Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - February 20, 2018

2018 Nissan Titan OVERVIEW

Few have dared to compete with the Detroit Three in the full-size pickup truck game. Nissan’s first generation of the Titan debuted in 2003 with the tried-and-proven recipe of having a large engine, multiple bed sizes, and a heavy-duty chassis for towing. The second-gen Titan, which was introduced in 2017, has the same ingredients, but with more of everything. With the significant changes that were made for last year, the Titan is a more appealing choice than ever.

What's New for 2018

Not much has changed for the 2018 Titan. The pickup receives a new Midnight Edition Package, which is available on the Crew Cab SV and SL trims. The package adds a body color front grille with a dark insert, a black fog lamp finisher, dark headlights, black mirrors, black exterior badges, black door handles, body color front and rear bumpers, 20-inch black wheels, black step rails, a charcoal interior trim, and “Midnight Edition” exterior badges.

Nissan Titan

Choosing Your Nissan Titan

Every Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that churns out 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission and sends power to the rear wheels or through a four-wheel-drive system.

The Titan is available in three different bed lengths: a standard 5.5-foot bed on Crew Cab models, a 6.5-foot bed on King Cab pickups, and an eight-foot bed on Single Cab trucks. Single Cab trucks are available in S and SV trims, while Crew Cab pickups are offered in S, SV, PRO-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve trims. King Cab pickups have rear-hinged rear doors for access to the rear seats and come in S, SV, and PRO-4X trims.

When properly equipped, the Titan can tow up to 9,740 pounds and has a maximum payload capacity of 1,950 pounds. Those figures are considerably lower than full-size offerings from American automakers and are even slightly behind the Toyota Tundra’s as well.

The most fuel-efficient Titan is rated by the EPA to get 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Adding four-wheel drive to the pickup, which is a $3,030 option, brings the Titan’s fuel-economy figures on the highway down one to 20 mpg. Trucks with four-wheel drive can still get 15 mpg in the city.

The Titan is available in five different trims. Standard equipment varies slightly based on body style – the information below applies to the volume Crew Cab body.


The S trim costs $31,325 for the Single Cab, $34,295 for the King Cab, and $36,725 for the Crew Cab (all prices include a $1,295 destination charge) and is the entry-level Titan, a vehicle clearly destined for fleet duty as a work truck. Standard exterior features on the pickup include 18-inch steel wheels, a dampened opening tailgate with closure assist, a lockable tailgate, overhead LED cargo bed lights, and fixed cargo bed tie-downs.

On the inside, the truck comes with a remote keyless entry system with push-button ignition, easy-clean vinyl flooring, 40/20/40 split front bench seat, 60/40 split fold-up rear bench seat, a five-inch display audio system, Bluetooth, a RearView monitor, and cruise control.

Available packages on the S include the S Utility Package ($845) that brings a front overhead storage console, a Class IV tow hitch receiver with 4-pin/-pin wiring harness, and a factory-applied spray-on bedliner.


The SV trim is priced at $34,655 for the two-door, $37,675 for the King, and $39,865 and comes with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, power heated black mirrors, and oil pan and fuel tank skid plates (only on four-wheel-drive models) as standard exterior features. On the inside, the truck features an Advanced Drive-Assist display in the instrument cluster, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and interior mood lighting as standard.

Available packages for the SV trim include the SV Utility Package ($1,145) that brings a Utili-track channel system with four tie-down cleats for the bed, a factory-applied spray-on bedliner, LED under-rail bed lighting, a bed-mounted 120-volt AC power outlet, tailgate area illumination, and a lockable rear seat cargo organizer. The Chrome Package ($1,245) adds a chrome-finished front grille, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum-alloy wheels, a chrome exhaust finisher, and a metallic kick plate finisher.

The SV Convenience Package ($1,995) adds automatic on/off headlights, a body-color rear bumper, exterior mirrors with convex tow spotter mirror, push-button start, cloth captain’s chairs in front, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, navigation, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with NissanConnect mobile apps, Nissan voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free.

A leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with digital compass, a power sliding back window, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a Class IV tow hitch round out the Convenience Package's improvements.

Adding the SV Tow Package ($495) brings power heated manually extendable tow mirrors with turn signal indicators, a trailer brake controller, front tow hooks (two-wheel-drive models), outside mirrors with puddle lights, and a trailer light check. The SV Leather Package ($895) brings front leather-appointed captain’s chairs with a configurable center console and a four-way power adjustable passenger’s seat to the truck.

The Texas Titan Edition ($1,295) adds a chrome-finished front grille, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum-alloy wheels, a chrome exhaust finisher, Texas Titan Edition badges, carpeted floor mats with the Texas Titan Edition logo, and a metallic kick plate finisher.

The Midnight Edition package adds $1,250 to the SV's price tag and adds black wheel and exterior accents, and a body color grille and bumpers.


The PRO-4X is only available with four-wheel drive and in either the King Cab or Crew Cab bodies – the former costs $45,035 and the latter demands $46,965. This enthusiast-focused trim adds 18-inch wheels, transfer case and lower radiator skid plates, fog lights, front tow hooks, heated black exterior mirrors, and a Class IV tow hitch receiver.

Performance wise, the PRO-4X also has some extra goodies, including Bilstein off-road performance shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, and a switch-operated two-speed transfer case.

The interior comes with navigation, NissanConnect Mobile Apps, SiriusXM, Siri Eyes Free, a Nissan's smart rear-view mirror camera, a center console-mounted 120-volt AC power outlet, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a lockable rear seat cargo organizer, front captain’s chairs with a center console, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The PRO-4X has three available packages. The PRO-4X Utility Package ($1,845) includes an excellent Rockford Fosgate audio system, a power sliding back window with defroster, and most of the stuff from the SV Utility Package.

The PRO-4X Convenience Package ($3,545) adds NissanConnect services, remote start, heated heated front seats with a memory system, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, a four-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a digital compass, and a HomeLink universal transceiver.

The PRO-4X Premium Package ($795) brings ventilated front seats, an intelligent around-view monitor, and outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature.


The SL trim carries a price tag of $48,325 and is only available as a Crew Cab. On the outside, it adds 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, front tow hooks, heated chrome exterior mirrors with puddle lights, and the cargo-hauling equipment from the SV Utility Package.

The interior of the Titan SL borrows much of the optional equipment from lesser trims. Look for remote start, leather upholstery, heated front seats with memory settings for the seat and tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a four-way power adjustable passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-sliding back window, the 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate system, and NissanConnect services.

Available packages on the SL trim include the Chrome Package ($1,245) the Texas Titan Edition ($1,295), and the Midnight Edition, which are identical to the SV.

Platinum Reserve

The Platinum Reserve trim is the range-topping model for the Titan family and is priced at $54,255. Again, this trim is only available with the Crew Cab body. The Platinum Reserve adds a plethora of luxury features over lower-end models. There are 20-inch dark chrome-clad aluminum-alloy wheels, dark chrome trim, and among more functional items, front tow hooks, a trailer brake controller, a trailer light check, and a front and rear sonar system as standard.

The interior comes with two-tone leather upholstery, open-pore wood tone trim with dark chrome accents, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood-tone trim insert, climate-controlled front seats, heated rear seats, and an intelligent around-view monitor.

There are two available packages for the Platinum Reserve. The Platinum Reserve Utility Package ($750) adds Titan boxes, an electronic tailgate lock, and a rear bumper step assist. The Nissan Mobile Entertainment System Package ($2,195) adds a rear-seat entertainment system.

CarsDirect Tip

Choosing a Titan is relatively simple, as the trims are clearly defined with different features. Consumers interested in off-roading will gravitate towards the PRO-4X trim, while those wanting luxury features will go with the Platinum Reserve. But the SV trim is the king here, with a price and packages that allow consumers to customize the pickup to their liking. The SV Tow, SV Convenience, and SV Utility Packages are worth exploring.

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