2019 Nissan Titan

2019 Nissan Titan Test Drive Review: Not Actually Titanic

by Ian Wright

The Nissan Titan has done reasonably well in the US market. But, it has a singular issue when it comes to marketing and breaking into the top-selling vehicles in America list that's owned by Ford, Chevy, and Ram trucks. The problem the Titan faces is that it's built by Nissan, a Japanese company. While that is far from a fundamental issue when it comes to building vehicles, American truck buyers want American trucks. That's why Nissan is so keen to tell us that its California-based studio designs the Titan, and it's built in Canton, Mississippi. Our Platinum Reserve model also laid heavy on the American theme with its interior and Fender branded sound system.

2019 Nissan Titan Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Titan?

Nissan has updated the Titan with some sensible feature upgrades and new tech that improves on what is already a user-friendly pickup truck. Appearance-wise, the Titan gets a new body-color grille which replaces the garish chrome piece that served on previous year models, and there are two new paint colors, namely Midnight Pine and Moab Sunset. Inside there are a few welcomed tech improvements: a new seven-inch infotainment system finds its way into the cabin and comes loaded with NissanConnect software, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay connectivity as well as an extra USB port. A new audio system courtesy of Fender pumps 485 watts of sound into the cabin via a nine-channel amplifier. Another nifty update is the rear door alert system which is designed to remind the driver to check the back seat. This is now standard on Crew and King Cab variants.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros:
  • Good warranty
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for 2019
  • Customizable load bin
  • Cons:
  • Safety equipment lacking
  • Only one engine option
  • Low maximum towing capacity
  • Only one axle ratio available

2019 Nissan Titan Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
5.6-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$30,690
SV
5.6-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$34,320
PRO-4X
5.6-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$44,880
SL
5.6-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$48,740
Platinum Reserve
5.6-liter V8 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$54,630

Titan Exterior

The 2019 Titan isn't a good looking truck in the traditional sense, but there is a sincerity to its presentation that mirrors the honest and hard-working chassis and drivetrain that lurks beneath the surface. The only noticeable styling change has to be the new body-colored grille which gives the truck a more contemporary look. The Titan rolls on a choice of 18-inch steel or alloy wheels, which grows to 20-inches in higher trims. The base model features a dampened tailgate and vinyl flooring. Moving up the range sees the Titan getting some much-needed attention; the S trim adds an oil pan and fuel tank skid plates as well as front tow hooks on the 4x4 model. The Pro-4X makes its intentions clear with transfer case and radiator skid plates and LED lighting. The SL model includes premium features such as running boards, chrome exterior trim, and a power liftgate.

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Dimensions

The three body styles on offer will obviously affect the bed length of the 2019 Nissan Titan, but all other dimensions are shared. The titan is strapped to a chassis with a 139.8-inch wheelbase, and is 228.1 inches long, growing to 228.5 for the Pro-4X. Max width measures 79.5 but increases to 80.7 in the Pro-4X and Platinum models. Height-wise, the Titan starts at 74.5 for the 4x2 single cab, growing to a maximum of 77.2 in the 4x4 Pro-4X and 4x4 Platinum. Bed length between the three cab sizes comes in as follows: the Crew Cab gets 67 inches, the King Cab gets 78.7, and the Single Cab takes the cake with 98.5 inches. Bed width and depth across the range is 63.8 and 20.8 inches respectfully. For those who dare take the Titan off-road, ground clearance ranges from eight inches up to 10.1 on the Pro-4X and Platinum Reserve 4x4, while the best possible approach and departure angles of 20 and 22.9 degrees respectively are found on the latter trims as well.

  • Wheelbase 139.8 in
  • Height 75.4 in
  • Max Width 79.5 in

Exterior Colors

There is a wide range of colors available to suit the different personalities of the Titan in its various states of tune. For 2019 Nissan has thought it good to add two more colors to the palate, Moab Sunset Metallic as a Pro-4X exclusive color and Midnight Pine Metallic available on the Pro, SL, and Platinum Reserve trims. Work trucks will generally be had in Glacier white, while the more exclusive trims will be able to flaunt colors such as Brilliant Silver Gun Metallic, Java Metallic, Cayenne Red, Forged Copper, and Deep Blue Pearl. The Pro-4X deserves a bolder color to go with its aggressive stance, while the Cayenne Red or Gun Metallic will go nicely with the classier Platinum model. All-in-all, there are 11 hues to choose from, with limited availability depending on the trim.

