• (4.5) 22 reviews
  • MSRP: $14,611–$29,399
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 14-15
  • Engine: 317-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Towing Capacity: 9,300 lbs.
2012 Nissan Titan

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Nissan Titan

What We Don't Like

  • 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

Notable Features

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

2012 Nissan Titan Reviews

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

(4.5)

Average based on 22 reviews

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Great truck

by Merc110 from Hampton, VA on September 28, 2017

I love this truck so far. Very comfortable interior with great options. Very powerful and fun to drive V8. I use mine for on and off road applications and it does wonderful in both. This truck is a g... Read Full Review

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14 Trims Available

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2012 Nissan Titan Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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