The Nissan Titan, the redheaded stepchild of the truck world competing against the likes of the Ford F 150 and the Ram 1500 No 2020 sees a whole host of welcome improvements on the Titan but are they enough to bring the old gal from step kid to Baskin, let's find out.
Now the first thing I want to talk about here is the power plant because y'all it's really, [LAUGH] really good.
So under the hood is a 5.6 liter VH engine which is pushing out 400 horsepower and 413 pound feet of torque, and that's made it to an all new nine speed automatic transmission and you guys, I cannot emphasize enough how good all of this is right here.
It's plenty fast off the line.
But more importantly, there's a lot of mid range punch so much that it shaved a full second off of his time last year from at 50 miles an hour to 70 miles an hour and that is really, really good.
Plus, I totally dig this new nine speed transmission.
It shifts crazy fast.
I mean, I'm talking like sports car fast and it's eager to downshift when I really put my foot into it.
It'll skip two, maybe even three gears when I want that extra power.
All in all, this part, the best thing about the 2020 Titans
Another thing I really liked about this new Titan is all of the new abs and safety features that are standard like automatic emergency braking, Lane Keeping Assist and blind spot monitoring.
Now this truck has the optional adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.
So what's cool is that this is just a Lane Keeping Assist so it doesn't apply any steering towards if I happen to drift outside the line it just kind of buzzes the steering wheel a little bit like I can correct myself.
Thank you very much.
And the adaptive cruise control is full speed so it brings me to a complete stop.
Stop behind the car in front of me.
So I really like that feature.
As for the visual refresh, I mean, I think it works better on the pro 4 extreme.
There's a little bit too much chrome on this SB trim for me and this isn't even the top of the line platinum reserved inside Pretty utilitarian although I do like that everything is within easy reach, and the knobs are really nice and grippy.
Nice zero gravity seats are here and they are definitely the most comfortable at this price point and in this king cab yeah the backseat is a little squished, but I'm five nine and I fit just fine.
I've got an optional nine inch touchscreen here running Nissan's Connect infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and It's fine.
I mean it's pretty good.
It gets the job done but it's not as robust as the UConnect system that's in the RAM 1500 and the infotainment system in the Chevy Silverado is a lot easier to use.
But see that's the thing about the Titan.
It's up against some really stiff competition.
For example, let's take towing.
So this Titan can be option up to haul 1680 pounds in the bed, or tow 9370 pounds.
And those are not bad numbers but both the Ram 1500 and the Ford F 150 beat that, the GMC is got a whole bunch of cameras to make it easier to tell and All of the Titan has is a backup camera and it's got really, really bad resolution.
But honestly, if I had my way I want to combine all of them into one awesome truck.
I would take this power train and put it into a truck with the interior of the Ram 1500 with all of the camera technology from the GMC Sierra 1500.
And the utility of the F 150.
I mean, that would be awesome and I can dream.
And another thing look, this tailgate only opens one way.
How can I be expected to drive a truck unless it has a six way tailgate?
My God, what do they expect me to do?
But you know where Nissan might just have an advantage over the competition is in the price.
So this is a two wheel drive SV King cab and it starts at $39,990.
But a platinum reserve four by four with a crew cab, it's gonna cost you around $58,000 plus you got to add on $1,595 per destination, the Nissan Titan, it's a fine truck.
But if you want all the bells and whistles, well you might come up short