When it comes to choosing the right pickup truck for your needs and lifestyle, the market is flooded with them, and finding the right fit might feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. A good starting point is to discover the best size pickup truck and go from there. If a full-size truck is just a tad smaller than you desire and a heavy-duty truck is too big for your liking, the 2021 Nissan Titan XD would be the perfect fit. In addition to the perfect size, the new Titan XD is available in multiple trim levels that offer everything from luxury features to off-road capabilities.
What’s new for the 2021 model? Well, since Nissan made several changes to the Titan in 2020 and because there is no reason to change up perfection, the 2021 model remains largely unchanged. But don’t let that deter you, the 2021 Titan XD is a bold-looking beast of a truck with a strong engine, comfortable cab, and all of the safety features you could ask for. As good as the Nissan Titan is, the Titan XD is even tougher and more rugged, and it looks amazing as well. The Titan is a very capable truck with all of the features you desire, and it is sure to keep you happy and satisfied for many years.
A 5.6-liter V8 that can crank out 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque will be found under the hood of every new Titan XD. This powerful V8 is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive is also standard. The engine is a beast, and as such, it is a fitting choice for the Titan XD. Considering the capabilities, this is a good decision. On a side note, the 5.6-liter offers best-in-class standard horsepower as well as best-in-class standard torque.
All Titan XD models are fitted with the nine-speed transmission with optimized gear ratios that will give you better acceleration while towing; it also offers smoother shifting and better fuel efficiency. The transmission is responsive and offers a very smooth drive, even for a large truck.
Of course, performance is based on more than just engine and transmission output, the Titan XD gets high marks in the performance category for other reasons as well. For example, when you take a wrong turn and wind up on a mountain trail (it could happen), with a turn of your hand, you can shift to 4LO and conquer that trail with ease. The shift-on-the-fly feature means that any mountain can be tamed with just a turn of the dial, and when conditions become normal again, just switch it back.
Just as important as the engine and transmission for performance is ground clearance. There are any number of instances in which you can find yourself in challenging road conditions; this can happen depending on weather conditions or other factors, including when you feel the need to take your Titan off the paved road. The Titan XD offers plenty of ground clearance, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck or in some other pickle.
Speaking of getting yourself in a pickle, there are drivers out there who will be utilizing their Titan XD for recreational purposes. And you can bet that they will push the Titan to the limit while crushing the trails in the backcountry or just taking the boat to your favorite lake. Thanks to the hill start assist, you don’t have to worry about rolling backward on steep inclines. And when you are going down that mountain, the hill descent control will automatically maintain the truck’s speed and will also apply brake pressure for a controlled descent.
The Titan XD includes Nissan’s Safety Shield 360, which is standard on all trims. Safety is important, and auto manufacturers are coming up with better ways to help keep you safe on the road. Nissan offers its Safety Shield 360 across most of its lineup, and it includes many features you are probably familiar with. The components of Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 are Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Automatic Braking, High Beam Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. These safety features have several benefits. For example, cross-traffic warning systems reduce crashes by as much as 22 percent.
Nissan includes an infotainment system with a standard 8-inch touchscreen on the Titan XD. Should you opt for the SV or higher trim level, you can enjoy a 9-inch touchscreen as well as built-in navigation. The standard infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Titan XD also offers a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster to display important information on vehicle performance, including tilt angles and 4x4 status during off-road driving.
The 2021 Nissan Titan is offered in five trim levels; the Crew Cab is the only configuration available for all models. The Crew Cab S is the base model and includes the 5.6-liter engine, four-wheel drive, and Nissan’s Safety Shield 360. The Crew Cab SV is the next trim level and introduces a body-color front grille, trailer brake controller, and NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM. The Crew Cab PRO-4X is built for those who want to experience the thrill of off-road driving. At this trim level, you enjoy off-road performance shocks by Bilstein, all-terrain tires, and an electronic locking rear differential.
For those who desire more comfort in their truck, the Crew Cab SL is the trim for you. The SL includes a premium audio system courtesy of Fender with the larger 9-inch display standard, leather-appointed seats, and Nissan’s Remote Engine Start System with includes Intelligent Climate Control. At the very top of the Titan XD the lineup is the Crew Cab Platinum Reserve, which is like celebrating Christmas and your birthday all at the same time. In addition to premium leather-appointed seats, the Platinum Reserve trim also includes 20-inch dark-appointed machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels. It’s hard to turn this trim down.
It’s the exterior features that make the Titan XD an attractive and stylish truck. Running boards are standard on all Titan models; in addition to adding convenience and giving you safer access to the bed and cab, they look great and help make the truck stand out. Wheels are a big factor when it comes to style, and the Titan delivers with black aluminum wheels that are as durable as they are head-turning. The deep-tinted glass protects the interior from potential sun damage, and it gives you added privacy; but best of all, they give the Titan a sense of mystery.
Whether you will be using your Titan XD for recreational or work purposes, towing and payload capacities are important factors to consider. If you opt for a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch, the Titan XD is capable of towing up to 11,040 pounds, which is enough to haul just about anything you can think of. The payload capacity of the Titan is a whopping 2,390 pounds, which is quite impressive. The bed of the Nissan Titan XD measures 6.5 feet in length, which can hold a lot of cargo.
Nissan offers work packages and options that serve a utilitarian purpose but also add substance to the exterior styling. For example, the SV Tow Package adds front tow hooks. The SV Appearance Package adds a chrome front grille, metallic kick plate, a chrome exhaust tip, and 20-inch chrome wheels, which goes a long way in setting the Titan apart from the competition in the style category.
It is obvious that Nissan gave a lot of thought to the exterior in the design phase. All of the components are functional, and they add to the overall looks of the truck. There are plenty of exterior options depending on the trim level, which makes it easy to have your Titan stand out from the others. In the end, the Titan XD is a head-turner that will garner the attention you desire.