When it comes to so-called half-ton pickups, most people probably think of Detroit’s offerings, chiefly the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500. But there are options beyond what Motown has for sale. Of course, Toyota also competes in this vehicle segment with its Tundra, and so does Nissan, sending its Titan range of trucks into battle.

With its latest generation Titan, the Japanese automaker has taken an unusual approach to competing with rivals. Rather than offering traditional light- and heavy-duty variants, they’re walking a fine line between these distinct groups. The standard Titan tussles with the F-150s and Tundras of the world, but their XD variant isn’t quite a competitor to heavy-duty truck offerings. It’s intended to be a step back, to provide greater towing and hauling confidence than regular half-ton models without the coarseness and ponderous feel of three-quarter or one-ton pickups. Delivering that extra capability is a beefier frame, unique chassis and a wheelbase that’s about 20 inches longer than a standard Titan’s. A muscular Cummins diesel is also on the menu, in addition to the standard gasoline V8 is shared with its light-duty sibling.

The current-generation Titan was introduced in 2016 and at the time it thoroughly impressed us. The XD version won our Truck of the Year Award that year, the lighter-duty version took home the same honor in 2017.

While nowhere near as old as Toyota’s ancient Tundra, the Titan is nevertheless getting some gray hairs. A brand-new F-150 debuted in 2015 and was updated a few years later, Chevy and Ram both introduced totally overhauled light-duty trucks for 2019, with their respective heavy-duty versions the following model year. Nissan hasn’t done as much to keep its offering fresh.

But just because the Titan is getting old doesn’t mean it’s a bad truck. This rig is still a solid offering that will work hard day and night.

Both the Titan and Titan XD were developed and tested in the United States. These trucks are assembled in Canton, Mississippi, while their engines are built in Tennessee and Indiana.

Nissan Titan XD Pros and Cons

2019 Nissan TITAN XD

Pros:

  • Towing and hauling confidence
  • Available Cummins diesel V8
  • Comfortable seats
  • Solid feel

Cons:

  • Barely more capable than some half-ton trucks
  • Confusing position in the market
  • Lacks the latest technology
  • The interior could be nicer
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Nissan Titan Specs

2019 Nissan TITAN Pro4X

Engine: 5.6-liter gasoline V8

Horsepower: 390

Torque: 394 pound-feet

Drivetrain: Standard rear-wheel drive, available four-wheel drive

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic

Seating Capacity: Three, five or six people depending on configuration

Bed Sizes: Eight feet, 6.5 feet, 5.5 feet

Fuel Tank Size: 26 gallons

*Maximum Towing Capacity: 9,660 pounds

*Maximum Payload Capacity: 1,930 pounds

Nissan Titan XD Specs

Engine: 5.6-liter gasoline V8

Horsepower: 390

Torque: 394 pound-feet

Drivetrain: Standard rear-wheel drive, available four-wheel drive

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic


Optional Engine: 5.0-liter Cummins V8 diesel

Horsepower: 310

Torque: 555 pound-feet

Drivetrain: Standard rear-wheel drive, available four-wheel drive

Transmission: Six-speed automatic 


Seating Capacity: Three, five or six people depending on configuration

Bed Sizes: Eight feet, 6.5 feet

Fuel Tank Size: 26 gallons

*Maximum Towing Capacity (5.6-liter V8): 11,780 pounds

*Maximum Payload Capacity (5.6-liter V8): 2,990 pounds

*Maximum Towing Capacity (5.0-liter diesel): 12,830 pounds

*Maximum Payload Capacity (5.0-liter diesel): 2,490 pounds

*When properly equipped

 

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Nissan Titan Fuel Economy

Nissan Titan King Cab

Don’t expect Toyota Prius-beating efficiency if you drive a Nissan Titan. It’s a thirsty rig, though is efficiency scores are par for the full-size truck course.

Unlike rival pickups that offer half a dozen different powertrains or more, the Titan’s single engine and transmission make it relatively simple to determine what sort of fuel economy you can expect. Whether you get one fitted with rear- or four-wheel drive, the numbers are identical. According to the EPA, they sticker at 15 miles per gallon city, 21 on the highway and 18 mpg combined. The more off-road-focused Pro4X model is, not surprisingly, slightly less economical to run. They’re rated at 15, 20 and 17, respectively. Somewhat reducing costs, this rig runs happily on regular-grade unleaded gasoline.

