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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Nissan Titan

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 12 City / 17 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Good handling for a truck
  • Confident brake pedal feel
  • Good towing ability
Cons
  • Lackluster interior
  • Limited cab options
, Automotive Editor -
The Titan is not the best truck out there, but it's incentive-laced pricing coupled with its solid handling and engine performance make it a good buy.

Introduction

Prior to the release of the Nissan Titan in 2004, most buyers thought of the compact and thrifty Nissan D21 Hardbody pickup when the words "Nissan" and "truck" were used in the same sentence. The Titan changed that stereotype forever and now Nissan is right in the middle of the full-size pickup war.

The 2013 model year for the Nissan Titan brought about a slew of minor changes, but nothing too drastic. The changes include things like a new four-spoke steering wheel, restyled S trim level wheels, new tailgate design, new exterior graphics and dark appearance for the Pro-4X trim, seven new exterior colors, and other minor aesthetic and standard feature changes.



The Titan comes into the 2013 model year with four trim levels: S, SV, Pro-4X and SL. The S model gives buyers a nice base truck that is capable of most towing jobs. The SV trim level adds a little luxury to the S. The Pro-4X trim level is the off-road- and towing-ready Titan. The SL offers buyers just about as much luxury as you’ll ever see in a pickup truck. The 2013 Nissan Titan lineup carries the same engine across the board, a 5.6-liter V-8 powerplant that pumps out 317 horsepower and 385 foot-pounds of torque. This power travels through a standard five-speed automatic transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels on all models except the Pro-4X, which comes standard with four0wheel drive. The other trim levels can be equipped with four-wheel drive for a fee. This combination of powerful engine and stout driveline allows the Titan to tow up to 9,500 pounds.

The full-size pickup truck realm is packed and highly competitive, so the Titan has its work cut out for it. The Titan’s direct competitor is the 2013 Toyota Tundra Double Cab, which comes standard with cloth seating for six, a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with 270 horsepower and a 4,500-pound towing capacity. The newt competitor is the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab, which comes standard with vinyl seating for six people, a 4.3-liter V-6 engine with 195 horsepower and a maximum towing capacity of 4,400 pounds. The final competitor for the Titan is the 2013 Ford F-150 SuperCab, which comes standard with a3.7-liter V-6 engine with 302 horsepower, vinyl seating for six and 6,400-pound towing capacity.

Competition is plentiful, but the Titan has the upper hand in standard towing, so it just needs to offer more features throughout the lineup to beat all of the competition.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Nissan Titan
Starting price
$19,998

2013 Nissan Titan PRO-4X

Recommended for: Buyers that off-road or tow frequently

The Pro-4X continues building on what the SV trim level did by adding in more features and a few special features exclusive only to the Pro-4X package. The main focus of the Pro-4X trim is off-road capability. On the exterior, the Pro-4X package adds in: 710 CCA heavy-duty battery, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, 3.36-to-1 final drive ratio, electronic locking rear differential, Ranchero off-road shocks, 18-by-8-inch dark aluminum wheels with 275/70R18 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, four skid plates, fog lights, automatic headlights, tow hooks, class-IV tow hitch with seven-pin wiring harness and trailer-brake controller, body-color bumpers, rear sonar parking system, satin-finished chrome grille, splash guards, and bed-mounted storage containers. Inside the cabin, the Pro-4X includes rearview monitor, Bluetooth connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, four 12-volt power outlets, eight-way power driver seat, two-tone cloth seating with Titan logo, leather-wrapped steering wheel and floor-mounted shifter, and six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with color LCD screen.

2013 Nissan Titan
Starting price
$19,998

2013 Nissan Titan S

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a basic truck that can still tow heavy loads

The S trim level in the 2013 Nissan Titan lineup is the base model and only features items that a buyer would expect in a base-model pickup. On the outside, the Titan S includes: five-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, 18-by-8-inch painted steel wheels with all-season 265/70R18 tires, body-color front bumper, silver rear bumper, black grille, door handles and side-view mirrors, intermittent wipers, bed light, tailgate spoiler, and bed tie-downs. Inside the cabin, the Titan S’ simplicity continues, as it includes: air conditioning, tilt steering, two 12-volt outlets, clock, retained accessory power, battery saver, vinyl flooring, 40/20/40 front bench seat and 60/40 rear bench seat, basic cloth seating, and six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system.

2013 Nissan Titan
Starting price
$19,998

2013 Nissan Titan SL

Recommended for: Buyers that plan to use the Titan as a daily driver with some towing mixed in

The SL trim level acts as the top trim for the 2013 Titan and adds luxury features to the SV trim level, that make it a great choice for discerning truck buyers. On the outside, the SL carries the SV trim level’s standard features, but adds in: 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P275/60R20 Goodyear Wrangler rubber, fog lights, chrome door handles, step rails and side-view mirrors, power-folding, auto-dimming heated side-view mirrors, class-IV tow hitch with seven-pin wiring harness and trailer-brake controller, rear sonar parking assist, spray-on bed liner, Utili-track tie-down system, bed-mounted 12-volt power. Inside the SL’s cabin, it adds in: NissanConnect, Navigation with NavTraffic, NavWeather and POIs from Google, 5.8-inch color touchscreen, rearview monitor, Bluetooth with hands-free texting, two-zone auto climate control, HomeLink universal home remote, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, power adjustable pedals, eight-way power driver seat, four-way power passenger seat, leather-wrapped heated seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and floor-mounted shifter, wood trimming, and Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM stereo system with dual-media playback with wireless headphones, Bluetooth audio streaming, two headphone jacks, iPod connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted controls and 10 speakers.

2013 Nissan Titan
Starting price
$19,998

2013 Nissan Titan SV

Recommended for: Buyers that need a little extra comfort with their muscle

The SV trim level takes what the S trim level started and adds a little extra luxury, giving the driver and passengers a more enjoyable ride. On the outside, the SV trim level adds in: 18-by-8-inch aluminum alloy wheels with P265/70R18 Goodyear Wrangler outlined white letter tires, chrome bumpers and grille, power side-view mirrors, assist steps, sliding rear window, tinted rear glass, and dampened assist tailgate for smoother opening. The additional features continue inside the SV’s cabin, as it adds in: power door locks and windows, keyless entry, cruise control, driver information center with outside temperature, three 12-volt outlets, overhead console, driver seat lumbar support, upgraded cloth seating, metallic and piano-black accents, and six-speaker sound system with MP3 decoder and auxiliary-audio input.

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