The 2021 Nissan Titan Struggles With Reliability

The 2021 Nissan Titan isn’t the most popular pickup out there. Unfortunately, it’s also not the most reliable pickup available these days. Fortunately, the Nissan Titan isn’t the only full-size pickup out there. So if you’re a stickler for reliability? There are other options available.

2021 Nissan Titan pickup truck
2021 Nissan Titan | Nissan

How reliable is the 2021 Nissan Titan?

Unfortunately for the 2021 Nissan Titan, reliability isn’t its strong suit. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, this year’s new model earned a two out of five predicted reliability rating, which is pretty disappointing. However, it did earn a slightly higher reliability rating from U.S. News & World Report, which gave it a three out of five predicted reliability rating. While that is about average, it’s definitely not great. 

Reliability isn’t its only issue

But it’s not just reliability that the 2021 Nissan Titan struggles with. According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Titan isn’t as easy to see out of as other full-sized trucks. Its side windows are small and the pickup’s windshield pillars are pretty thick at the bottom. Its tall, square hood also makes it difficult to tell where the front of the truck actually ends.

Seating accommodations aren’t all that great either. Consumer Reports says that some of its testers felt the Titan’s seats weren’t as supportive during long drives. Making things even worse? Even though its rear seat offers plenty of leg, knee, and headroom, Consumer Reports says that its flat seat really isn’t comfortable for adults. The seatback is too upright and the seat’s short bottom cushion provides barely any support.

The Nissan Titan is the largest pickup available from the Japanese manufacturer.
2021 Nissan Titan | Nissan

Does the 2021 Titan have anything going for it?

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news for the 2021 Nissan Titan. According to Car and Driver, this year’s model can be had with some pretty tech-savvy features. It’s standard with a slew of driver-assistance technology, including automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts. It’s also available with adaptive cruise control.

Its interior offers plenty of tech-centric features as well. All Titan models come standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2021 Nissan Titan is also available with popular tech features like wireless charging, a mobile hotspot, a Fender premium audio system, and numerous charging ports.

2021 Nissan Titan
2021 Nissan Titan | Nissan

You might want to consider these alternatives to the Nissan Titan

But if you’re a stickler for reliability? That’s ok. There are plenty of alternatives to the Nissan Titan. One of them? The 2021 Toyota Tundra. Unlike this year’s Titan, Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Toyota Tundra a four out of five predicted reliability rating. This year’s Tundra also earned a higher predicted owner satisfaction rating. While the Titan earned a dismal two out of five owner satisfaction rating, the Tundra earned a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating from Consumer Reports.

And if the Toyota Tundra isn’t quite your style? Consider the 2021 Ram 2500, which Consumer Reports gave an impressive five out of five predicted reliability rating. This year’s 2500 also earned a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating, which is pretty darn impressive in comparison to the 2021 Nissan Titan.

The 2021 Toyota Tundra, an alternative to the Nissan Titan
For an alternative to the Nissan Titan, consider the 2021 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

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Reliability ratings are key if you plan on driving your truck for a while

If you’re shopping for a new pickup and plan on driving it for several years, then reliability ratings are going to be key. Fortunately, there is plenty of data out there to help you shop for a reliable pickup.