2018 Nissan Titan Preview
By Philly Murtha, April 09, 2018
- Standard rearview camera
- Three body styles (Crew, King Cab and Single Cab) with three bed lengths
- Built on separate chassis (shorter wheelbase than Titan XD)
- Available towing capacity: 9,740 lbs.
- Maximum payload: 1,950 lbs.
- New Midnight Edition Package, offered on Crew Cab SV and SL trim
Nissan introduced a redesigned Titan (LD) large pickup in 2017. Riding on a separate body-on-frame platform, the 2018 Titan (LD), powered by a muscular 5.6-liter V-8, has few changes except for an added King Cab configuration. Depending on body style, Titan, built at Nissan’s Canton, MS, plant, can carry 3-6 people. Rivals include: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500.
The 2018 Titan is 14.7 inches shorter than the Titan XD and is 1.5 inches lower, but the same width as XD. The revised truck improves aerodynamics with front, roof and tailgate spoilers and adds front tow hook hole cover, underbody covers, rear tire wind deflectors and a seal between cab and bed. An Active Grille Shutter to reduce drag is available.
Nissan’s Titan is available in 4x2 or 4x4 drive with three cabin choices—crew cab, king cab and single cab. Three bed lengths are offered: 5.5 ft., 6.5 ft., and 8 ft. Five trim levels include – S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve.
The latest King Cab has rear hinge doors that open 170 degrees for easier second-row access. King Cabs also include a “rear seat delete” option that creates a flat load floor inside. Nissan claims Titan is the only large pickup to offer lockable, removable boxes for secure storage in the truck bed.
Among trims, Titan Crew Cab is available (4x2 or 4x4) with – S, SV, PRO-4X (4x4 only for off-road), SL and Platinum Reserve trims. Titan King Cab is available in S, SV (4x2, 4x4) and PRO-4X (4x4), while Single Cab is offered in S and SV (4x2, 4x4) trims.
A basic 2018 Nissan Titan Single Cab in S and SV trims (4x2 or 4x4) comes equipped with water-repellant front split bench seat, 5.0-in. display with Bluetooth, a 4-speaker audio system plus easy-clean vinyl flooring. Chrome door handles, side mirror turn signal lights, cruise, power windows and 18-in. aluminum alloy wheels are standard. SV adds Trailer Sway Control and optional driver assistance systems, towing and utility packages.
Standard “zero gravity” bolstered seats aid long distance driving with heating/cooling options along with a choice of water-resistant fabric or leather. Nice touches: glove compartment handle is on the left side for easier driver access and shift lever is on the steering column to free up space in the center console. Other interior conveniences include: seven grips, map pockets, power outlets, remote engine start with climate control function. A premium instrument panel option features analog and digital gauges with 5.0-in. display that can be upgraded with NissanConnect, navigation and services plus 7.0-in display and optional SiriusXM subscription. A 12-speaker premium audio system is also available.
The Midnight Edition package for the 2018 Nissan Titan includes body color front grille with dark insert, dark headlamps, all-black fog lamp finisher, exterior badging, mirrors, door handles, 20-inch black wheels, body color front and rear bumpers, black step rails and charcoal interior trim.
Nissan offers18 available equipment packages for the 2018 Titan, including: Comfort, Convenience and Utility groups for S, SV, PRO-4X, plus tow packages for PRO-4X and SL. Titan Platinum Reserve trim also has an optional rear DVD entertainment system.
Under the Hood:
The 2018 Nissan Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 that produces 390 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, partnered with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
EPA rates the Titan at 15 mpg/city and 21 mpg/highway, for a combined 18 mpg.
Nissan’s six-air bag system with LATCH child seat anchors is standard as is a rearview camera. Blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear sensors are available or standard on upper trims. The 360-degree around-view monitor is optional for PRO-4X and standard on Platinum Reserve.
In government crash tests, the 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab (RWD and AWD) receives 4 out of 5 stars overall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2018 Titan Crew Cab also earns five top “Good” scores in crashworthiness from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Headlights were rated “Marginal” and LATCH system was “Acceptable.”
The Intelligent Around View Monitor (a 360-degree 4-camera system) with front and rear parking sensors is available on upscale Titan trims. Nissan does not offer collision warning or automatic emergency braking safety systems on the 2018 Titan.