Nissan Titan: It's All in the Family, 2004-Present

by Kristin Shaw

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I didn’t know that driving a truck could be so fun… until I moved to Texas

When I moved to the Lone Star State, I was driving a Nissan Altima in Sonoma Sunset Pearl with a spoiler and a sunroof. I loved that car; it represented my freedom and independence. I was all about the sedans; I purchased the Altima after a long line of four-doors in my life. It didn’t occur to me to fall in love with a truck… but once I got to Texas, I learned about ranch life from my husband’s family out in San Angelo and Midland, and riding in a truck felt completely right.

In fact, my father-in-law has a 2004 Nissan Titan; it was the first year the Titan was available, and Steve is still quite attached to that truck, even now that it has more than 200K miles on it. We all drive it on gravel roads across craggy terrain, dodging the occasional sheep or startled cow. In fact, they like the brand so much that my mother-in-law, Nancy, drives a brand-new Maxima. It’s a Nissan family up in here.

The Titan, then and now (2004 and 2018).

The Titan, then and now (2004 and 2018).

A comprehensive warranty AND fatigue-reducing seats

Not long ago, I had the chance to test drive new Nissan Titans, back to back: one Titan XD PRO 4X King Cab, and one Titan half-ton Crew Cab. Nissan is proud of their truck line, and rightfully so: the half-ton model is projected to be the highest volume Titan in their history. They’re so sure of it that they offer the best truck warranty in the business (bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first). And that seems like a pretty good sign, to me.

If you have ever stayed at a Westin, then you know they pride themselves on their Heavenly Beds. They’re cushier, with a pillowtop to help you sleep better, theoretically. Nissan has the equivalent of the Heavenly Bed in their Zero Gravity seats, inspired by NASA, of course. Developed through joint research with Yamazaki Laboratory at Keio University and using a seat simulator and a musculo-skeletal model for seating analysis, the Zero Gravity seats are designed for supreme comfort. Here’s an explanation of why Nissan’s seats are so heavenly:

How do I know which model I need?

This question is a whole post in itself: diesel vs gas powered, two door vs four, and which accessories do I need? We’ll have more information from the gearhead angle on some of that next week. In the meantime, in order to make a smart choice for your needs, here are few things to take under consideration:

  1. Will you be using this vehicle to tow?

  2. How important is MPG to you?

  3. Can you remember to use diesel fuel or is that an inconvenience for you?

To put it simply, if you’re going to be towing a horse trailer, camper, or boat, either truck is going to be capable. But the Cummins diesel-powered engine will pull the load more smoothly off the start, and the MPG is slightly better.

The Titan Crew Cab has the same style of the Titan XD, but is built on a separate chassis and is about a foot shorter in wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear axles of a vehicle). Titan and Titan XD share the same cabs, and both offer similar bed and driving aid features.

Overall, the Titan has been recognized by numerous press organizations for its quality: here in Texas, the Texas Auto Writers Association named the 2018 Titan King Cab “Best Value of Texas”. And the 2018 Titan Midnight Edition “Best Full-Size Truck of Texas”. In other words, it’s a fantastic truck, and I grew very fond of it in our short time together. I hated to say goodbye.

The Ultimate Service Titan can be a mobile help station or hub in disaster situations.

The Ultimate Service Titan can be a mobile help station or hub in disaster situations.

Calling all Titans

Here’s the really cool message about Titans that Nissan has developed and cultivated: it’s not just a truck, it’s a call to action. People who drive Titans are ready to help - anywhere, any time. Their “Calling All Titans” theme pays homage to the people who drive their trucks and have jumped in to help in a variety of disaster situations.

On the Nissan site, volunteers may sign up for an opportunity to help their communities along with their truck. That’s a great way to mobilize a lot of good-hearted people.

Before the Miami Auto Show, Nissan revealed their “Ultimate Service Titan” and donated it to the Red Cross in the Miami area to help when disaster strikes. The amount of thought and work that went into this customization is awe-inspiring.

Millie, our Camp Gladiator mascot, stands guard over the Titan while our team works out.

Millie, our Camp Gladiator mascot, stands guard over the Titan while our team works out.

What you need to know about the Titan:


–     Models: Nissan TITAN Crew Cab S, SV, SL, Platinum Reserve, PRO-4X

–     Roomy TITAN Crew Cab half-ton is ideal for work, family or both

–     Offered in both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations and in five levels: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve

–     Midnight Edition Package offered on Crew Cab SV and SL grades

–     Available Zero Gravity front and rear seats 

–     Starts at $35,680 for a 4 x 2 Titan S; ranges up to the 4 x 4 Platinum Reserve for $56,300 


  • Models:   Nissan TITAN XD PRO-4X Crew Cab Gas, TITAN XD PRO-4X King Cab Gas, TITAN XD PRO-4X Crew Cab Diesel, TITAN XD PRO-4X King Cab Diesel

  • Choice of two engines: 390 horsepower V8 or 310-horsepower Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel

  • Unique PRO-4X exterior and interior features

  • Standard 18-inch wheels and 275/65/R18 BSW all-terrain off-road tires, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential, lower radiator skid plate

  • Starts at $45,890 for the King Cab 4 x 4 gas to $53,480 for the Crew Cab (four doors) 4 x 4 diesel.

Truck converted!

Truck converted!

Kristin Shaw