Expect to Pay More for 1 of the Worst Full-Size Pickup Trucks

When you pay more, you expect to get more, but that’s not what happens with the 2022 Nissan Titan. This full-size pickup truck is one of the worst full-size trucks in the market, making it a truck that you should avoid. You might think that sounds a bit harsh, but considering the amount you’ll pay for the Titan compared to other trucks, why would you drive a truck with so little going for it?

What does the 2022 Nissan Titan offer?

This 2022 Nissan Titan is one of the worst trucks you can buy
2022 Nissan Titan | Nissan

RELATED: 2023 GMC Sierra 1500: 6 Cool Things You Want to Know

In the full-size, half-ton pickup truck market, you hardly ever get to the Titan unless it’s the truck you desire. This Nissan plays in the same sandbox as the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Toyota Tundra. Is it any wonder the Titan is bullied and often ends up with sand in its face?

Trims for this full-size Nissan truck include:

  • S – offered in King Cab and Crew Cab
  • SV – offered in King Cab and Crew Cab
  • Pro-4X – Crew Cab
  • Platinum Reserve – Crew Cab

It’s no wonder the Titan is picked on; most of the other trucks have nearly double the number of trims.

Is the starting price of the Nissan Titan too high for the ratings?

While trying to put lipstick on the pig, Kelley Blue Book tells us this truck has the most powerful standard drivetrain and many driver assistance features included in the package to offset the higher starting price. Unfortunately, that’s not going to do you any good when you have to pay $38,010 for the base version of the Titan compared to $35,900 for the Ram 1500, which is the top-rated truck by Consumer Reports.

The 2022 Titan does reach higher ratings than expected

Front angle view of black 2022 Nissan Titan, which could soon be killed in the US
2022 Nissan Titan | Nissan

Even though the Ram 1500 is the highest-rated truck by Consumer Reports, The 2022 Nissan Titan reaches fourth on the list. This puts it ahead of the Chevrolet Silverado 500 and GMC Sierra 1500.

If we turn to another expert opinion, we find the Titan at the very bottom of the list. U. S. News and World Report has the Titan behind every other full-size truck in the market today.

Does the Nissan Titan have any positive qualities?

Yes, the Titan delivers the best warranty in the truck class. You’ll have a 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warrant with the Nissan Titan. That should give new owners peace of mind that this truck is covered for most of the initial driving time.

Is the Nissan Titan a reliable truck?

A blue 2022 Nissan Titan pickup truck is parked.
The 2022 Nissan Titan | Nissan

According to RepairPal, the 2022 Nissan Titan is a reliable truck to drive. The Titan outscores the average full-size truck class and offers lower cost, frequency, and severity of repairs needed.

So far, we find the Titan is more expensive than other trucks, but it has a decent overall rating, a good warranty, and is a reliable truck to drive. Why is the Nissan full-size truck mired with a poor reputation?

The single powertrain doesn’t do the 2022 Nissan Titan any favors

No matter which of the four trims you select for the Titan, you’ll have the same antiquated powertrain. This powertrain is a 5.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. This setup delivers 400 horsepower, 413 lb-ft of torque, and up to 16 city/21 hwy mpg in RWD versions.

No other full-size pickup truck is so far behind the times. The Toyota Tundra has two twin-turbocharged V6 powertrains, one of which is a hybrid model. The Ram 1500 and GM pair have diesel engines to offer excellent fuel mileage and towing power, and the Ford F-150 brings a hybrid layout for some added fuel mileage.

The Titan doesn’t tow as much as it should

Referring to how KBB works to make things sound a little better than they are with the 2022 Nissan Titan, this truck doesn’t tow what you need. For a truck that’s the most powerful out of the gate, it lags behind all other full-size trucks for towing.

Because there’s only one powertrain, there’s only one max tow rating for the Titan. This rating is 9,320 pounds, while the payload sits at 1,710 pounds. This might outperform some of the base models in the class, but it doesn’t come close to the max ratings of other trucks. For example, the Ford F-150 reaches 14,000 pounds of towing while the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra models can tow up to 13,300 pounds. Payload numbers are greater across the board as well, with the Ford F-150 carrying 2,238 pounds.

Will there be a third generation for this Nissan truck?

Since the Toyota Tundra took a long time to get to the next generation, you might be hoping the Nissan Titan will do the same, but sadly there won’t be a third generation of the Titan.

The 2022 Nissan Titan isn’t a bad pickup truck, but it doesn’t offer enough to justify buying it over the Ram 1500, Ford F-150, or Toyota Tundra.

Next, check out the best value you can get out of a diesel truck, or watch the Nissan Titan video below:

This article was updated on 7/18/2022.

RELATED: Most Common Problems; Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Half-ton Truck Trouble Spots