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The Fastest Nissan Truck Offers Great Driving Experience, According to Consumer Reports

Nissan's full size truck, the Titan, on display at the Detroit Auto Show.

The Titan is the fastest Nissan truck in the lineup and also the largest. It boasts a variety of modern features and impressive style, but the best part of the Titan may just be how it drives. If you’re looking for a full-size truck that you’d be happy to buy, the 2019 Nissan Titan could be the right truck for you.

The Titan: Nissan’s fastest truck

If you’re looking for an economical truck, the 2019 Titan might not be your best bet. According to AutoWise, the new Titan receives a fuel efficiency rating of 21 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in the city.

Attempting to reduce the truck’s consumption, Nissan outfitted the 2019 Titan with Variable Valve Event and Lift technology. But as the fastest Nissan truck, the Titan is quick and mighty. The Nissan Titan has a top speed of 122 mph and can get up to 60 mph in seven seconds. 

Unlike many other full-size trucks, the Titan can fit six passengers comfortably in a roomy and comfortable interior. You can also upgrade the Titan to a larger, crew-cab version that sits on a larger wheelbase.

Base engines are powerful 5.6-liter DOHC eight-cylinders, that produce a cool 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Titan is also supported by Nissan’s impressive, five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. For the first time, the Titan is offering a standard, 7-inch touchscreen display with connectivity capabilities and a max towing capacity of almost 10,000 lbs.

How the Nissan Titan ranks according to the experts

Kelley Blue Book gives the 2019 Nissan Titan and average Expert Rating of 3.9 stars (out of five) and a Consumer Rating of 4.5. Though they find owners enjoy the Titan, it lacks in the fuel economy and features categories.

Though it lacks in certain areas, U.S. News rates its safety with an overall score of nine (out of ten), stating that the 2019 Titan earned four out five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its overall crash rating. It also earned top ratings in all of the five tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Consumer Reports gives the new Nissan Titan mixed reviews. Its overall score sits squarely in the middle at 51 (out of 100), with an average predicted owner satisfaction score of three out of five. But the Titan was given an extremely-poor score of one out of five in predicted reliability, only scoring 20% for average reliability for the Titan’s newest three years.

In comparison, the Toyota Tundra scored 77% and the Ford F-250 scored 62%. On Consumer Reports’ road test, however, the Titan received a decent score of 70 out of 100. During the road test, the Titan handled and responded well. Its light body hits corners with ease and has a balanced behavior on the road.

Can Nissan help the Titan take a spot as a best-seller on the American market?

Nissan trucks have not been a favorite in the American market, especially with competitors from the likes of Ford and Chevrolet. Sales in the country have struggled, only selling little more than 2,000 Titans in its debut year of 2003.

According to CarSalesBase, it sold the best in 2004 and 2005, with numbers between 80-90,000 units. But sales have been slowly dwindling for years. In 2018, Nissan only sold 50,459 Titans. In fact, in another report CarSalesBase, the Nissan Titan fell to last place when it came to the country’s most popular trucks. The Ford F-Series sold a staggering 900,000 trucks in 2018, while Chevrolet sold 585,000 and Ram sold 536,980. 

According to The Drive, the 2019 year model is expected to fall short for the Titan in sales as well. But the Titan is helping Nissan to break through the barrier. With recent redesigns and more focus on power, Nissan is hoping to become one of America’s favorite truck makers.