Nissan has been selling pickup trucks here in the U.S. since 1958 when it first introduced the Datsun 220. And with so many decades under its belt, it is not difficult to see they have been able to evolve all of their trucks with a different perspective, even the full size offerings.
On the market since 2004, this year’s Nissan Titan has been totally refreshed internally, which is helping make this full-size truck a major contender once again. The most important thing I noticed about the 2019 edition is that all of the little things that I felt could be improved inside have been worked over and updated — chiefly, the infotainment system.
The screen is now larger and is capable of much more than before, using the NissanConnect system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Currently, these are all standard on every model, not just higher trims like in other brands. Another welcome update comes in the form of a whole new sound system with 12 speakers and an advanced amplifier that is able to make any song sound much better.
Interior space is plentiful in the Crew Cab models in both the front and the back seats. Nissan has also doubled the amount of USB ports in the car to help accommodate all your charging needs up front and in back. There also is a new feature standard on all four-door models that reminds the driver to check the rear seats after parking to make sure they don’t forget anything or anyone back there.
The space in the bed is standard for the class of truck. The largest bed, available on the single cab model, is eight-feet long and is the model most focused on function over form. The Crew Cab has the smallest bed, at 5.5 feet, but the length lost is found in the rear seats and makes a huge difference in the interior. The King Cab splits the difference with a 6.5 foot bed but a smaller rear seat.
There is only one engine option available for the Titan — and fortunately it is a good one. Every Titan comes with Nissan’s 5.6-liter V8 that makes 390 horsepower and 394 foot-pounds of torque while still getting a respectable 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
More importantly, this means that the Titan is able to tow up to 9,380 pounds with the crew cab. The Titan is able to tow almost anything you could need to in your day-to-day needs including most boats.
Pricing for the Titan starts at $30,690 for the single cab and two wheel drive. I was given a range topping Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4×4 with an MSRP of $59,820. That was with every bell and whistle available on the Titan and there are plenty of competitors that come with less as standard on the base models as well.
If you are in the market for a reliable work truck or a big toy to tow around even bigger toys, Nissan is a worthy to put at the top of your shopping list.
Grant Miller is the publisher of Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or via email at Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.