The 2021 Nissan Titan is coming out, but not with any new changes for the year’s model. The refresh Nissan put the Titan through last year didn’t exactly help it compete with the likes of other big names, like the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500, which are also much cheaper than the Titan.
However, there’s one feature that places the Titan near the top of its class with something that its rivals can’t compete with. Nissan is sending out its full-size truck with one of the best warranties in the pickup class. Kelley Blue Book reviews the Titan and discusses the pros and cons of this pickup.
How well is the Nissan Titan holding up to its rivals?
Nissan markets its truck with simplistic choices, but the Ram 1500 appeals to truck owners looking for tons of options to choose from. While the Ram is likely to appeal to experienced drivers, the Titan may be a great choice for first-time truck buyers as Autotrader explains.
The fuel economy for the Titan comes in pretty low. Driving in the city, it’s rated to get 15 mpg for both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. For the highway, it gets 21 mpg. The Ram 1500 is a bit better for both. In the city, it can get an average of 20 mpg, and on the highway, it can get 25 mpg, according to the EPA. The figures can differ from trim levels, though.
Even the Ram 1500’s interior is more luxurious than the Titan’s. With its refined cabin and user-friendly controls, the Ram outshines in so many ways. The Titan is more of an underdog next to some of the other giants in the full-size pickup market.
The pros and cons of the Titan
Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of driver’s aids are standard with the Titan. This includes accessories such as lane departure warning, high-beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, and emergency braking with the pedestrian alert system. You’ll also get blind-spot monitoring as well.
Paired with the V8 engine is a nine-speed automatic transmission that shifts gears in a smooth fashion. When the accelerator pedal demands more speed, the transmission has no problems downshifting two, sometimes three gears to give the engine what it needs to go.
The Titan comes with an 8-inch infotainment display screen, but you can choose to upgrade to the 9-inch touchscreen instead. On the higher trims, it comes standard. Along with the display are some of the most popular apps for vehicles, which are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nissan offers them as standard.
When it comes to drawbacks, the Titan only has a few. The Panoramic moonroof on the SL, Pro-4X, and Platinum Reserve trims compromises the interior space and reduces the amount of headroom for the occupants of the truck. While it will probably affect the taller individuals, anyone shorter than six feet may not have much of an issue.
Nissan’s Titan truck offers a pleasant ride and comfortable driving experience on many road surfaces. However, if you compare it to its rival the Ram 1500, the ride-quality lags a bit behind. Ram’s exclusive coil-spring rear suspension performs much smoother than what the Titan can muster.
How valuable is Nissan’s warranty on the Titan?
The one shining feature that the Nissan Titan has that others don’t is its exceptional warranty, which is the best in the class. Nissan offered a five-year or 100,000-mile warranty, the longest one you’ll find in the full-size pickup market.
The Ram and the Ford F-150 both come with a three-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. For their gasoline models, though, there’s a five-year or 60,000 warranty. The diesel models are the only ones that come with the five-year or 100,000-mile warranty.
The Nissan Titan doesn’t have a lot that makes it stand out in the full-size pickup market. But its exceptional warranty helps place it at the top of the market.