Nissan Titan 4WD SV Crew Cab

A worthy alternative to full-size pickups from Detroit    

Nissan reimagined the Titan for 2017, giving its second-generation pickup imposing styling, increased horsepower, and two more cab variations. (The original edition hit the market in model year 2004.) The Titan carries over essentially unchanged for 2018.

Nissan may be headquartered in Japan, but the Titan is as American as apple pie. The vehicle is assembled in Mississippi and the engine hails from Tennessee. To paraphrase Henry Ford, you can have the Titan’s engine in any form you want as long as it’s a 5.6-liter V8 (a V6 is promised soon). However, three cab choices are available, including single and king cabs, as well as the first-generation Titan’s crew cab configuration.

Nissan Titan 4WD SV Crew Cab

Vehicle layout: 5.6-liter V8 (390 hp), 7-speed automatic, 4WD

MSRP, base model: $41,895; (model tested/as tested: $46,820)

MPG, city/hwy/combined: 15/21/18

Titan cab  interior

Thanks to 73 additional horsepower, the latest Titan accelerates smartly, accompanied by a basso profundo exhaust note. The ride is a little more buttoned-down and comfortable than some of its rivals. Interior trim, even in the midlevel SV edition, is upscale, with soft-touch surfaces instead of hard plastic. And the various controls, including those for the touch-screen infotainment system, are easy to use. But the Titan is a truck, after all, with the generally ponderous handling and the heavy fuel consumption common to big pickups.

Titan prices are comparable to its competitors’, but at five years and 100,000 miles, the Titan’s bumper-to-bumper warranty is notably better.

Crash-test ratings: NHTSA: 4 stars overall; IIHS: good, except marginal small front overlap

Spare tire: Full-size spare

Final assembly: U.S.

Basic warranty: 5 years/100,000 miles

Compare similar trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD LTZ Crew and the Ford F-150 Raptor 4WD Supercab.