Fuel economy for the huskier Titan XD is not available. This is because the EPA does not rate trucks and vans with gross vehicle weight ratings exceeding 8,500 pounds.

Nissan Titan Safety Ratings

When it comes to safety, the Nissan Titan earns top honors. Both extended- and crew-cab models provide excellent protection in crashes.

In rigorous Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the Titian earned “Good” scores nearly across the board. This is the highest rating they give out. It aced the challenging small overlap front test for both the driver and passenger sides as well as the moderate-overlap front, side-impact and roof-strength trials. Even the head restraints and seats were rated “Good.” The only knocks against this truck are the LATCH system ease of use (for attaching child seats) and the headlights. The former was rated “Acceptable” the second-best score, the latter “Marginal,” the second-worst.

Nissan Titan Features

Nissan Titan King Cab

Under hood, Nissan falls completely flat compared to its major rivals. Ford, for instance, makes a whopping six different powertrains available in its F-150. As mentioned, the Titan can be had with just one. But, if you’re only going to offer a single engine-and-transmission combination it better be a good one. Fortunately, this Nissan’s is one of the best in the business.

All Titans are fitted with a silky-smooth 5.6-liter V8 as standard equipment. This gasoline-burning engine provides a stout 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched to a mostly responsive seven-speed automatic transmission. Aside from brisk acceleration, this eight-cylinder wonder also sounds like a muscle car, with a deep, burbling exhaust note.

Aside from that base engine, Titan XD models can also be had with an optional 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V8. Matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox, this oil-burner churns out 310 horses with a whopping 555 pound-feet of torque.

Nissan Titan King Cab

Titans are available with 5.5-, 6.5- and 8-foot beds. Regular-, extended- and crew-cab bodies are also on the menu.

Providing lockable, weatherproof storage are optional Titan Box storage bins. They mount in the truck’s bed and don’t impinge too much on cargo-carrying capability.

When it comes to technology, every version of the Titan comes standard with an infotainment system that’s splashed across a 7-inch touchscreen display. For added convenience Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included at no extra charge. Integrated navigation is optional.

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An Intelligent Around View Monitor is available. It provides a 360-degree bird’s eye view of your surroundings, which makes parking far easier and takes the stress out of maneuvering in tight quarters. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and a premium 12-speaker Fender audio system are also available, however, Nissan’s outstanding ProPILOT Assist adaptive cruise-control system with lane centering is not yet offered on Titan.

Nissan Titan gauges

In 2019, the Titan is offered in a wide array of paint colors. Java Metallic, Forged Copper Metallic, Magnetic Black Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red Metallic, Pearl White, Glacier White, Deep Blue Pearl Metallic and new Midnight Pine Metallic and Moab Sunset Metallic are all on offer, though some do cost extra.

Nissan TITAN Crew Cab

This Nissan pickup may not be the most modern offering in the full-size segment and it may not offer the most choice, but there is one extremely compelling reason to get one. Every version is covered by what the automaker calls “America’s Best Truck Warranty,” a groundbreaking thing. This five-year/100,000-mile guarantee covers the entire truck from bumper to bumper.

Nissan Titan Pricing

Nissan Titan

What’s the Titan cost? Naturally, that depends on countless variables. But if you can live with an entry-level, regular-cab, rear-wheel-drive model sans any bells or whistles you’re going to spend around $32,100. Grabbing a midrange SV model with an extended-cab body, four-wheel drive and a handful of other useful options packages inflates that price to about 45 grand. If you go all in on a crew-cab Titan with the range-topping Platinum Reserve trim and check practically every options box you can push one well beyond $60,000.

As for the more capable Titan XD, they are, not surprisingly, a little pricier. The most basic model on the menu and kicks off at around $34,385. A four-wheel-drive, King Cab model with the Pro4X package, that Cummins diesel, fancy metallic paint and lots of options will set you back more than 60 grand.

Please note, all the total prices listed above include $1,395 in delivery fees.

Nissan Titan Competitors

The Nissan Titan competes with other full-size trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. Some of these rivals are far newer than the Titan, though the Toyota is a bit older.

All these competitors offer more engine options than Nissan does. At least the Titan’s standard powertrain is superb.

