2015 Nissan Titan Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
July 22, 2015

The 2015 Nissan Titan is an excellent performer, but lacks much of the segment's advanced technology at this point in the game.

Even after a decade, the 2015 Nissan Titan still looks and sounds distinctive. However, it has fallen to the back of the pack, as the rest of the segment has seen–in some cases–multiple redesigns since it first made its debut.

There are essentially two different body styles for the 2015 Nissan Titan--King Cab and Crew Cab--and between them as well as the four trim levels, there's a wide range of equipment, comfort, and luxury for pickup drivers. Although interior appointments vary, what all these models have in common is a lot of usable space inside--which almost makes the plasticky interior forgivable. We much prefer the four-door Crew Cabs, with their wide, nicely positioned seats that seem to be more of a climb to get into than in some of the competitive trucks. The Titan is available with a factory-applied spray-in bedliner and lockable storage bins built into its bed fenders. Those features, and a channel-based cargo-cleat system, make the Titan better than most for the sort of weekend hobbyist-hauler tasks you might have--like picking up furniture, or an outboard motor.

The Titan is aimed at recreational or casual truck users more than the work crowd, so it doesn't skimp on the comfort and convenience features. PRO-4X and SL models especially cater to those who don't want much compromise versus a luxury SUV. The PRO-4X brings with it a special set of features keyed directly at trailblazers of all kinds--with tow hooks, off-road tires, Rancho shocks, and a locking tailgate and locking storage box. And at the top of the lineup, the SL is as you would guess, a loaded, dressed-up street truck ready for a night out. On various models, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, Rockford Fosgate premium audio, heated/leather seats, and a DVD entertainment center are all available.

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It has just one performance flavor, and it's for the most part a good one: The 5.6-liter V-8 that's under the hood of the Titan sounds ripped and ready--and it is. That NASCAR-ish sound quality remains appropriate for this Mississippi-built truck. And while its numbers, of 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, are no longer near best in class, the Titan's always on its powerband, and aided by a transmission that feels like it was (and it was) designed as a willing companion to it. Considering the Titan's size and heft, it handles quite well (at least compared to other large pickups) and it feels smaller and nimbler than it is, with good low-speed maneuverability.

PRO-4X models are only offered with four-wheel drive, while the rest of the lineup can be had in either rear- or four-wheel drive. If you're considering the PRO-4X, keep in mind that its suspension tuning is very firm--to the point of being skittish on some surfaces. But with ten inches of ground clearance and various upgrades like skid plates, the ability is there.

Towing capacity for the Titan is impressive--up to 9,500 pounds with the King Cab and 9,400 pounds with the Crew Cab--although in this age of ever-burlier trucks, it stands well behind the F-150's top 11,700-pound rating.

If safety if one of your chief concerns, you can probably do better with one of the alternatives to the Nissan Titan. Stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard; rear parking sensors are an option; and a rearview camera system is either included or available on most of the lineup. But most of the full-size truck arena gets better safety ratings.

Nissan hasn't felt the need to make many changes to the Titan over its 10 years of production, either. We're okay with that in terms of exterior design–it's one of the most aggressively-styled trucks in the segment. However, hard plastics and cheap-feeling textures have aged its interior, especially when every other truck has received at least one major modernization in recent years.

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2015 Nissan Titan

Styling

The Nissan Titan's advanced age still shows some signs of styling youth.

For 2015, Nissan has discontinued the long-wheelbase Titan, and the interior door panels have redesigned. With those as the exceptions, Titan looks the same now as it did when it debuted eleven years ago. Even so, it remains an attractive truck–at least from the exterior–though we've started to wonder if Nissan's design team has simply forgotten that it exists in the lineup.

Inside, the Titan shows its age in more obvious ways. With rather dull and plasticky materials, and a look that in some ways tries to look like a more upright version of a Nissan car interior--albeit one from a decade ago--the Titan strikes an off-chord. But there's nothing functionally wrong with it; the rival models have just come so far in so little time with tight detailing, soft-touch materials, and unique truck interiors.

From the exterior, it's bold and overwrought, but it doesn't go so far as to look cartoonish, like the Toyota Tundra. There's a lot of chrome that helps frame its aggressive, upright look, and the upgraded wheels help give the design a little extra oomph, too. The Titan gained a new, more aerodynamic tailgate design last year, and the PRO-4X model received a few styling updates, too.

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2015 Nissan Titan

Performance

Nissan's big V-8 sounds brawny enough, but the Titan's performance has slipped well behind the best full-size trucks.

The 2015 Nissan Titan remains one of the best-sounding trucks we've ever heard, thanks to the only engine option it offers: a 5.6-liter V-8.

Towing capacity for the Titan is impressive--up to 9,500 pounds with the King Cab and 9,400 pounds with the Crew Cab--although in this age of ever-burlier trucks, it stands well behind the Silverado/Sierra's top tow rating of 12,000 pounds.

Considering the Titan's size and heft, it handles quite well (at least compared to other large pickups) and it feels smaller and nimbler than it is, with good low-speed maneuverability.