  • Forged Copper Metallic, Build Out: 05/31/2019
  • Java Metallic
  • Pearl White
  • Midnight Pine Metallic, Build Out: 07/31/2019
  • Magnetic Black Metallic
  • Cayenne Red Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl Metallic
  • MOAB Sunset Metallic, Build Out: 07/31/2019
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Gun Metallic
  • MOAB Sunset Metallic, (DISC), Build Out: 07/31/2019
  • Glacier White

Titan Performance

Performance from the naturally aspirated 5.6-liter gasoline V8 is strong, and offers brisk acceleration, conquering the 0-60 mph run in under eight seconds when driven. But its competitors are lighter and more powerful on average, with turbocharged offerings from Ford outgunning the Titan. The standard drivetrain on the Titan is rear-wheel-drive, but four-wheel-drive can be equipped as well, much like the rest of the full-size truck segment. As usual, rear-wheel-drive gets you the best towing ability, with up to 9,660 lbs towable in single cab 4x2 guise. Payload, however, is best on the single cab 4x4, with up to 1,930 lbs haulable in the cargo bed. Unlike the Titan XD, there is no Cummins diesel V8 engine available, limiting buyers to a single engine choice and thus, limiting versatility immensely.

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Engine and Transmission

Powering the 2019 Nissan Titan is a naturally aspirated 5.6-liter V8 featuring direct injection and 32 valves. This lump of an engine manages to produce a respectable 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque which is sufficient to lug around a full-sized truck . A seven-speed automatic gearbox is standard issue across the range, but buyers have the option to select either rear- or four-wheel-drive, both with a dual-range transfer case.

  • Engine
    5.6-liter V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While 0-60 mph time isn't fast, it does allow you to hustle around in truck terms when unloaded. The ride is perfectly comfortable if you're happy for it erring on the side of rugged, and handling isn't clumsy. In fact, handling may not be as confidence-inspiring on freeways and winding roads as an SUV but, in truck terms, nothing is a problem. Everything is civilized, and maneuvering is great in tight spots with plenty of visibility to help. In the cab, everything is laid out intuitively and polishes off the experience of a truck that's easy to live with for long periods at a time, whether through work or play.

Titan Gas Mileage

Available info on the Titan's drinking habits suggests that its overall gas mileage performance is comparable to the rest of the class. Nissan gives an EPA estimated numbers of 15/21/18 mpg city/highway/combined for the 4x2 and 4x4 S, SV, SL, and Platinum Reserve in all cab configurations. That number takes a hit in the 4x4 Pro-4X which manages to return 15/20/17 mpg. With a standard 26-gallon gas tank on all models, buyers can expect up to 468 miles range in mixed conditions, at least according to the estimates. Our test vehicle over the course of the week actually came close to matching those numbers with a combined 17 mpg showing on the clock when we handed the key back to Nissan.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    26.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 15/21 mpg
* 2019 Nissan Titan 4x2 Crew Cab S

Titan Interior

Unlike some of its competitors, the 2019 Nissan Titan leaves its dirty boots at the door and offers its occupants a much more civilized interior experience than is customary for this class of vehicle, especially in lower trim levels. Despite its family-friendly, almost SUV-like interior design, certain details let it down; small buttons scattered around the cabin can be difficult to use, and the design looks dated in comparison to its recently updated rivals. Standard interior features on the 2019 Nissan Titan S include cloth seats and SiriusXM satellite radio. The SV gains an overhead storage console while the 4x4 Pro-4X gets Illuminated USB ports and dual power outlets mounted in the center console. The Pro-4X is also home to a power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rear door alert. Platinum Reserve and SL cars are equipped with power-adjustable front passenger seats, driver's memory seat, leather upholstery, and other premium interior trimmings.

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Seating and Interior Space

There's plenty of room for even the largest of drivers and passengers, although legroom in the back isn't as good as competitor's models. The problem for the outgoing 2019 model is that even at the highest trim, Platinum Reserve, the interior is uninspired at best. However, let's take a moment to celebrate Nissan's "Zero Gravity" front seats. They are ridiculously comfortable, and we wonder why Nissan doesn't have a line of chairs for the home or office using the design. The storage box isn't the largest in its class, but its large enough to store plenty of day-to-day items.

  • Seating capacity
    6-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.8 in
  • Front Head Room 41.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.4 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Not only are the interiors uninspired, but the materials are basically lots and lots of obvious plastic. The Platinum Reserve trim our tester arrived in had better materials, but the rough-grain pattern on the seats just exacerbated the feeling of sitting in a sea of plastics.