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Nissan Titan Future Plans

Last redesigned around 2016, the Titan is getting rather old at this point, especially considering that Chevrolet and Ram both totally overhauled their full-size offerings for the 2019 model year. Ford has also worked to keep its aluminum-bodied F-150 fresh in the face of this stiffening competition.

As for Nissan’s pickup truck, it’s unlikely this rig will get a complete overhaul anytime soon. It’s still fresh enough to compete, even if it’s falling behind the times. There’s a chance the Titan might receive a base V6 engine that has long been promised, but this is only speculation. Frankly, the FAR MORE ANTIQUATED midsize Nissan Frontier pickup deserves a ground-up redesign before the Titan, something we fully expect to happen sooner than later.

2019 Nissan Titan Review

By Craig Cole

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Nissan is as tenacious as a red wine stain on off-white carpeting.

When it comes to full-size trucks, the Japanese brand faces withering competition from Detroit’s hometown automakers. And it should come as no surprise the domestic trio has no intention of relinquishing its stranglehold on this highly lucrative slice of the new-vehicle market.

Despite these star-spangled headwinds, Nissan is not backing down, either. Slugging it out with Ford, General Motors and Ram is the automaker’s Titan. Completely redesigned for model-year 2016, this truck is not quite as fresh as some of its primary rivals. Recently, the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado both received total overhauls, while the Ford F-150 continues to dominate the sales charts. Fortunately, age does not immediately equate to inferiority. This Nissan is still a capable and versatile full-size pickup that deserves to sell better than it does.

News for 2019

Sprucing things up, several minor changes have been made to the Titan for 2019. Standard across the board, even on bare-bones regular-cab trucks, is a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

A 485-watt Fender premium audio system is also available for the new model year. With up to 12 speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer, it should provide a first-class listening experience.

Engineers added an additional standard USB port, bringing the total to two. Midnight Pine Metallic and Moab Sunset Metallic paint colors join the palette, while SV models gain body-color outer grille trim with gloss-black inner elements.

A new Rear Door Alert system has been added to all King Cab and Crew Cab models. This feature reminds the driver to check the back seat after parking, warning them via a signal in the instrument cluster display and by honking the horn. This feature will be standard on all Nissan sedans, utility vehicles and extended-cab trucks by the 2022 model year.

Cornucopia of Choice

Appealing to a wide range of customers, the Titan is available with two drivetrain configurations, three cab variants, and five trim levels, so there’s one for nearly every type of buyer.

People who need maximum hauling capacity should check out the regular-cab model. They come with an 8-foot bed and seat up to three. The King Cab version is available for those that require a bit more interior and seating space. They’re matched to a 6.5-foot cargo box. Of course, Crew Cab models provide the most cabin room and comfort. They’re paired with a 5.5-foot bed.

2019 Nissan Titan Pro-4X – REVIEW

Naturally, rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are offered, as are 11 different exterior paint colors, including the two premium metallic hues mentioned a couple paragraphs above. Exponentially increasing the Titan’s versatility is a range of optional features. You can get lockable storage bins, a bed-mounted channel system for easily tying any sort of freight down, a cargo-box-mounted 110-volt power outlet and even in-bed LED lighting.

Truck buyers who need more capability than offered by this “half-ton” Titan can grab an XD model, which delivers increased towing and payload ratings. Think of this as a pickup nestled between traditional full-size trucks and heavy-duty models. The XD is intended to straddle the gap between these segments.

They can be had with the same 5.6-liter gasoline engine as regular Titans or a mighty 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V8, which delivers 310 horses and 555 pound-feet of torque. Like its little brother, this oil-burner is unexpectedly quiet and civilized, lacking the vibration and clattering so typical of diesels.

As for pricing, a rear-drive Titan Single Cab S model kicks off around $32,000, including delivery fees. Splurging on a Crew Cab Platinum Reserve model with four-corner traction and checking every options box can easily push the Titan past 60-grand. Landing between these extremes, the off-road-focused Pro-4X model tested here stickered for an estimated $55,485, including a handful of options and $1,395 in destination fees.

How ‘Bout That Interior?

Inside, the Titan is surprisingly comfortable, its Zero Gravity front seats offering superb support with just the right amount of cushioning. King Cab models provide ample back-seat space for passengers, meaning nobody is relegated to steerage.

