8 things we love about the 2022 Nissan Titan (1 we hate)
First introduced in 2004, the Nissan Titan is arguably lesser known than other popular players in the large pickup segment. The Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram 1500 are much more familiar to many consumers. However, this truck has a lot to offer and is better than the competition in many areas.
The model line starts at a reasonable $38,810 for the two-wheel-drive “King Cab S” and continues up to a much more expensive $68,800 for the fully loaded, heavy-duty XD model. Let’s explore exactly what this 2022 model brings to the table, looking at some of its best features.
9 Love: Powerful standard motor
The Nissan Titan is the only fossil-fueled pickup on the market to offer a generous 400hp as standard.
All versions of the Nissan Titan receive the same 5.6-liter V8 engine developing 400 horsepower. This unit is mated to a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission and is capable of hauling this brute from 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds, before peaking at 110mph.
8 Love: Bang Up-To-Date Infotainment System
Infotainment systems have never been more popular than they are today. It’s not too dramatic to say that an infotainment system can make or break a vehicle. The Titan does well, its “Integrated Command Center” comes with an 8-inch screen as standard, and a higher resolution 9-inch touchscreen is also available.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, as are their respective voice assistants, “Siri” and “Hey Google”, making it easy to control features. “Nissan Connect” even comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing everyone to stay connected and entertained.
seven Love: potential of the family vehicle
For many people, their trucks are a real workhorse, essential to the operation of their business, or an essential part of their job. However, trucks are not always suitable for transporting the family in the evening, or on weekends, being too cramped and utilitarian.
There are no such issues in the 2022 Titan, as two cabin options provide comfortable seating for all. Select “King Cab” seating and up to four passengers can sit with acres of space around them. If you have a large family, the “Crew Cab” configuration can accommodate up to 5 passengers, while offering decent levels of space and comfort. A premium dual-pane panoramic sunroof can be offered as an option, letting in plenty of light and avoiding any feelings of claustrophobia.
6 Love: Redesigned exterior preserved
For 2020, Nissan refreshed the exterior of the Titan, with a redesigned front featuring three new grilles and a black Nissan logo available for the first time.
The new Boomerang headlights produce 120% dipped beam compared to the predecessor. Helpfully, new all-LED lighting has been incorporated into the cargo bed, making loading and unloading a lot easier in low light conditions. The 2022 version is virtually unchanged, and that’s really no bad thing, as the 2020 facelift still looks fresh.
5 Love: best-in-class warranty
When buying a large and expensive vehicle, the threat of something expensive going wrong can be like a dark cloud on the horizon, marring the ownership experience.
Fortunately, buyers of the Nissan Titan can take comfort in the fact that it comes with a top-notch warranty. It blows the competition out of the water, with a 5-year or 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. By comparison, Ford only covers the F-150 for 3 years or 36,000 miles, as does Chevrolet with the Silverado, Dodge with the Ram, and Toyota with the Tundra. It’s a big tick in the Titan’s box, and something we absolutely love.
4 Love: very resistant XD variant
Besides the regular Titan, Nissan offers a rugged XD variant. The XD shares the same engine and gearbox and the interior size is identical to that offered by the Crew Cab. The truck gains a taller 6.5-foot bed, a raised suspension, and a longer wheelbase.
The XD is a hefty beast, weighing around 3/4 ton, and actually weighs 780 pounds more than the regular Titan. Other differences include increased towing capacity and the inclusion of all-wheel drive.
3 Amour: generous towing capacity
While the Nissan Titan can’t claim to offer best-in-class towing capacity, with trucks like the Ford F-150 delivering up to 14,000 pounds. The Nissan Titan still boasts a decent rating of 9,320 pounds, in the real world that’s more than most users would use anyway.
Need more?, the Titan XD can carry 11,060 pounds, so it would be worth considering as an alternative. In favor of the Titan, it comes with several features that make the towing job a little easier. From the “Remote Trailer Light Check”, which allows you to check that all your lights are working via the key, to the “Trailer Sway Control”, the telescopic “Tow Mirrors” and the “Intelligent Around View Monitor” among others, the Titan is a great truck for towing.
2 Love: Cutting-edge security technology
The Nissan Titan may take the crown for offering the most standard safety tech in the class. Nissan “Safety Shield 360” comes with six featureswhich are designed to provide additional supervision and reduce the risk of accidents.
The feature set includes advanced technologies such as ‘Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection’, ‘Rear Automatic Braking’ and ‘Rear Cross Traffic Alert’, which acts as another set of eyes when reversing. “High Beam Assist”, “Lane Departure Warning” and “Blind Spot Warning” are also included.
1 Hatred: the wallet that drains fuel economy
Unfortunately, the high power output and big V8 comes at a cost. The EPA rating for the car is a disappointing 18mpg combined, with 21mpg on the highway and just 16mpg in the city.
Four-wheel-drive models see those numbers drop even further. While no truck offers incredible fuel economy, the Titan does particularly poorly.