As part of our online series on 2019 trucks, Chris Hemer reviews the new Nissan Titan and its towing features
Truck owners are a passionate bunch, often making purchases based on brand loyalty first and everything else second. But for those who simply want a full-size truck that offers good value, the 2019 Nissan Titan is worth considering. Though it falls dead last in max tow capacity at just 9,740 pounds, it is competitively priced and offers something the other half-ton trucks don’t: a five-year, 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Redesigned just three years ago, the Titan is offered in Single Cab, King Cab and Crew Cab configurations in 4×2 and 4×4 drive, with your choice of up to five grade levels: S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. Regardless of what you decide upon, know that it’s available only with a 5.6-liter V-8 engine rated at 390-horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 394 lb-ft of torque, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Titan should not be confused with the heavier-duty Titan XD, which is built on a completely separate chassis, and offers both the 5.6-liter V-8 and a 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. Curiously, however, even the diesel version can tow only a maximum of 11,280 pounds, which is well below its top-rated gasoline competitors.
Both Titan and Titan XD offer the same available towing and utility features and driving aids, including an integrated trailer brake controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control, and a Trailer Light Check system that allows a one-person safety check of the turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights. Also helpful to RVers are standard/available features like a RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and front/rear sonar system.
New for 2019
Changes for 2019 are limited to a new Fender Premium Audio System, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Rear Door Alert system, which reminds drivers to check the back seat after the truck is parked.
2019 Nissan Titan
Single Cab 2WD: 9,660 lbs.
Single Cab 4WD: 9,540 lbs.
King Cab 2WD: 9,450 lbs.
King Cab 4WD: 9,250 lbs.
Crew Cab 2WD: 9,380 lbs.
Crew Cab 4WD: 9,240 lbs.
2019 Nissan Titan XD
Single Cab 2WD, 5.6-liter V-8: 11,680 lbs./11,780 lbs.
Single Cab 4WD, 5.6-liter V-8: 11,360 lbs./11,480 lbs.
King Cab 2WD, 5.6-liter V-8: 11,390 lbs./11,490 lbs.
King Cab 4WD, 5.6-liter V-8: 11,060 lbs./11,180 lbs.
Crew Cab 2WD, 5.6-liter V-8: 11,680 lbs./11,350 lbs.
Crew Cab 4WD, 5.6-liter V-8: 10,950 lbs./11,070 lbs.
Single Cab 2WD, 5.0-liter diesel: 12,710 lbs./12,830 lbs.
Single Cab 4WD, 5.0-liter diesel: 12,430 lbs./12,550 lbs.
King Cab 2WD, 5.0-liter diesel: 12,480 lbs./12,600 lbs.
King Cab 4WD, 5.0-liter diesel: 12,120 lbs./11,880 lbs.
Crew Cab 2WD, 5.0-liter diesel: 12,200 lbs./11,170 lbs.
Crew Cab 4WD, 5.0 liter diesel: 11,960 lbs./10,830 lbs.
2019 Nissan Titan
Single Cab S: $30,390
Single Cab SV: $34,220
King Cab S: $33,460
King Cab SV: $37,290
King Cab Pro-4X: $44,780
Crew Cab S: $36,580
Crew Cab SV: $42,920
Crew Cab Pro-4X: $47,010
Crew Cab SL: $48,640
Crew Cab Platinum Reserve: $54,530
2019 Nissan Titan XD
Single Cab S: $32,890
Single Cab SV: $36,990
King Cab S: $34,890
King Cab SV: $39,490
King Cab Pro-4X: $47,110
Crew Cab S: $38,170
Crew Cab SV: $42,540
Crew Cab Pro-4X: $49,390
Crew Cab SL: $50,950
Crew Cab Platinum Reserve: $56,270
A frequent contributor to Trailer Life, Chris Hemer is the former technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome, and has been an RV and automotive journalist for more than 20 years. An outdoor enthusiast who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, he enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, mountain biking and hiking.