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2019 Nissan Titan Review

The 2019 Nissan Titan has a lot going for it, including a smooth ride and an attractive cabin. However, there are several areas where the Titan trails the competition. That's why it finishes near the bottom of our full-size pickup truck rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Easy to drive
  • Quiet cabin
  • Rivals tow and haul more
  • Infotainment system features some frustrating controls

New for 2019

  • Some feature shuffling between trims
  •  Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touch screen now standard

Rankings & Research

The 2019 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 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.1
Safety: 9.0
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Is the Nissan Titan a Good Truck?

The Nissan Titan is a decent truck. It's powerful yet easy to drive, and it's comfortable and quiet inside. The Titan lags behind class rivals, however, because most other full-size pickups tow and haul heavier loads and surpass the Titan when it comes to ride quality, cabin space, or feature availability (and in some cases, all three).

2019 Nissan Titan Dimensions

  • Length: 19 feet to 20 feet, 4 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 3 inches to 6 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb Weight: 5,237 to 7,471 pounds

Should I Buy the Nissan Titan?

As detailed above, there are several reasons to like the Titan, and its competitive pricing makes it a reasonable value for the class. Still, some class rivals are clearly superior. Serious truck buyers are probably better off looking past the Titan to the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, or Ram 1500.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Titan?

The 2019 Titan belongs to a generation that began with the 2017 model year. There haven't been many changes since the redesign, but there are some new standard features for 2019, including a larger standard infotainment screen (now a 7-inch touch screen instead of a 5-inch display), satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. There were no major changes for 2018. With so few year-over-year changes, you can potentially save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used Titan while getting a truck that's basically the same as a new one.

You can save even more money by purchasing a first-generation Nissan Titan (2004 to 2015), but these models feature different exterior styling, cheaper interior materials, fewer advanced safety features, and lower tow ratings than the 2017-and-newer models. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2015, 2017, and 2018 Nissan Titan (there was no 2016 Titan, as Nissan put the truck on hiatus for a year before rolling out the redesigned model). Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 32 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Titan generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years’ worth of auto industry experience combined. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the Nissan Titan Cost?

The Titan's base price – for the lowest trim and most basic cab – is about $30,700. The highest trim, the Platinum Reserve, starts at around $54,630. Both numbers are in line with most other full-size trucks' low- and high-end pricing. The Titan XD is larger and costs about $1,000 to $2,800 more than the standard Titan, depending on trim level and cab configuration.

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Nissan Titan Versus the Competition

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

The Ford F-150 is an annual contender for the top spot in the class. It's one of the best towing and hauling trucks, surpassing both the standard Titan and Nissan Titan XD in both areas. The Ford offers a wider variety of engines than the Nissan and gets better gas mileage. Inside, the seats are comfortable and supportive, and the F-150 offers features the Titan doesn't, like active park assist. Despite these advantages, the Ford has a lower starting price. This is a no-brainer. Choose the F-150.

Which Is Better: Nissan Titan or Chevrolet Silverado?

The Chevrolet Silverado ranks higher than the Titan for many of the same reasons as the F-150. It has a more varied powertrain lineup, tows and hauls more, and gets better mileage. It's comfortable and comes with many more standard features than its Nissan rival, including an intuitive infotainment system. Don't overthink this one either. Choose the Chevrolet.

Which Is Better: Nissan Titan or Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 has arguably the nicest interior in the class and delivers possibly the smoothest ride. Its seats are superb, and the Ram offers many more driver assistance features than the Titan, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. The infotainment system is easy to use, and you can add the RamBox storage system, which features lockable compartments built into the sidewalls of the bed, for additional secured storage. As with the other two comparisons, the Titan comes up short here.

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Titan Performance

Titan Engine: V8 or Diesel?

This Nissan comes standard with a 390-horsepower V8 engine that never feels short on power, and acceleration is good despite the truck’s size. The Titan XD comes standard with the same engine, but a diesel powertrain is available that unlocks the Titan's full towing potential.

