The 2021 Nissan Titan is quietly emerging as a strong contender in the highly competitive light-duty pickup category. Nissan has long known its capable full-size Titan competes effectively against its more in-your-face American counterparts. Still, every year more-and-more buyers are discovering it for themselves.
The Titan leads the pack with technology that enhances driver safety and convenience. It boasts the most standard driver-assist systems in its class, but that’s not the only competition the Titan wins: it comes with the best warranty and the most standard horsepower of any truck in its class too. Add to that impressive and unique exterior styling and a comfortable, roomy interior cabin, and you can’t go wrong.
The list of reasons why you should buy a 2021 Nissan Titan is much longer than the list of why you shouldn’t. We can’t think of any downside. The Titan takes those reasons away because it gives buyers access to features that generally require a much more significant investment to access. Buyers escape the FOMO (fear of missing out) that usually accompanies buying at the low end of the model range, and they walk away with an impressive list of capabilities and features.
The best thing about the 2021 Nissan Titan is the range of options available to buyers looking for a little more. Choose from the base Titan or the commercial-grade Titan XD, which is built to withstand more punishing payloads and provide more towing power. The Titan lets you choose between two cab styles and a few different trims, differentiated by more comfort and convenience features. Whichever Titan you choose, you’ll be confident knowing it’s backed by the best factory warranty in its class.
Horsepower (hp): 400
Torque (lb-ft): 413
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 11,040
If you’re buying a pickup truck, you likely want a vehicle that can handle various tough jobs. Whether you’re shopping for a work truck or a weekend family vehicle that can haul your boat, the Titan offers the incredible capability to get the job done. This is a truck that is perfect for work and for play.
The 2021 Nissan Titan offers a max towing capacity of 9,310 lbs and a maximum payload of 1,690 lbs when properly equipped. If that’s not enough to handle your tough jobs, swing your attention to the beefy Nissan Titan XD. It’s the Titan on steroids, and it’ll effortlessly tow up to 11,040-lbs and haul 2,930-lbs of payload.
Speaking of towing, Nissan has your back, with the available Remote Trailer Light Check, a handy feature that lets you double-check that your trailer lights are operating. It doesn’t end there, though. Nissan also offers an available Intelligent Around View Monitor, giving you two camera views and guidelines - displayed on the infotainment screen - to help you navigate trailer hook-ups like a pro. Then there’s the Trailer Sway Control feature, which helps keep the trailer in line, even when facing strong crosswinds or uneven road surfaces.
Both trucks come standard with Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine. With 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, this engine uses hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing to deliver outstanding performance and capability - as well as a smooth ride - at all speeds. Its direct injection fuel delivery process improves fuel economy too. There is no confusion or premium pricing required to get the most power out of the Titan.
The Titan boasts a solid, reinforced, fully-boxed ladder frame, which differs from many manufacturers’ use of a more flexible C-Channel structure. The difference is that a boxed frame offers more rigidity, so the cab and bed move as one, and the use of high strength steel materials reinforces the structure to handle higher payloads. The Titan XD adds commercial components to increase that rugged capability.
When a vehicle claims it offers the most standard safety features in its class, that’s a bold statement. The Titan delivers on this promise, with a very long list of driver-assist systems designed to keep occupants safer and help drivers avoid collisions and road hazards. Part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility program, Safety Shield 360 delivers a robust lineup of systems designed for optimal safety while traveling, but also for convenience.
The list of standard safety features includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, which monitors speed, so the vehicle maintains a safe distance from the car ahead, even when speeds vary. It will automatically apply the brakes if it senses a collision is imminent or if it detects a passenger stepping into its path. Rear automatic braking is a lifesaver when backing up because it will alert you when you’re close to hitting something directly behind you and even apply the brakes to avoid a collision.
Blindspot warning and lane departure warning work together to help you maintain your intended lane or safely travel to another one. These systems work by monitoring blind spots and alerting the driver when a vehicle travels there, so you don’t try to change lanes. Lane departure warning does the opposite, alerting you when it senses the car drifting outside of its lane when the turn signal isn’t engaged. So one works by helping you safely change lanes, and the other works by safely staying in your lane.
Convenience systems like the high beam assist automatically switches between low and high-beams when needed. Intelligent cruise control - designed to adapt the speed to traffic conditions, so you don’t have to - is designed to make road trips more manageable and pleasant. The hassle of continually switching the high beams on and off is gone, as is the need to change cruise control speeds manually.
If technology and infotainment are at the top of your wish list, look no further than the 2021 Nissan Titan. The truck is loaded with connectivity features, including the NissanConnect system, an advanced gateway to accessing smartphone apps and other data. Titan owners access NissanConnect via the standard 8-inch touchscreen display or opt for the available 9-inch high-resolution version.
With a customizable home screen, the infotainment command center lets drivers dial in the apps they access most, whether it’s for the weather, navigation, or streaming. NissanConnect also has a one-touch Concierge access feature that connects drivers to a live agent who can provide directions, help with travel arrangements, or provide roadside assistance. Available WiFi hotspot service keeps everyone connected while on the go.
All of Nissan’s infotainment systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and you can use them with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for easy voice-activated connectivity. Take navigation one step further with Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation. Directions include up-to-date traffic conditions, so the route you take is the fastest. The system can even provide walking directions from your truck to your destination and back.
Opt for the upgraded Fender Premium Audio System, and you turn the Titan into a concert hall. Ten speakers (Titan King Cab) or twelve speakers (Titan Crew Cab) and a custom-designed, built-in subwoofer tailored to the Titan’s interior combine to deliver incredibly crisp sound. The deep, resonant bass tones will keep your fingers tapping on the steering wheel for the entire drive.