Big safety and power, but limited options. The Nissan Titan entered its second generation in 2016, and it went through a few technical and mechanical updates in 2020. These updates included a small power bump and newly standard safety gear – a rarity in a full-size pickup.

In 2021, the Titan is mostly unchanged. Find out below if its big safety gear and enormous standard power is enough to keep pace with the Competition.

Solid powertrain, but only one choice. The 2021 Nissan Titan comes standard with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that pumps out 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, and it pairs with a capable nine-speed automatic transmission.

This is far superior to the base Chevy Silverado 1500’s 355-hp 5.3-liter V8, the base Ford F-150’s 290-hp 3.3-liter V6, and the base GMC Sierra 1500’s 355-hp V8, but the problem is it’s the only engine. Its Chevy, GMC, and Ford rivals also have a wide range of V8, V6, turbo four-cylinder, turbo V6, diesel, and even hybrid options.

For those who want the best base towing, the Titan’s 9,310-pound rating with its base V8 beats the base F-150 by 1,110 pounds. However, it comes up short of the Silverado 1500’s 9,600-pound rating and the Sierra 1500’s 11,000-pound rating.


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Standard safety gear, but at a price. The 2021 Titan deserves a feather in its cap for its range of standard – yes, standard – advanced safety gear. This includes front and rear automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warnings, automatic high beams, a driver-attention monitor, and trailer sway control.

Nothing else comes close, as the Silverado and Sierra offer only optional automatic emergency braking, and the F-150 only comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, and automatic high beams.

That said, with a starting price of $38,345 (destination fees included), the Titan’s base price is nearly $7,000 higher than the base Sierra 1500. The price gap is even larger between it and the Silverado 1500 and F-150. The Titan's standard 8-inch touchscreen adds a little to the mix, but that’s only an inch larger than the Sierra and Silverado, and it only matches the base F-150 and has few options to increase its value.

Great warranty. One other shining star for the 2021 Nissan Titan is its impressive five-year or 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. This means Nissan will cover even a heavily driven work truck for quite some time.

The F-150, Sierra 1500, and Silverado 1500 offer only 3-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranties. Even their powertrain warranties only extend to five years or 60,000 miles.

Final thoughts. For truck shoppers who just want a pickup without wading through loads of options, the 2021 Nissan Titan offers that. Its limited but plenty capable powertrain is more than enough for any buyer. Plus, the Titan adds loads of standard advanced safety features that no other pickups offer.

However, there’s nowhere to turn at the Nissan showroom for buyers seeking a thriftier truck or one with more power. These shoppers will have to head to a Ford, Chevy, or GMC dealership. Plus, its massive base price is a little much for tighter-budgeted truck shoppers.

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