Marginal Changes for 2011 Nissan Titan and Frontier

Marginal Changes for 2011 Nissan Titan and Frontier

Nissan is making only minor updates to its 2011 Titan and Frontier pickup trucks.

2011 Nissan Titan

An all-new Titan based on the Ram 1500 was supposed to come for 2011, but, alas, that didn't happen. Instead, the biggest change for the half-ton 2011 Titan is all-new model names. The entry-level XE, middle-of-the-road SE and upscale LE trims have been renamed S, SV and SL, respectively. The PRO-4X off-road identifier is unchanged.

Other revisions include new “4x4” tailgate badges added to all four-wheel-drive Titans and standard captain’s chairs on the SL model.

Two configurations are available: King Cab and crew-cab body styles with a choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive, two wheelbases (138.9 inches and 159.5 inches) and three bed lengths.

2011 Nissan Titan

The only engine available for the Titan is a 5.6-liter V-8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque and paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Flex-fuel compatibility is optional, so the 5.6-liter can run on E85 ethanol (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline).

The Titan can tow up to 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for crew cab.

The 2011 Nissan Titan is scheduled to go on sale in August 2010, and we're looking forward to an all-new Titan by 2014.

2011 Nissan Frontier

Like its full-sized big brother, the 2011 Frontier also receives the same all-new model names. The entry-level XE, middle-of-the-road SE and high-line LE trim packages have been renamed S, SV and SL, respectively. The PRO-4X off-road package identifier is unchanged.

Other changes include the elimination of a six-speed manual transmission for SL King Cab and SV crew-cab long-wheelbase models and the addition of a six-speed manual for S and PRO-4X crew-cab short-wheelbase trucks. The SV Frontier can be optioned with a Premium Utility Package, and the PRO-4X can be upgraded with an optional Luxury Package. A vehicle immobilizer and bed rail caps are standard on SV, PRO-4X and SL models. The four-cylinder SV Frontier receives upgraded seat fabric to match the SV V-6 model. Navy Blue exterior paint is available on Frontier SV pickups, and child-safety-seat Latch anchors have been added to all King Cab rear seats, along with a top tether child restraint added to the King Cab driver-side rear seat.

2011 Nissan Frontier

Frontier is offered in both King Cab and crew-cab body styles and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations. A regular cab Frontier is not available.

Engine choices include a standard, fuel-efficient 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 171 pounds-feet of torque (King Cab only) or a powerful 4.0-liter V-6 rated at 261 hp and 281 pounds-feet of  torque.

The Frontier can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

The 2011 Nissan Frontier V-6 is scheduled to go on sale in September 2010, followed by Frontier four-cylinder models one month later.

[Source: Nissan, H/T to jonkhicks]


The Frontier is the Navarra here in Australia. ALL the petrol(Gas) options have been phased out here. The demand for the diesel variant dwarfed the rest.
That 6,500lb towing capacity seems wildly optimistic for V6 4 litre engine.

No regular cab no long bed (at least 7 foot) = no sale , I do not want or need a crew cab or an extra cab truck .

I'm with Taylor, i think there should be a regular cab long bed. I have a 02 ford f250 regular cab long bed with the 7.3L and a six speed manual. Love it!

Poor Titan fans... No real changes since 04 debut. WOW thats 8 MY and no significant changes. And nothing on the horizon either!

The new model name changes its going to make customers more confused. Especially with long time Nissan owners having to now learn about the S SV & SL compared to the old XE SE & LE.

"Especially with long time Nissan owners having to now learn about the S SV & SL compared to the old XE SE & LE."

??? Its not exactly like learning Mandarin

@Taylor, they do sell a single Cab version in Australia with a 2700lb load capacity. The earlier D22 had a close to 3000lb load capacity, but less towing capcity.

Model name is the brand of the company if any company changes its model name than it will effect its brand. Which will lead many confusion among the customers.Which might effect the sale of the product.

The North American Frontier rides on a revised Titan chassis which accounts for it's higher payload and towing capacities compared to the Navarra.

It's a shame they have no small diesel option in NA.
A regular cab option would also help.


Wonder what's going on at the big S...I haven't seen a Suzuki Equator on the road yet! Looks like a Frontier with a Tacoma front end...

I like Nissan's products.

