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2021 Nissan Titan Review: A Sleeper or Coma Patient?

by Aiden Eksteen

The Ford F-150, RAM 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are all pickup trucks you've very likely heard of before. However, nobody would blame you for never having heard of the 2021 Nissan Titan, which seems totally out of place beside these US giants. While the second-generation Titan has been streamlined to better its standing within the highly competitive classification, it still doesn't quite measure up to its ever-popular rivals, not even with the 400-horsepower V8 motor that makes it the most powerful truck in the class. The Titan pickup still has to offer, though; just take a peak at the spec sheet and you'll see Nissan presents the lineup with some compelling models. Creature comforts, conveniences, and safety features are plentiful across the board and Nissan's infotainment system is rather impressive with higher-spec models getting a nine-inch touchscreen bundled with a 12-speaker audio system. It's a solid and nicely balanced truck that packages a lot of value at the price it's offered, so why is it so overshadowed by its contemporaries?

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2021 Nissan Titan Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Titan?

Since it received a significant overhaul in 2020, there are no changes for the Nissan Titan pickup for the 2021 model year.

Pros and Cons

  • Bold and authoritative curb appeal
  • Strong and refined powertrain
  • Surprisingly comfortable for a truck
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Extensive driver-assist consignment
  • Only the one powertrain offered
  • Below-average towing capacity
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Fairly cramped back seats

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2021 Nissan Titan Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
5.6L V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$36,950
SV
5.6L V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$40,790
PRO-4X
5.6L V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$48,470
SL
5.6L V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$54,930
Platinum Reserve
5.6L V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$56,440

Titan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 228.1 in
  • Wheelbase 139.8 in
  • Height 75.4 in
  • Max Width 79.5 in
  • Curb Weight 5,553.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Red Alert
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic, Build Out: 09/30/2020
  • Glacier White
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Deep Blue Pearl Metallic
  • Cardinal Red Metallic
  • Pearl White
  • Baja Storm

Titan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

With 400 hp and 413 lb-ft churned out by its 5.6-liter V8 gas engine, the 2021 Titan is the most powerful truck within the classification. All of that power is managed by a 9-speed automatic transmission and sent through to a standard rear-wheel drivetrain or all-wheel drivetrain. Even so, the Titan isn't the most capable half-ton truck in the class. Performance-wise, the Titan's V8 and auto transmission do well at both city and highway speeds. Acceleration responses are always strong and dependable and the transmission switches through gears quite instinctively. When appropriately outfitted, the most the Titan pickup will tow is 9,310-pounds, which while just fine for most, isn't even nearly as much as what competitors can do.

  • Engine
    5.6L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Titan Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    26.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 16/21 mpg
* 2021 Nissan Titan S 2WD Crew Cab

Titan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

Titan Trunk and Cargo Space

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Titan Safety and Reliability

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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Nissan Titan a good Truck?

As a workhorse, the Nissan Titan is certainly not the best pickup truck you can buy in America. It can haul 9,310 pounds when properly equipped, which is fairly useful for the average Joe, but most pickup truck fiends and seasoned workman will be sure to let you know that the Titan can't hold a candle to their Ford F-150. While first-time truck buyers may give the Nissan Titan a chance, most existing owners have become diehard supporters of their chosen brands, which vary between the F-150, RAM 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. All of these half-ton trucks are immensely popular for good reason, boasting commanding and distinct designs, well-rounded performance, and astounding capability. The Titan is a pleasant and well-rounded vehicle, but it doesn't perform particularly well in any one regard where its competitors can boast leading off-road capabilities and, of course, payload and towing capacities. The Titan is an easy-going truck that delivers an almost car-like driving experience, though, and it does come standard with a proper selection of features and driver assists. From the NHTSA, the Titan received a five-star overall safety rating, complementing the IIHS's favorable review of the 2021 Nissan Titan. It also scores really high for overall quality and reliability. Seeing as it is one of the most expensive trucks on the market, though, you'll want to carefully consider if its pros outweigh its cons for the intended purpose.

๐Ÿš—What Nissan Titan Model Should I Buy?

If you're set on the 2021 Nissan Titan and are in the truck market for a dependable workhorse, then we'd recommend going for one of the entry-spec King Cab models configured with the 4x2 drivetrain. Within the Titan lineup, these models can tow the most, but as workhorses, they still don't nearly match up to competing half-ton trucks. If you're just looking for a bold and well-rounded pickup truck with modest capability, the Pro-4X is the Titan truck to go for. With its standard-fit 4x4 system, Bilstein off-road shocks, and a locking rear differential, it exhibits some impressive off-roading potential without compromising on its easy-going on-road handling and ride quality. This model also comes outfitted with some charming cabin improvements including power-adjustable front seats, a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen, and red contrast stitching in the seating upholstery. The starting price of a 2021 Nissan Titan pickup in this trim is around $48,000. However, we might spend an extra $2,000 or so to equip the roomier 4-door Crew Cab.

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