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2010 Nissan Titan Review – Tough And Competitive

What do you think of when you hear the name 2010 Nissan Titan? If you’re like most people, you probably think of a big, burly truck that’s perfect for off-roading or towing heavy loads. Well, believe it or not, the all-new 2010 Nissan Titan is even tougher than its predecessor. With revamped styling and a slew of new features, this truck is sure to give the competition a run for their money.

The 2010 Nissan Titan is a full-size half-ton pickup truck powered by a 5.6L V8 gas engine. High ground clearance, a 4×4 drivetrain, and a rear diff lock give the 2010 Titan true off-road capability. The 2010 Titan makes a tough, versatile all-terrain truck with two cab and four trim options.    

In its first generation, which boasted 11 model years, the Nissan Titan built a reputation as a robust off-road vehicle with impressive hauling and towing capability. While it’s not without a few technical and cosmetic issues, the 2010 Nissan Titan has rallied a loyal band of off-roading enthusiasts who swear by its throaty power and trail-chomping chops. 

Can A 2010 Nissan Titan Compete Off-Road?

The 2010 Nissan Titan range includes 2WD and part-time 4WD models. With a crawl ratio of 33.35:1 and a minimum ground clearance of 10,2-inches, the 4×4 Titan derivatives are the most off-road capable. The Titan PRO-4X is the premium 4×4 model, equipped with high-performance off-roading components.

The Nissan Titan PRO-4X may be one of 2010’s best off-road utility vehicles, but its other 4WD stablemates are all capable of handling rough terrain without excessive stress.

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All four model variants in the body-on-frame 2010 Titan truck range (XE, SE, LE, and PRO-X4) share the same 5.6L V8 gasoline engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

  • Power output from the 2010 Nissan Titan V8 engine is rated at 317hp@5,200rpm.
  • Torque delivery is an impressive 385lb-ft@3,400rpm.

The 2010 Titan range includes two cab options:

  • King Cab – an extended single cab with a rear bench seat and rear doors.
  • Crew Cab – a larger rear area with a three-seater bench seat and rear doors.
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Given the 2010 Titan range’s one-size-fits-all powertrain, it’s the respective trim details that clue us into each model’s ideal application.  

Before we look at the less beefy Titans from Nissan’s 2010 release, let’s get a full view of the Titan PRO-4X’s off-roading credentials.

How Off-Road Competitive Is The Titan PRO-4X?

The 2010 Nissan Titan PRO-4X is the range’s off-road model of choice, with 10.7-inches of ground clearance, heavy-duty skid plates, long-travel shocks, and an electronic locking rear differential. BFGoodrich all-terrain tires on 18-inch aluminum-alloy rims provide optimum traction.

The 2010 Nissan Titan PRO-4X is available in the range’s 139.8-inch short-wheelbase (SWB) format with either the King Cab or Crew Cab.  

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Additional key off-roading specifications for the Titan PRO-4X include:

  • Overall length – 224.6 inches
  • Overall width – 79.5 inches
  • Approach angle – 30.5 degrees (King cab) / 30.7 degrees (Crew cab)
  • Departure angle – 27.7 degrees (King cab) / 27.8 degrees (Crew cab)
  • Breakover angle – 21.4 degrees (King cab) / 21.8 degrees (Crew cab)
  • Turning radius – 45.4 feet
  • Bed length – 79.1 inches (King cab) / 67.3 inches (Crew cab)
  • Curb weight – 5,259 pounds (King cab) / 5,467 pounds(Crew cab)
  • GVWR – 3,221-pounds (King cab) / 3,266 pounds (Crew cab)
  • Maximum payload – 2,016 pounds (King cab) / 1,900 pounds (Crew cab)
  • Fuel tank – 28 gallons
  • Maximum towing capacity – 9,400 pounds
  • Front suspension – Double wishbone with a stabilizer bar and Rancho shocks
  • Rear suspension – Leaf spring with a solid Dana axle
  • ABS Disc brakes all round
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)  
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Comparing the 2010 Titan PRO-4X with its class rival, the 2010 Ford F-150 FX4 SuperCrew, the PRO-4X outpunches the iconic best-seller in several critical areas, notably – power, torque, ground clearance, approach and departure angles, and breakover angle.