The sound reminds us a little bit of the NASCAR circuit, which works well for this Mississippi-built machine. The V-8 produces 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, and while those aren't class-leading, the Titan always feels willing, always able to get up and move.

PRO-4X models are only offered with four-wheel drive, while the rest of the lineup can be had in either rear- or four-wheel drive. If you're considering the PRO-4X, keep in mind that its suspension tuning is very firm--to the point of being skittish on some surfaces. But with ten inches of ground clearance and various upgrades like skid plates, the ability is there.

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Comfort & Quality

A plasticky cabin is the Titan's biggest mistake; it's not as nice as those in a GMC or Ram, though there's nearly as much space.

The Titan doesn't offer the same level of mechanical and drivetrain options that you'd find with its competitors, but it does offer a variety of comfort features between its King and Crew Cab platforms.

King Cab editions (reaching back to the days of Datsun trucks) have an abbreviated cabin with a bench or pair of front bucket seats, and some rear-hinged doors for access to a stubby area with a pair of jump seats. We much prefer the four-door Crew Cabs, with their wide, nicely positioned seats that seem to be more of a climb to get into than in some of the competitive trucks.

Seating accommodations do vary, as with most full-size trucks. Base models use a split bench seat and a vinyl floor, for example, while mid-range and top-end trims get captain's chairs, leather upholstery and plush carpets, and a center console. Overall we've found it easy to get into a comfortable driving position in the Titan--aided by the power-adjustable pedals you get in upper trims, although the seats aren't all that supportive. 

The real failing of the Titan's interior is its interior materials, which generally fall well short of the mark--especially as rival models from Ford and Ram are getting better seemingly each year. And the drab colors and textures don't help. On the bright side, wind and road noise are kept mostly out of the cabin, although some of us have found engine noise to be too boomy and in the forefront. While the note of the muscular V-8 sounds great at first, your opinion may be different after hours on the highway.

The Titan is available with a factory-applied spray-in bedliner and lockable storage bins built into its bed fenders. Those features, and a channel-based cargo-cleat system, make the Titan better than most for the sort of weekend hobbyist-hauler tasks you might have--like picking up furniture, or an outboard motor. 

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2015 Nissan Titan

Safety

The Titan's crash-test scores have been few, far between, and not all that great.

The 2015 Nissan Titan doesn't perform as well as its competitors when it comes to safety–both in crash test ratings, or available safety features.

The Titan's ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are among the lowest of any full-size truck. Although it earns a 'good' score for frontal impact, it fails to make the honor roll in side or rear impact, and it earns another worrisome rating of just 'acceptable' for roof strength--particularly important in more rollover-prone pickups.

Under the previous (and much more lenient) NHTSA ratings system, it did earn four- and five-star ratings, although it hasn't been rated under the new system.

Safety features for the Titan are nothing special compared to other full-size trucks, but a rearview camera system has been either included or made available for most of the current lineup. 

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Features

The Titan finally has some tech conveniences, but an F-150 or 1500 Ram it is not.

The Titan can be ordered in one of four trims: S, SV, PRO-4X, and SL. The basic S and SV Titan trucks are work-equipped, and more budget-conscious efforts with more rugged interiors. The SL has the more luxury-oriented crowd in mind.

The PRO-4X brings with it a special set of features keyed directly at trailblazers of all kinds--with tow hooks, off-road tires, Rancho shocks, and a locking tailgate and locking storage box.

Base Titan S pickups get a standard CD player and air conditioning. The floor is vinyl, but the front seat is a split cloth bench, while the back is a 60/40-split flip-up rear seat. Titan SV models add alloy wheels, chrome exterior detailing, a removable locking tailgate, carpeting, additional gauges, keyless entry, an overhead console, map lights, and upgraded sound.

With the PRO-4X you get tow hooks, skid plates, a receiver hitch, special Rancho shocks, a sliding rear window, cargo-area lamp, lockable bed-side storage box, Bluetooth, cruise control, power accessories, rear parking sensors, and all sorts of interior trim upgrades. The Premium Utility package adds a raft of towing and load-centric features to the PRO-4X; examples include power-adjustable pedals, a spray-on bedliner, Utili-Track cargo cleats, bed area lighting, towing mirrors, and the Rockford Fosgate audio system with a subwoofer.

Key features of the top-of-the-line SL model include a navigation system with USB port and satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, a cabin air filter, a rear power outlet, HomeLink, power-adjustable pedals and leather captain's chairs, heated front seats, and a rockin' Rockford Fosgate stereo.

On various models, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, XM Satellite Radio, heated/leather seats, and a DVD entertainment center are all available.

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2015 Nissan Titan

Fuel Economy

The Titan earns some of the lowest fuel-economy numbers, outside of exotic cars.

The lack of a V-6 engine option seriously hurts the fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Nissan Titan. The EPA rates the four-wheel-drive model at only 12 mpg city, 17 mpg highway, while the rear-drive truck gets a marginally better 13/18 mpg, respectively. 

In real-world driving, we've noted mileage numbers near the low end of that EPA scale.

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It has strong engine and i like everything about the car(nissan titan)
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