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The Nissan Titan has been a perennial fourth-place or fifth-place finisher in many truck tests. It’s a gas hog. It was last all-new in 2017 and starting to look old. But, come on! it’s an inexpensive truck that has a standard 400-horsepower V8, can tow up to 9,000 pounds, it has a comfortable interior, can be fitted for off-road duty, and it’s unique. There are a lot of reasons to still love the Nissan Titan, even if Nissan is killing it.

All was not well with the big Nissan Truck

The 2022 Nissan Titan parked in the dirt. There's a lot to love about  a Nissan Titan.
2022 Nissan Titan | Nissan

Nissan has decided that the 2024 or 2025 versions of the Titan will be the last full-size trucks for Nissan. It makes sense that it’s going away, however; it’s a lower-volume model that’s hard to justify investment in, and most truck manufacturers are transitioning to EVs (Silverado EV, F-150- Lightning). And it sold poorly. Nissan sold 6,415 total Titans in 2022 according to GoodCarBadCar. Ford sells that many F-150s in a week. It was the 13th-best selling truck last year. There is no sales love of a Nissan Titan in the showroom.

Consumer Reports says the Nissan beats Chevy, GMC, and Ram

The Nissan Titan has impressive towing numbers and a standard V8.
Nissan Titan XD | Nissan

J.D. Power rated it as having a reliability rating in the “great” category. Not many trucks get that rating. In fact, owners praised the truck’s design, performance, and comfort. Consumer Reports was less than impressed with its reliability, but overall it beat the 2022 Chevrolet GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 Classic. That should have given it more street cred.

The Titan drives well

Reviewers at Car and Driver said that it’s smooth, responsive, comfy and quiet. Others, too, have praised the Nissan’s driving dynamics. True, the 2022 Nissan Titan can’t match the smooth power of a Ram with its air-ride suspension. But not many trucks can. Nissan fitted what it calls Zero Gravity seats in the Titan to smooth it out, and they feel great. But, unfortunately, they are only available on the premium trim levels.

It has a 400-horsepower V8. Standard.

The 2022 Nissan Titan pickup could be called, "misunderstood."
2022 Nissan Titan Pickup | Nissan

Most trucks that you will see on dealer lots in the $36,000 price range have a V6, unless they are work trucks. Not the Titan. It has a standard 400-horsepower V8 that has 413 lb.-ft. of torque. For those who are keeping score, that means it has more horsepower than a Ram 1500’s Hemi V8, though it does have 67 lb.-ft. less of twist. The Hemi is a $2,795 option on the Ram. A smaller 5.3-liter V8 in a Chevy Silverado is a $1,400 option, and it still makes less power.

The Titan is also offered in a heavy-duty version, the Titan XD.

The 2022 Nissan Titan has a price advantage

A Nissan Titan can be a truck to love., but Nissan is killing it's biggest rig.
Nissan Titan XD | Nissan

The Titan does represent a good value. A 2022 Nissan Titan starts at $36,950. That’s a lot, sure, compared to other trucks like the base Silverado or F-150 that start at about $30,000. But, you get that V8, a large screen, a purposeful (if spartan) interior, and an overall work truck that does everything (and more) that other trucks can at this price. That lower base price pays off when you’re moving up trim levels, too, and that makes it easier to love a Nissan Titan. The King Cab SV trim adds for $43,130 adds chrome trim, available rear-seat infotainment, a larger touchscreen, plush interior, and a lot more as options. The top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve competes well with the top trim Ram Limited. The Ram Limited is $62,685, while a similarly-appointed Titan starts at $57,500.


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