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2012 Nissan Titan

$12,419 — $26,719 USED
Truck
5-6 Seats
14-15 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Strong V-8
  • Relatively nimble handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Factory spray-in bedliner
  • PRO-4X off-roader

The Bad

  • Uninspired interior
  • No V-6 engine
  • No regular cab version or 8-foot bed
  • High price
  • Marginal IIHS side-impact crash rating
  • No optional integrated trailer-brake controller or trailer-sway control
2012 Nissan Titan exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Nissan Titan
  • Standard V-8 power
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Standard captain's chairs on SL model
  • Two cab and three bed configurations

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Titan comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and the off-road-ready PRO-4X, which includes an electronic locking rear differential, 18-inch alloy wheels, BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, skid plates, Rancho shock absorbers and a 3.357:1 axle ratio. The Titan has seating for up to six people and competes with the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram and Ford F-150.

New for 2012
A new Sport Appearance Package is offered for SV trims and includes 20-inch dark-silver painted wheels, a darkened grille, body-colored bumpers, black step rails and special graphics, among other features.

Exterior
Nissan offers the Titan in King Cab and crew-cab versions, each with long- and short-bed cargo boxes, which are identified as long- and short-wheelbase models. There is no regular cab.

The Titan's styling has always been rather safe, never breaking enough barriers to draw customers away from Detroit competitors. Also, the Titan's front end has the exact same styling cues as Nissan's Frontier truck and Armada SUV. Exterior features include:

  • Lockable bedside storage behind left rear wheel well
  • Available 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Available Utili-track adjustable tie-down system
  • Available factory spray-on bedliner


Interior
A bench seat is standard in S and SV models, with buckets seats standard on SL and PRO-4X Titans. The center console (on models with bucket seats) can hold beverages and has a 12-volt power outlet and a cargo bin that can be configured to hold hanging files. ...

Vehicle Overview

The Titan comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and the off-road-ready PRO-4X, which includes an electronic locking rear differential, 18-inch alloy wheels, BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, skid plates, Rancho shock absorbers and a 3.357:1 axle ratio. The Titan has seating for up to six people and competes with the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram and Ford F-150.

New for 2012
A new Sport Appearance Package is offered for SV trims and includes 20-inch dark-silver painted wheels, a darkened grille, body-colored bumpers, black step rails and special graphics, among other features.

Exterior
Nissan offers the Titan in King Cab and crew-cab versions, each with long- and short-bed cargo boxes, which are identified as long- and short-wheelbase models. There is no regular cab.

The Titan's styling has always been rather safe, never breaking enough barriers to draw customers away from Detroit competitors. Also, the Titan's front end has the exact same styling cues as Nissan's Frontier truck and Armada SUV. Exterior features include:

  • Lockable bedside storage behind left rear wheel well
  • Available 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Available Utili-track adjustable tie-down system
  • Available factory spray-on bedliner


Interior
A bench seat is standard in S and SV models, with buckets seats standard on SL and PRO-4X Titans. The center console (on models with bucket seats) can hold beverages and has a 12-volt power outlet and a cargo bin that can be configured to hold hanging files. The PRO-4X gets unique seats, meters, and gauges, in addition to a red-stitched, leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel. The overall interior layout is functional, and it's been improved over the first version, which seemed to have more minivan cues than rugged truck personality. The luxury SL model offers plenty of wood trim, and there's an available 10-speaker, 350-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo. Interior features include:

  • Fold-down front passenger seat (with bucket seats)
  • Hands-free Bluetooth system
  • Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • Spacious 126 cubic feet of interior room in crew cab


Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

  • 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder makes 385 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available E85 capability
  • Five-speed automatic transmission


Safety
Side curtain airbags and an electronic stability system are standard on all models, as is Nissan's Active Brake Limited Slip, which uses the truck's antilock braking system as a virtual limited-slip differential. Safety features include:

  • Front-seat active head restraints
  • Available rear parking sensors

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best Truck Ever

by Kracker from Bangor, Pa on August 10, 2018

I am on my fourth Titan and have loved everyone of them the power is awesome and the interior is way better than reviewers are saying. The Rockford fosgate stereo is awesome though not as good as it ... Read full review

(5.0)

Beauty & Reliability!

by Smoothy333 from Hermitage! TN on August 2, 2018

What a jewel of a truck! I just adore my HMC SL Titan. Bought it new in 2012 and haven?t had a bit of a problem with it! Customized it to suit my own personal fancy with a sunroof, custom floor mats! ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Nissan Titan currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Nissan Titan has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Titan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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