2010 Nissan Titan Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Nissan Titan If...

If you're looking for a big, powerful truck that's out of the mainstream in both style and features, has a really nice interior, a stump-pulling V8 engine and a host of innovations designed around real pickup-truck functions, take a look at the 2010 Nissan Titan.

You May Not Like The 2010 Nissan Titan If...

If you like the more conservatively-styled trucks from Chevrolet and Ford, the Titan may be too flashy for your taste. And the option list does not include dual rear wheels or the choice of a six-cylinder or diesel engine.

What's New

For 2010, Nissan adds side and side-curtain airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) to all Titan models.

Interior Features

The Titan's interior is bold and forward-thinking in its design. On certain models you can opt for a center console with a gated shifter (the shift lever moves through a slotted path) for better control when shifting gears. Seating is offered in bench or Captain's Chair style buckets and offers good support and long term comfort. Drivers over six feet, however, may find themselves staring out through the windshield's tint band. Some drivers also felt the seat bottoms could do with a sharper upward angle to better support their thighs. You'll find the Titan's instrumentation to be clear, legible and easy to view, but the placement of the power window buttons atop the door's edge makes them vulnerable to outside elements when the windows are down.

Exterior Features

Nissan offers the Titan in two body styles, King Cab and Crew Cab, with two wheelbases and four bed lengths. An optional spray-in bedliner applied at the factory helps protect the entire cargo bed floor and walls, while the available built-in channel system with moveable cleats is designed to provide multiple tie-down points. Outside the bed, Nissan has placed a clever lockable storage bin just behind left the rear wheel, and on King Cab models the rear door can swing open a full 168 degrees to aid with loading. Off-road enthusiast will appreciate the PRO-4X's ground clearance, which is among the best in its class with over 10 inches measured at the rear axle.

Driving Impressions

We found the Titan's V8 engine felt strong at all speeds, with loads of power on demand. The five-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly and the gated shifter made it easy to move between first and second gears whenever we needed to apply engine braking. There is some vibration telegraphed through the steering wheel, and there is a noticeable exhaust note upon application of the throttle. Still, the Titan delivers a smooth, controlled ride and exhibits better-than-average steering and handling response.

Pricing Notes

The Titan King Cab XE has a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $27,500, while a fully loaded PRO-4X Crew Cab tops out around $45,500. To make your best deal on a Titan, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price paid for the truck in your area. Kelley Blue Book expects the Titan to maintain an average resale value over a five-year period, holding below the Ford F-150 Super Cab, the Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab 1500 and Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

Notable Equipment

The Titan XE has a 317-horsepower 5.6-liter V8, five-speed automatic transmission with a Tow/Haul mode, four-wheel Active-Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) brakes, front side and full-length side curtain airbags, air conditioning, full gauges, exterior cargo light, dual manual side mirrors, full bench seat, a rear 12-volt outlet, AM/FM stereo with CD, fuel tank skid plate, cruise control, tilt wheel, tire pressure monitor and 18-inch steel wheels. The XE Crew Cab, SE, LE and PRO-4X add even more standard features including power locks, power windows, remote keyless entry, dual heated power mirrors, a sliding rear window and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Options

Options vary by trim and include four-wheel drive, tow package, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, Rockford Fosgate audio, spray-in bedliner, eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, rear-seat DVD entertainment system (on the Crew Cab), navigation, a limited-slip rear differential, bed extender and a Homelink Universal Transceiver.

Favorite Features

Wide-Swinging Rear Door

The hinged rear door on the King Cab model swings back 168 degrees to create exceptionally convenient interior access.

Exterior Storage Box

The Titan's exterior storage box (located behind the left rear wheel) is perfect for storing such items as jumper cables or muddy clothing.

Under the Hood

Unlike many of its competitors, the Titan offers only one engine choice, and it's the most powerful V8 Nissan builds. The 5.6-liter V8 produces an abundance of power, but it cannot reasonably be expected to deliver the best fuel economy.

5.6-liter V8

317 horsepower @ 5200 rpm

385 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD, gasoline), 12/17 (4WD, gasoline), 9/13 (2WD, E85), 9/12 (4WD, E85)

Editors' Notes

The 2010 Nissan Titan full-size pickup is a worthy competitor to long-established rivals from Dodge, Chevrolet and Ford. Although the Titan is available only as a half-ton model, its powerful engine, numerous configurations and lengthy list of clever features should appeal to most light-duty pickup owners. Designed for the urban pickup owner, the Titan is as adept at carrying bikes, kayaks and ski gear as it is hauling plywood, concrete and dirt. The PRO-4X model suits the needs of serious off-road adventurers, while the long wheelbase model and E85 flex fuel capable V8 helps expand the Titan's appeal.

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Spacious and reliable, good for work and family life

2010 Nissan Titan XE

I drive a 2010 full cab Nissan Titan. I am unsure of the exact model type (SE, etc) because my partner purchased the truck before we were together. We both love this truck. The cabin is enormous and roomy and is extremely comfortable for long drive, which we make often. We are planning on having kids soon and are very happy that there is enough room in the back seat for a car seat. We have made modifications to the truck, as it is lifted and has aftermarket parts both on the body and under the hood. I am unsure the specifics but I do know that it has larger tires (35s) and is lifted. This truck is the perfect work truck because it has plenty of room in the cabin for employees and tools. We have the 6' bed but would have gotten the 8' if we did it again. We have a tool box in the bed and would like the extra room for moving more (aka beds, windows, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, etc). The truck handles great and can tow wonderfully. We have had some issues with the amount of power breaking the transmission, but these are all aftermarket parts. We also have a ladder rack on the truck which we use regularly for work. Overall, it's just been a great truck. Main issue recently has been the front suspension because of the terrible road conditions and potholes.

- Jessica F

Comfort power comfort towing and power in one package

2010 Nissan Titan SE

It's very comfortable for all four passengers. It has plenty of power! 390 horsepower, 394 foot pounds of torque and 9300 lb towing capacity. It has plenty of power ports and cup holders. With the exception of the transmission and the name the entire truck is designed built and manufactured in the United States. It has a pretty good sound system Built-in 6 CD changer. And Bluetooth we're up to 6 phones. It also has full-length running boards and plenty of grab handles to allow for easy entry and exit. The back seats can fold down or up for additional storage. The front of the truck is very aerodynamic and gets just over 19 miles per gallon highway. It is my first Nissan truck and I would definitely buy another.

- Kim D

My 2010 Nissan Titan has been the best vehicle I have owned.

2010 Nissan Titan

I purchased my pre owned 2010 Nissan Titan 3 years ago. Since I have owned it, I have not had to have any work on it or have had to replace anything but the tires. The only time it is had to go into the shop was for routine maintenance. I have driven it locally, on road trips, and off-road in the rocky mountains. I haven't owned anything that compares to the comfort and I have been very pleased with the features. It rides smooth and handles bumpy roads and curves with ease. The mpg has not changed at all over the years as it has with other vehicles I have owned. The interior has survived my large dog, it still looks great.

- Renee M

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