2019 Nissan Titan: Is It Worth Buying?

The 2019 Titan is Nissan’s amazing full-size pickup offering. The pickup truck competes with similar offerings from carmakers, like Chevy, Ford, and Dodge, and  it may lack the name-brand recognition of General Motors, Ford, and Ram, the Nissan Titan uses a similar big-truck formula.

With all new features, capabilities, and details that longtime truck fans will love, the 2019 Nissan Titan is standing up to its competition and a worthy truck in its own right.

What’s New?

The 2019 Titan carries a couple of updates. Every model now comes with a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Also, the Titan includes another USB port while top models feature a pair of convenient illuminated USB ports. Fender speakers are also available.

If you’re picky about colors, you’ll be glad to know that Moab Sunset and Midnight Pine are 2 new paint colors. The previous chrome treatment has been replaced with a body-color grille surrounded with black accents.

Gas Mileage

The 2019 Titan gets 21 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in the city with its V8. Although that’s on par with a few rivals’ V8 engines, some competitors have V6 engines which offer better mileage. However, the Titan is better than the  comparable Toyota Tundra with 13/17 city/highway mpg, and almost equal to the Silverado 6.2 4WD, which achieves 16/20 city/highway.

Engine, Performance, and Transmission

The Titan features a single engine and transmission combination, unlike the variety of powertrains that are available on many light-duty rivals. The 5.6-liter V-8 engine produces 390 horsepower along with 394 lb-ft of torque; these are considered average in the segment.

Also, the 7-speed automatic transmission shifts gears quite effectively. Although the powertrain does not have the remarkable acceleration of its rivals’ most powerful engines, it is quick when compared to similar-size V-8s.

In terms of payload and tow rating, the Titan’s ability to tow up to 9660 pounds is certainly more than enough for a majority of owners, and all models can easily pull at least 9240 pounds. The 2019 Titan trades ride and handling quality for potent hauling capacity and off-road ruggedness.

The truck can impressively giddy up and go and has enough stopping power. Moreover, its steering, ride, and handling are good as its competition.

Standard convenience features are power windows and remote keyless entry. Luxury options include heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, a high-quality power-adjustable steering column, a power-sliding rear window and a heated steering wheel.

Interior Quality

Although the 2019 Titan looks just like a truck from the inside, with rugged and sturdy materials that are designed to withstand frequent wear and tear, the truck also has a sleek and handsome interior and uses a lot of top quality trims, particularly in upper-level models.

Cargo Space

The 2019 Titan features 3 bed lengths that range from five feet, six inches to eight feet, depending on specific cab configuration. In addition, features like a 110-volt power outlet, moveable tie-down cleats, and cargo bed lights really make it easier and quicker to load and secure your cargo as well as hook up electronics for a tailgate. Also, it’s worth mentioning that there is a decent amount of small-item storage space available throughout the cabin.

Price

Base prices for the 2019 Titan range from about $30,390 to $54,200, plus about $1,395 for destination. It’s worth mentioning that the base Titan S often comes with sturdy 18-inch painted-steel wheels, satellite radio and cloth interior upholstery.

On the other hand, the Titan SV starts at about $34,000 and has skid plates, 18-inch painted aluminum-alloy wheels, and tow hooks for all 4×4 versions. It also features trailer sway control and heated and power-operated mirrors.

Keep in mind that the Pro-4X trim is only offered on Crew Cab and King Cab Titans, and not on the single Cab. The Pro-4X is available at a starting price of about $44,500 with 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, LED low-beam headlights along with convenient daytime running lights, a spray-in bed liner, transfer case, a receiver hitch and additional skid-plating under its radiator.

The $48,340 Titan SL trim is only available on the Titan Crew Cab and features 20-inch wheels, cargo bed lights, aluminum running boards, rear and front ultrasonic parking sensors, heated front seats, remote start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Platinum Reserve trim level is offered on the Crew Cab only and starts at about $54,200 and has chrome-finished 20-inch wheels, a trailer brake controller, heated rear seats, a wood and leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, open-pore wooden interior trim, and a 360-degree camera.

Safety Features

A rearview camera is a standard feature on the Titan. Other incredible driver assistance features drivers can choose to add on  include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, and rear cross traffic alert.

Crash Test Results

The 2019 Titan earned an impressive four-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The newest Titan also managed to earn the top rating of Good in all 5 tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Pros

  • Strong throttle response
  • Cummins V-8’s muscle
  • Quiet cabin
  • Good brake feel and control
  • Easy to drive
  • Steering precision and feel
  • Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are now standard
  • 360-degree camera system is available
  • Smooth automatic transmission
  • Long warranty

Cons

  • Rivals can tow and haul more
  • Inconvenient trailer brake controller location
  • Low-quality cabin in entry-level trim

Should You Buy the 2019 Titan?

As discussed above, there are many reasons to like the 2019 Titan; in addition, its competitive pricing really makes it a quite reasonable value for the class. The Titan went over a decade without any significant redesign; however, this generation is a considerable all-around improvement; relative driving ease and a powerful V-8 drivetrain are the highlights. The 2019 Titan is a tough, sturdy, capable workhorse, and definitely worth a test drive.

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