2008 Nissan Titan Review
The Titan is a full-size pickup truck that first debuted for 2004. Despite being a Nissan, the Titan is a truly American truck, designed and produced in North America. It was nominated for “North American Truck of the Year” in 2004. This year it receives both an interior and exterior update.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The Nissan Titan left Detroit running scared when it first debuted. It was a comfortable, capable truck that easily bested the top-sellers. Of course, the big three wouldn’t give up without a fight, and now the Titan looks somewhat dated compared to its recently-updated competitors. However, Titan still has a roomy cabin, a powerful base engine and more available safety options than most of what the big three have to offer.
The exterior has received a facelift with revised bumpers, wheels, grille and headlights. The seats have been redesigned as well as the gauges and instrument panel. A long wheelbase model is now available.
What’s New For 2008:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power data is not available. Problems with the Titan include engine knocks and stalling, transmission leaks, electrical shorts, leaking windows and cold-start issues. It’s been recalled four times for damaged shifters, stuck seatbelts, inoperable airbags and weak door hinges. Expect average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
The Titan earned 4.5 stars in government frontal crash tests. In IIHS tests, it earned “Good” in frontal tests, and “Acceptable” in rear tests. Anti-lock brakes are standard. Side airbags and stability control are optional on all but the XE.
Pros and Cons:
+ Roomy cabin
+ Available safety options
+ Powerful engines
- Limited engine and cab style options
- Aging design
The Titan offers over 100 more hp than the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, but costs $7,000 more. It offers nearly double the passenger space of the Dodge Ram 1500, as well as 100 more hp, but costs about $3,000 more. The Titan also offers more than 100 more hp than the Ford F-150, but costs about $7,000 more.
What Others Are Saying:
“Since the Titan’s introduction, Nissan’s plant has been operating just below its 90k units per year capacity. While not an abject failure, it’s not the runaway success Nissan envisioned. Reliability issues have certainly not helped its chances. And now Toyota’s entree with a true full-sized truck is forcing deep discounts at Nissan dealerships. For buyers, that’s a good thing. The Titan is a worthy (if sometimes quality challenged) competitor in a field crowded with excellence.” – The Truth About Cars
“Watch out, Detroit, Nissan offers a truly competitive full-size pickup with the power, refinement, and features to gain traction in the segment long-dominated by the Big 3.” – Automobile Magazine
“The hulking Titan is the he-man of full-size pickups. With a potent all-aluminum V-8 producing lots of power and torque and fronting a standard five-speed automatic transmission, this bad boy can tow up to 9500 pounds and romp to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.” – Car and Driver
Read more about the 2008 Nissan Titan at the Nissan manufacturer web site.