2019 Nissan Titan Review

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2019 Nissan Titan Overview

The Titan is Nissan’s full-size pickup offering. It competes with similar offerings from Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. The second-generation Titan debuted for 2016; the 2019 model carries over with a few updates. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now come standard and Fender speakers are available.

The Titan is available in S, SV, Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve trim levels with regular- (5.5-foot bed), extended- (6.5-foot bed), or crew-cab (8.0-foot bed) body styles. A diesel engine is also available.

The first engine option is the 5.6-liter V8, rated at 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, driving either the rear wheels or all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. The turbodiesel engine is a 5.0-liter V8, making 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, and in the top configuration it can tow up to 12,800 pounds. The optional four-wheel-drive (4WD) system is a part-time setup controlled by a knob on the dashboard. In either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4WD, the gas-powered Titan gets 15 mpg city, 21 highway, and 18 combined. The off-road-oriented Pro-4X drops highway and combined ratings by 1 mpg. The Titan XD doesn’t get a rating since the EPA classifies it as a commercial vehicle.

The Titan Pro-4X trim adds Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, a taller ride height, and off-road tires. Diesel-powered Titan XD models, meanwhile, feature a heavier duty frame than the gas-powered Titans.

At the bottom of the Titan ladder is the S model with standard features like air conditioning, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a USB port. The seats are cloth and vinyl. Stepping up to the SV model adds higher quality seats as well as a flashier exterior with some chrome trim and alloy wheels. The SV opens up available options like bucket seats with power-adjust on the driver’s side, a wide center console, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a navigation system. The Titan SL adds genuine leather seats, and the Platinum Reserve is even nicer with more leather, wood trim, and additional interior brightwork, plus heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and an available rear-seat entertainment system.

In crash testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Titan top “Good” marks in most of its testing, although the full-size pickup got a “Marginal” rating in the front overlap test. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are available but not standard.

The Titan is a tough and capable workhorse, but it may falter when facing competition from full-size options like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500, and Ram 1500.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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