Overview

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Overview (Final Score: B)

The Nissan Titan is in its second-generation as the automaker's full-sized pickup truck offering. The Titan comes in two formats, a full-sized half-ton pickup truck and a larger "heavy-duty half-ton" as the Titan XD, which will be reviewed separately.

The 2019 Titan continues Nissan's push to get truck buyers used to seeing the Nissan nameplate on a full-sized pickup. The Titan is offered in a full line of cab configurations and bed lengths and with trim levels ranging from the austere to near luxurious.

New for the 2019 model year are some upgrades to the Nissan Titan, including a new Fender Audio System option, a standard 7-inch touchscreen in the base model, and other upgrades. The Midnight Edition package, introduced last year, continues for 2019.

With competitive pricing and a strong lineup of options, the 2019 Nissan Titan offers an alternative to the usual suspects in the pickup truck arena. The Titan comes in five trim levels and with both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive.

What We Love About the 2019 Nissan Titan:


  • Lots of appeal to the exterior design of the Titan

  • Capability covers the bases well

  • Warranty is best in the industry


What We Don't Love About the 2019 Nissan Titan:


  • Hit-and-miss interior ergonomics and design

  • Fuel economy barely middling

  • Sub-par infotainment compared to others in its class


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Exterior View (10/10)

The Nissan Titan is true to its name as a big, burly pickup truck with a lot of emphasis on size. The exterior of the 2019 Titan is all about muscle and power. A wide front grille, huge headlamps, a large bumper, and a flat hood all emphasize the bulkiness of this truck.

The thick bulging fenders of the Titan and its squared-off rear window continue that theme with some classic pickup truck elements to create the Titan's overall persona. Large side mirrors and a tall bed sill add in the working element to the truck's design, as does the large aero tweak on the rear tailgate and the tall, thin tail lamps to emphasize the truck's height. The solid rear bumper finishes that.

The 2019 Nissan Titan now has a body-color outer grille option on most trim levels, replacing the chrome default. The grille can be completely blacked in the SV grade or with the Midnight Edition option.

The overall impression that the 2019 Nissan Titan gives is that it's a big, work-ready, powerful pickup truck. Others have similar design elements, of course, but the Titan makes them clear and obvious and it seems to be working for the Nissan.

Interior Comfort, Quality, Ergonomics (7/10)

The 2019 Nissan Titan's interior is large and roomy with big seats. These are expected of any full-sized truck and the flat, squared dashboard helps create that feel. Some less truck-like features, however, like the small buttons and knobs, the smaller-feeling steering wheel, and some ergonomics issues like the large shift lever blocking some controls are downsides.

The overall feel of the dashboard, once looking past the bulkiness of its design, is that of a crossover rather than a truck. It creates an odd juxtaposition to the Titan's overall interior and its generally appealing nature otherwise.

Materials choices in the 2019 Nissan Titan are good, though sometimes they can feel cheap. Especially in the details. Seating is very comfortable, though, and accommodating for persons of almost any size. The rear seats are also very good, especially in the crew cab with its huge entry doors and ample knee and legroom.

The new 7-inch infotainment screen for the base models is a nice upgrade. The overall impression of the Titan's interior that of work readiness without nonsense in the way. Even in the topmost trim. There are some down points and some incongruities, but the 2019 Titan is, overall, a pickup truck and that shines through in the interior's general design.

Technology (8/10)

The infotainment system in the 2019 Nissan Titan is decent, but a bit dated. Even with all upgrades in place, the screen seems small for the truck's size and graphics quality is below par for today's market. For all of that, the Titan's infotainment does do the job and does most of the things most people will expect to do daily in a car.

Nissan's newly-upgraded NissanConnect system does now offer Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay, making it more useful. We note that the complaint we had last year about glitchy Bluetooth audio streaming remains for 2019 in the Titan.

Most probably won't think of the lackluster infotainment in the 2019 Titan as a dealbreaker, though, as it's still functional for most needs.

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Fuel Economy (8/10)

The Nissan TItan does not have a six-cylinder engine option, coming only with a singular V8. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. These are below the segment's par, but are realistic in our experience with the truck. Our average over a week's driving was 18.5 mpg overall, not including any towing.

Predicted Reliability, Initial Quality Ratings (9/10)

The 2019 Nissan Titan does not, as of yet, have any reliability scores published. It scored "About Average" last year in the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study. Consumer Reports also gives it ratings of about average for its segment. We've bumped the scoring here, though, to reflect the industry-best warranty that comes with the 2019 Titan.

The Titan includes a five-year/100,000-mile warranty bumper-to-bumper.

Safety (8/10)

The 2019 Nissan Titan has received published scores from both crash testing bodies in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rated it with four stars overall, giving the Titan four stars each for frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars for side crashes.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the 2019 Titan top scores of "Good" on all crash tests conducted.

