Blacked Out: 2018 Nissan Titan SL Midnight Edition Review

Growing up in the country, pickup trucks were pretty standard. It was nothing for some relative or family friend to drive past our house and all my cousins and neighborhood friends climb in the back of one of these trucks and go for a ride.

These days, someone would call child protective services if they saw a pickup truck drive by with a half dozen kids riding along and holding on in the open back cabin with the wind blowing in their face. Times have changed, and so have most of these pickup trucks.

I was intrigued when Nissan asked if I wanted to spend some real time in their Nissan Titan. I’d driven one before, as I spent a day in Nissan doing a Habitat for Humanity project and drove one about 10 miles to and from the build site.

Not one for a lot of heavy labor, let’s just say I was already exhausted at lunch time and after a good meal, I snuck away to my Nissan Titan and took a full 30-minute nap. Its second row was so spacious and comfortable, I literally felt like I was in a small bed as a laid across the back seat with the air condition blowing.

But I spent a week in the 2018 Nissan Titan SL Midnight Edition and all I can say about this SUV is that this truck is pretty spectacular.

Since I live in a metropolitan suburb, I decided to take this truck exploring. I drove out to Gainesville, Virginia and spent some time driving on countryside roads and in the rural areas out there. I wanted to experience of how this car would function both on the highway and through the back woods.

A truck this size isn’t about fuel economy. So let’s get that out of the way now. You’ll only get 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway.

But drive wise, this truck is great on the highway, on camping trails, if you work construction or often finding yourself or helping other move. It has great speed. You feel in control, as it grips the road and has immaculate handling. And to be an extra large truck, the cabin is surprisingly quiet!

For safety functions, there’s the one of my favorite features of a guiding light in a backup camera, especially useful in a vehicle of this size. There are also censors all around the vehicle to keep you from driving into anyone or backing into anything. And the hatch that opens the flatbed in the back of the truck as a paced opening, so you never have to worry about it just dropping and closing your hand or arms.

Speaking of the flatbed, the one on the 2018 Nissan Titan SL Midnight Edition is very durable and built to take a beating.

There’s also a really cool motorized rear window button in the front cabin.

The midnight edition features are one of my favorite attractions on Nissan vehicles. On the Titan, you get the black on black grill, tinted headlights, 20-inch black wheels, black running boards and black around the automatic headlights, fog lights and front tow hooks. The side mirrors and door handles are blacked out as well.

Spin Control: Pricing starts at $35,930 and goes up to about $54,775 for the model I test drove. But the 2018 Nissan Titan SL Midnight Edition is worth every dime you spend, plus you get the Nissan Connect Services for a whole list of other things you can do from an app. It’s a great buy!

Status: A LIST

VIDEO: So check out my inside look into the 2018 Nissan Titan SL Midnight Edition and determine whether it’s an automobile that meets your needs.


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