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7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: TBD
Reliability:
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2012 Nissan Titan Review

While test drivers agreed that the 2012 Nissan Titan is sportier than most trucks, it also falls short with cheap interior materials and a harsh ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration
  • Nimble handling for a truck
  • Harsh ride
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Poor fuel economy

2012 Nissan Titan Overview

The 2012 Titan has a standard V8 engine which test drivers said delivers impressive power. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers wrote that it changes gears effortlessly, but sometimes hesitates to downshift. Unlike its rivals, the Titan does not have a base V6 engine, and at an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, its fuel economy is lower than that of competing V8-powered trucks. Reviewers were impressed with the 2012 Titan's agile handling for a truck, but commented that it rides a bit firmer and less comfortably than rivals. The Nissan Titan can tow up to 9,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Critics found that the 2012 Nissan Titan has a bland-looking cabin, with lackluster build quality and lots of cheap materials. Since it isn't available with a regular cab configuration like rivals are, the Titan has standard seating for up to six. Reviewers found that the available front bucket seats offer greater comfort and support than the standard split bench configuration. They said the rear seats of King (extended) cab models aren't especially spacious, but crew cabs have ample legroom. The 2012 Titan comes standard with a six-speaker audio system. Major available features include power windows and door locks, an upgraded audio system, upgraded cloth or leather upholstery, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Other Trucks to Consider

Test drivers said the 2012 Toyota Tundra's Double (extended) cab configuration has hospitable rear seats and that the larger CrewMax cab is exceedingly spacious. They were also impressed with the Tundra's quick acceleration when equipped with the available 5.7-liter V8.

The 2012 Ford F-150 has a standard V6 engine that reviewers said delivers plenty of power for light towing and hauling, and with this engine, the F-150 gets significantly better fuel economy than the V8-only Titan. Auto journalists also commented that the F-150 has a comfortable, well-mannered ride.

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