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2010 Nissan Titan ReviewThe Good
The 2010 Nissan Titan is a well-rounded full-size pickup that delivers consistent power, a range of configurations, smooth handling, and a spacious and functional cabin.The Bad
The Titan hasn’t undergone a major overhaul in years and lags behind some of the competition when it comes to towing capabilities, standard hi-tech features, and performance options.
The CarGurus View
The 2010 Nissan Titan is a classic jack-of-all-trades – competent in all areas, but master of none. If you have a specific need for your full-size pickup, shop until you find the perfect fit, but if you need a general purpose truck, check out the Titan.
At a Glance
The 2010 Nissan Titan is a capable option in the competitive full-size pickup truck class. The Titan’s roomy and sensible cabin, smooth and powerful V8 engine, nimble handling and creative list of features give the vehicle a practical versatility befitting a pickup.
There are no major changes for the 2010 Titan, which is no surprise. Nissan hasn’t significantly restyled or refurbished its full-size pickup entry in its seven years of existence, which has led to some criticism from professional reviewers. The Titan is a bit safer in 2010, however, as Nissan has added stability control, side airbags, and curtain airbags as standard features for all trims.
The Titan has just one drivetrain, a 5.6-liter V8 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, but after that the variations are many. There are four trim levels (XE, SE, PRO-4X, and LE) and two cabin options, the King (extended) Cab and Crew Cab. Plus, King Cab trims come with either a 6-foot-6 or 8-foot bed, while Crew Cabs get either a 5-foot-6 or 7-foot bed.
The King Cab XE is the Titan’s base trim level and comes standard with air conditioning, a six-speaker CD stereo, 18-inch steel wheels, a lockable tailgate, a 40/20/40-split front bench and a 60/40-split rear bench. The XE Crew Cab upgrades with an eight-speaker stereo, power windows, power locks, and a power vertical-drop rear window.
SE trims add cruise control, an in-dash 6-CD changer with MP3 capability, an auxiliary audio jack, trip computer, manual lumbar support, a front overhead console, power mirrors, a receiver hitch, 18-inch alloy wheels, a dampened-assist tailgate, and a chrome grille and bumpers.
SE trims can also be configured to fit your taste with multiple option packages. The SE Popular Equipment package adds power-adjustable pedals, an eight-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, rear parking sensors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass. The SE Value Truck package builds on the Popular Equipment package with Bluetooth, bucket seats, a center console, a fold-flat front passenger seat, and foglights. The SE Utility package provides your Titan with adjustable tie-down cleats, a lockable bedside compartment, and a spray-in bedliner. The SE Premium Utility package includes all of the above plus a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system, front tow hooks, and power-extending heated mirrors. The SE Heavy Metal package adds chrome wheels, mirrors, door handles, and side-step rails, as well as a billet grille.
The LE trim (available only in Crew Cab) includes all of the standard and optional SE equipment plus leather seating, driver memory functions, a four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, two additional speakers, a universal garage door opener, and wood trim.
The PRO-4X is the off-road specialist trim, and as such is available only with four-wheel drive. It has a mix of features, including Rancho shocks, rear-locking differential, all-terrain tires, heavy-duty skid plates, air conditioning, eight-way power driver’s seat, power-adjustable pedals, Bluetooth, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking sensors, fold-flat front passenger seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass. The PRO-4X Leather package adds a four-way power passenger seat, driver memory, and leather upholstery.
Both the LE and PRO-4X are also available with the Technology package (navigation system and sunroof) or the Entertainment package (rear-seat DVD system).
Whatever configuration you choose for your Titan, it will come with a 5.6-liter, 32-valve V8 engine that produces 317 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 385 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul Mode. Rear-wheel-drive Titans get 13 city/18 highway mpg. Four-wheel-drive Titans get 12/17 mpg. Towing capacities range from 7,100-9,500 pounds, depending on trim.
Critics aren’t crazy about the Titan's transmission, which can feel slow. But the V8 provides enough power to compensate for any sluggish reactions from the transmission and to pass or merge at any speed.
Ride & Handling
Nissan’s engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering feels just right in the Titan, providing the driver with a great feel for the road, precise responses, and a level of control that’s not often found in full-size pickup trucks. That control is complemented by the smooth ride delivered by the Titan’s suspension – independent double-wishbone with a stabilizer bar in the front and a multi-leaf with a solid Dana axle in the rear. Note that the PRO-4X trim comes with a stiffer suspension that doesn’t handle road imperfections with as much grace as the suspension under the other trims.
The Titan’s four-wheel antilock vented disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist also receive warm praise from critics for their consistent and straight stop lines.
For owners who need to take their Titan off the beaten path, Nissan offers a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case, a 4LO setting, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and Clutch Start/Cancel.
Cabin & Comfort
The roomy and ergonomic cabin is one of the Titan’s selling points, and it’s certainly worth your time to sit inside of one and get a feel for it yourself before making your full-size pickup truck purchase.
The controls are all within easy reach and don’t require in-depth owner’s manual research to use. The gauges are clear and legible. The storage nooks, pockets, and cupholders are plentiful, and Nissan designed the Titan with a completely flat floor to provide easier storage. When the rear seats are folded up, the space behind the front seats in either the King Cab or Crew Cab trims becomes very practical.
Some competitors may offer a few more technology choices, but with options like Bluetooth, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, navigation system, rear-seat DVD, power-adjustable pedals, and dual-zone climate control, the Titan hardly lacks for hi-tech features.
The Titan has some nice exterior comfort features as well, like the user-friendly tailgate that swings open with ease and control and the lockable storage equipment box for valuable work or play gear.
The Titan earned five out of five stars for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection in frontal crash tests done by the federal government. However, it earned only two of four stars in a side-impact crash test performed by the Institute for Highway Safety. Also, some testers have complaints about impeded sightlines.
The Titan comes with dual-stage supplemental front airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control, active head restraints, front and rear crumple zones, hood buckling creases, energy-absorbing steering column, steel side-door guard beams, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
What Owners Think
Owners really enjoy the Titan’s ride, claiming it's smooth, manageable in all conditions, and good for short trips or long ones. They also feel like the Titan provides plenty of power in all situations, whether passing on the highway, pulling off the line, or hauling heavy loads. There were comments of praise concerning the audio systems and available off-road features.
A common complaint is gas mileage. Owners acknowledge that they didn’t expect the Titan to mimic an economy car at the pump, but getting just 12 city/17 highway mpg is awfully tough on the wallet.