We've criticized the Nissan Titan for badly lagging behind its rivals in the full-size truck segment, with a body style and chassis that has remained fundamentally unchanged for the better part of a decade. The 2013 model year updates for the truck don't drastically alter its freshness or character, but at least give it a few worthwhile updates before the new model gets here.

Retail prices increase by a few hundred dollars over the 2012 models, which currently have generous incentives available, including more than $5000 cash back and zero-percent financing. Mechanically, there are no major changes to the 2013 Titan, which continues to be powered exclusively by Nissan's 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 producing 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

The biggest news on the 2013 Titan is a new tailgate design with a spoiler integrated into the top molding. Step bars are now standard on the SV and SL models, and a handy 120-volt AC outlet is included in the bed of SL models, and is optional on SV and the Pro-4X Premium Utility package. To charge your laptops and tablets in comfort, Pro-4X and SL models feature s standard 120-volt outlet on the center console, which is an option on the SV Value Truck package. All 2013 Titan models receive a new four-spoke steering wheel similar in design to that in the NV full-size vans.

The Pro-4X receives the most changes for 2013, with revised exterior graphics, a satin chrome grille, and a dark wheel finish with a dark-finish lower radiator skidplate. On the inside, the Pro-4X model gets new seat accent embroidery and a standard display audio/USB sound system with satellite radio, with optional navigation. The top-trim SL model gets navigation standard.


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2013 Nissan Titan Prices*
Titan S King Cab 4x2 Short Wheelbase $29,815
Titan SV King Cab 4x2 Short Wheelbase $32,245
Titan S Crew Cab 4x2 Short Wheelbase $32,365
Titan S King Cab 4x4 Short Wheelbase $32,665
Titan SV Crew Cab 4x2 Short Wheelbase $34,445
Titan SV Crew Cab 4x2 Long Wheelbase $34,895
Titan SV King Cab 4x4 Short Wheelbase $35,095
Titan S Crew Cab 4x4 Short Wheelbase $35,215
Titan SV Crew Cab 4x2 Short Wheelbase $37,295
Titan SV Crew Cab 4x4 Long Wheelbase $37,775
Titan Pro-4X King Cab 4x4 Short Wheelbase $38,035
Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab 4x4 Short Wheelbase $40,235
Titan SL Crew Cab 4x2 Short Wheelbase $41,035
Titan SL Crew Cab 4x4 Short Wheelbase $43,735
*All prices include $995 destination charge