It's a shame they don't offer a regular cab Titan and some cheaper models with say a V6 engine to go a little more aggressively at the lower end market.

I still some potential with the Titan and the possibilities Nissan could have with this truck.

The Titan and Tundra look odd because of their short front ends....Look at them.. Nissan and Toyota..Trucks look horrible with short front ends...

Wow, thats sad.. Either update the truck or put it to pasture. The Titan has been around 7 years and the only change Nissan has made was a slight change in the interior and now badge changes.. no wonder they can only muster a couple hundred sales a month.. the new Infiniti Qx is getting over 400hp out of the 5.6 and has a 7 spd auto. Stick that in the titan and at least make it competitive.

@Shane Watson

Absolutely correct. For those that do not believe take a look at the Dodge...I mean RAM...I mean...???

One wonders one those sales? I don't...I see brand loyalty and lack of product shifting sales to FORD and GM.

The Titan King cab is available with a long bed. If you want a long bed, buy that and don't bother adding the diamondplate truck box it seems every regular cab owner adds on that eats up bed space anyhow.

Nissan kept offerings down model wise because they have no desire to sell to fleet companies. Their strategy was to hit the most commonly sold styles and run with it. Admittedly only having a 5.6L V8 now is a hinderance with mpg's becoming a big selling point.

The fall out with Dodge is the biggest reason for the delay on changes to the Titan. They are going it alone now and had to spool up design from scratch. I am betting they will have something coming to market before 2014.

The QX is no longer based off the Titan chassis like the Armada. That is more than likely why the DI 5.6L and the 7 speed tranny will not just drop into the current design. They aren't going to retool to add a tranny and engine just to debut a new model in a couple years. Makes no sense fiscally.

FWIW, while not as refined as the new batch of 1500's the Titan holds it's own in performance and can be had for real good prices compared to getting a CC or extended cab with the other manufacturers engines that have higher output than the 5.6L.

Greg@ I would say their the same. The curb weight of a Navarra can be 4500lbs, GVWR 6305lbs. The D22 is lighter.
The US Frontier is 4379lbs with the V6 and all the options.
That 6,500lb towing figure is fantasy, that is why Nissan here has dropped the V6 and gone exclusively for the smaller but much more capable diesel .

No wonder they only sell a handful fo those Titans a year. It's been passed, and run over, by the competition. Heck, the competition passed the Titan 4 or 5 years ago. Sad.

I think the Frontier is a great truck. I currently drive a Ford Ranger but once that goes bye-bye I plan on buying a Frontier. I checked out this truck and came away pretty impressed with it.

Whatever Nissan is planning for the titan is going to be awesome, just got home from the Nissan Offroad Rally and they had the engineers there taking notes and checking out our trucks... So they are listen to what the Nissan owners want ... Only time will tell...I know the new change are pathetic but it makes sense, since thats what they used on all their other vehicle, except Titan, Frontier, Xterra, Pathfinder and Armada.

Hey Bob? 4-5 years ago Toyota had a 4.7L V8, GM's 6.0L was only available in a1/2 ton via the Vortec Maxx, the Rams Hemi was beat in torque and Ford was stomped in the engine department. The competition redesigned in 2007-08. Looks like 2-3 years ago? Note many of the add ons and changes made to those models were after the Titan did it first. Built in bed tie downs, trannies with more then 4 speeds, bigger towing numbers, increased engine output and displacement, extended cab doors opening almost 180 degrees...............

@ Keith
GM & Turd"passed" the Titan with '07 models. Thats 07 08 09 10: 4 MY, if you count 11 thats 5 MY.

Ford it depends on how you define "passed" generally I say they never did. But just on powertrain I would say their advantage ended with 09 MY as Ford got a much better tranny) so 2-3 years yes there you are right.

Dodge had 5 speed from 02+ right, so no real titan powertrain advantage there. But it was clear that 09+ the Ram is a much, much better truck than the Titan peeler. So 2-3 MY here too.

So your half right. (I could order a 6.0l with vmax pkg so I count that)

I like the shorter front end on the Titan compared to GM, its so much easier offroading when you can see right in front of the truck instead of having a long front end.

