The 2018 Nissan Titan Tries to Top American Pickup Trucks

For more than a decade, the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have dominated the American truck market. True truck fans would never dream of driving another make or model – but all that is changing with the introduction of an all-new pickup truck.

The favorite American pickups are facing stiff competition from the new 2018 Nissan Titan. The Titan is Nissan’s newest truck, and the automaker’s newest addition is making a huge splash. The 2018 Titan is tough, versatile, and comfortable enough to handle a cross-country journey. Featuring brawny exterior styling and a host of exciting features, the Titan packs incredible appeal for truck fans.

Here’s how the new Titan stacks up against its American counterparts.

Performance Specs

The 2018 Nissan Titan is motivated by a beefy 5.6-liter, Endurance V8 engine. Direct injection helps the truck develop a formidable 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission comes standard, which shifts incredibly smoothly at all speeds. When called upon, the Titan can confidently tow up to 9,740 pounds and its payload capacity stands at nearly 2,000 pounds.

Truck fans will appreciate the Titan’s snappy acceleration. With a quick 0-60 time of roughly six seconds, the Titan has no trouble keeping pace with the competition. There’s always plenty of oomph under the hood. Even when hauling a load on the back, it never begins to feel overwhelmed. Although the Titan is a big pickup, it delivers surprisingly nimble handling and maintains impressive body control around curves. A smooth ride also makes the Titan a pleasure to drive on long road trips.

Available as an option, the 4WD system transforms the Titan into a solid performer in the snow. For drivers who plan to travel off-road, Nissan offers the tough-nosed Pro-4X model. It’s specially engineered for overcoming rough environments. While Bilstein performance shocks help the Titan Pro-4X to absorb harsh landscapes, a lockable rear differential helps you to maintain the maximum traction in slippery conditions. Some of the other rugged upgrades found on the Pro-4X model include hill descent control, protective skid plates, and all-terrain tires.

Fuel Efficiency

Although the new 2018 Nissan Titan isn’t the most economical truck in its class, it does offer better fuel economy than the previous generation. When traveling at highway speeds, active grille shutters help reduce wind drag. Unfortunately, cylinder-deactivation technology is not available. According to the EPA, the Titan will return 15 mpg in town and up to 21 mpg on the highway. Fortunately, opting for the 4WD system doesn’t sacrifice any fuel efficiency. Nissan also tuned the truck’s engine to develop full power on regular unleaded fuel.

Safety and Entertainment Features

The Nissan Titan offers several useful safety innovations. Even the base Titan S benefits from Active Brake Limited Slip, which helps eliminate wheel spin. Meanwhile, Nissan’s Trailer Sway Control will give you an extra peace of mind when pulling a trailer. While the available backup camera is helpful, you’ll experience especially good visibility with the optional 360-degree parking camera. Front and rear parking sensors are offered as well. When equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, the Titan becomes an even more secure truck.

While behind the wheel of the 2018 Nissan Titan, you’ll be able to easily communicate with the outside world. Bluetooth wireless technology and a hands-free text messaging assistant come standard. To obtain a greater number of high-tech components, step up to the higher trim levels. From social media to the latest sports scores, NissanConnect Mobile Apps give you access to a lot of information. Mounted within the pickup’s gauge cluster, the Advanced Drive-Assist Display can provide turn-by-turn driving directions and visual safety alerts. Music fans will be excited by the high-powered Rockford Fosgate sound system, which features a bass-bumping subwoofer.

How the Titan Stacks Up Against Its Competition

2018 Ford F-150: In the eyes of many automotive gurus, the 2018 Ford F-150 is the finest pickup truck in the class. It excels in all of the most critical categories. In terms of towing capabilities, the Nissan Titan is overshadowed by the new Ford F-150. Models equipped with Ford’s top-of-the-line EcoBoost engine can tow an incredible 13,200 pounds. Yet with 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage, Nissan does protect your investment for a longer period of time than Ford’s minimal warranty.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: In contrast to the 2018 Nissan Titan, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 allows you to choose from more than one engine. You can also take advantage of a higher towing capacity with the Silverado. upon steeping inside the new Silverado, you’ll be aroused by its high-quality cabin. In terms of off-road prowess, these trucks are nearly equal.

2018 Ram 1500: The 2018 Ram 1500 has many highlights, and it’s arguably the best-riding truck on the market. A coil spring suspension helps the Ram 1500 to soak up harsh pavement with ease. Drivers also rave about the Ram 1500’s upscale interior. From a standpoint of performance, the Nissan Titan feels just as strong as the V8-powered Ram 1500. Sadly, you won’t find advanced safety features such as blind-spot detection on the new Ram 1500.

2018 Toyota Tundra: Don’t overlook the 2018 Toyota Tundra. It’s a very good match for the 2018 Nissan Titan. Nevertheless, you’ll likely find the Titan’s interior to be a bit more well-appointed. When it comes to handling, the Nissan Titan is the clear winner. Some drivers describe the Toyota Tundra as being a bit clumsy on the road.

2018 GMC Sierra 1500: Mechanically similar to the Chevy Silverado, the GMC Sierra 1500 brings a lot of great qualities to the table. You can gain extra safety features by choosing the Sierra 1500 over the Titan, including forward collision warning and low-speed automatic braking. While the Sierra 1500 can tow the most weight, the Nissan Titan stops quicker during emergency situations.

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