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2020 Nissan Titan Review

The 2020 Nissan Titan places near the bottom of the full-size pickup truck class. It comes with a powerful engine and a long list of features, but it can't tow as much as its rivals can, and it has some unimpressive interior touches.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard infotainment and safety features
  • Class-leading warranty
  • Good maximum payload for the class
  • Only one powertrain choice
  • Crew Cab isn't as spacious as classmates'
  • Lower towing capacity than many rivals
  • Unimpressive interior quality

New for 2020

  • V8 engine gains 10 horsepower
  • Diesel engine no longer available
  • Standard nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Standard 8-inch touch screen and optional 9-inch touch screen
  • Several standard advanced safety features
  • Single Cab no longer available

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Nissan Titan's #5 ranking is based on its score within the Full Size Pickup Trucks category. Currently the Nissan Titan has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.2
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.0 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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The 2020 Titan is a fine full-size pickup truck. It gets moving effortlessly via a standard 400-horsepower V8 engine, and while it's far from a class leader in towing, it can still pull almost 11,000 pounds. At nearly 2,500 pounds, payload capacity is decent as well.

Inside, the Titan has a long list of standard driver assistance and infotainment features. However, its cabin materials aren't up to snuff, and its larger Crew Cab model, while spacious, isn't as roomy as the biggest versions of competitors.

2020 Nissan Titan Dimensions

  • Length: 19 feet, 0.2 inches to 20 feet, 4.4 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 3.1 inches to 6 feet, 6.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 5,487 to 6,753 pounds

Should I Buy the Nissan Titan?

You should buy the Titan if you can live with middle-of-the-road workhorse capacities or if you don't want to make too many decisions when buying a new truck. While other full-size trucks are available in numerous powertrain, cab, and bed configurations, the Titan only comes with one engine option and two cab and bed choices, in addition to the regular Titan or the heavier-duty Titan XD.

Though we don't have exact pricing yet, the Titan should be a good value proposition thanks to several standard active safety technologies and its newly improved standard infotainment system.

Even so, this Nissan offers little that you can't find in higher-ranking trucks. The Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, for example, can both tow in excess of 13,000 pounds, and they have a wide variety of engine options and cab and bed possibilities.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Titan?

The 2020 Nissan Titan is part of a generation that debuted for the 2017 model year. It sees several significant changes for 2020.

Buy a new Titan if technology is important to you. The Safety Shield 360 bundle of driver assistance features is now standard, and this is the first time you can get amenities such as lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and reverse automatic emergency braking in the truck. The 2020 Titan also comes with an 8-inch standard touch screen or an optional 9-inch screen, whereas older Titans only offered a 7-inch screen.

Buy an older Titan if you want more utility and configuration options. For 2020, Nissan axed the Titan's formerly optional diesel engine, as well as the Single Cab body style. All models now have a 400-horsepower V8 engine (up from 390 for 2019) paired to a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

The lack of a diesel engine gives the new Titan less towing and hauling capacities than older models. The 2020 Titan can tow up to 9,370 pounds and haul up to 1,680, while the Titan XD can do 10,880 and 2,450 pounds. By contrast, the 2019 Titan has a maximum towing capacity of just 9,660 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,930 pounds. The 2019 Titan XD can tow and haul 12,700 and 2,990 pounds, respectively.

If you're going to buy an older model, stick with a 2019 Titan. A 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio were all made standard for that year.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Titan and 2019 Titan reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 30 Nissan Titan reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Titan is the right new car for you. This 2020 Nissan Titan review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which launched for 2017.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Nissan Titan Cost?

At the time of writing, Nissan has not announced retail prices for the refreshed 2020 Titan, but you can expect it to be somewhere in the middle of the class. The Chevrolet Silverado is on the low end, with a base MSRP of $28,300, while the Toyota Tundra has the most expensive MSRP in the class, at $33,425.

Most full-size pickups can eclipse $50,000 when well-optioned.