Titan Gas Mileage: No Thirstier Than Most Rivals

The Titan gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with its V8. That's on par with some rivals' V8 engines, but several competitors offer V6 engines that get better mileage. For example, the F-150 gets 19/25 mpg city/highway with its base V6 engine. Estimates for the Titan XD's diesel engine aren't yet available.

Titan Ride and Handling: Good, but Not the Best

You’ll have no reason to complain about this truck’s smooth ride, even when the pavement gets rough. It also handles well and feels smaller than it is. The sharp steering helps maneuverability in tight quarters. That said, rivals like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 provide better handling and a smoother ride.

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Titan Interior

How Many People Does the Titan Seat?

The Titan seats three to six people, depending on which cab you select. The front seats generally have plenty of room, though they don't slide back that far, so tall occupants may feel pressed for legroom. The spacious rear seats have enough room for adult passengers, especially in Crew Cab models.

Titan and Child Car Seats

Titan models with rear seats have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the setup the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The IIHS says tether anchors can be difficult to locate and require too much force to attach the car-seat straps.

Titan Interior Quality

Though the Titan looks like a truck inside, with rugged materials designed to withstand wear and tear, it also has a handsome interior that uses a lot of quality trims, especially in upper-level models.

Titan Cargo Space

The Titan offers three bed lengths ranging from 5 feet, 6 inches to 8 feet, 2 inches, depending on cab configuration. Features like moveable tie-down cleats, a 110-volt power outlet, and cargo bed lights make it easier to load and secure cargo and hook up electronics for a tailgate. There's a solid amount of small-item storage space throughout the cabin.

Titan Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a four- or six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and an upgraded NissanConnect system with navigation, a 10- or 12-speaker Fender audio system, and Siri Eyes Free.

The NissanConnect infotainment system has user-friendly controls – though some require tedious, repetitive button-pushing – that are located within easy reach of the driver’s seat. There are physical controls in addition to the available touch screen for those who prefer them. The only real knock on this system is that it feels a little dated compared to rival systems, and the screen’s graphics aren’t that sharp.

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Titan Reliability

Is the Nissan Titan Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Titan a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is an average rating.

Nissan Titan Warranty

Nissan covers the Titan with a five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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Titan Safety

Titan Crash Test Results

The 2019 Titan earned a four-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Titan earned the top rating of Good in all five tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Titan Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard in the Titan. Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Nissan Titan Model Is Right for Me?

Buying a truck always starts with picking a cab size and bed length because not every trim is available in every cab/bed combination. Once you’ve sorted that out, it’s time to pick a trim. If you need a truck that can handle any off-road challenge, you'll want the Pro-4X trim, which is specifically designed to stand up to any terrain.

All five Titan trims (S, SV, Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve) come standard with a 390-horsepower V8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. All but the four-wheel-drive-only Pro-4X come with rear-wheel drive, and regardless of which cab style and trim you choose, upgrading from rear-wheel drive to 4WD will cost about $3,150 to $3,600.

Drivers looking to tow heavy loads should consider upgrading to the Titan XD, which has a higher max towing capacity and is available with a diesel engine. The Titan XD costs about $1,000 to $2,800 more than the standard Titan, depending on trim level and cab style. The difference jumps another few thousand if you add the diesel engine.

Nissan Titan Powertrain Options:

  • Base engine: 5.6-liter gasoline V8 with 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 with 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque; starts at $38,620 (available only in Titan XD models)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmissions:
    • seven-speed automatic
    • six-speed automatic (diesel engine only)

Nissan Titan Option Packages:

