleration, but falls short on fuel economy, scoring as low as 12 mpg in official ratings and even lower in some real-world use seen by TheCarConnection.com. The poor fuel economy is offset by a towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds with the King Cab and 9,400 pounds with the Crew Cab.
For a big, heavy pickup, the Nissan Titan handles extremely well. On the road, the Titan feels smaller and nimbler than it is, maneuvering well at low speed. Of the many variants, all but the PRO-4X is offered with a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive; the PRO-4X offroad variants are four-wheel-drive only.
The PRO-4X is also more prone to being over-firm on and off-road, with skittish behavior under some circumstances. Solid 10-inch ground clearance puts it at the front of its class, however, and may win converts more concerned with capability than comfort.
The big V-8 in the 2011 Nissan Titan is an asset—provided you have the budget to support its thirst.