Nissan’s gas-powered Titan pickup is a much nicer truck than its brawnier sibling, the XD. This milder Titan competes well with other light-duty 1500 trucks thanks to its energetic V8 engine, acceptable ride and handling, low-effort tailgate, and respectable fuel economy.

Power comes from one of the punchiest V8s in the segment, which easily sends the Titan from rest to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. The exhaust note is a pleasing rumble, though some may find it over the top. The seven-speed automatic transmission shifts promptly and decisively. Overall fuel economy is 16 mpg, which is excellent for a pickup truck with this much power.

The Titan is well-equipped for towing, with an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, and a trailer-light check system that makes it easier for the driver to hook up a trailer without a spotter. Maximum towing capacity is 9,390 pounds, with maximum payload capacity of 1,610 pounds.

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The ride is fairly comfortable, and handling is secure and not overly clumsy, making the Titan a good road-trip choice.

Inside, the roomy crew cab has luxury features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated and cooled front seats are available, along with a choice of fabric or leather seating surfaces. You can even get heated rear seats.

Overall, the controls are intuitive. Both 5- and 7-inch infotainment screens are offered. And like most competitors, you can get a navigation system, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, and a rearview camera. The PRO-4X adds aggressive (and noisier) all-terrain tires, a stiffer suspension, and skid plates.

The crew cab’s standard 5.5-foot-long bed offers a flexible rail system to secure cargo. Other features include a damped tailgate, a spray-on bedliner, and an in-bed 120-volt power outlet.

Read the complete Nissan Titan road test.

Why Buy One

  • Smooth and powerful engine
  • Light-effort tailgate
  • Roomy cabin  

Why Not Buy One

  • Spotty reliability record
  • Traditionally has steeper depreciation than its competitors

Best Version to Get

The four-wheel-drive crew-cab SV is the sweet spot for balancing amenities and price. We’d add the Comfort and Convenience package, which includes automatic on/off headlights, running boards, and heated front seats, bringing the price to the mid-$40,000s.

2017 Nissan Titan.