By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/21/2011
So-called full-size half-ton pickup trucks were once the sole domain of the domestic manufacturers, but no more. The 2011 Nissan Titan full-size pickup is every bit the equal to such long-established rivals as the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado. With its powerful engine, long list of available features and various configurations, the 2011 Nissan Titan should appeal to a large portion of the light-duty truck community. Although its appeal is primarily aimed at the urban weekend warrior needing to carry bikes, kayaks and ATVs, the Titan is equally comfortable hauling around concrete, dirt, plywood and anything else that fits into the cargo bed. Serious off-road adventurers will likely gravitate toward the PRO-4X trim.
If you're looking for a full-size pickup truck with a good record of reliability and resale, loaded with innovative features for real-world working conditions, and also stylish and comfortable, get behind the wheel of the 2011 Nissan Titan.
If you're a long-time Ford or Chevy pickup owner who thinks the Ram is overly styled, the 2011 Nissan Titan probably won't float your boat either. Those who need a 3/4- or 1-ton rig, a diesel engine or dually rear end will have to look to the domestics.
For 2011, the Titan SE and LE become the Titan SV and SL.
When it comes to power, the 2011 Nissan Titan is in no danger of being called wimpy. The standard 5.6-liter V8, which pumps out an impressive 317 horsepower, responds instantly to throttle input and pulls strongly even under load. Nissan's 5-speed gated automatic transmission shifts smoothly and the gated shifter makes it easy shuttling between first and second gears, something we did quite often on steep downhill descents. We did pick up on some vibration telegraphed through the steering wheel, and there is a noticeable exhaust note upon application of the throttle. When it comes to normal driving situations, however, the Titan delivers a smooth, controlled ride and exhibits better-than-average pickup truck steering and handling response.
Wide-Swinging Rear Door
The hinged rear door on the King Cab model swings back 168 degrees to create exceptionally convenient interior access.
Exterior Storage Box
The Titan's exterior storage box (located behind the left rear wheel) is perfect for storing such items as jumper cables, tow chains and tools.