2008 Nissan Titan

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$24,390 - $38,530

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V8 engine
  • Smooth-shifting automatic transmission
  • Versatile hauling capacity with the Utili-track Bed Channel System
  • Only part-time all-wheel drive system not suitable for dry roads
  • Interior quality doesn't match American competitors

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Nissan Titan has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 67 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2008 Nissan Titan Overview

With a high level of practicality and strong powertrain, most reviewers say the 2008 Nissan Titan is a strong contender in the full-size truck market, with some even going so far as to call it a threat to the American-made trucks that lead the class. MarketWatch calls the Titan "a very serious challenge in a part of the market that the U.S. has had to itself since Davy Crockett wondered if there might be a better way to travel to the Alamo." Meanwhile, Automobile Magazine's writer jokes, "Attention, Motor City: Godzilla has risen, and he's tramping your way."

However, after more than three years on the market, the Titan still hasn't pulled in a lot of American buyers.  As gas prices get even higher, the Titan's dismal fuel economy, even for a large truck, isn't likely to win it any new fans. New for 2008, the Nissan Titan adds an off-roading trim, the PRO-4X, to a lineup that includes the XE, SE and LE. But many still report the truck does not have the right ingredients to sway truck drivers that are loyal to American brands. If you're shopping for a full-size pickup, the Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra are examples of American trucks that fare well with reviewers and drivers.

  • "The 2008 Nissan Titan gets some sorely needed new additions to the lineup, especially with the 800-lb gorilla named Tundra bursting onto the full-size truck scene." -- Truck Trend
  • "The 2008 Nissan Titan adds long bed models to the mix and more refinement, but continues the stuff we liked about the previous version." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Nissan's full-sizer gets an off-road performance package and finally gets to play in the long-bed league." -- Car and Driver
  • "It still doesn't have the same wide range of configurations as GM, Dodge, Ford, and Toyota, but Nissan has fixed the biggest pain points Titan's original buyers may have experienced…to offer commercial customers another competitive and proven half-ton pickup to shop." -- PickupTruck.com
  • "While the Titan obviously has been designed with great attention to detail and for the specific needs of customers who buy these bruisers, in the end it does not excel. Good as the Titan is, it fails to offer loyal Ford, GM, Dodge or even Tundra owners a compelling reason to switch." -- Newsday

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