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Nissan Titan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Titan or Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 is a great truck that consistently places near the top of our full-size pickup truck rankings, and it's a better truck than the Titan. The Ford can tow up to 13,200 pounds, about 2,300 more than the Nissan can. You can get an F-150 with an 8-foot bed, which isn't available in the Titan, and you can choose from six engine options including turbocharged V6s and a diesel variant. The Titan comes with a longer list of standard features, but it also has a higher base price. You're better off picking the F-150 and equipping it to your liking.

Which Is Better: Nissan Titan or Chevrolet Silverado?

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a better truck overall than the Titan. It leads the class with a 13,400-pound tow rating, and its new diesel engine returns best-in-class fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. This Chevy's infotainment system earns praise for its user-friendly operation, and an optional 420-horsepower V8 engine is one of the few mills in the class that's more muscular than the Titan's V8.

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Titan Performance

Titan Engine: One is the Loneliest Number

Only one engine is available for the 2020 Nissan Titan: a 5.6-liter V8 that puts out 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Not only is that the most powerful base engine for a full-size truck by far, but it's also one of the highest horsepower ratings in the class when you take rivals' optional engines into account.

The Titan gains 10 horsepower from the 2019 model, and this big V8 is now mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers strong and steady acceleration off the line, and it never feels strained. It also pipes an enjoyable, throaty exhaust note into the cabin.

The new nine-speed impresses with its timely shifts and refined operation. A few test drivers note that it can hunt around for gears when downshifting, but that shouldn't be a deal breaker.

Titan Gas Mileage: Pretty Average

The Titan's fuel economy is midrange for the class. Standard rear-wheel-drive models get an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. When equipped with four-wheel drive, efficiency drops marginally to 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

At the time of writing, neither Nissan nor the EPA has provided gas mileage estimates for the 2020 Titan XD.

Titan Ride and Handling: Big and Bold

The Titan drives like you would expect a large pickup to. Its steering is heavy and requires some effort, and while there's little feedback from the road, the Titan feels poised and stable around turns.

You'll want to test-drive this truck to see if its ride quality is to your liking. It soaks up most bumps in the road, but the suspension can feel a little stiff sometimes. In general, rivals provide a better combination of handling and comfort.

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Titan Interior

How Many People Does the Titan Seat?

The Nissan Titan seats up to six people. Lower trims have a three-person front bench seat, while higher trims trade that for front bucket seats. The front bench only comes with four-way manual adjustments for each side, which can make it tough to find an agreeable position. The bucket seats are more comfortable for longer trips and offer eight-way power adjustments for the driver.

The King Cab's second row is OK for shorter trips, while the Crew Cab's is more spacious. Still, the Crew Cab's rear quarters are less roomy than in competing trucks' crew cab configurations.

You can opt for leather-appointed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat.

Titan and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

Titan Interior Quality

In an era where many full-size trucks exhibit a luxurylike interior quality, the Titan feels a little underwhelming. There are some nice materials, but hard and low-rent plastics overshadow them in most areas.

Titan Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Titan makes a big leap in cabin technology for 2020, with a newly standard 8-inch touch screen and an optional 9-inch screen. These replace the 7-inch screen that was previously the only offering in the Titan.

Both displays look modern and offer brilliant graphics. The system itself is fairly straightforward to use, but it could benefit from an update. The Titan comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and most physical controls on the dashboard and center stack are easy for the driver to reach.

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Titan Reliability

Is the Nissan Titan Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Nissan Titan a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Nissan Titan Warranty

Nissan covers the Titan with a five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. That's the longest coverage in the class.

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Titan Safety

Titan Crash Test Results

As of this writing, the 2020 Nissan Titan has not been fully crash tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Titan King Cab four out of five stars in a rollover test.

Titan Safety Features

New for 2020, every Titan model comes standard with the Nissan Safety Shield 360. This bundle of driver assistance technology includes automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and reverse automatic emergency braking. The Titan is the only full-size truck with reverse emergency braking.

