Car Review: 2012 Nissan Titan pickup offers wide choices for the driver

Unsure what you need in your next pickup? The 2012 Nissan Titan offers more choices than you will know what to do with Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, January 16, 2012 — The 2012 Nissan Titan is a pickup truck with personality. It’s rugged and has sporty handling characteristics. Lots of room means everyone in the truck is happy, and the driver can smile too, gunning around curves and in and out of lanes with step-above handling.

The Nissan Titan offers a number of trim choices for 2012.

The Nissan Titan offers a number of trim choices for 2012.

The 2012 Nissan Titan is little changed from years past. In one area that’s a problem: The Titan’s fuel economy is inferior to that of potential rivals, like the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150. 

Four trims are available for the Titan: the S, the SV, the Pro-4X, and the SL. You can opt for the extended-cab (King Cab) with a standard six-foot six-inch cargo bed, or a crew cab with five-foot seven or seven-foot three cargo bed options. All configurations come with either a four-wheel or two-wheel drive.

If you opt for the S trim with the King Cab, you get 18-inch steel wheels, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, and a 60/40-split rear bench seat. The Crew Cab version of that comes with power windows and locks.

The SV comes standard with the Popular Equipment Package (it’s an option on the S) and includes 18-inch alloy wheels. The King Cab version has a sliding rear window and keyless entry. The Crew Cab version comes with a receiver hitch and a seven-pin wiring harness connector. You also get chrome steel bumpers and tailgate assist.

The SV trim comes with an optional Sport Appearance Package, and you can change the 18-inch wheels to 20-inch alloy.

The SV Value Truck package comes with fog lights, a rear parking sensor, a class-IV hitch,  eight-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The optional SV Utility package comes with a lockable compartment, adjustable tie-down cleats, and a 12-volt power source. The Premium Utility package adds power-adjustable pedals, power-extending/heated side mirrors, and front tow hooks.

The Titan SL comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, memory functions for the driver, leather seats, a four-way power passenger seat, and a 12-volt power source in the tailgate area. The SL Max Utility package adds step rails to that.

Up the luxury of the SL trim with the Technology Package, which includes a sunroof, navigation system, and rear-seat entertainment. Note that all the four-wheel drives can be chosen with a long bed and Pro-4X trim. 

Under the hood, the 2012 Nissan Titan has a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. With the five-speed automatic, you can haul and tow; some trim options allow up to 9,500 pounds of towing weight.

Safety features are antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side, and full-length side curtain airbags.

Inside, whether it’s the King Cab or the Crew Cab, you’ll find comfort and easy to read and use control knobs. There’s a lot of storage space, too.

A hauler for sure, the rear seats fold up for a flat load floor for hauling, and the front passenger seatback folds forward to make into a worktable.

The rear door on the King Cab opens just short of 180 degrees, making it fast and easy to get items in and out.

A great working truck, the 2012 Nissan Titan is fun to drive, handles well, and definitely gives the impression that both you and it own the ride.

Should You Need to Know: There are so many trim options and packages within the trims to choose from that it’s a smorgasbord of choices. You really can get what you want and then some.

Miles Per Gallon: The Titan 4X4 I tested got a very low 12 miles per gallon in the city and 17 miles on the highway, not good by today’s standards.

Cost:  The Nissan Titan I drove was a Pro-4X with a price tag of $40,025.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books. Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from  You can also follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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