Titan Trunk and Cargo Space

Cargo space is average on the standard Titan across load bed configurations. The Crew Cab provides the least amount of space in the range; the crew cab Titan's bed measures just 5.5 feet in length with only 50 inches between the wheel wells. The King Cab delivers 6.5 feet of bed length and the Single Cab boats eight feet in total. A bed width of 63.8 inches and a depth of 20.8 is standard across the range.

Cargo control is a speciality for the Titan. The spring-assisted tailgate on every model works well, and the unique bed-channel system is well thought out. Something people using a truck regularly for work will also appreciate is that the optional in-bed cargo boxes are discrete and easy to access.

On the inside, personal item storage is average for a truck of this size. There are enough cup holders and small storage nooks scattered around the cabin for small items, but the center armrest console is a disappointmentcompared to the competition. The top-mounted storage space that comes standard on the SV is a much-welcomed addition that adds a significant amount of interior cargo space.

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Titan Infotainment and Features

In base form the Titan is a barren thing, only offering the bare essentials needed to keep its operator comfortable enough to get the job done. The base model offers remote keyless access and push-button start, and that's about it, barring the infotainment system. The SV comes equipped with an overhead storage console, trailer sway control and rear door alert on King and Crew Cabs. The hardcore Pro-4X benefits from Nissan's Intelligent Key system with access request technology. Rain sensing wipers, a lockable rear seat cargo organizer and blind-spot warning are mentionable. The SL and Platinum Reserve build on the Pro-4X platforms by adding LED headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a HomeLink transponder. Dual-zone climate control is standard from the Pro-4X upwards, as is push-button start, while a surround-view monitor is available as standard only on the Platinum Reserve. Heated front seats are exclusive to the SL, while the Platinum Reserve gets heated and ventilated items with eight-way power adjustment.

Infotainment

With Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard on top of the NissanConnect system, everything is easy and intuitive to use. It's not the fastest system, and the 7.0-inch touchscreen isn't the slickest or highest resolution, but it does the job. A 4G LTE mobile hotspot is optional, as is the Fender audio system.

The Fender system is excellent, although it trades power for finesse. Nissan and Fender probably understands, or doesn't believe, it's market isn't for fans of delicate classical music and it sounds great for rock, blues, and country music.

Titan Problems and Reliability

Nissan's Titan truck has proven to be a reliable workhorse and has only been recalled twice for minor issues. The first recall was issued in April of 2018 for a missing warning label that could cause the vehicle to be overloaded. The second recall issued mid-2019 as for a wiring issue that affected the truck's alternator, which leads to an electrical short. Nissan further pushes the long term appeal of the Titan by offering a class-leading warranty. New owners will be glad to hear that Nissan covers the Titan with a five-year/100,000 mile basic warranty, including a five-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty, a five-year/100,000 mile drivetrain warranty, and a three year, or 36,000-mile roadside warranty.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Titan Safety

According to the two major U.S. safety rating agencies, the Nissan Titan displays moderate safety levels. The NHTSA gave the 2019 model four out of five stars; front accident protection was rated at four stars, as was rollover protection. The IIHS was impressed with the overall safety levels of the Titan but gave it a marginal score for its headlights. The Titan is safer than the Toyota Tundra and the ever-popular Ford F-150 according to the IIHS.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Basic safety features are present, but more advanced active safety technology is reserved as optional extras on the Titan. The airbag system consists of a single-stage driver and dual-stage front passenger supplemental airbag setup along with front passenger side-impact and roof-mounted curtain airbags. The big truck is kept steady via a traction control system and ABS. Rear door alert is available on King and Crew Cabs exclusively. Active safety technology such as blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are only available on the Pro-4X and above. Trailer sway control comes standard on all models except the S trim, and a tire pressure monitoring system features on all 2019 Titan models.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Nissan Titan a good Truck?

It's not just the Nissan badge that's been holding the Titan back in the US market. The American trucks genuinely do the whole package better. That said, the outgoing Titan does shine in crucial areas. The seats are incredibly comfortable and we could imagine that being a major selling point for someone that's going to spend a lot of time in the cab. The truck bed is a remarkably useful space, particularly with a few options ticked. The 5.6-liter V8 is a proven performer and, although the Titan's tow ratings aren't big enough to boast with the competition's, we all know there's more than enough pulling power for the majority of truck owners.

🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Nissan Titan?

With a mountain of variables to work with, the Nissan Titan can cost anywhere from $30,690 to $57,840. The single Cab version is only available in S and SV trim; the 4x2 Single Cab S is the cheapest of the lot and will set you back $30,690, but upgrading to a 4x4 version will increase that price to $34,090. The most affordable King Cab on the block is the 4x2 S model that costs $33,960, and the most expensive will be the King Cab Pro-4X that retails for $44,880. The Crew Cab is the most costly body style but still offers a few affordable options. The least expensive Crew Cab will set you back $36,680, while the title of the most expensive Titan goes to the 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum Reserve at $57,840. All prices exclude destination and handling fees of $1,395.