  • S Utility package (prices start at $845): adds an overhead storage console, a spray-on bed liner, and a Class IV tow hitch
  • SV Utility package (prices start at $1,145): adds the Utili-track cargo system, a spray-on bed liner, LED bed lights, and a bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet
  • Pro-4X Utility package (prices start at $1,445): includes the SV Utility package plus parking sensors, a 12-speaker Fender sound system, a power rear window, a power locking tailgate, and a retractable rear bumper step
  • Platinum Reserve Utility package (prices start at $750): adds bedside storage bins (Titan Boxes), a power locking tailgate, and a retractable rear bumper step
  • SV Convenience package (prices start at $845): adds auto on/off headlights, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a navigation system, satellite radio, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a Class IV tow hitch; King and Crew Cab models also receive front captain’s chairs with seat heating, a center console with 120-volt and 12-volt outlets, two rear USB ports, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a power rear window, and rain-sensing wipers.
  • Pro-4X Convenience package (prices start at $3,295): adds remote start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a heated steering wheel
  • Midnight Edition (prices start at $1,250): a blacked-out appearance package that adds a black grille, black bumpers, black headlight accents, black mirrors, black side steps, and black 20-inch wheels (available in SV and SL)
  • Tow package (prices start at $395): adds front tow hooks, extendable side mirrors, and a trailer brake controller (available in SV and SL)
  • Seat Delete package ($500 deduction): removes the rear bench seat and adds a flat load floor with tie-down hooks (available in S and SV)
  • Chrome package (prices start at $1,245): adds a chrome grille, a chrome exhaust tip, chrome door sills, and 20-inch chrome wheels (available in SV and SL)
  • Texas Titan Edition (prices start at $1,295): adds the Chrome package and embroidered Texas Edition floor mats (available in SV and SL)
  • Pro-4X Premium package (prices start at $795): adds heated and ventilated front seats, the Around View Monitor system, and bedside storage bins (Titan Boxes)
  • SV Leather package (prices start at $895): adds leather upholstery and a power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Off-Road package (prices start at $245): adds 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and Bilstein off-road shock absorbers (available in SL and Platinum)
  • XD Heavy Duty GAWR package (prices start at $150): adds heavy-duty front springs (available in S and SV)
Nissan Titan S

The Titan S sports a base price of $30,690 for the three-seat Single Cab model. King Cab models start at $33,960, and Crew Cab models start at $36,680. Standard features include a rearview camera and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system (four-speaker system in Single Cab models), satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Crew and King Cab models also come standard with rear door alert, which helps remind drivers to check the back seat after parking.

Nissan Titan SV

The Titan SV starts at $34,320 for a Single Cab model, $37,390 for a King Cab, and $39,870 for a Crew Cab. The SV comes with trailer sway control, but it otherwise doesn't include much that's not in the base trim.

Nissan Titan Pro-4X

The off-road-oriented Pro-4X trim carries a starting price of $44,880 for the King Cab and $47,110 for the Crew Cab. It comes standard with four-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, skid plates, front tow hooks, a two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, Bilstein off-road performance shocks, and a locking rear differential.

The Pro-4X also comes standard with many features that are optional in lower trims. These include a bed liner, front bucket seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded NissanConnect system with navigation.

Nissan Titan SL

The Titan SL carries a starting price of $48,740. The SL and all higher trims are only available as a Crew Cab. The SL's standard features include the Utili-track system, a 120-volt outlet in the bed, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a Fender audio system, remote start, and front and rear parking sensors.

Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve

The Platinum Reserve is the highest trim in the Titan's lineup, and it starts at $54,630. This range-topping trim comes standard with almost every feature you can get in a Titan, including a heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a surround-view camera.

Which Titan Cab Style Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Nissan Titan is available in three cab styles: two-door Single Cab, four-door King Cab, and four-door Crew Cab.

The Single Cab model has only three seats. That’s fine for a work truck, but you’re better off with a King or Crew Cab if you plan to haul passengers regularly.

The King Cab has three, five, or six seats, depending on configuration. These second-row seats have adequate space for kids and younger teens, but most adults will find the 24 inches of rear legroom too tight for longer trips. On the plus side, the King Cab’s rear doors are hinged in the back, and they swing out wide, making it easy to get in and out of the back seat.

The Crew Cab has five or six seats, depending on configuration. It’s the only Titan cab style that can comfortably seat adults in back, thanks to its roomier 38 inches of rear legroom. The Crew Cab has conventional full-size rear doors.