Sheldon, With the exception of Ford's SD's and GM's HD's, their 1/2 tons are still 2010 MY trucks. Titans on the lot are still 2010's. You made my point. 5 years ago the Titan was 2 MY's old (2005) and the new Tundra with the 5.7L was still a rumor, and was a delayed release until February of 2008 which is how the SIlverado got Truck of the Year for 2007. GM still had the VortecMaxx until 2007 and 4 speed trannies in their 1/2 tons well past 2008. :)

Dodge's tranny was not a true 5 speed until recently. 5th was more a split gear OD than a true 5 speed. That changed in 2009. The competitions trannies have now caught up. I agree. Time to add a gear for some more fuel efficiency!

I do agree there are areas the current Titan is still competitive. Especially if it is compared with other CC's and extended cabs in the class with 5.4L or larger V8's. Good power for the money. That is probably why sales are rising. Performance wise it is a good deal and competitive when compared apples to apples, but it is getting behind in the technology and interior.

@ Keith.

In case you missed it the article above that we're commenting on its discussing the 2011 MY.

Let me explain again:
GM powertrain passed Nissan in 2007 MY. You may not agree, but most do. Thats 5 MY of trucks now where we know that to be true. Why cause the 2011 info for those two is out. (Did they have a 4 speed, right but hey a 07-09 6.0L V max with 4 speed walked all over the Titan)
Ford powertrain surpassed Titan in 2009 MY. Thats 3 MY.
Dodge was enver really behind despite their fake 5 speed. But in any even the ram clearly passed it in 09, thats 3 MY.
Turd was a 07 when it became a real truck. Thats 5 MY.

What are you missing here?

Sheldon, in 2007 GM was using the same old 4 speed tranny in almost all it's 1/2 tons. The Denali got the 6 speed first along with their SUV's. The 6.0 VortecMaxx hardly "walked all over the Titan" and neither did the pre 2009 Ram.

5 years from 2007 would be 2012. Like I said, the 2011 1/2 tons are not even out yet. The poster that I originally made my first post about stated the competition passed the Titan 4-5 years ago. 4-5 years ago was 2004-2005 via calander years. Go ahead and go with the manufacturers 2011 MY release and subtract 4-5 years. You get 2006-2007. 2006-2007 Big 3 and Toyota you ask? Same old F150, same old Ram, new shell, chassis and interiors for the GM's with the same old 4 speed with minor tweaks to engines (basically made it competitive with the Titan) and late 2007 MY almost 2008 came the Tundra. Do you need a calander?

FWIW the Titan got minor upgrades in 2006: more HP and torque and in 2008: stronger axle, more payload, long bed options, and new interior, and some cosmetic freshening.

The fact is Nissan sells very few Titans. It will soon die off as it should. The import guys just can't make a good truck. A Civic (Honda) is agreat car, as is the Maxima (albeit overpriced on the Maxima), but they FAIL when it comes to making real trucks. Leave that to the domestics.

For those who are misinformed, the Chrysler 545RFE is a 5 speed with 2 2nd gears. No split OD (not sure what that even is) and no fake gears (not sure what a fake gear is either). 1st ratio: 3.00:1 2nd: used for upshifting 1.67:1
2nd prime used for a downshift 1.50.1 3rd: 1.00:1
4th: 0.75:1 5th: 0.67:1 If anything it could be a fake 6sp I guess. But count them and you will see 5 very real gears. As far as the Titan goes, I`m surprised nissan is making even these small changes. I see tons of nissan comercails on TV and the Titan is never in them. I can`t remember the last time I saw a Titan in an advertisment of any kind. That is a long time to go without any real changes.

@Jordan L. Your right in the Global scale of things Titan is pretty small beer for Nissan. You wonder why they even bother to keep on producing it as their profit margins would be pretty small.

GM 4 speed automatic
3.059, 1.625, 1, 0.696 reverse 2.294
4.395:1 ratio spread

Chrysler 45rfe 4:1 ratio spread
Chrysler 545rfe 4.5:1 ratio spread

The spacing of the 545rfe's gears is terrible. The upshift from 4th to 5th is incredibly small. 88.8%
Mercedes-Benz 7 speed automatic upshift from 6th to 7th is only 88.78%

Bob - You are woefully misinformed. Nissan wanted a presence in the 1/2 ton market. They never had any intention of going head to head with the Big 3 like Toyota. Their start out sales goal when pick up truck sales were booming was 100k units. They sold close to that until the gas price spike which too a big bite out of all truck sales. Contrary to belief, Nissan is not a large manufacturer. They only sell around a million vehicles a year here. Ford sells half that in F Series alone. They made a damn good truck out of the gate. Much better than Toyota did with the T100 and the initial Tundra. However they never had the market presence like Toyota, no the following in the small truck market like Toyota has with the Tacoma.

