While it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a Ford Raptor or Jeep Wrangler Rubicon when hitting the trails, most people don’t realize that the vehicle they currently have is more capable than they give it credit.
Case in point, the 2018 Nissan Titan. In PRO-4X trim, it’s comparable to the FX4 F-150 or the TRD Off-Road Tundra. It sits a bit higher than a normal Titan and has skid plates to protect the precious under body bits.
It also has a set of off-road tires. In this case, it’s General Tire’s Grabber APTs. They’re designed for both on and off-road use, yet are surprisingly good in the deep mucky stuff we encountered on our off-road adventure.
A low-range transfer case and a locking rear differential also help, but it’s a reminder of how a good set of tires can make a difference.
Honorable mention goes to the 5.6L Endurance V8 on the Titan, which is the only engine currently offered on the half-ton truck, and the only gas engine option on Titan XD. Not only does it sound good, but provides enough torque to pull these heavy trucks up the muddy hills with relatively ease.
While not a full review, we were impressed in our time off-roading the Titan and always look forward to the opportunity to hit the trails. It might be something you want to try, even if you don’t have a purpose-built off-road vehicle in your garage. You might be surprised what your truck is capable of!