A driver alertness monitor, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are also standard.

Optional active safety features include adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera system, and front parking sensors.

Read more about safety »

Where Is the 2020 Nissan Titan Built?

Nissan builds the 2020 Titan in Mississippi.

Which Nissan Titan Model Is Right for Me?

While other full-size pickups have seemingly endless combinations of powertrains, cabs, and bed sizes, Nissan offers only a few choices for the Titan. However, you can find a variety of appearance and performance or work packages, in addition to multiple trim levels.

There's only one engine and transmission available for the Titan, and you choose between rear- and four-wheel drive. For the standard Titan, you have two choices of cab and bed combination. The Titan XD only comes in one configuration, but it offers higher towing and payload capacities than the standard Titan.

Nissan Titan Powertrain Options:

  • Engine: 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: nine-speed automatic

Nissan Titan Option Packages:

  • S Utility package: an overhead console, a spray-on bedliner, a trailer receiver hitch, and a 7-pin wiring harness
  • SV Convenience package: proximity keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a household-style power outlet, two rear-USB ports, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, navigation, a 9-inch touch screen, HD Radio, remote start, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and traffic sign recognition
  • SV Tow package: tow mirrors, a trailer brake controller, front tow hooks, a trailer receiver hitch, and a 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness
  • SV Utility package: the Utili-track cargo system, four tie-down cleats, LED tailgate lights, an in-bed household-style power outlet, a spray-on bedliner, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an electronic locking tailgate, and a rear bed step
  • SV Chrome package: 20-inch chrome wheels, metallic kick plates, a chrome exhaust tip, and a chrome front grille
  • PRO-4X Utility package: front and rear parking sensors, the Utili-track cargo system, four tie-down cleats, LED tailgate lights, an in-bed household-style power outlet, a power rear window, a Fender premium stereo, an electronic locking tailgate, a trailer brake controller, and a rear bed step
  • PRO-4X Convenience package: a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming outside mirrors, remote start, leather upholstery, and a surround-view parking camera system
  • PRO-4X Moonroof package: ventilated front seats and a dual-pane panoramic moonroof
  • SL Tow package: a trailer brake controller, front tow hooks, and an auto-dimming tow mirror
  • Monotone Paint package: a body-color front bumper, rear bumper, and overfenders
  • Platinum Utility package: an in-bed storage box, an electronic locking tailgate, and a rear bed step
  • HD Front GAWR package: high-capacity front springs

Nissan Titan Trims:

Nissan Titan S

The 2020 Nissan Titan S comes standard with cloth upholstery and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo. Standard driver assistance features include automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, driver alertness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and reverse automatic emergency braking.

Nissan Titan SV

The Nissan Titan SV adds alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, and adaptive cruise control.

Nissan Titan Pro-4X

The Titan Pro-4X comes with off-road-focused features such as an electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, Bilstein coilover shocks, skid plates, and all-terrain tires.

It also adds an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 9-inch touch screen, HD Radio, navigation, voice recognition, traffic sign recognition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, two rear USB ports, LED headlights and fog lights, a spray-on bedliner, dual-zone automatic climate control, a household-style power outlet, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Nissan Titan SL

The Nissan Titan SL is highlighted by leather upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a Fender premium stereo, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a power-sliding rear window, remote start, a surround-view parking camera system, front parking sensors, and power-folding outside mirrors.

Other standard utility features include the Utili-track bed cargo system, four moveable in-bed tie-downs, cargo bed lights, side running boards, and an in-bed household-style power outlet.

Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve

The Titan Platinum Reserve comes with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a wood and heated steering wheel, and a trailer brake controller.

Which Titan Cab Style Is Right for Me?

