The full-size barter articulation is uber competitive, and manufacturers are consistently aggravating to one-up anniversary added with power, actualization and technology. The Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are the accepted rulers of the class, with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra not abaft too far behind, Nissan is attempting to accomplish its Titan accordant afresh with a appealing absolute brace for the 2020 archetypal year.
The 2020 Nissan Titan gets a new mug and a revised powertrain.
When the 2020 Titan goes on auction abutting year, it’ll alone be offered in two configurations: Crew Cab with a 5.5-foot bed or King Cab with a 6.5-foot bed. A single-cab advantage is no best available. These two body/bed combinations are the ones bodies buy best often, but Nissan already afresh can’t bout the countless options accessible from American barter manufacturers. The King Cab can be had in S, SV and Pro-4X grades, while the Crew Cab adds adherent SL and Platinum Reserve trims at the top end of the spectrum.
A big advancement for 2020 comes in the way of driver-assistance technology. Nissan’s Assurance Shield 360 is accepted beyond all Titan trims, and includes rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, lane-departure admonishing and automated high-beam headlight assist. Forward blow admonishing is accepted as well, and adaptive cruise ascendancy and cartage assurance acceptance are accessible as options.
On the infotainment front, an 8-inch touchscreen runs the latest Nissan Connect software, as able-bodied as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A larger, 9-inch awning is additionally available. Nissan Connect is a lot easier to use than before, but still not absolutely as acceptable as the Sync 3 and Uconnect systems offered by Ford and Ram . The Titan gets a scattering of 12-volt and 110-volt outlets, as able-bodied as USB Type-A and Type-C ports. Wireless charging, however, is boilerplate to be found.
Where the Titan struggles is with camera technology. The accessible surround-view camera is blurry, and there are no cameras to abetment with towing. Meanwhile, the GMC Sierra can be optioned with as abounding as 15 cameras, including one that lets drivers “see through” their trailer.
The Pro 4X autogenous gets bedrock red trim, including the Nissan brand on the council wheel.
Elsewhere in the full-size barter space, you’ll acquisition lots of powertrain options. The US-based manufacturers action I4, I6, V6 and V8 engines, powered by either gasoline or diesel. The Titan, however, has aloof one option: a 5.6-liter, artlessly aspirated V8, which is hardly added able for 2020, blame out 400 application and 413 pound-feet of torque (on exceptional fuel, anyway. On approved ammunition apprehend 390 application and 394 pound-feet of torque). The Titan’s old Cummins agent agent is dead.
The adapted V8 and a new, nine-speed automated manual assignment calm absolutely well. The Titan is quick off the band and has affluence of midrange punch. The manual never hunts for the appropriate gear, bound and agilely upshifting and downshifting based on your burke inputs. A burbly V8 babble makes its way into the cabin, with little alley or wind babble to baffle with that abundant sound.
This powerplant allows for appropriate towing capability, but hardly best-in-class stuff. You’ll get the best out of a King Cab with rear-wheel drive, which can tow 9,370 pounds. The Titan’s max burden appraisement is 1,680 pounds, which is accessible with either cab agreement with four-wheel drive. Elsewhere in the barter world, the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 can be optioned to tow added than 10,000 pounds and booty over 2,000 pounds in their beds.
Having said that, I’m able to tow a 6,000-pound Airstream bivouac after any fuss. The chip bivouac anchor ambassador keeps the trailer’s brakes from locking up, and the anti-sway affection keeps the Airstream on the beeline and narrow. V8 ability is abounding while towing, too.
For the off-road-spec Titan Pro-4X, Nissan adds some drift plates, Bilstein shocks, red-painted tow hooks and some appropriate screens in the 7-inch barometer array affectation for things like angle and cycle angles. My analysis advance in Utah isn’t decidedly challenging, the truck’s General Grabber tires chewing through the clay like a boss. But really, the Pro-4X is added of an actualization amalgamation than annihilation else. A Ram 1500 Rebel will accomplish bigger off-road. Don’t alike anticipate of comparing a Pro-4X to a Ford F-150 Raptor.
Regardless, I anticipate the Pro-4X is the best-looking Titan, abnormally compared to the blingy SL and Platinum Reserve trims. The SL is the chromiest, with agleam being on the grille, footfall rails, aperture handles, mirrors, advanced bonanza and 20-inch wheels. The Platinum Reserve tones it bottomward a bit, but adds anatomy cladding and aphotic wheels. The Pro-4X, meanwhile, keeps the grille atramentous with an attention-grabbing bedrock red Nissan brand in the average to go with the tow hooks. New alternative LED headlights and taillights bang a abundant lighting signature on the road.
Inside, the Titan looks fresh, and all the truck’s controls are aural accessible ability of the driver. Nissan’s Zero-Gravity seats cradle my hiney in admiring softness, and they can be had with heating and cooling, to boot. Center animate accumulator is ample, with ample cup holders for my Diet Dr Pepper. If you opt for the Pro-4X, you get red stitching, artlessly and appropriate attic mats.
Really, the Titan’s adventure is the aforementioned as before. It’s competent — in fact, added so for 2020 — but can’t bout any of the American trucks in absolute capability. I’m animated there’s a beyond scattering of assurance features, and the adapted architecture looks great. Yet I still can’t brainstorm anytime affairs a Titan over an F-150, Ram, Sierra or Silverado, and it’ll booty added than a few new assurance actualization and LED headlights to change my apperception about that.
Editors’ note: Travel costs accompanying to this adventure were covered by the manufacturer, which is accepted in the auto industry. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s agents are our own and we do not acquire paid beat content.