Dated design, inside and out. You don’t buy a truck for its beauty, but competitors still do a better job of delivering curb appeal than Nissan’s rather ungainly 2022 Titan. Its protruding snout and unnecessarily large headlamps don’t really help, while the side profile has evolved very little from trucks that were being built half a century ago. Bed lengths range from 5.5 to 6.5 feet, with the latter associated with the Extended Cab design unless you choose the XD model, which exclusively pairs the longer bed with the bigger Crew Cab design.

Whichever configuration you opt for, don’t expect SUV comfort in the Titan’s cab. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the driving position or chunky portrait dashboard, but it’s no Tesla in here. It looks and feels plasticky because it is, while there are no clever flourishes like GM’s six-way tailgate or the Ford F-150’s array of bed-mounted power outlets, clamps, and even bottle openers. At least the rear seats in Crew Cab Titans flip up to increase storage, and you can specify leather on higher trims. Cabin storage is decent, though again, there are no surprise-and-delight features.

Old-school power. That horizontal hood accommodates a 5.6-liter 400 hp V8 gas engine, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission which is pleasingly smooth and responsive. Straight-line performance isn’t this car’s forte, though – it’s far better as a load-lugger, pulling 9,300 lb in standard guise and over 11,000 lb in XD guise. The latter has a longer wheelbase, a sturdier body, and a stiffer suspension. The roomy cabs sit between five and six people, though comfort isn’t a Titan hallmark even on higher trims.

You’d expect the XD’s firmer suspension to weaken the Titan’s on-road comfort…and you’d be right. Then again, this is an underwhelming vehicle to drive or be driven in at the best of times, and rivals like the RAM 1500 are more comfortable all-round. The Titan’s fuel economy is poor as well, averaging 15 MPG city in AWD mode. At least things are reasonably quiet on the move, especially compared to some modern trucks.

Enough choice – but not too much. While RAM and Chevrolet tie buyers in knots wading through endless specification combos, Nissan keeps it simple. There’s one engine, two bed styles, rear or all-wheel drive, two cabin designs, and four trim levels. You can also opt for the AWD-only XD models, which bring increased ruggedness and superior load-lugging capabilities. They’re available exclusively with the larger 6.5-foot bed and a crew cab interior.

Price-wise, you’ll pay just under $40,000 for an RWD King Cab in S guise, or almost $65,000 for an XD Crew Cab model in Platinum Reserve trim. However, you’ll look in vain for features like adaptive dampers or air springs, even on the options list.

Staying trim. Base S models are pretty sparse, though they have gained a spray-on bed liner for 2022. You can also expect a decent roster of safety gear including front and rear automatic braking, blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts, hill start, and driver alertness monitors. The eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is lifted from other Nissans, but it does have smartphone mirroring.

Moving up the range, SV offers navigation through a larger infotainment screen, a heated and powered driver’s seat, remote start, and parking sensors. Pro-4X models offer Bilstein shocks and a locking rear diff, while Titan XD Platinum Reserve trim brings seat ventilation and a 12-speaker Fender audio system.

Final thoughts. The Titan is a vehicle you’ll purchase with your head, not your heart. There’s no iconic pedigree or beguiling charisma in this Nissan truck – it’s simply a tool for doing a job. It’s underwhelming to look at, sit in and drive; it’s not the safest truck ever tested by IIHS or NHTSA, despite automatic emergency braking; specifications are functional rather than desirable. Even the AWD system is a basic part-time affair.

If you want a reliable and robust truck to lug loads, this is a perfectly decent choice. However, there’s far less choice across the Titan range than you’d get from the Chevrolet Silverado, which has four engine options to the Nissan’s one. The Titan feels like a previous-generation model rather than the latest and greatest, which is why we’d suggest spending the smallest amount possible and avoiding those pricey higher trims.

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