The 2020 Nissan Titan benefits from an extensive redesign this model year. It shows off a bold, new exterior, refined interior, and updated technologies along with Nissan Safety Shield 360 as a standard feature across the trim range.
Power for the Titan comes from a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque paired to a new 9-speed automatic transmission that replaces the outgoing 7-speed automatic. Not only does this provide a smoother, quieter ride for passengers, it improves performance.
A larger final gear ratio puts more torque at the wheels, so the Titan accelerates faster. Nissan estimates it’s a full second faster from 50 mph to 70 mph. While one second doesn’t sound like a huge amount and racing the Titan is likely not on many to-do lists, that second feels like a lot when you’re behind the wheel.
It’s not so much the speed itself, but the sense of confidence it imparts. Even towing a load, the Titan doesn’t feel bogged down or heavy. Instead, it feels capable, controlled, and up to the task so you can relax.
When it comes to towing, the Titan with rear-wheel drive is capable of hauling up to 9,370 pounds when properly equipped. That number drops slightly to 9,250 pounds in four-wheel drive models. While those aren’t the highest tow ratings you can find in a half-ton truck, they’re quite respectable numbers.
The need to tow more than the other guy has trucks capable of towing increasingly impressive loads that far exceed what most truck owners will ever use. There’s a bit of overkill in towing these days, but the Titan offers more of a just-right approach and it works.
If you do need more extensive towing capability, there’s the Titan XD to consider. It can tow up to 11,000 pounds when properly equipped and is available in a range of five trims, all with standard four-wheel drive.
If it’s off-roading rather than towing that’s your focus, then there’s the Nissan Titan Pro-4X trim. It comes with standard features including embossed skid plates, hill descent control, electronic locking rear differential, and all-terrain tires.
It also has an off-road gauge that shows tire angle, pitch, and roll so you can better judge the vehicle’s orientation on more challenging terrain. This version of the Titan is ready to take you to the office during the week and through the dirt on weekends.
Part of what makes the Titan an appealing truck is a comfortable interior designed to make the daily drive one you’ll enjoy. Simply because a truck needs to do work doesn’t mean it can’t be comfortable and appealing inside.
The Titan has a standard 8-inch infotainment screen with an available 9-inch touchscreen featuring both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a wi-fi hotspot with connectivity for up to seven devices. There’s also NissanConnect, which offers over-the-air software updates and a suite of driver assistance and security features accessible from the vehicle or a smartphone.
Adding to the premium interior feel is an available dual panel panoramic moonroof and Fender premium audio system. The audio upgrade includes up to 12 speakers and produces 485 watts of sound with powerful bass thanks to a Fender Bassman subwoofer.
Spending long hours on the road won’t wear on passengers thanks to the Zero Gravity seats that offer a supportive ride without getting stiff. They’re available both heated and cooled for front passengers adding an extra bit of comfort on cold winter mornings or sweltering summer days.
Standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 offers six advanced driver-assistance systems. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking.
An added measure of safety is offered through additional available features. These include forward collision warning, Around View monitor, cruise control, driver alertness, and traffic sign recognition. Finally, there’s also a standard rear door alert to remind you to check the rear seat so nothing is left behind.
The Titan is available in wide range of configurations with three king cab trims and five crew cab offerings. There’s also a choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive and a variety of packages to give your Titan a more upscale vibe.
The 2020 Nissan Titan continues to offer the safety, features, and capability today’s truck buyers crave. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date in early 2020.