Jordan - You are 100% correct about advertising. They do show the Titan but never as a stand alone vehicle. In fact, aside fromt he Altima, I don't seem to recall very many vehicle specific Nissan commercials in a long time. That is one beef owners had when the initially mentioned merging with Dodge. Best kept secret in the 1/2 ton class due to lack of advertising. It consistantly held it's own in shootouts for quite awhile however. It still does when it is not put up against the high dollar top end models (i.e 5.7L-6.2L models which you pay extra for) of the competion. A low end XE (S in 2011) still gets you the 5.6L for a good price and is not gutted of options.

Read below about the tranny:

"The 45RFE was introduced in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in 1999, it is notable for including 3 planetary gearsets rather than the two normally used in a 4-speed automatic. It also features 3 multiple disc input clutches, 3 multiple disc holding clutches, and a dual internal filter system (one primary filter for transmission sump, one for the fluid cooler return system). In the 45RFE applications four gears are utilized, with a different (1.50:1 rather than 1.67:1) second gear to increase versatility when downshifting. In 545RFE usage, an extra taller overdrive ratio is also used. Chrysler decided to refer to it as a "multi-speed automatic"." It is a 4 speed with a tacked on OD gear. This is why they can't run lower numeric rear gears like Nissan did and the current 6 speeds used by Ford and GM. GM mates a 3.42 rear to the 6.2L for example and Nissan runs 3.31 gears with the tow package.

I support the Nissan Titan competing against the Toyota Tundra, but I do not support competition.

I own a 2006 Frontier Crew cab SE 4x4, a first-day-of-production truck. Today it has 138,693 miles on it, and has only had four repairs in its lifetime so far. My secret: change ALL the fluids, all of 'em, every 50,000 miles. I keep hoping that Nissan will churn out the next-generation Frontier with the only improvement in it I can think of: a 120-volt outlet in the bed with a 1,000-watt inverter. As it stands, this is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It's never gotten stuck, even in the muddiest of cornfields. I have the 6-speed stick, and the clutch engages where it did the day I bought it. I am actually thinking of getting a 2011, though, because FINALLY Nissan put the 6-speed into the Pro-4XX crew cab. (Hey Nissan designers: KEEP THIS PACKAGE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION!)

I still love the Titan. I just traded in my '06 SE for a 2010 LE with Tech package. By the time Nissan comes out with the next generation Titan I'll be ready to move on but, in the mean time, the Titan is still a great truck and the best bang for the buck out there.

Chrysler/Ram engineers refer to the 545RFE automatic as a 6-speed transmission. (1) First gear, (2) second (up-shift), (3) second (used for downshift), (4)third, (5) fourth, and (6) fifth.

Just got a 2011 Frontier SV 4X4 with 4 doors. I compared it to Tacoma (which feels like your driving a jacked up Camry, Dakota, and Colorodo.

I wanted a compact pickup with some muscel that would actually fit in my garage and had room for a baby-seat.

The Frontier had the best drive of all of compact pickups. It was slightly smaller then the Tacoma but that was a good thing to me. At 80 mph the ride is exceptionally smooth for a compact pickup.


Why try to fix something thats not broken. I love the looks of the Titan. CHange doesn't always have to happen!

Liked you on Facebook, too. =)

NISSAN ROCKS! I will never in my life buy a vehicle from a different manufacturer! Im very pleased with my 2012 Nissan Titan SV to say at @55 I average roughly 20-22MPG AND @ 70 I average roughly 17-19mpg.. I Buy Nissan for Quality not MPG even Nissan themselves would tell you that they aren't know for good gas mileage only Quality! I had an 2008 Nissan Frontier SE and never had a lick of trouble with it. I also used to pull a 32' Travel Trailer with it and it pull like no ones business.. I had purchased a 1993 Nissan 240 back in the day and would change the oil and filter ever 30,000 miles are so and never had problem with that car.

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