KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 11/5/2013
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.
You'll Like This Car If...
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.
You May Not Like This Car If...
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.
What's New for 2014
With a new Titan gestating, the 2014 lineup is unchanged.
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.
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