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Eric's Autos: 2022 Nissan Titan

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The longest bed you can get is 6.5 feet, with the King Cab. The Crew Cab comes with a 5.5-foot bed.

Another thing you can't get is a regular cab.

This lack of configurability is the current Titan's biggest weakness as a truck. It is probably the case that Ford, GM and Ram continue to dominate the truck market because their trucks are available in various cab/bed configurations to suit the needs and wants of practically any buyer.

The same goes for engines. The V8 is wonderful, but there's no other option. Not everyone needs a V8. Having a V6 (and a lower price) would certainly result in more Titans on the road.

On the upside, the Titan is not afflicted with the over-tech that plagues the newer trucks. There is a touchscreen, but it's not a massive glowing distraction in the dash. The gauges in front of the driver remain analog. Most of the important everyday controls such as the AC/heat and radio controls are physical knobs rather than digital swipes.

Everything's straightforward and easy-to-use, as it ought to be in a truck.

There are also some welcome Before Time features, such as a 12V power point for powering older-type accessories such as radar detectors, and a standard three-across bench seat.

 

The Rest

It is probable that the current Titan will be the last half-ton truck to come standard with a V8. When the next-generation Titan comes out -- possibly next year -- it will likely follow in the path of the others and use turbos to augment the power of sixes, which may be the only engine you'll be able to get in a next-generation Titan.

The Bottom Line

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.

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