The Nissan Titan has long stood in the shadow of its American competitors. Built in Canton, Mississippi, the Titan was developed with the U.S. market in mind and boasts a distinctive look and standard V-8 power. Unfortunately, aside from a basic five-year/100,000-mile warranty, the Titan's recent improvements don't quite bring it up to the same level of the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.
Nissan recently refreshed the Titan, giving it a new front fascia influenced by the Titan Warrior concept, more power, and a new nine-speed automatic transmission. However, only two cab configurations are available: access or crew cab and a 6.5- or 5.5-foot bed. Should you need something more rugged or luxurious, Nissan offers the Titan in PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve versions. For 2021, the Nissan Titan carries over unchanged.
Beneath the Nissan Titan's refreshed sheetmetal is an updated powertrain that provides good acceleration thanks to the 5.6-liter V-8's broad powerband. Give the new nine-speed automatic credit, too, because it doesn't hesitate and is happy to hold gears to keep the engine in its sweet spot.
Unfortunately, things start to go downhill when it comes to ride and handling. The light, overboosted steering isn't precise, while the chassis struggles when you're going over multiple bumps on poorly maintained roads. Interior fit and finish also falls short against other full-size trucks. The Titan's infotainment system has better graphics, but at least in our testing it was prone to crashing. Fortunately, the cabin is quiet for the class.
The updated powertrain improves the Nissan Titan's driving experience. We had a great experience towing with the new setup, even if the steering is lifeless and vague. However, competitors from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, and Ram (especially the latter two) are more well-rounded, more capable, and have luxury-caliber interiors when you really load them up.
The 2021 Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 with 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. With the standard nine-speed automatic transmission, EPA fuel economy ratings are 16/21 mpg city/highway for RWD models and 15/21 mpg with 4WD. PRO-4X variants are slightly less efficient at 15/20 mpg.
NHTSA: 4 stars (out of a possible five stars; crew cab models only)
The 2021 Titan gets Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assistance technologies. That includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, front and rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention alert. Adaptive cruise control is standard on SV and higher trims.
In the Titan, Nissan's infotainment system features an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display as standard. A 9.0-inch touchscreen and built-in navigation are standard on the SL and up (it's also part of the SV Convenience package).
A six-speaker audio system is standard. SL and Platinum Reserve models get a 12-speaker Fender audio system, which is also available on the PRO-4X variant as part of the PRO-4X Utility package.
On the PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve trims, the Nissan Titan is available with Titan Boxes, which are lockable in-bed tool storage boxes that can double as coolers thanks to their built-in drain plug. Unlike the Ram Boxes on Ram trucks, the Titan Boxes are placed within the bed itself instead of integrated into the side. You can also remove the Titan Boxes, allowing you to expand the bed's capacity.
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