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2019 Nissan Titan Review

The 2019 Nissan Titan finishes in the bottom half of our full-size pickup truck rankings. There are reasons to like the Titan, such as its comfortable ride and quality interior, but it lacks the capability and refinement of several competitors.

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

Is the Nissan Titan a Good Truck?

Yes, the Nissan Titan is a good 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).

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: 29 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.

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How Much Does the Nissan Titan Cost?

The Titan's base price – for the lowest trim and most basic cab – is about $30,600. The highest trim, the Platinum Reserve, starts at around $54,500. Both numbers are in line with most other full-size trucks' low- and high-end pricing. The Titan XD is larger and costs about $1,700 to $3,500 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.

Titan Off-Road Performance

Full-size trucks are expected to laugh in the face of off-road terrain, or at least hold their own when the pavement ends. The Titan doesn’t disappoint regardless of trim, but the Pro-4X trim is the best choice for adventuring.

Titan Towing Capacity

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.

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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 Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in Titan models that have rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Titan's LATCH system an ease-of-use rating of Acceptable (their second-highest rating).

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, 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.

Buyers looking for the best value should consider the SV and SL trims. The SV offers many more features than the base trim and is one of only two trims – along with the base S – offered in all three cab styles. The SV also costs much less than the highest trims.

The SL is one of the pricier trims, but it offers a lot of high-end features that you can't get in the lower trims and makes a better choice for buyers who want a more luxurious feel in their truck.

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 $1,700 to $3,500 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 S

The Titan S sports a base price of $30,590 for the three-seat Single Cab model. King Cab models start at $33,640, and Crew Cab models start at $36,580. 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.

The S trim doesn't offer much beyond the standard features. The only options are an overhead storage console in the cab, the Utili-track tie down system, and a spray-on bed liner.

Nissan Titan SV

The Titan SV starts at $34,220 for a Single Cab model, $37,290 for a King Cab, and $39,770 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.

However, many features are available for the SV trim that you can't get in the base trim, including front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and navigation.

Nissan Titan Pro-4X

The off-road-oriented Pro-4X trim carries a starting price of $44,780 for the King Cab and $47,010 for the Crew Cab. It comes standard with four-wheel drive. The Pro-4X is the most capable off-roader in the Titan lineup, and it comes with standard features that reinforce that status, including 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.

Notable options in this trim include front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and remote start.

Nissan Titan SL

The Titan SL carries a starting price of $48,640. The SL and all higher trims are only available as a Crew Cab. The SL's standard features include Utili-track, a 110-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 $54,530. 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.

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 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 in the bottom half 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)

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Expert Advice

Last Updated: April 11, 2019

Slow Sales: Nissan Titan sales sat dead last in the full size truck segment in 2018, and its fortunes have not improved. Dealerships have moved 23.9 percent fewer models this year compared to the same period in 2018. Other full size trucks like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are among the best selling vehicles in this country, and the Titan is struggling to compete. The F-150 is outselling the Titan by an overwhelming ratio of 22-to-1.

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