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2013 Nissan Titan: Used Car Review

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The 2013 Nissan Titan never sold in the numbers its Ford, Chevrolet and RAM half-ton rivals did, but not because it wasn't a good truck. In fact, in the areas that count most to pickup buyers, the 2013 Titan is a very good truck. Despite its Japanese name, the Titan is actually as American as apple pie, as it was built in Nissan's Canton, Mississippi factory with heavy input from the American design staff. The standard engine is a powerful 5.6-liter V8, and though there is no standard cab model, the extended King Cab comes with a 79.1-inch bed, while the Crew Cab offers a choice of a short or long wheelbase, and a 67.3- or 87-in bed. An available spray-in bedliner and Utili-Track bed channel system further increase the Titan's flexibility. With an impressive tow rating of 9,500 pounds (9,400 pounds for the Crew Cab) and a maximum payload of 2,100 pounds (4x2 King Cab), the Titan is a worthy work truck. For those who like to get away and play, the PRO-4X trim knows how to do that, too.

What We Like

Strong platform; powerful V8; wide opening rear doors on King Cab; Utili-Track bed management system

What We Don't

No V6 option; no regular cab option; no heavy-duty option; somewhat dated interior

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Titan offers only one engine and transmission choice: a 5.6-liter V8 teamed to a 5-speed automatic. Horsepower is a healthy 317, with 385 lb-ft of torque on tap. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Titan at 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway for the 4x2, and 12 mpg city/17 mpg hwy for the 4x4 model.

Standard Features & Options

Four trims make up the Titan lineup: S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. The S, SV and PRO-4X can all be had with either the King Cab or Crew Cab, but only the SV offers the extended-wheelbase Crew Cab.

The Titan S King Cab is a pretty bare-bones outfit. Manual windows and locks are accompanied by a cloth 40/20/40-split bench front seat, split fold-up rear seat, air-conditioning, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, 18-in steel wheels and manual side mirrors. Standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, curtain-side airbags, vehicle-dynamic control, LATCH seating and 3-point seat belts for all seating positions. Crew Cabs add power windows and door locks, two additional speakers and rear reading lamps.

The Titan SV builds from the S Crew Cab's features with cruise control, remote keyless entry, an auxiliary audio input jack, chrome steel bumpers, an overhead console, manual driver's seat lumbar support, 18-in alloy wheels and analog gauges for oil pressure, transmission temp and volts.

The off-road-oriented PRO-4X builds from the SV trim and includes standard 4-wheel drive, Rancho performance shocks, skid plate protection for the oil pan and transfer case, an electronic locking rear differential and lockable bedside storage. Interior amenities include Bluetooth, a 6-disc CD changer, auto on/off headlights, SiriusXM satellite radio and steering-wheel audio controls. Rear parking sensors and a power driver's seat are also standard.

The Crew Cab-only Titan SL brings 6-spoke 20-in wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with heated front seats, power folding and heated side mirrors with puddle lights, in-bed 12-volt power supply, dual-power front seats, power-adjustable pedals, an 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system (10 speakers in the Crew Cab) and a navigation system with NissanConnect infotainment.

Options for the S trim include a sliding rear window (King Cab), cruise control and 18-in wheels. The SV can be equipped with captain's chair seating, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, an 8-way power driver's seat, fog lights, rear parking sensors, the Utili-Track bed channel system, a spray-in bedliner, Rockford Fosgate audio, power adjustable pedals and heated extendable tow mirrors. The PRO-4X can be equipped with the Rockford Fosgate audio system, navigation, leather seating, heated front seats and a power moonroof. The SL trim offers a flip-down DVD rear entertainment system, while the SV and SL trim's Max Utility package adds a lower 3.357:1 gear ratio, front tow hooks and a heavy-duty battery.


The Nissan Titan holds only average resale figures that are on par with the RAM 1500, below the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, and well below the Toyota Tundra. To get a good idea of the Titan's price range, we suggest checking out the used-car values at You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are currently for sale in your area.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has issued the following recalls for the 2013 Titan pickup:

A recall was issued for a possible problem with the brake master cylinder. The unit may intermittently send less pressure to the front brakes, resulting in longer stopping distances.

A recall was issued for vehicles with the column-mounted shift lever. Chemicals used in the manufacturing of the assembly of the shift levers may result in the malfunction of the brake shift interlock, allowing the transmission shift lever to be shifted out of Park without depressing the brake pedal.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The 2013 Nissan Titan has not been crash-tested by the government. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Titan a Good rating in its moderate-overlap front crash test and an Average rating for roof strength.

The 2013 Titan entered service backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. If you purchase your Titan through Nissan's certified pre-owned (CPO) program, the vehicle not only goes through an extensive 150-point check but also comes with an extended factory warranty of 7 years/100,000 miles from the original date that the vehicle entered service. Other advantages of the program include a free CARFAX report, 24-hour roadside assistance, rental-car reimbursement, towing benefits and a 3-month, free trial subscription to SiriusXM radio. To qualify for the Nissan CPO program, vehicles typically should be no older than five years and must have less than 60,000 miles.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Ford F-150 -- The F-150 offers more engine choices, configurations and features. It also holds its value better than the Titan and can tow more weight.

2013 Chevrolet Silverado -- Like the F-150, the Silverado offers a fuel-saving V6 engine option, plus more interior amenities and technology. The Silverado can out-tow the Titan when properly equipped.

2013 RAM 1500 -- The RAM is more expressively styled than the Titan, and we find its interior to be superior in every way. RAM models offer a regular cab plus a powerful standard V6 and 8-speed transmission for better fuel economy, but no off-road specific trim to match the PRO-4X.

Autotrader's Advice

As much as we love the look and capabilities of the PRO-4X trim, we would recommend the SV with the Sport Appearance package. Those who need maximum utility might seek the longer wheelbase and bed provided by the SV, but it will cost significantly more than a King Cab or Crew Cab SV.

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