The 2021 Nissan Titan Leads All Trucks in This Consumer Reports Ranking

Pickup trucks like the Nissan Titan may be the most wanted vehicles on the North American car market. Does that mean these full-sized trucks offer good value? Usually not. Consumer Reports took a look at the pickup trucks coming for the 2021 model year and found most on the list lacking when it came to real value. One truck on the list, however, does offer value according to the team. Which truck on that list got the best score according to the CR team and why? Let’s look at the Nissan Titan.

The 2021 Nissan Titan

For Consumer Reports, value means getting what you want for the price paid. When it comes to high-priced full-sized pickup trucks, that’s not always the case.

CR starts by making a distinction between the Nissan Titan and the larger Titan XD. The value rating we’re discussing is the one they gave to the regular Titan which they describe as the lighter, nicer truck. The team feels it’s a strong competitor for other light-duty 1500 competitors.

The 2021 Nissan Titan offers a decent ride and handling, a potent V8 engine, a minimal-effort tailgate, and a fuel economy that’s average for a full-size truck. 

Available as a smaller extended-cab or a four-door crew cab, the Titan is easy to navigate and quiet in the cabin. A 5-foot-5-inch bed comes with the crew-cab configuration that offers a versatile system to secure cargo. Flush-mounted LED lights, a spray-on bed liner, a damped tailgate, and access to a 120-volt outlet are available features.

The Titan has a towing capacity of 9,390 pounds for the crew cab and a maximum payload capacity of 1,620 pounds. It offers a built-in trailer brake controller, trailer-light check system, and trailer sway control which help you hook up a trailer all by yourself if necessary. The new Titan offers a lot of standard and active safety features.

The value rating given to the Nissan Titan

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When you look at CR’s rating and reliability list for pickup trucks, you see that the 2021 Nissan Titan doesn’t have the best overall score. It earned a 55 whereas the top overall score was an 80, and that was earned by the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. 

But if you look at the value ratings assigned, you’ll see the Ridgeline received a 47 out of 100 on the CR value rating. While there were many things the team liked about Ridgeline including its swanky cabin, standard safety equipment, and car-like qualities, they pointed out it had a shallow bed, limited off-roading chops, and a towing capacity (5,000 pounds) that is well below that of other small trucks.

The 2021 Nissan Titan earned a 69 out of 100 on CR’s value rating. They pointed out that historically, the Titan has a steeper depreciation than that of its peers. But in the plus column, it has a spacious interior, a low-effort gate, a powerful engine, and a slew of standard safety features.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator was second behind the Ridgeline when it comes to overall scores. In value, it only earned a 45 out of 100 from the CR team. They liked both its diesel and V6 engines. They also appreciated Gladiator’s character and towing chops. What they didn’t like was its access, handling, and all the noise.

There were no big winners

Looking over the list of pickup trucks, you see most trucks received the worst value rating Consumer Report could assign. There were a few with no rating because the team had not yet evaluated them. That left the 2021 Dodge Ram 2500 and the 2021 Toyota Tundra that both earned the next-to-worst rating in value.

And the 2021 Nissan Titan earned a midrange value rating between the best and worst. 

The CR team suggested the SV models as the best deal you could get on a 2021 Nissan Titan. They advised that it struck a nice balance between basic amenities and price. The price will land somewhere in the mid $40,000s and includes navigation, heated seats, and much more.

Trucks have to have more than hauling and towing chops these days. They have to be different vehicles for different types of drivers. With expanding features and ballooning costs, it’s important to know what you’re getting for your money. And according to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Nissan Titan is a good truck for the money.