The Nissan Titan is available as a King Cab (extended cab) or Crew Cab. Both configurations seat five or six people, and choosing between them comes down to how regularly you ferry taller people in the back seat. The King Cab has 24.8 inches of rear legroom, which should be sufficient for children, teenagers, and smaller adults. This model's rear-hinged doors open wide, making it easy to get into and out of the second row.

You'll want the Crew Cab and its 38.5 inches of rear legroom to comfortably hold average-size adults for any significant amount of time. The Titan Crew Cab also has conventional, full-size rear doors. Though this is the roomiest version, it provides less rear legroom than nearly all other full-size trucks in their largest cab configuration.

The Titan XD is only available as a Crew Cab, so your decision is made for you if you choose this beefier model.

Which Titan Bed Length Is Right for Me?

Choosing a bed length is as simple as choosing the cab size, since they're entirely dependent on one another. In half-ton models, the King Cab is only available with a 6-foot-7-inch bed, which is the longest bed you can get with a Titan. The Crew Cab comes with a 5-foot-7-inch bed.

The Crew Cab-only Titan XD is the best of both worlds, since it combines the larger cabin with a 6-foot-6-inch bed.

To figure out which cab style and bed length is right for you, you'll have to decide if you prioritize passenger space or cargo utility.

Which Titan Model Is Best for Towing and Hauling?

This is an easy one. The Titan XD is a dedicated heavier-duty model that offers the highest towing and payload capacities in the truck's lineup. It has the same standard V8 engine, along with larger brakes and hydraulic steering. It's also four-wheel-drive only. The Titan XD can tow up to 10,880 pounds, and it has a maximum payload of 2,450.

That towing capacity is lower than nearly all other full-size pickups. Only the Toyota Tundra and its 10,200-pound limit is worse, while more-capable rivals can pull in excess of 12,000 or 13,000 pounds. Payload capacity, on the other hand, is among the best in the class.

Non-XD Titan models can tow between 9,210 and 9,370 pounds and carry between 1,580 and 1,680 pounds in their bed, depending on whether you go with a King or Crew Cab and rear- or all-wheel drive. Still, there isn't a huge difference between all the possible combinations.

Which Titan Model Is Best for Off-Roading?

The four-wheel-drive Nissan Titan Pro-4X is the best trim for off-roading. It comes with amenities such as an electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, Bilstein coilover shocks, skid plates, and all-terrain tires to help you tackle rough terrain.

Its 4WD setup also includes a two-speed transfer case with high- and low-range gearing. Both the Titan and Titan XD are available in this off-road-oriented model.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Nissan Titan serves up plenty of technology and a powerful V8 engine, but that's not enough to make a splash in the competitive full-size pickup truck class. Compared to most rivals, it comes up short in utility, interior quality, and passenger space. You might want to consider rivals like the Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado instead.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "While the new tech features and a segment-best, five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty may be enough to seal the deal for those who find themselves in a Nissan store in search of a half-ton pickup, the sheer depth of greater talent in the Titan's competitive space is ample reason to keep shopping." -- Car and Driver
  • "It's competent -- in fact, more so for 2020 -- but can't match any of the American trucks in outright capability. I'm glad there's a larger smattering of safety features, and the updated design looks great. Yet I still can't imagine ever buying a Titan over an F-150, Ram, Sierra or Silverado." -- CNET
  • "Nissan made a capable and affordable truck better with the 2020 Titan, particularly with the new nine-speed transmission and an extensive suite of standard safety features. … However, its competitors are simply in a different league when it comes to variety, ride quality, and towing and hauling. The Titan has improved, but chances are you'll still be more impressed with the F-150, Ram 1500 and Silverado 1500." -- Edmunds

Buying

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Last Updated: April 9, 2020

Poor Sales: Nissan Titan sales currently sit dead last in the full size truck segment, and dealerships have moved 40.8 percent fewer models in 2020 compared to the same period last year. Other full size trucks like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are some of the best selling vehicles in the country, and the Titan is struggling to compete. Over 30 times as many F-150 trucks have been sold so far this year than Titans.

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