This week we’ve got the 2019 Nissan Titan in for review. Nissan’s entry into the fiercely competitive full-size pickup battlefield arrived for the 2004 model year and sat dormant without much of a substantial makeover for more than a decade. The Titan then took 2016 off and hid in hiatus before coming back for the 2017 model year. It was slightly redesigned. Key word, slightly.
You’ll find a new modern exterior appearance. The interior has a improved both in terms of its spaciousness and features, both standard and optional. Plus there are those fresh, healthy powertrain options. One of which is a turbodiesel 5.0-liter V8. And it finally makes the second-generation Titan a worthy contender against the Ram 1500, Chevy Silverado, and Ford’s F-150.
But how’s the Titan selling? Nissan sold some 50,459 Titans last year. That’s down 4.7% compared to 2017, and in January 2019 only 3,031 Titans rolled off dealer lots. That’s nearly half of how many Frontiers were sold at the same time.
But the shy sales figures shouldn’t turn you away from the latest Titan because it is still a solid truck. There’s a lot of good I’ve discovered in the first two days behind the wheel. Such as its responsive and tight handling. A strong, burly gas V8 is paired to a smooth, seven-speed automatic, and the wonderful ride quality that easily rivals the floaty air suspension found on the pricey Ram 1500 Limited I recently tested. Then there’s the comfortable seats, simple controls for the stereo and climate, and one fantastic premium Fender stereo system. I still can’t figure out where all of the speakers are hidden.
This specific Titan is the luxurious Platinum Reserve trim (4×4 Crew Cab), which starts at $57,390. As pictured above, my Deep Blue Pearl model sits at $59,820 and includes $285 LED fog lamps, the $750 “Platinum Utility Package” which brings rear cargo boxes implemented on either side of the bed, locking tailgate, and a deployable utility step, and a whopping $1,395 destination charge.
Four of the Titan’s more popular, hot selling rivals have all seen complete and impressive redesigns within the past two years. I’m hoping Nissan follows through as well because the Titan deserves one.
What do you want know about it? Ask me anything.