Performance (9/10)

The 2019 Nissan Titan uses a 5.6-liter V8 that outputs 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque in a predictable power band. A seven-speed automatic transmission powers either the rear wheels or all four, depending on drivetrain choice. The smooth delivery of the V8's power is welcome in a big truck like this, as are the growling noises made when it's pressed.

The Titan offers a solid mix of usability and capability. While towing and hauling capability are lower than that offered in many others in this class, they are within the norms expected of a half-ton workhorse truck. Maximum towing is rated at 9,740 pounds in the 2019 Titan and payload is maxed at 1,950 pounds. Depending on configuration, of course.

Our chief concerns with the 2019 Nissan Titan, in terms of capability, are its lack of trailer sway and brake controls as standard when the towing package is added. They're instead optional accessories. The Titan does have the advantage of feeling overbuilt with most trailer loads, giving the driver confidence.

The 2019 Nissan Titan is also surprisingly quiet as a highway ride. Even with heavier tires for the Pro-4X model. Also working either for or against the Titan is its car-like drive quality on the road, which may turn off some truck buyers and make others comfortable. Depending on expectation. This also requires some adjustment as the ease of the Titan's maneuvering belies its bulk.

Pricing and Value (8/10)

The 2019 Nissan Titan has a good array of cab styles, bed lengths, and utility choices for packages. There is only one engine offering, but the Titan is otherwise very configurable for most general purpose needs.

The Titan SV with the Midnight Edition or Convenience packages are an excellent choice for maximum value for the money spent. The SL is also a good buy for the same reasons. We'd recommend the factory towing package with sway control added and, for resale, we'd also recommend the 4x4 option for most buyers. We'd forego the Pro-4X package unless serious off-roading is the plan.

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Total Score and Competitive Comparison (67/80, 84%)

The 2019 Nissan Titan competes in a big arena of pickup truck options. Most of the Titan's competition is newer in design, though, and offers a lot of variety by comparison. The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a strong offering with a lot going for it on every front. The best-selling Ford F-150 is still the benchmark for the segment, and for good reason, offering just about every configuration imaginable for a full-sized pickup. Chevrolet and GMC have both introduced new models for this year as well, adding some tough competition. Only the Toyota Tundra has seen little change since the Titan was introduced.

The choice to buy or not buy a Titan largely comes down to expectation and choice. Brand loyalty is big in pickup trucks, but those willing to look outside their brand box may find something in the 2019 Nissan Titan they like. It's big, burly-looking, and checks all of the standard capability boxes for a full-sized truck. With an industry-best warranty, it could be an easier choice to make too.

Trim Style Engine Drive Train MSRP
Crew Cab - 4WD
S 4x4 Crew Cab S 8 Cylinder 4WD 39830
SV 4x4 Crew Cab SV 8 Cylinder 4WD 43020
PRO-4X 4x4 Crew Cab PRO-4X 8 Cylinder 4WD 47110
SL 4x4 Crew Cab SL 8 Cylinder 4WD 51940
Platinum Reserve 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum Reserve 8 Cylinder 4WD 57840
Crew Cab - RWD
S 4x2 Crew Cab S 8 Cylinder RWD 36680
SV 4x2 Crew Cab SV 8 Cylinder RWD 39870
SL 4x2 Crew Cab SL 8 Cylinder RWD 48740
Platinum Reserve 4x2 Crew Cab Platinum Reserve 8 Cylinder RWD 54630
Extended Cab - 4WD
S 4x4 King Cab S 8 Cylinder 4WD 37100
SV 4x4 King Cab SV 8 Cylinder 4WD 40540
PRO-4X 4x4 King Cab PRO-4X 8 Cylinder 4WD 44880
Extended Cab - RWD
S 4x2 King Cab S 8 Cylinder RWD 33960
SV 4x2 King Cab SV 8 Cylinder RWD 37390
Regular Cab - 4WD
S 4x4 Single Cab S 8 Cylinder 4WD 34090
SV 4x4 Single Cab SV 8 Cylinder 4WD 37470
Regular Cab - RWD
S 4x2 Single Cab S 8 Cylinder RWD 30690
SV 4x2 Single Cab SV 8 Cylinder RWD 34320

Comparison of 2019 Nissan Titan with Similar Cars

2019 Nissan Titan MSRP Invoice
2019 Nissan Titan $30,690 $29,498
Similar Cars to Consider MSRP Invoice Compare
2019 Ford F-150 $28,155 $26,888 2019 Nissan Titan VS 2019 Ford F-150
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $28,300 $27,140 2019 Nissan Titan VS 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 $29,600 $28,386 2019 Nissan Titan VS 2019 GMC Sierra 1500
2019 Toyota Tundra $31,670 $29,294 2019 Nissan Titan VS 2019 Toyota Tundra

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