The 2021 Nissan Titan Buyer’s Guide

November 12th, 2021 by

A silver 2021 Nissan Titan XD is shown at an angle driving on a trail after leaving a Nissan Titan dealership.
There’s no shortage of full-size trucks available out there, but if you want the best combination of power, comfort, and reliability, then you owe it to yourself to check out the 2021 Nissan Titan. As your Nissan Titan dealership, we are incredibly proud to offer this great truck, and we work with our customers every day to help them find the right vehicle with everything they need. We have a lot of people come to us unsure of everything the Titan has to offer, which is why we’re going to take you through this impressive pickup today.

Keep in mind that no matter how in-depth we get, it’s impossible to cover everything this great truck has to offer in such a limited space. We’ll hit the major points and dive into some of its capability and potential, but you really need to see and feel it all for yourself to appreciate everything the Nissan Titan has to offer. Still, by the end of this, you’ll have a pretty good sense of what the Titan can deliver and some idea of whether or not it’s the right truck for you.

Best-in-Class Standard Horsepower and Torque

It might seem a little strange at first, but one of the best things about the 2021 Nissan Titan is that it has a single engine available – no other options. We know that might sound like a negative thing; after all, many other trucks out there have half a dozen engines to choose from. But here’s the problem with that: if there are six different engines, then one is clearly best, and one is clearly the worst – usually the standard engine. When there’s just one engine, then you don’t have to pay more for the kind of power you need in your pickup.

Of course, with just one engine to choose from, it needs to be a good one; fortunately, Nissan really came through and delivered something special. The engine in the Nissan Titan is a 5.6L V8 that delivers a very impressive 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. We’ll be honest, that’s not the absolute most power you can get from a truck engine on the market – but it is the most power you’ll get from a standard engine in a full-size truck like this. The other manufacturers offer pretty weak engines as their standard choice, forcing you to pay more to get good performance and muscle from your truck.

With the Nissan Titan, you don’t have to play around and figure out which trim will let you pick an engine that actually makes the truck enjoyable to drive. Every Titan model comes with this engine and the kind of power you deserve from your pickup. This might not seem like a big deal on paper, but when you’re shopping for a truck, it’s great to know that you’re getting a fantastic engine no matter what other options you’re interested in.

A black 2021 Nissan Titan is shown from a high angle with tools and supplies in the bed.

Impressive Towing and Payload

Best of all, the fact that the Nissan Titan comes with such a powerful engine means that every model also has excellent towing and payload capacities. Although towing capacity can change with a few options for the Titan’s configuration – like choosing two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive – you can get up to 9,310 lbs of maximum towing. Even if you choose a model that’s not ideal for towing, like the off-road-focused PRO-4X (more on that later), you still get at least 9,210 lbs of towing capacity.

That’s what’s so amazing about this standard engine in the Nissan Titan – every model delivers on impressive towing. Once again, you don’t have to look at different trims to see which engines are available and pick the features you get based on the kind of performance you need. Whether you choose the baseline features in the starting trim or the added luxury of something like the Platinum Reserve, you’ll get fantastic towing capability.

In terms of payload, you can get up to 1,690 lbs of maximum payload, though this will vary depending on the options and features you choose. Since payload refers to how much weight you can load onto your truck, the weight of the various components and features on your truck will impact it. Still, every model has at least 1,600 lbs of payload capacity available, so you don’t have to worry too much about the features you choose.

Comfortable and Luxurious Interior

The Nissan Titan has one of the most comfortable interiors around, thanks in large part to Nissan’s exclusive Zero Gravity seats that feel downright decadent. As you might expect, choosing higher trims will boost the interior luxury of the Titan – but since you don’t have to worry about your engine, you can pick the trim that gives you the kind of comfort you want. This includes available power-adjustable front seats, climate-controlled front seats with both heating and cooling, and premium leather-appointed seating. Add in the available dual panoramic moonroof, and you have a rich and sophisticated interior for a great ride.

Amazing Technology Throughout

These days, tech features are just as important as anything else, which is why we love the fact that the Titan comes with an 8-inch infotainment display standard in every model, regardless of trim. In addition to this, you get a 7-inch driver display, with a larger 9-inch infotainment screen available, plus standard voice recognition and more. A six-speaker sound system is standard, but you can upgrade it to an exclusive Fender premium audio system with 12 speakers, including a center speaker and subwoofer.

A brown 2021 Nissan Titan PRO-4X is shown from the front off-roading on a rocky trail near a Nissan Titan dealership.

The PRO-4X is Built to Go Off-Road

If you’re interested in going off-road, then the Nissan Titan is a great choice, especially if you check out the PRO-4X trim. Not only does this model look amazing and have fantastic interior features, but it includes steel skid plates to protect its underside, along with exclusive Bilstein shocks designed to handle anything the trail throws at you. You get 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, an electronic locking rear differential, an off-road-tuned four-wheel drive system, and off-road gauges that display useful information, including the pitch and roll of your pickup. Born for the trail, the Titan Pro-4X gives you 9.8 inches of ground clearance, as well as an approach angle of 22.8 degrees and a departure angle of 26.8 degrees.

The Most Standard Safety Features in Its Class

Every Nissan Titan, regardless of the trim you look at, comes with Nissan Intelligent Mobility with their Safety Shield 360 suite of technologies to help keep you safe. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, and a rear cross traffic alert. The Safety Shield 360 package also includes a blind spot warning system, a lane departure warning, and a high beam assist that automatically activates your high beams in darkness and deactivates them when oncoming traffic is detected. Cruise control is standard on every Titan, with Intelligent Cruise Control available, and an available Intelligent Around View Monitor gives you a virtual bird’s-eye view around your vehicle while parking.

What More Could You Want?

As you can see, the Nissan Titan has a ton to offer, but we still haven’t covered everything. For example, Nissan supports the Titan with the best warranty protection in the industry: a bumper-to-bumper warranty good for up to five years or 100,000 miles, while the competition tops out at three years or 36,000 miles for similar protection. If you want something with a bit more muscle, then Nissan has you covered with the heavy-duty Titan XD, while the Nissan Frontier is an amazing midsize option if you want something smaller. No matter what you’re looking for in your next truck, Nissan has you covered with the best vehicles in the industry.