The 2010 Nissan Titan PRO-4X was sold with a PRO-4X Premium Utility Package, which included:

  • A Rockford Fosgate premium audio system
  • A HomeLink Universal Transceiver
  • Heated outside rearview mirrors
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • C-channel tie-down rails with four cleats
  • Rear bed lighting
  • A rear bed 12V power point
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Extending tow mirrors

With specs and features like these, you’re looking at a 4×4 truck that can handle serious off-road challenges.

Is The 2010 Nissan Titan A Solid Utility Truck?

The Nissan Titan is a US-made light-duty truck, primarily designed for general haulage. The 2010 Titan SE LWB Crew Cab is the most versatile utility truck in the range with 4WD, an above-average power-to-weight ratio of 0.09:1, a bed length of 87-inches, and a payload capacity of 1,644-pounds.  

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The 2010 Titan SE 4×4 is a proven workhorse with a reinforced steel chassis, ample torque, excellent braking ability, and class-leading cargo space. Several design innovations make truck transport jobs more ergonomic.

The truck bed has a soft-drop tailgate and includes an optional spray-in bedliner coating. A retractable under-body step makes access to the truck bed easy. 

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The cab has large rear doors, making access to the rear cab area super-convenient. The rear seat folds up against the bulkhead to create valuable extra cargo space.

Optional extras for the Trojan-hearted 2010 Titan SE include:

  • An 8-way powered driver’s seat
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • A Compass
  • Rear sonar (proximity sensors)
  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Cloth captain’s seats with a center console
  • A gated leather floor shift
  • Fold-flat rear seat
  • Rear HVAC vents
  • Fog lights
  • A Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • C-channel tie-down rails with four cleats
  • Rear bed lighting with a 12V power point

The 2010 Nissan Titan SE is available in a 2WD version, which will improve fuel economy. Still, having a 4×4 transporter does bring added confidence when work takes you into the backcountry.

Frequently Asked Questions About The 2010 Nissan Titan

Since its release, the 2010 Nissan Titan has accrued sufficient time and mileage to establish an objective track record based on customer feedback. Prospective buyers of a used 2010 Titan ask questions relating to price, reliability, fuel consumption, mechanical problems, and towing ability.

2010 Nissan Titan Price

In 2010, the Nissan Titan range had an MSRP from$26,320 – $39,120. In 2002, expect to pay anything from $7K to $18K for a clean Titan.

2010 Nissan Titan Interior Features

The titan interior is spacious and functional with easy-to-reach controls and good all-around visibility.

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Several storage bins and cup holders add convenience to passengers and driver. Cloth and optional leather seats are comfortable with good lumbar support.

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The King Cab rear doors have rear-mounted hinges, opening to 170-degrees (clamshell style), offering unobstructed access to cab’s rear.

2010 Nissan Titan Safety

With front and rear crumple zones, stability control, and driver and passenger airbags, the 2010 Titan received a five-star frontal crash protection rating in government and IIHS tests.  All 2010 Titan models come standard with the LATCH child seat safety system. 

2010 Nissan Titan Fuel consumption

The 2010 Nissan Titan 4WD models achieved an estimated12-mpg in city driving and 17-mpg on-highway, with an estimated 14-mpg combined rating. The 2WD Titan models scored an estimated 15-mpg combined rating.

2010 Nissan Titan Towing ability

The 2010 Titan makes a competent towing vehicle. The range includes an optional Tow Package that includes a receiver hitch, a seven-pin wiring harness, and trailer brake prewiring on the instrument panel.

  • 2010 Titan King Cab models are rated to pull up to 9,500-pounds.
  • 2010 Titan Crew Cab models are rated to pull 9,400-pounds.
  • The automatic transmission is equipped with a Tow-Haul Mode to optimize torque delivery when towing heavy loads.
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2010 Nissan Titan Problems

The 2010 Titan range has proved to have above-average robustness and reliability, although certain mechanical and cosmetic problems have arisen, including:

  • Rear differential failure towing heavy loads in 4×4 mode.
  • Exhaust manifold cracking.
  • Electronic Control Module Relay failure.
  • Faulty transmission cooler (located in the radiator).
  • Seat stitching failure.
  • Interior plastic cracking from excessive UV exposure.
  • Underbody rust in coastal areas.

Concluding the 2010 Nissan Titan

Reviews from 2010 Nissan Titan owners on well-respected used vehicle forums attest to its functionality and power. It may not be the most economical truck to drive, but the 2010 Nissan Titan does achieve its design purpose – provide its owners with more than enough muscle and load space to be worthy of its mythological moniker.

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