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2010 Nissan Titan Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Nissan Titan was new.


Performance: 8.1

On the road, reviewers like the  Nissan Titan's performance. Reviewers say one of the Titan's best features is its strong V8 engine, with the smooth automatic transmission placing a close second. However, other trucks, like the Dodge Ram, get higher marks for performace, thanks to more power and a smoother ride.

  • "Smooth, powerful V8 puts Titan among quickest large trucks off the line. Passing punch is ample. The transmission upshifts smoothly and downshifts promptly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Titan's tractable 5.6-liter V8 delivers plenty of muscle right from idle. It sounds great, too, but that booming exhaust note can grow tiresome on long drives." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2010 Nissan Titan only provides one engine option. The Titan's engine is a 5.6-liter V8 with 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque -- and reviewers couldn't be happier, except when it comes time to get gas. Both the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive Titan rate at 12/17 mpg city/highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's ratings, which is low for the class. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard.

  • "We found the Titan's V8 engine felt strong at all speeds, with loads of power on demand." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Smooth, powerful V8 puts Titan amongst quickest large trucks off the line." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The five-speed automatic lags a bit in kick-down response, and its shifts are on the slow side. Fortunately there's enough power that the laziness rarely detracts from the driving experience. Without any downshifts, I was able to comfortably pass on the highway, scooting from 60 to 70 mph in fifth gear at just 1,900 rpm." -- Cars.com

Handling and Braking

Reviewers are generally pleased with the Nissan Titan's ride, braking and handling. However, trucks like the Chevy Silverado and Dodge Ram get higher marks for how they drive. A Pro-4X off-road package is available.

  • "The Titan's road manners are what truly distinguish this pickup from the old guard. Grab the wheel, and the road grabs back." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Titan doesn't punish rides with shudders and undue bounciness." -- MSN
  • "Precise, linear steering with nicely weighted effort makes the truck relatively nimble and easy to drive on pavement. However, the rather stiff suspension (especially on Pro-4X models) can make the Titan feel skittish in off-road situations." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering is notably more communicative than the full-size truck norm. You can pick a line and hold it, without sawing back and forth in search of an elusive on-center feel." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Titan delivers a smooth, controlled ride and exhibits better-than-average steering and handling response." -- Kelley Blue Book

Towing and Hauling

The Nissan Titan has one of the lowest towing capacities in the class. That may be why few reviewers discuss its towing capabilities. Properly equipped, the Nissan Titan can tow up to 9,500 pounds and haul a little over 2,000 pounds -- capacities that are less than that of class leaders.

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