By Anthony Capkun
February 7, 2018 – For 2018, Nissan offers a full range of Titan half-ton pickups, including Single Cab, King Cab and Crew Cab body configurations, 4×2 and 4×4 drive, and a choice of up to five grade levels.
Every Titan half-ton is powered by a 390-hp 5.6-L Endurance V8 gasoline engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The half-tons share the same styling as the Titan XD, but are built on a separate chassis and are about a foot shorter in wheelbase (139.8 in. versus XD’s 151.6 in.).
Nissan Titan half-ton 4×4 models feature a transfer case that promises maximum power distribution in every gear. It distributes torque to both ends and provides four-wheel drive when added traction is needed on snow, ice, sand, mud, muck, dirt, water, gravel—whatever the jobsite presents. Off-road performance has also been emphasized with features such as Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Brake Limited-Slip Differential (BLSD) and electronic locking rear differential. An off-road gauge uses accelerometer data to calculate the vehicle’s pitch and roll angles.
The 2018 Titan half-ton also offers Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation, including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights. It offers an available maximum towing capacity of 9740 lb and maximum payload capacity of 1950 lb when properly equipped. Also assisting trailer hook-ups is the RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides.
The available Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) provides a composite bird’s eye view of the surrounding area from front, rear and side cameras to help with parking, and pulling in and out of tight spaces. The system also includes Moving Object Detection (MOD), which helps alert the driver to detected moving objects around the vehicle via an onscreen notification and warning chime.
All 2018 Titan models feature bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first.