Avoid This Used Nissan Titan Model Year at All Costs

Nissan Titan models continue to be popular pickups across the board. However, we often report on older models worth avoiding due to consumer complaints, the number of Technical Service Bulletins, and various recalls. In fact, not long ago, we told you to steer clear of the 2017 Nissan Titan for some of these very reasons. 

However, it looks like the 2017 Nissan Titan isn’t the only model year problem child for this truck. Based on the reviews of several industry critics, the 2019 model Titan may be a dud, too. Here’s what we uncovered so you can hopefully avoid making an unsound used truck purchase.

Why Forbes says to stay away from the 2019 model

The 2021 Nissan Titan full-size pickup truck towing an Airstream trailer
The 2021 Nissan Titan full-size pickup truck | Nissan Motor Corporation

Forbes put together a roster of new vehicles to avoid based on a variety of criteria. As you might have guessed, the 2019 Nissan Titan makes the list. Citing a dire need for a refresh, this full-size pickup still paces far behind its rivals, including contributions from Chevy, Ford, and Ram. Additionally, the Titan tends to rank lower in residual value based on J.D. Power and Consumer Reports ratings. 

What other critics dislike about the 2019 Nissan Titan

Forbes isn’t the only industry critic of the 2019 Nissan Titan. Consumer Reports rates this model year the lowest out of five in fuel economy and emissions. The Titan only achieves 16 mpg in overall mileage returns, with a measly 11 mpg in the city. This puts the estimated annual fuel cost for the average driving consumer at upwards of $1,800.

There are also a few manufacturer’s recalls for the 2019 Nissan Titan, suggesting that anyone who buys one will need to contend with repairs and replacements at the local dealership. One recall, issued in March 2020, points to the Titan’s tires experiencing breaks in the sidewalls. This could lead to tread and belt loss. Developing an issue while driving could be worse, resulting in loss of vehicle control.

Exterior lighting can be problematic with the 2019 Nissan Titan, too. Another recall, issued in 2019, warns consumers that the backup display camera may not show obstacles as intended. There is yet another recall regarding an electrical short that could cause the engine to stall entirely.

Car and Driver wasn’t overly impressed with the 2019 Nissan Titan either. The team was disappointed that there was only one engine selection for that year. Making matters worse, that one source of power still produced the lowest max-towing ratings for the segment.

The 2019 Nissan Titan isn’t all bad


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Here’s where taking information with a grain of salt comes into play. Despite the sentiments of the critics and even our warnings to steer clear of buying a used 2019 Nissan Titan, it’s not all that bad. So you may still decide the 2019 Titan you have in mind is a perfect fit for your full-size pickup needs.

Even with the setbacks, Car and Driver says the Nissan Titan’s cabin feels serene, especially with those Zero Gravity seats. Critics like the customizable cargo bed. Additionally, the 2019 model year did receive some much-needed upgraded essentials, including a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple and Android connectivity, additional USB ports, and even an available Fender audio system. 

The maximum towing capacity for the Nissan Titan might be low, but 9,996 pounds isn’t a lightweight range. Many consumers can pull whatever they need with this Titan just fine. Additionally, there are compliments within the industry about the sporty feel of the single cab model. You’ll still appreciate the healthy growl from the exhaust, too.

Whenever you see these recommendations, know they’re intended to educate you before committing to a vehicle purchase. You may decide to stay away from the 2019 Nissan Titan. However, if you’re still interested, you’ll at least be ready to ask about past issues, recalls, and concerns.