Following a thorough overhaul in 2020, the 2021 Nissan Titan arrives unchanged. This means the Titan carries forward with its strong suite of active safety features and V8 engine, but it still lags behind rivals when it comes to payload and towing capacity.
2021 Nissan Titan
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2021 Nissan Titan Overview
Choosing Your Nissan Titan
Nissan offers the Titan in five trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve. Pricing starts at $38,145 including destination for the base S model and reaches $57,635 for the Platinum Reserve.
All Titan models come with a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Power routes to the wheels utilizing a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Rear-wheel drive is standard on all but the PRO-4X trim, which gets four-wheel drive like its name implies. It costs just over $3,000 to upgrade to 4WD elsehwhere in the lineup.
According to the EPA, the Titan earns 16 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway, and 18 combined. Ratings drop to 15/21/18 mpg (city/highway/combined) with 4WD, or 15/20/17 mpg for the PRO-4X.
The Titan pulls up to 9,310 pounds and has a maximum payload of 1,680 pounds.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Nissan Titan seats five or six with a 40/20/40 bench seat in the first row. The King Cab, which is offered on S and SV models, offers less interior room with its three-quarter rear doors. Thus, the Crew Cab supplies the most interior room, including ample rear leg room.
The Crew Cab has a standard 5.5-foot bed and the King Cab comes with a 6.5-foot bed.
Every Titan comes with advanced driver-assist features marketed under the Nissan Safety Shield 360 umbrella. These include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
The SV grade and above also get adaptive cruise control, while the SL and Platinum Reserve get front parking sensors.
Nissan equips the Titan with an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility.
The SV further comes with wi-fi hot spot capability. Moving up to the PRO-4X or above brings a 9-inch touchscreen, navigation, and HD radio. The top two trims add a 12-speaker Fender audio system.
The base S grade comes with halogen headlights, 18-inch wheels set within all-terrain tires, and a lockable tailgate. Inside, this grade features full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, air conditioning, and cloth and vinyl seats.
The S Utility Package ($990) bundles a trailer tow hitch with a spray-on bedliner and front overhead storage console.
One step up from the base trim, the SV adds a body-color front grille, LED taillights, wi-fi, adaptive cruise control, full cloth upholstery, and carpet floor mats.
The SV Convenience Package ($2,440) bundles front captain's chairs with a configurable center console, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, a 9-inch touchscreen display, navigation, dual-zone climate control, a power rear window, and a front and rear sonar system.
The PRO-4X is the Titan’s dedicated off-road model with standard four-wheel drive. Nissan bolsters the body with a transfer case skid plate and adds Bilstein off-road performance shocks. A two-tone exterior paint scheme is standard as are LED headlights and fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a spray-on bedliner, and a trailer hitch.
Other features include front captain’s chairs, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, and a 9-inch touchscreen.
This grade offers a PRO-4X Utility Package ($2,190), which bundles a bed channel system with four tie-down cleats and adds a bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet, LED tailgate area illumination, the Fender audio system, a power-sliding back window, proximity light illumination, and a front and rear sonar system.
The SL grade features a chrome grille, front tow hooks, power-folding side mirrors, additional skid plates, 20-inch wheels, a bed channel system with four tie-downs, and a power rear window.
Inside, the SL features leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, memory settings for the driver's seat, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and ambient lighting.
Among the upgrades available are a dual-panel moonroof ($1,490) and 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels ($1,290).
The Platinum Reserve trim features a brushed-satin grille, running boards with chrome accents, and a two-tone paint scheme. Inside, this grade has premium leather-trimmed seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and wood-tone trim with satin bronze metallic accents.
A 2021 Nissan Titan with the Crew Cab is the better choice with its bigger interior and expanded grade options. But only the King Cab comes with a reasonably sized 6.5-foot bed and that may be a difference maker for some.
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