The 2018 Nissan Titan SL 4×4 Crew Cab Texas Edition easily and simply makes the grade in Hill Country Texas. Handsome, capable, powerful and comfortable, a Titan SL Crew Cab 4×4 easily handles in-town, highway and off-road challenges not only in Texas, but anywhere it goes.
Adding the Texas Edition Package, simply, tells the world this Titan is from Texas – where trucks are king. We say simply because, while other competitors offer their ‘Texas Edition’ versions loaded up with fancy stitching, hand tooled leather trims and accents like buckles and saddle bags to give them a Southwestern or Texas-like look, Nissan does not. Their truck already has all it needs to be Texas capable. All Nissan adds is the very bold ‘Texas Edition’ badging and floor mats, unique 20-inch bright chrome wheels with 275/60R20 Goodyear all-terrain tires, bright chrome grille, chrome exhaust finishers – and a Texas Titan is ready to roll.
We have driven the Titan V8 several times since it was launched so are very familiar with it. A few weeks back, Nissan loaned us a Titan SL Crew Cab Texas Edition 4×4 for a full-week follow-up ride and drive for us to see if we still thought it was as good as we thought from our earlier drives. It is.
The Texas Edition is based on the top-level SL trim level Titan which is already well equipped for in-town and highway driving plus backcountry adventure. We like to focus on the adventuring so that is where we begin.
Equipped to Adventure
Adventuring is dependent on a high performing power plant and drive train. Powered by the new 5.6L Endurance V8 engine producing 390 horsepower with 394 lb.-ft. of torque and equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission, Shift-on-the-Fly 4WD System and 2-speed Transfer Case with 4HI and 4LO – the Titan Texas Edition meets that challenge with ease
The body on fully boxed ladder type frame Titan, underneath, is equipped with a double-wishbone with stabilizer and Bilstein monotube coilover shock suspension up front. At the rear is a multi-leaf, solid axle with 18 mm stabilizer bar and twin tube shocks. Steering is rack and pinion with variable assist and brakes are 4-wheel/4-channel/4-sensor vented disc, 13.78-inch front and 13.58-inch rear.
Ready to challenge the outback terrain, our Titan Texas Edition 4×4 had ground clearance of 10.1-inches with angle of approach/departure of 20.0/22.9 degrees respectively and breakover angle of 21.7 degrees. To for driving off-road, it featured an Advanced Drive-Assist Display with Off-road Menu and Off-Road Indicator to assist us in our adventure. For protection, it also came with skid plates for the lower radiator, transfer case, oil pan and fuel tank. And, if our Titan needed to pull someone out of the ditch (we didn’t), it is equipped with a pair of tow hooks up front.
Titan Tows Too
Our Texas Titan 4×4 was tow rated up to 9,230 pounds equipped with the factory Tow Package. The package included 4- & 7-pin connector, receiver hitch, Power Extendable Side Mirrors, Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Function Check and Trailer Sway Control.
Clad in a bold Black Magnetic exterior, with bright chrome grille and chrome trim work, our Texas Titan stood very tall on its 20-inch chrome wheels in our driveway. With plenty of chrome accents including a distinctive polished chrome grille with satin chrome inserts at the front, Titan also featured Automatic On/Off LED Headlights, LED Signature Daytime Running Lights, Fog Lights, Power Folding Heated Outside Mirrors with Puddle Lights and LED turn signal indicators, Power Sliding Rear Window and Premium Aluminum Running Boards with the Titan logo machined in.
The cargo bed was ready to haul featuring a Spray-on Bedliner, Utili-track Channel Cargo System with four fixed and four adjustable Tiedown Cleats, LED Under Rail Bed Lighting, Removable Locking Damped Tailgate with Illumination, and a Dark Chrome Tailgate Finisher.
The premium Black interior of our Texas Titan provided seating for five. Up front were debossed leather – appointed heated Captain’s Chair seats with console and, in back, a 60/40 flip-up bench seat with under seat storage and fold-flat floor. The driver seat was 8-way power with 4-way power for the passenger. The leather wrapped, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel was equipped with audio and vehicle convenience controls. Cabin climate comfort was Dual Zone automatically controlled and included rear vents and microfilter.
Convenience features include Remote Entry and Engine Start, Push Button Start, 6 cupholders and 8 bottle holders, rear reading/personal lamps, three 12/volt outlets up front and a 110-volt outlet in the rear plus footwell lamps. All doors, including driver, had assist grips for ease of entry.
Powered by the Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/CD audio system with 12 speakers, a woofer and a 7-inch color touch display, our Texas Titan more than met the grade as well. It included NissanConnect with Navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link and NissanConnect Apps and Services – all with Voice Recognition. Other features were SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone and Streaming Audio, Siri Eyes Free, MP3/WMA playback, USB connectivity and speed-sensing volume control.
Safety elements included an Intelligent Around View Monitor, rear view camera, front and rear sonar, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control System, Tire Pressure Monitoring, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
With all of that and more – our test 2018 Nissan Titan SL Crew Cab Texas Edition 4×4 with the Texas badging, tow package and delivery – priced at just $53,095.
A whole lot of a premium Texas style and capable truck for well under $60,000. See for yourself.
Learn more about the complete lineup of Nissan Titan pickups including the single cab work models and the Titan XD at https://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/titan