2019 Nissan Titan Models

There are five models on sale for 2019, all offering a different experience and overall purpose: S, SV, Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve. Single cab models are only available in S and SV guise, King Cab in S, SV, and Pro-4X guise, and Crew Cab in all the trims. The Pro-4X is only available as a 4x4 while the others have the option of 4x2 as well.

At the base of the Titan range, you'll find the S, which is a stripped-down workhorse with minimal features on offer. The S model gets keyless entry, cloth seats, a seven-inch infotainment system with satellite radio and Bluetooth streaming and overhead interior LED lighting.

The SV adds superior cloth seating material and a front overhead storage compartment. It also receives 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, and bespoke interior trim.

The Pro-4X is a serious offroading machine which adds hill descent control, an electronic locking rear differential, and Bilstein off-road performance shocks. The Pro-4X not only performs better but is a more comfortable truck thanks to the inclusion of auto wipers, added USB charging ports, leather upholstery touches and added safety tech in the form of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The more exclusive SL range gets auto-dimming mirrors, remote engine start, HomeLink technology, heated front seats with memory function and leather seats amongst others.

The range-topping Platinum is the most premium offering of the bunch and features 20-inch alloy wheels; climate-controlled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a premium Fender sound system.

See All 2019 Nissan Titan Trims and Specs

Additional Packages

Utilitarian optional packages for base model variants include the $845 S Utility Package which adds an extra storage console, spray-on bed liner, and a tow hitch receiver. Buyers can even opt to have $500 dropped from the asking price by losing the rear seat on King Cab models.

Things get serious when you climb into the Pro-4X: the Pro-4X Utility Package will set you back $1,845 and consists of an upgraded sound system, power side mirrors, a trailer brake controller, LED bed lighting, front and rear sonar system and rear bumper step assist to mention a few. The $3,545 Convenience Package adds remote engine start, leather heated seats and steering wheel, auto-dimming rear, and side-view mirrors as well as a HomeLink universal transceiver.

The Platinum model can be transformed into an off-road machine via a $750 Off-Road Package that adds 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in P275/70R18 all-terrain tires and connected to Bilstein performance shocks.

🚗What Nissan Titan Model Should I Buy?

As with most trucks, you're buying a tool and it's a case of buying the best tool for the job. For work, unless budget is key, the SV model is close to an ideal balance of budget and features. Off-roaders in particular should be looking for a deal on the Pro-4X and the Pro-4X Utility Package as the 2020 refresh model approaches. We would skip the Platinum trim level as other trucks do it better, although maybe not the Fender audio system.

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2019 Nissan Titan Comparisons

Toyota Tundra Toyota
Ford F-150 Ford
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Nissan Titan400 hp16/22 mpg$36,190
Toyota Tundra 381 hp13/17 mpg$33,575
Ford F-150 290 hp19/25 mpg$28,745

2019 Nissan Titan vs Toyota Tundra

The current generation Tundra has been around since 2014, and has proven to be a solid and reliable truck that's equally at home on the work site and mountain trail. Powered by a 5.7-liter V8, the Tundra produces similar power; there's 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque available, but suffers at the pumps with fuel consumption figures of 13/18/15 mpg city/highway/combined. The interior room is generous, especially in the front, but back seat passengers will feel more comfortable in the back of the Titan. The Tundra has a superior trailering capacity of 10,200 lbs, but isn't as safe as the Titan, scoring poorly on the IIHS test circuit. The Tundra starts off at a higher base cost but should retain its value better than the Nissan, which combined with superior reliability and capability sees it walks away the winner of this comparison.

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2019 Nissan Titan vs Ford F-150

The almighty F-150 holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the American people, and for a good reason. It's an affordable, dependable, and practical truck that can be a workhorse, family transporter or off-road monster depending on the wants and desires of the individual. The F-150's most comparable engine is a 5.0-liter V8 that pushes a high 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Despite the small power advantage, the F-150 consumes the same amount of gas at 16/22/18 mpg. Where the F-150 outshines the Titan is in its versatility; there are five engine options available including a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, a 3.3 V6 and a diesel V6. The F-150 offers more in terms of safety features, tech, and interior build quality, and the ride is better as well. Where the Titan claws back some territory is with its affordable asking price and a great warranty.

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