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2019 Nissan Titan Performance Review


Performance: 7.1

The 2019 Nissan Titan can't tow as much as rivals, but the Titan XD matches up better against the competition. The XD also offers a diesel powertrain that helps to unlock its full towing potential. With both setups, you get a truck that’s powerful enough for most driving situations. Additionally, this Nissan is easy to drive thanks to its solid handling, smooth ride, and good-for-its-size maneuverability. The Titan, particularly the Pro-4X trim, also acquits itself well in off-road situations.

  • Standard on every 2019 Nissan Titan pickup is a 390-horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 that is both powerful and smooth. On the road, the big Titan cruises effortlessly, although it does consume a fair amount of fuel when doing so." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "What I discovered is that no matter how similar the half-ton Titan and Titan XD look, the fraternal twins are distinctly different to drive. You notice it right away, from the half-ton Titan's delightful steering feel as a result of carrying less weight over the front tires to the gasoline V8 engine's smoothness at idle and when revving." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • Maybe the biggest complement we can pay the new Titan half-ton is that it feels competitive. Nissan's previous Titan always drove and felt a bit on the light-duty side of things, despite its brawny looks; that impression -- accurate or not -- has been exorcised." -- Autoweek (2017)

Acceleration and Power

Whether you opt for the regular Titan or the XD, it comes standard with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that puts out 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This engine provides good acceleration and ample power for most driving situations. It also feels strong when towing.

The Titan XD is available with a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 diesel engine that puts out 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The turbodiesel is the powertrain that unlocks the Titan XD’s full towing potential.

This truck gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with the gas engine, which is similar to the estimates that many V8-powered rivals receive. Fuel economy estimates aren't available for the Titan XD.

  • "Titan fares well on the road. The V8 provides strong acceleration, and the transmission kicks down quickly when the throttle is pressed." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "The 5.6-liter V8 never lacks for power, and delivers a savory aural aftertaste in the way it sounds when revving to redline." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "The best traits about the V8 Titan half-ton are its powerful and quiet ride. … We found this engine to effortlessly move the Titan XD. In the half-ton version of this truck, which rides on a completely different chassis that is both lighter and shorter, this is even more the case. Traveling over all manner of roads and highways near Monterey in Northern California, the new Titan always seemed to have power to spare. Matched by a new, 7-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain proved smooth, capable, and even sounded good." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Titan rides fairly smoothly, though it still feels more like a truck than a luxury car. This Nissan truck also handles and maneuvers well for its size. Despite its plaudits, however, there are class rivals that surpass the Titan when it comes to ride and handling. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the Titan, and four-wheel drive is available.

  • The Titan's ride is expectedly truck-like, and while it wasn't uncomfortable or unstable, the overall handling, steering effort and maneuverability can't compare to its domestic competition, most notably the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Steering is far more direct than the heavy-duty system in the Titan xD we tested a few months ago, and makes this large pickup easy to place on the road and maneuver in parking lots." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "What impressed us the most, however, were the 2017 Nissan Titan's road manners. The steering is good (not just good for a truck--good period) and the ride is excellent, but the real key to the Titan's confidence-inspiring nature is that it doesn't feel like it's as big as it is." -- Left Lane News (2017)


Like every full-size truck, the Titan offers four-wheel drive, so you needn't fear heading off the pavement. The best off-roader in the lineup is the Pro-4X trim, which comes standard with 4WD and features Bilstein shocks, skid plates, a locking rear differential, and hill descent control. With these tools at its disposal, the Pro-4X can handle just about any terrain you dare to tackle.

  • "Finally, note that if you go off-roading with any frequency, consider the Titan Pro-4X model, which comes with knobbier all-terrain tires, skid plates, off-road shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, and a hill descent control system. The stance is also slightly wider and taller, and this version of the Titan features steeper approach and departure angles. Briefly, I tested this truck's capabilities in the dirt and came away impressed." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "Nissan's engineers set up a course that allowed the Titan to show off its chassis articulation, its approach and departure angles, and its hill descent control. As is often the case in any scenario where the course has been hand-crafted by the engineers, the 2017 Titan performed flawlessly. We still love the front-wheel camera feature when wheeling. … If you've never done low-speed off-roading, this may not seem like a huge deal to you, but having eyes in that corner of the truck eliminates a monumental chunk of guesswork, especially in a beast as big as this one." -- Left Lane News (2017)

Towing and Hauling

When properly equipped, the Titan has a maximum towing capacity of 9,660 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,930 pounds. Most other full-size trucks can tow more. The capacities of the Titan XD hold up better against the competition. It can tow up to 12,830 pounds and haul up to 2,990 pounds.

You can also add features like Trailer Sway Control and Trailer Brake Controller that make your life easier when pulling a trailer. Whether you stick with the V8 or opt for the XD and its available diesel engine, the Titan pulls trailers with ease.

  • "… the Titan's potent powertrain makes towing a breeze." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "But we can say for sure that the Titan XD can pull a 9,000-pound trailer up a six-percent grade with confidence, because we hooked exactly that much weight to the hitch of the XD to test it for ourselves." -- Autoblog (Titan XD, 2016)
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