Which Titan Bed Length Is Right for Me?

Unlike many of its rivals, the Titan’s bed length is entirely determined by its cab style. There’s no mixing and matching. All Single Cab models have an 8-foot-2-inch bed. All King Cab models have a 6-foot-6-inch bed. The Titan XD Crew Cab models also have this 6-foot-6-inch bed, but the non-XD Crew Cabs get a 5-foot-7-inch bed.

We suspect most buyers will be happiest with the King Cab because it offers the best compromise between passenger room and cargo space. If you do need the extra bed length, consider opting for the available sliding bed extender. This Nissan accessory attaches to the Utili-track rails, and it allows for items to be stowed securely in the bed with the tailgate open.

Which Titan Model Is Best for Towing and Hauling?

The base Titan isn't as capable as other full-size trucks. It has a maximum towing capacity of just 9,660 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,930 pounds, when properly equipped. Rivals like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado can tow well over 10,000 pounds and haul well over 2,000. The capacities of the Titan XD hold up better against the competition, though it still trails the class leaders. It will tow up to 12,830 pounds and haul up to 2,990 pounds.

The Titan’s best configuration for towing and hauling is the XD Single Cab model. When paired with the diesel V8 and rear-wheel drive, this model has a max tow rating of 12,700 pounds with a Class IV hitch (12,800 with a gooseneck hitch). Upgrading to four-wheel drive lowers these ratings by about 300 pounds. When equipped with the gas V8 and rear-wheel drive, this model has a max payload of 2,990 pounds. Adding four-wheel drive lowers this rating by 100 pounds.

That said, you don’t have to settle for a single cab model if you need passenger space and hefty towing ability. All XD models can tow 10,900 pounds when properly equipped with a Class IV trailer hitch and a trailer brake controller, regardless of body style. All XD models also have a max payload of at least 1,900 pounds.

Which Titan Model Is Best for Off-Roading?

The most-capable Titan for off-road driving is the Pro-4X model. This model comes standard with four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case with high- and low-range gearing (optional in every other trim level). It also has all-terrain tires, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, skid plates, and a locking rear differential. When engaged, this differential forces the rear wheels to rotate at the same speed, which can prevent the vehicle from getting stuck if one wheel loses contact with the ground. This setup is available for both Titan and Titan XD models.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Nissan Titan hits the important notes for a truck. Unfortunately, other full-size trucks hit those same notes a little harder, and they hit a few that the Titan doesn't. So while the Titan is a good truck, it finishes near the bottom of our full-size pickup truck rankings because it lacks the all-around excellence of most of its rivals.

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

  • The 2019 Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup with plenty of muscle for tackling big jobs. Available in Single Cab, King Cab and Crew Cab configurations, the Titan is a bit more flexible than the Toyota Tundra when it comes to cab size, although it offers only one engine choice: a potent 390-horsepower V8. Place the Titan against its domestic competition, however, and things get a bit more complicated. It's not that the Titan isn't a good truck, but the Ford F-150, all-new Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 offer so much more in the way of features, configurations and engines." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Are you okay buying a non-domestic pickup truck? If the answer is yes, you definitely need to drive a new Titan before making your decision. Competition for first-time truck buyers may be stiffest from smaller pickups like the Honda Ridgeline and Chevy Colorado; that said, even folks not accustomed to how damn big half-ton pickups have gotten will find the Titan easy to drive, easy to live with and up for just about any task you're likely to throw at it." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "Nissan's new Titan lineup continues to deliver. We don't expect it will make a significant splash in the truck segment (if it hasn't by now, why would it?) but even incremental improvement would be good news for Nissan." -- Left Lane News (2017)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 9, 2020

Slow Sales: Nissan Titan sales sat dead last in the full size truck segment in 2018, and its fortunes did not improve last year. Dealerships moved 37.5 percent fewer models in 2019 compared to 2018. Other full size trucks like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 were some of the best selling vehicles in the country, and the Titan struggled to compete. 

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