The 2021 Nissan Titan lives in the adumbration of added accepted calm pickups, but it’s a tolerable another for those who don’t appetite an American truck. While Nissan additionally offers the kind-of-heavy-duty Titan XD, which we analysis separately, the half-ton adaptation makes bigger business sense. Folks who don’t put a exceptional on towing accommodation or affliction about the Titan’s bound configurations adeptness acknowledge its agreeable berth and arrangement of adorable technology. While it’s alone offered with a 400-hp V-8 and a binding nine-speed automatic, this powertrain is a almighty and affable partnership. Still, the aggregate isn’t decidedly ammunition efficient, and the truck’s ride affection is worse than its competition. Instead, the 2021 Titan works best aback its acclimated for assignment assignment or able for best value.
After accepting a bulk of abundant updates aftermost year, the Titan enters 2021 after any cogent changes.
Since the Titan fails to change the pickup-truck game, we anticipate it serves owners best as a assignment truck. That agency the abject S archetypal with the accepted continued cab and rear-wheel drive. Of course, those who appetite the added adequacy of all-wheel drive can add it for $3230. This best banned the cardinal of alternative upgrades, but it still appearance accepted accessories such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. It additionally has automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and more. We’d acclaim abacus the S Utility package, which includes a spray-in bedliner, advanced aerial console, and a bivouac block with the agnate wiring.
Unlike the array of powertrains accessible on light-duty rivals, the Titan makes do with a distinct agent and manual combo. The 5.6-liter V-8 produces 400 application and 413 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. As with its pickup-truck brethren, the Titan trades administration and ride affection for off-road ruggedness and almighty carriage capacities. While it can bemused up and go and has acceptable endlessly power, its council and administration aren’t as aesthetic as its competition. Although the Titan and the Titan XD allotment cabs and added components, they accept their own specific anatomy and suspensions. The Pro-4X adaptation swaps the banal shocks for an off-road set bigger ill-fitted for asperous roads, but we acclaimed that they feel stiffer than rivals with agnate setups. We additionally collection the updated-for-2020 Titan, which still can’t bout the absorbing ride affection of the Ram 1500.
When it comes to the all-important tow and burden ratings, the Titan’s maximums are at the aback of the pack. Still, its adeptness to tow up to 9660 pounds is added than abundant for best owners, and every archetypal can cull at atomic 9240 pounds.
The EPA estimates the 2021 Titan will acquire up to 21 mpg on the highway, but while the rear-drive adaptation is rated at 16 mpg in the city, the four-wheel-drive adaptation gets 1 mpg less. The Titan Pro-4X has estimates of 15 mpg burghal and 20 highway. We haven’t activated a Titan on our 75-mph artery fuel-economy route, which is allotment of our all-encompassing testing regimen, but we’ll appraise its real-world mpg aback we accept the chance.
The Titan impresses with a serene berth and its accepted set of outrageously comfortable “Zero Gravity” advanced seats, as Nissan calls them. Good-looking exceptional abstracts are aloof for the Platinum Reserve trim. Unfortunately, the Titan’s autogenous architecture is dull, the affluence of artificial disappoints, and the aggregation cab’s rear-seat legroom is the atomic of all of its competitors. Aback it comes to burden control, the Titan is one of the best in the biz. Every archetypal has a spring-assisted tailgate for accessible use, and avant-garde add-ons such as a different bed-channel arrangement and active in-bed burden boxes are available. However, its abounding autogenous accumulator amplitude disappoints aback it comes to award a atom for abate items, and its burden boxes accept the atomic bulk of accumulator amplitude amid rivals. The Titan’s three bed lengths are specific to cab size: 8.2 anxiety for the approved cab, 6.6 anxiety for the continued cab, and the aggregation cab uses a 5.6-foot bed.
Every archetypal has an 8.0-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability; a beyond 9.0-inch assemblage is additionally available. Both interfaces absorb the latest NissanConnect infotainment software, which makes for a avant-garde user experience. The Titan additionally can be had with wireless charging for smartphones, a adaptable hotspot, a able Fender audio system, and several power-charging ports.
The 2021 Titan becoming a four-star crash-test appraisement from the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA), but the aftermost adaptation that was evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) wasn’t called a Top Assurance Pick. However, it does action a bulk of accepted driver-assistance technology. There additionally are several adorable options that accommodate a 360-degree camera, a different motion-detector system, and more. Key assurance appearance include:
The Titan has the best bound and powertrain warranties in its class. The second-shortest roadside-assistance advantage and no adulatory appointed aliment backbite from its contrarily absolute aegis plan.
2020 Nissan Titan
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, rear- or rear/4-wheel-drive, 5- or 6-passenger, 4-door pickup
BASE PRICE C/D EST King Cab, $36,000; Aggregation Cab, $39,000
ENGINE TYPE DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 339 cu in, 5552 ccPower 400 hp @ 5800 rpmTorque 413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm