The low Total Car Score earned by the 2012 Nissan Titan reflects the aging nature of this fullsize truck.
Just about every critic found something to like about the Titan, from its roomy cabin (in Crew Cab models) to its solid road manners and aggressive styling.
Yet just about every critic also pointed out that the rest of the fullsize pickup market has evolved past the Titan, which has seen few changes since its 2004 introduction. Engines in competing makes are more powerful and fuel efficient; tow and payload capacities are higher; and Titan features that were innovative at its launch, like its factory-applied spray-in bedliner, have since been copied by its rivals. A fully revised Titan should be available in the next model year or so.
There are no major changes for the 2012 Nissan Titan, but a new Brilliant Silver exterior color is available; and a new Sport Appearance Package for SV models includes 20-inch wheels, a dark silver grille, body-colored bumpers, step rails, fog lights and special seat trim.
The 2012 Nissan Titan is available in King- and Crew-Cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrain configurations and three bed lengths. Both cab types have four fullsize doors; the Crew Cab offers more room for rear-seat passengers.
The Titan’s four trim levels start with base S versions, with 18-inch steel wheels, a split front bench seat and an AM/FM/CD sound system. SV models add alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, an upgraded audio system and power windows and door locks. The PRO-4X model, available as a 4x4 only, has a body-colored grille and front bumper, unique wheels with all-terrain tires, tuned suspension equipment and a lower final-drive ratio. Top-tier SL models receive 20-inch wheels, leather seats, a premium sound system with Bluetooth and automatic climate controls.
Under the hood is a 5.6-liter V8 engine sending 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque to a five-speed automatic. The 2WD models achieved 13 mpg city, 18 highway and 15 combined in the EPA’s fuel economy tests, while 4x4 models came in 1 mpg lower in each cycle.
Properly equipped, the 2012 Nissan Titan is rated to tow up to 9,500 pounds and has a maximum payload capacity of 2,153 pounds.
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