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Back In Black: 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition Test Drive Review

It’s not hard to see that Nissan learned a lot about full-size trucks after 12 years of the first-generation Titan. An all-new Titan launched for the 2016 model year, and Nissan has been on a tear introducing new models and trim levels to keep up with this high-volume, high-profit truck segment. The latest example of this is the 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition, which adds a more sinister look to Nissan’s versatile full-size truck.

The Titan is the latest to get Nissan’s Midnight Edition appearance package joining other models such as the Altima, Frontier, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue and Sentra. This package is offered on both the Titan and the heavier-duty Titan XD in Crew Cab configurations, SV and SL trim levels and the option of rear- or four-wheel drive. For this review, we sampled the Titan SL Midnight Edition 4×4, which comes not long after we drove the off-road-ready, diesel-powered Titan XD PRO-4X a few months back.

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2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition Exterior

As far as appearance packages go, Nissan’s Midnight Edition has been a simple yet effective way to spruce up the styling impact of its vehicles including the 2018 Nissan Titan. This package replaces almost all of the exterior chrome, which was a considerable amount on our previous 2017 Titan SL tester. In fact, the only bright work outside this truck are small chrome rings inside the headlights, the Nissan logo on the wheel center caps and, oddly enough, the lettering on the Midnight Edition’s tailgate logo.

The Midnight Edition is only offered on the 2018 Titan in a limited palette of colors consisting of Gun Metallic, Pearl White and, my favorite, Magnetic Black. This all-black look gives the Titan an even more imposing presence, while the black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels gives the Titan an impressive stance.

This truck might be a looker, but it’s still ready to get any job done. Making the Titan even better in this regard, our tester was equipped with options such as the $290 rear bumper step as well as security options like the $985 lockable, waterproof Titan Box in-bed storage compartments and the $390 electronic locking tailgate.

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2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition Interior

The Midnight Edition also gives the 2018 Nissan Titan a darker interior ditching most of the bright wood trim and chrome normally found on the SL trim level. The instrument panel wood trim has been replaced with gloss black trim, and even the light accents on the center stack, door panels and center console get a darker tint. As a finishing touch, this tester was equipped with carpeted floor mats with the Midnight Edition logo as a $205 option.

Aside from the toned down shiny bits, the cabin of this tester came with all the goodies the SL trim level has to offer such as the soft leather seats (heated front seats), power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with a seven-inch touch screen, navigation and remote engine start. The SL gets plenty of charging options, too, including a three-prong outlet for the rear seat and a 120-volt power outlet in the cargo bed. Regardless of whether you’re hauling your family or your gear, there is plenty of space inside the Titan Crew Cab with a roomy rear seat that folds up out of the way to expose a flat load surface and lockable compartments.

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2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition Powertrain

All 2018 Nissan Titan (non-XD) trucks are powered by the 5.6-liter direct-injected V8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough power to accelerate up a steep grade or just get a quick start off the line. A quick side note: Nissan didn’t add any exhaust mods to the Midnight Edition, but we did get compliments on the truck’s exhaust note. All Titans have the same EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway**, and this tester averaged 17.8 mpg in about 400 miles of mixed driving.

Being a full-size truck with a conventional suspension and 20-inch wheels, the 2018 Nissan Titan has a great ride quality. While I was able to do at least some minor off-road driving in my previous Titan testers, this Midnight Edition was used for a family road trip that combined plenty of time on back roads and the interstate. The steering and brakes are about as perfect as you could ask of a full-size trucks when it comes to twists and curves, and the suspension delivered a smooth ride at higher speeds.

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2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition Safety

The 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 4×4 has a four- star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab trucks are equipped with six standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Dynamic Control, traction control and tire pressure monitoring, and the SL trim adds Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Titan Crew Cab 4×4 a four-star overall crash rating including a five-star side impact rating.

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2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition Overall

Full-size trucks might be the workhorse of the automotive industry, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look cool while getting the job done. The 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition is just the latest truck to prove this with a blacked-out that would work great for Batman or Darth Vader to make a Home Depot run. Better yet, the factory effort leaves the truck looking far better than anything you can get from a few cans of Plasti Dip!

A base 2018 Titan will set you back $30,030*, while the SL Crew Cab 4×4 starts at $50,360. The Midnight Edition costs just $1,250 extra, and the truck you see here had an as-tested price of $54,775.

Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Nissan dealership and test drive the 2018 Nissan Titan today!

*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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