Nissan Titan, Tale of Two Titans

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Over the past few weeks I have had both the Titan and the Titan XD to drive for a week. In each case it was the Pro-4X version with all the trim and performance packages added. Like every competitor in the full-size pickup field they were big, powerful, loaded with high tech, and expensive. However, the Titan lineup has several features that set it apart from the field, not the least of which is value.

The Titan was selected as best overall value in all three highly contested categories at the Texas Auto Writer’s Truck Rodeo, Full-size Pickup, Luxury Pickup and Off-road Pickup. It also won best commercial pickup in 2016 and 2017, as well as best Full-size pickup in both those years.

Large comfortable interior in the 2019 Nissan Titan
Comfortable and modern leather interior
Nissan offers two Titans to pick from, the standard full-sized pickup and the heavier duty Titan XD. Each comes in 5 trim levels from the base S model to the all-in luxury of the Platinum Reserve edition. Mid-range on the trim scale is the Pro-4X, now offered as a stand-alone model instead of an option as in prior years.

Titan’s off-road ready Pro-4X
The Pro-4X Titan is Nissan’s off-road capable answer to the Toyota TRD, the Chevy Trail Boss and Ford’s FX-4 edition. With a 2-speed transfer case, locking differential, skid plates, high clearance and all terrain tires it is able to go almost anyplace the large bodied truck can fit.

The dictionary defines Titan as, “One of prodigious size, strength, or achievement:” The Titan and especially the Titan XD surely qualify under that definition, The pickup comes in at just over two tons curb weight and in some models is rated for more than one ton of payload. The truck’s tow rating isn’t the largest in the class, but at 9700 pounds for the gas powered Titan, and over 12,000 pounds for the XD diesel, the truck offers abilities few will need.

Power is provided by either the 390 horsepower,5.6-liter V8 gas engine for all the Titans, or the optional 5-liter Cummins diesel plant that kicks out 310 horsepower and 555 pound of torque in the XD. All the gas engines use a 7-speed automatic transmission and the diesel gets the extra duty Asian 6-speed auto shift.

Check out this previous article Lynn and I did on the American Titan diesel power

Nissan Titan comes in big or bigger
The Titan pickups not only look huge but are. The Titan Crew Cab is 228 inches long, the XD more than 246 inches, that’s 20 and a half feet, bumper to bumper. It takes a 4-lane road to execute a U-turn. At six feet and 4 inches tall you need to be careful where you take the truck to park. If large trucks are what the buying public wants the Titans qualify,

The Nissan towing package includes trailer light check that allows one person to check all the lamps quickly, an integrated trailer brake controller, rear view monitor with trailer guides, sway control and an integrated gooseneck hitch. The available birds eye view camera makes hooking up and maneuvering easy.

When the Nissan Titan and Titan XD update was released a few years ago it had class leading interior design and comfort. Since then all the truck makers have upped the game and now the titan lags behind some in style and features.

The single weakest point is the infotainment system. It uses a relatively small 7-inch screen and seems cumbersome and glitchy compared to many of the newer systems. The Fender premium sound system does a great job.

Power operated, hide-away running boards ease entry without sacrificing ground clearance. Fixed boards are also available if your not going to be off-roading.

Cargo management bed rail system and Titan boxes make the bed more useable
Titan cargo management system
A nice feature is the bed step. Unlike others who offer complicated tailgates or deploying step ladders, the Titans use a single step at the left rear bumper corner that moves into place with a push of your foot and retracts with a slight upward push. It makes bed access easy and will still be there if someone steals the tailgate.

Ride comfort and seating are excellent. Nissan has a reputation for the Zero Gravity seats, and while these are not, they benefit from what Nissan learned designing the comfortable ZG seating, Bumps and jars do get into the cabin, especially in the 4-wheel drive editions, however, it didn’t seem out of line with any other off-road capable truck I’ve driven. The cabin noise level is minimal, even in the diesel XD. Acceleration is good, and braking is on par with any truck this size.

The Nissan Titan is due for a refresh to bring the infotainment up to current standards and hopefully we will see that in the next year model. When they do that I hope they add a seat belt guide on the driver’s seat to make reaching the strap easier.

Overall the Titans offer good performance, excellent dependability and great value in a mid-size or Extra-duty pickup.