Build quality is high in this rig, with everything appearing to be screwed together well and made of at least decent materials. Of course, some the hard plastics on the dashboard and doors could be nicer, and the handle on the shifter looks positively bargain basement, but the Titan’s cab, for the most part, is comfortable and pleasant. Fewer chrome accents might be nice as well, as these bright bits can reflect the sun’s rays right into your eyes.

One curious omission here is Nissan’s phenomenal ProPILOT Assist system. Think of this as adaptive cruise control on steroids. Not only does it automatically adjust vehicle speed, accelerating and decelerating as traffic conditions dictate, it also includes lane-centering technology, which drastically reduces the need to steer, a godsend on long highway slogs.

The Drive

In motion, the Titan feels newer than its birth certificate indicates. The truck has an incredibly solid feel; there’s no sense of cheapness or frailty to it, even when taken over rougher surfaces.

The Pro4X model tested here provided a compliant and controlled ride with little of the business or judders live axles can sometimes provide.

Getting up to speed in the Titan is a breeze thanks to its standard 5.6-liter V8 engine. Not only is this gasoline-fired unit muscular, cranking out 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, it’s incredibly smooth and revs with sports-car vigor. Tap the accelerator pedal while in park and the tachometer needle leaps toward redline. Fully variable dual overhead camshafts drive four valves per cylinder, a combination that flows an F5 tornado’s worth of air when required. Direct fuel injection and Nissan’s innovative VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) variable valve lift system further improve performance.

This engine is perhaps the best part of Nissan’s Titan; it even sounds like a muscle car, emitting a throaty rumble. Taking advantage of its output is a standard seven-speed automatic transmission. Smoothly changing ratios and more than willing to downshift, this transmission is an excellent partner for that V8 engine.

Curiously, no lower-spec V6 engine, no turbocharged-four, no mild hybrid powertrain is available in this truck. Every half-ton Titan is fitted with that burly 5.6-liter unit, but it might be too much for cost-conscious customers that don’t need eight-cylinders of fury.

For testing, Nissan had a diesel-powered Titan XD hooked to a 27-foot-long Airstream camper, a version of the firm’s classically styled International Signature model. Even with more than 6,200 pounds attached to its hitch, the Titan towed with zero drama. Climbing hills, descending grades and navigating a small town’s tight and crowded main street was a snap, though to be fair, this should be no challenge for the XD. Properly equipped, they can tow just shy of 13,000 pounds, meaning the Airstream in question represented less than half of what this rig is capable of dragging.

The Verdict: 2019 Nissan Titan Review

It’s unfortunate Nissan doesn’t sell more Titans. Dealers pushed out fewer than 51,000 copies in the U.S. last year. Contrast that to Ford, which sold nearly 215,000 F-Series trucks in the first quarter of 2019 alone. Clearly, Titan is the best pickup truck nobody’s buying.

While this Nissan isn’t as flashy or feature-laden as some of its more recently overhauled rivals, it’s still extremely likable and a more-than-worthy entrant in the full-size segment. It’s noticeably nicer than a Toyota Tundra, which is positively ancient at this point, and in some ways more compelling than even the brand-new Silverado.

Another feather in the Titan’s cap is its segment-leading warranty. Should anything go awry, owners are shielded from repair bills by a five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. This sort of coverage is unheard of in the pickup segment.

If you’re not a rabid brand loyalist, some dyed-in-the-wool Ford fanatic, or a fourth-generation Ram driver, put the Titan on your shopping list when it’s time for a new truck. It just might surprise you.

Detailed Specs

Engine / 5.6-liter gasoline V8 (base engine)
Horsepower / 390
Torque / 394 pound-feet
Transmission / Seven-speed automatic
Drivetrain / Standard rear-wheel drive, available four-wheel drive

Our Final Verdict

While the Nissan Titan isn’t as flashy or feature-laden as some of its more recently overhauled rivals, it’s still extremely likable and a more-than-worthy entrant in the full-size segment. It’s noticeably nicer than a Toyota Tundra, which is positively ancient at this point, and in some ways more compelling than even the brand-new Silverado. If you’re looking a hard-working truck and arent’ a Big Three brand loyalist, you should consider the Titan.

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