Does this bad boy live up to its name? First I must get one thing out of the way; the Titan is essentially from the Jurassic period; having on the market since the tail end of 2003.
Pickup trucks seem to have come a long way; I fondly remember the ones around while I was growing up, having a bland interior, crank windows and vinyl seats. Not anymore; the presence of the pickup truck is very well known in the urban setting. Though most are not herding cattle with their pickups; they use the modern pickup for almost anything, from hauling your boat, dirt bikes, bicycles, camping gear, the list is endless. There’s no need to worry about room or clearance with your 2013 Nissan Titan SL 4×4; it has it all covered.
Pickup truck owners around where I live are typically tradespeople who know their way around a toolbox. The general consensus is; if you need to borrow a tool or drill bit, there’s a higher likelihood that the guy with the Ram or Silverado has it, rather than the guy with the BMW 5-series. This 2013 Nissan Titan lives up to its dictionary meaning; gigantic in size and has massive strength under its hood. It definitely stand out as being one of the great contenders of the pickup class. Although I’ve driven the GMC Sierra, I have yet to compare this giant to the likes of the Toyota Tundra, Ram 1500, or the Ford F150.
First I must get one thing out of the way; the Titan is essentially from the Jurassic period; having on the market since the tail end of 2003. When introduced, it shares its platform and engine with the Nissan Armada and the Infiniti QX56, the two monsters of the Nissan lineup. My 2013 Titan (painted in a gorgeous Cayenne Red) was powered by a VK56DE 5.6L V8 with a healthy output of 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. I was also thrilled to learn that unlike other Nissans, this one is powered by a 5-speed automatic. This results in me being a little boy in a candy store; gobs of horsepower, whiplash-inducing torque, and no CVT. Amazing.
Typically, I have always gone on a presumption that pickup trucks were made for heavy duty tasks and nothing more. This Titan has definitely done well for itself though, even nearing the end of its life cycle. The interior on this SL model impressed me; the NissanConnect navigation system is just as great to use in the Titan as it is in other applications (namely the new Altima). Unlike multimedia systems that I deem virtually unusable because of their lack of response (MyFordTouch), this one certainly is effective. My Titan was also equipped with a great-sounding 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate system. It won’t win any awards for best sound quality, but it’s pretty darn good. It also does a good job of filtering out road noise at speed.
With a price tag right around the $54,000 mark for this Titan, I’m not surprised at how well-equipped it is. Mine came with beefy leather seats (power and heated), a sunroof, Bluetooth integration, and satellite radio. I’m not complaining, but I do wish it was as cushy as the newer Ram Laramies. Even going on a decade in age, the Titan has been given a few little tweaks here and there to ensure that it stays competitive in the market.
Fuel economy? Uh, that’s a road I’d rather not go down. Pickup truck drivers appear to be able to overlook it, and for my test week, I convinced myself to try. Nissan claims 17.8L/100km city and 12.2L/100km on the highway. My commute was nearly all highway with a light foot, and I couldn’t do any better than 17.1L/100km. I felt my blood pressure rising when the needle approached the 1/4 tank mark, but to my amazement, it was cents below $100.00 to fill the behemoth up. Hopefully in the next-generation Titan, Nissan will introduce a four-cylinder shutoff at highway speeds to help with the atrocious fuel consumption.
Here’s where the Titan redeemed every bit of its shortcomings; a colleague and I decided to venture off-road. The suspension setup and ground clearance proved that the big Nissan is nothing short of awesome; it took the entire excursion with ease and made the experience to be nothing short of completely enjoyable. Not only does the Titan make you feel like king of the road; it instils confidence. Bring on the next one, Nissan.
2013 Nissan Titan SL 4×4 Gallery