The 2021 Nissan Titan XD is a heavy-duty pick up with a 6.5 feet bed. However, it is neither a heavy-duty truck nor a light pickup. This in-between approach makes it much harder to compare to its closest competitors directly. The Nissan Titan XD provides more towing and hauling power than its younger brother, the Nissan Titan. This article is a comprehensive review that answers all the relevant questions you may have about the 2021 Nissan Titan XD.
2020 Versus 2021: What's the Difference?
The 2021 Nissan Titan XD borrows heavily from the Titan Warrior Concept. However, having refreshed both Titan models, the 2021 edition doesn't come with many changes. It still retains the quiet 400-horsepower V8 engine, stylish 20-inch wheels, and a selection of driver-assist features seen in the previous model. The 2021 Nissan Titan XD will be offered in only the four-wheel-drive configuration. While this is uncommon among pickups, there no cause for alarm as it comes with all other popular features.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Despite the limited engine configurations, Nissan Titan XD buyers are present with several customizable options. There are five trim levels, each offering something different. Here is a detailed description of the features in each trim.
Nissan Titan S
The Nissan Titan S comes in two styles, the King Cab and the Crew Cab. Although both Cabs offer the same power and towing capacity, the King Cab offers more legroom and a larger bed. However, it is possible to combine the two by getting the Crew cabin with the King bed. The Titan S also comes with cloth upholstery and an 8.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Carplay or Android Auto, 6-speaker stereo, and satellite radio. Blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, and parking sensors are the standard driver assistance features.
Nissan Titan SV
The Nissan Titan SV comes with all the features offered in the Titan S. Buyers also choose between the King Cab and the Crew Cab. The only difference between the two trims is the additional features. The Nissan Titan SV comes with adaptive cruise control, heated outside mirrors, and alloy wheels.
Nissan Titan Pro-4X
The Titan Pro-4X takes a slightly different direction from the previous two trims. It focuses on off-road performance. It incorporates performance features such as skid plates, hill descent control, coiler shocks, and electronic locking differential. And that's not all, buyers also get traffic sign recognition, navigation, HD radio, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, and a 9-inch touchscreen.
Nissan Titan SL
Unlike the three lower trims, the Nissan Titan SL only comes in the Crew Cab style. The Titan SL highlights include leather upholstery, adjustable passenger seats, heated front seats, remote start, front parking sensors, Fender Premium stereo, and a surround-view parking camera. The bed of the truck also gets significant upgrades, such as moveable tie downs, bed lights, side running boards, and a power outlet.
Nissan Platinum Reserve
The Nissan Platinum Reserve is the highest trim level. However, it essentially an upgrade of the Nissan Titan SL. Additional features include a heated steering wheel, heated or ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a trailer brake controller. However, it only comes in one cabin-style; the Crew Cab, which is the roomier of the two options.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
There are no right or wrong answers; it all depends on your needs. All the trims offer the same towing and hauling capabilities, so buyers can go for any. But for off-roading fans, the Nissan Titan Pro-4X four-wheel drive is by far the best choice. With this, they get to choose between the two cabin options, something that the other two premium trims don't offer.
What Kind of Technology Does It Have?
There is a benchmark of technology that any vehicle launched today is expected to attain. The 2021 Nissan Titan XD doesn't disappoint. In terms of infotainment, all trims come with a touchscreen, equipped with CarPlay and Android Auto. The higher trims take this further and add a 9-inch display and Wi-Fi hotspot.
SV trims and higher also come with a 5-inch display cluster with all the gauges. The car is also imbued with a lot of safety technology. Available standard driver assistance features include lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.
How Does It Perform?
The 2021 Nissan Titan XD is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 engine that combines well with 9-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the car a muscular feel and is surprisingly quiet. Unfortunately, the bar is set relatively high, and the Titan XD trails most of the competition. When it comes to off-roading, the Titan Pro-4X is impressive but still doesn't come close to other full-size trucks. The towing and hauling capabilities also come second-best to industry leaders. Lastly, the gas mileage is a respectable 16/21 mpg, which equals most full-size trucks.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
According to crash results from the National Highway Safety Administration, the 2021 Nissan Titan XD managed an overall safety rating of four. In addition to the crash test results, the inclusion of safety and driver assistance features adds to its safety. On reliability, the 2021 Nissan Titan XD is rated as average with a score of three out of five. However, the customer will be happy to know that their five year 100,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty is the best in the market.
What's the Interior Like?
The infotainment system is the highlight of Titan XD's interior. Most of the surfaces are covered with cheap materials. The front seats are comfortable across the board, but there is less legroom in the King Cab options. The leather upholstery in the Pro-4X and the Platinum Reserve models are a welcome addition. In general, the interior is practical but doesn't stand out. There is room for improvement given what the competition is offering.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?The in-between approach by Nissan was a great idea but didn't do them any favors in the market. The 2021 Nissan Titan XD performance is matched by lighter pickups or outmatched with full-truck models. If you are looking for alternative models, consider the Ford Ram 2500, the Ford F-250, or Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.
Note: All Nissan Titan lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.