The 2022 Nissan Titan is a capable and competent full-size pickup truck, but it’s outclassed by more capable and contemporary rivals. With the introduction of an all-new Toyota Tundra, the Nissan also no longer looks like the best nondomestic alternative.
We appreciate the 2022 Nissan Titan‘s best-in-class warranty and roster of popular tech features, but its infotainment system is obsolete compared with the others, which also offer more configurations and more innovations.
Since the 2022 Nissan Titan fails to change the pickup truck game, we think it serves owners best as a work truck. That means the base S model with the standard extended cab and rear-wheel drive. Of course, those who want the added capability of all-wheel drive can add it for extra coins.
This choice limits the number of optional upgrades, but it still features standard equipment such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. It also has automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and more.
ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
Unlike the variety of powertrains available on light-duty rivals, the 2022 Nissan Titan makes do with a single engine and transmission combo.
The 5.6-liter V-8 produces 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. As with its pickup brethren, the Titan trades handling and ride quality for off-road ruggedness and potent hauling capacities.
While it can giddyap and go and has sufficient stopping power, its steering and handling aren’t as refined as its competition. Although the Titan and the separately reviewed Titan XD share cabs and other components, they have their own specific chassis and suspensions.
The Pro-4X version swaps the stock shocks for an off-road set better suited for rough roads, but we noted that they feel stiffer than rivals with similar setups. We also drove the updated-for-2020 Titan, which still can’t match the impressive ride quality of the Ram 1500.
ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
The 2022 Nissan Titan is estimated to earn up to 21 mpg on the highway, but while the rear-drive version is rated at 16 mpg in the city, the four-wheel-drive version gets 1 mpg less. The Titan Pro-4X has estimates of 15 mpg city and 20 highway.
We haven’t tested a Titan on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, but we’ll evaluate its real-world mpg when we have the chance. For more information about the Titan’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
The 2022 Nissan Titan impresses with a serene cabin and its standard set of outrageously comfy Zero Gravity front seats, as Nissan calls them. Good-looking premium materials are reserved for the Platinum Reserve trim.
Unfortunately, the 2022 Nissan Titan‘s interior design is dull, the abundance of plastic disappoints, and the crew cab’s rear-seat legroom is the least of all of its competitors. When it comes to cargo control, the Titan is one of the best in the biz.
Every model has a spring-assisted tailgate for easy use, and innovative add-ons such as a unique bed-channel system and discreet in-bed cargo boxes are available. However, its ample interior storage space disappoints when it comes to finding a spot for smaller items, and its cargo boxes have the least amount of storage space among rivals.
The Titan’s three-bed lengths are specific to cab size: 8.2 feet for the regular cab, 6.6 feet for the extended cab, and the crew cab uses a 5.6-footbed.
IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS
Every model has an 8.0-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability; a larger 9.0-inch unit is also available. Both interfaces incorporate the latest NissanConnect infotainment software, which makes for a modernized user experience.
The Titan also can be had with wireless charging for smartphones, a mobile hotspot, a powerful Fender audio system, and several power-charging ports.
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS
The Titan does offer a slew of standard driver-assistance technology. There also are several desirable options that include a 360-degree camera, a unique motion-detector system, and more.
2020 Nissan Titan
front-engine, rear- or rear/4-wheel-drive, 5- or 6-passenger, 4-door pickup
BASE PRICE C/D EST
King Cab, $36,000; Crew Cab, $39,000
DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
339 cu in, 5552 cc
400 hp @ 5800 rpm
413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Wheelbase: 139.8 in
Length: 228.2–229.5 in
Width: 79.5–80.7 in
Height: 75.1–77.2 in
Passenger volume: 99–120 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 5500–6000 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 5.7–6.4 sec
100 mph: 15.7–17.6 sec
¼-mile: 14.4–15.2 sec
Top speed: 110 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 18–19/15/21–22 mpg