The Nissan Titan may be a relative newcomer to the full-size pickup market, but this truck brings with it remarkable capabilities and a fresh way of doing things that make it stand out in a crowded field. The 2021 Nissan Titan is primarily different from other full-size pickups because of its heavier duty build and impressive array of standard features. Nissan knows what truck buyers need and refrains from nickel and diming buyers for every horsepower and feature.
Unlike some other trucks, the 2021 Titan comes equipped with 400 horsepower on the base model and a towing capacity of up to 9,310 lbs. The list of standard features continues well past the Titan’s stout drivetrain, with Nissan Safety Shield 360 providing a full suite of safety features that showcase new technology capable of preventing many types of accidents before they even happen. The Titan has only been around for a decade or two, but thanks to fresh thinking and solid engineering, it has plenty to set it apart from the crowd.
Designing and building a full-size pickup frame and suspension setup is more challenging than one may think because it requires several polar opposite goals to be satisfied. Not only does a well-designed pickup truck need to be incredibly tough, but it must be as light as possible to save on fuel costs. A truck’s suspension must be stout enough to withstand over a thousand pounds of extra payload without sinking into the dirt but must simultaneously provide a comfortable and stable ride for its occupants.
The Titan fulfills all of these needs through Nissan’s smart engineering and parts sourcing. The frame is corrosion resistant high strength steel, which features a superior strength to weight ratio. This keeps the weight of the truck reasonable while providing enormous amounts of strength and rigidity. Because such a high spec material is used, less of it is required, and with an effective understanding of load paths and how metals fatigue, Nissan was able to effectively overbuild the frame while keeping reasonable gas mileage and preserving a lot of physical space for components.
Perhaps the most stand-out presence on the Nissan Titan’s spec sheet is its 5.6-liter V8 engine. The all-aluminum engine produces a substantial 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. This is an outstanding amount of power for a full-size pickup. While the Titan only comes with a singular engine option, that is all that it needs to deliver excellent performance capabilities. In fact, you can get up to 9,310 lbs of towing capacity and 1,690 lbs of payload capability. That said, the advanced automatic transmission plays a large role in the overall performance and efficiency of the Titan.
The Titan's transmission is a highly versatile nine-speed automatic unit that has a ratio perfectly suited to extracting the most out of the engine in any driving situation. To make the most efficient use of all those gears, the transmission is also capable of shifting from gear to gear quickly, minimizing downtime and maximizing power delivery. The nine-speed transmission makes the perfect counterpart for the Endurance V8 engine.
The Titan comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but you can opt for four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive Nissan Titans feature an electronically locking rear differential, maximizing the traction of the vehicle’s driven wheels. The four-wheel drive variants of the Titan feature the high-capability PRO-4X four-wheel drive system. This system includes a low range capability for more intense off-roading situations, which would often result in trouble for less well-optimized vehicles. If you are a fan of off-roading, the Titan PRO-4X is the truck you need.
Regardless of which drive system is installed in the Titan, the Nissan truck comes from the factory with a battery of driving assists to help the driver take command of any situation on the road or trail. These systems include Vehicle Dynamic Control, an advanced Traction Control System, and Hill Start Assist. The PRO-4X equipped vehicles also come with off-road specific Hill Descent Control, which allows the Titan to take on the most challenging grades with confidence.
While the Titan knows how to work, it is equally at home providing comfort. Inside, the Titan has clean and powerful lines that compliment the actual physical capabilities of the truck itself. Just like the exterior, the interior of the Titan can back up how it looks with practical capability and versatility. Available in either King Cab or Crew Cab, the Titan looks good and feels good.
There is significant passenger space in the Titan’s cab, with 41.8 inches of legroom in the front row of both cab styles. The King Cab provides 24.8 inches of rear legroom, while the Crew Cab has 38.5 inches of space. This extra space equates to extra comfort for driver and passengers alike. Passengers will also experience 63.3 inches of shoulder room in the front and 64.6 inches in the rear King Cab or 63.6 inches in the rear Crew Cab.
Looks and comfort in the Titan are very well taken care of, and the Titan comes with an excellent array of infotainment features. These include SiriusXM satellite radio, real-time weather and traffic information capabilities, Auto Dual Zone HVAC, and two illuminated USB-A charging ports. The Titan’s 8-inch or 9-inch touchscreen display has the ability to sync with NissanConnect with Door to Door Navigation. This advanced navigation system includes 3D building graphics and satellite imagery to make navigation an exact science even when under pressure to get somewhere quickly. Additionally, the satellite antenna on the Nissan Titan is compatible with a SiriusXM Travel Link subscription, which provides up to date information on fuel prices, sports, movie listings, stocks, and parking, among other things.
Purely comfort-centric available features include an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, front row heated seats, rear HVAC vents, remote engine start, and a dedicated cell phone holder. Suffice to say, the Titan is loaded with features everyone will love. While the Titan’s large pickup bed is the main place for cargo, the interior can also be used to store items away from the weather with clever storage options like the deep center console that can easily store your laptop.
Nissan knows that those who choose the Titan want to keep everyone in the amenity-filled cab safe. That’s why the Titan has more standard safety features than any other new full-sized truck. Paramount among these safety features is Nissan Safety Shield 360, which consists of an array of sensors and semi-autonomous systems that prevent many accidents from occurring in the first place. These systems allow the Titan to alert the driver of unintentional lane departure with Standard Lane Departure Warning, boost the Titan’s headlight output with High Beam Assist, warn the driver of vehicles in their blind spot, and much more.
In fact, when backing out of a parking space, the Titan can sense incoming vehicles the driver can’t even see, providing significant peace of mind. This peace of mind is bolstered with Standard Rear Automatic Braking, which acts on sensor input faster than a human reaction time could allow. The Titan also comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking in general, which is paired with Pedestrian Detection.
A class-exclusive standard capability is Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which can alert the Titan’s driver to stopped traffic and other incoming threats to the front of the vehicle and allow the driver to quickly avoid them. These sensors do a great job of preventing many different types of accidents, but they can also be optioned to be utilized in a more sedate role alongside saving life and limb. With Intelligent Cruise Control, the Titan can automatically follow a set distance behind highway traffic, making long-distance cruising easier and more relaxing than ever.
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