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KBB Expert Rating: 6.4
The 2014 Nissan Titan remains a competitive player among full-size trucks. In a segment traditionally dominated by Ford, GM and Ram, the Titan holds its own against domestic rivals. While it doesn't offer the range of engine choices or heavy duty models like most of its peers, the Titan does come with a stout but thirsty V8 engine, king-cab or crew-cab configuration, and a choice of three bed lengths. Wide-opening rear doors and the built-in Utili-Track cargo system in the truck bed enhance livability and utility. On the other hand, a basic Titan King Cab lacks creature comforts such as power windows and mirrors, even though its base price is close to $30,000.
If you're looking for an alternative to the herds of domestic half-ton pickups, the 2014 Nissan Titan offers a unique twist, with a stylish exterior, roomy interior, rugged construction, and a proven reliability record. Off-roaders may like the PRO-4X model, which includes a locking rear differential and 2-speed transfer case.
The Titan's V8 isn't the strongest or most fuel-efficient. Ford's F-150 EcoBoost V6 makes more horsepower, more torque, and achieves better fuel economy. The Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado also offer engines more powerful than the Nissan's. Also, the Titan is not available in standard cab configuration.
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With a new Titan gestating, the 2014 lineup is unchanged.
Driving Impressions The 2014 Nissan Titan's engine isn't the most powerful V8 in its class, but it's far from tepid, with good punch off the line punch and more than enough muscle...... to get the job done, whether that's passing slower traffic or hauling a heavy trailer (9,500 pounds is the max towing capacity) up a long grade. The powertrain is responsive at all speeds, and we appreciate Nissan's gated 5-speed automatic transmission that comes on models with front captain's chairs. Although 6-speed automatics are the full-size pickup norm now, the Titan's setup is still handy on steep descents and when towing because it allows you to shift to lower gears to spare the brakes. Handling is deliberate for vehicles in this class, but the Titan's steering is better than average, ride quality is surprisingly smooth – ranking near best-in-class – and the cabin is commendably quiet at all speeds.
WIDE-SWINGING REAR DOOR
The rear door of Titan's King Cab model swings out 168 degrees, making it much easier for rear-seat passengers to enter and exit. And when the rear bench seat isn't holding passengers, it folds up to create additional interior cargo space.
UTILI-TRACK CARGO MANAGEMENT
This available feature endows the Titan's truck bed with two rails and four cleats to help lock cargo in place. It's a great system to have when you need to tie down and haul uneven loads, and it gives the Titan an edge versus competing trucks.
With a wide array of trims and options, the 2014 Nissan Titan's roomy cabin can range from simple work truck to a near-premium feel. Base models have two cloth-upholstered bench seats and can accommodate up to six. Higher trims have two leather-covered captain's chairs up front – more comfort, but one less seating position. The Titan's rear bench folds up to create more cargo space. Also offered is a front passenger seat that folds flat to create a mobile workstation. Power-adjustable pedals (optional) help drivers achieve a comfortable position, but the steering wheel adjusts only for rake and does not telescope.Exterior
The 2014 Nissan Titan is offered in King and Crew Cab body styles. There is no regular-cab version. The larger Crew Cabs are available in long- or short-wheelbase configurations to accommodate standard and long cargo beds. While exterior styling matters in contemporary pickups, it takes a back seat to utility. It makes sense, then, that Nissan focused on adding practical features to the Titan to better help it do the work for which trucks are known: hauling stuff. To that end, available features include a 120-volt AC outlet, recessed lights, the optional Utili-Track cargo-bed system, and a lockable compartment behind the left rear wheel.
A basic 2-wheel-drive (2WD) 2014 Nissan Titan S King Cab comes with air conditioning, cloth seating, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, a fold-up rear bench seat, washable vinyl floors, and a lockable tailgate. With an MSRP of nearly $30,000, you might be surprised to find a column shifter (due to the bench seat) and manual-adjust mirrors in your base Titan. Also lacking are features such as cruise control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and even power windows. To get those items in a 2014 Titan, you'll need to spend more money on options or step up to another trim.
Options for the 2014 Nissan Titan vary by trim, with most major features bundled into packages. All Titans can be had with 4-wheel drive (4WD). Other options include comfy captain's chairs in place of the front bench seat, Nissan Connect infotainment and connectivity, Bluetooth, a USB input, a navigation system, Nissan's Utili-Track cargo-bed tie-down system, spray-on bedliner, a Rockford Fosgate premium sound system, a moonroof, a power driver's seat, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Titan models can also be had as flex-fuel vehicles to run on a higher blend of ethanol (E85).
The 2014 Nissan Titan offers just one engine, a robust 5.6-liter V8 that makes 317 horsepower and is connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode. The maximum tow rating is 9,500 pounds. The engine can also be had with the ability to run on a blend up of up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). The Titan's V8 is thirstier than many competing V8 engines. Running on regular gasoline, a rear-drive Titan has a highway rating of just 18 mpg. Four-wheel-drive models are rated for 17 mpg on the highway, and city ratings are 13 mpg with 2WD, 12 mpg with 4WD. The Titan's economy ratings fall off substantially operating on E85.
317 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
385 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg (2WD, gasoline), 12/17 mpg (4WD, gasoline), 9/13 mpg (2WD, E85), 9/12 mpg (4WD, E85)
A base 2014 Nissan Titan King Cab has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $30,265. A PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 with options can reach more than $40,000, while the top-of-the-line SL Crew Cab 4x4 starts at $44,185. The Titan's starting price is quite a bit higher than that of other full-size trucks, thanks to the absence of a standard cab model. When compared with similarly equipped models of the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra, the Titan's price is more in line with competitors. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are actually paying for their Nissan Titans. Regarding resale value, full-size trucks in general are notoriously average at best. The Nissan Titan is no exception, and has a predicted resale value below that of the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra and Toyota Tundra.