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The Nissan Titan is a Great Family Truck With High Safety Ratings

Originally released in 2004, the first generation of the Nissan Titan had a rough start. The automaker took the time to correct the issues that marred the truck’s early models. These problems included drivetrain failures, brake malfunctions, and rear-axle leaks and failures.

Since the second generation released in 2016, the Nissan Titan has made quite a comeback. The 2019 model has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews. It features many new accessories, updated safety equipment, and a trendy infotainment system. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Nissan Titan.

Pros of the 2019 Nissan Titan

According to U.S. News, the 2019 Nissan Titan is a great investment for families. It has notable safety ratings, plenty of space, and average predicted reliability of 3 out of 5.

Reasonable price

The Nissan Titan starts at an economical base price of $30,590, which puts it on par with other vehicles in the same class, including the Dodge Ram 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. 

Comfort and space

U.S. News reports that the Titan offers a quiet, smooth ride. With a roomy configuration, it can fit up to six passengers, depending on cab options. The 2019 Nissan Titan offers three different bed sizes with a maximum capacity of 60.4 cubic feet — somewhat smaller than others in its class.

Safety features

For overall safety, the 2019 Titan got four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned the highest possible rating of Good from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The truck’s many safety features include a variety of surround-view, blind spot, parking, and rear cross-traffic monitors and alerts.

Tech and automation

Nissan equips the Titan with a seven-inch touchscreen, four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, USB port, upgraded audio systems, rear-row entertainment, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Buyers have the options of dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Siri Eyes Free, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seat

The 2019 Nissan Titan has a rear door alert system to remind drivers of items or passengers in the back row, the Utili-track cargo management system, a 110-volt power outlet, and off-road performance upgrades.

Cons of the 2019 Nissan Titan

Consumer Reports offers a less rosy review of the 2019 Nissan Titan’s overall performance and reliability. 

Low towing capacity

Compared to other vehicles in the same class, the 2019 Nissan Titan’s towing and hauling capacity leaves much to be desired. The max volume of even the highest trim offers a lower capacity than competing vehicles, and the engine simply doesn’t offer the same towing power.

Poor overall reliability

Despite the 2019 Titan’s respectable predicted reliability rating of 3 of 5 from U.S. News, Consumer Reports reflects the lowest possible reliability rating, 1 out of 5. Given the Titan’s history, this may be unsurprising, but it is a noticeable decrease from the predicted rating.

Outstanding recalls

Consumer Reports’ low reliability rating is largely based on two current recalls. The first pertains to the alternator. Some alternator harnesses may have been installed improperly, which could result in an electrical short and engine failure while driving.

The second is a recall of the rear-view camera, which can be set in such a way that there is no image. The setting will remain after the Nissan Titan is turned off, which could result in accidents, as the driver can’t adjust the camera upon starting up. 

The Titan’s poor overall ratings come at a bad time for Nissan, which has been plagued with recalls and scandals for the past several years.