Nissan has updated the 2020 Titan full-size half-ton pickup with bold new exterior styling, a comfortable interior, and standard advanced safety and driver assistance features. But the basic appeal of this truck remains the same: every single Titan made comes with Nissan's 5.6-liter V8 engine.
That engine is the heart of the Titan's value proposition. Where other automakers start their base trucks with a V6 or even a four-cylinder engine, the Titan offers the V8 with best-in-class specs of 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The Nissan V8 is paired with a new nine-speed transmission and your choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive.
With the V8 engine and transmission as standard equipment, the Titan can tow up to 9,370 pounds and carry up to 1,680 pounds of payload. Nissan also includes four-wheel disc brakes for excellent stopping power.
The 2020 Titan is available with either an extended "King cab" or a full four-door crew-cab. King cab models feature a 6.5-foot bed, while the crew cab comes with a 5.5-foot bed. A sliding tie-down cleat system is optional, as are in-bed storage boxes and a 110-volt power outlet in the bed area.
Inside, the Titan has been upgraded for both functionality and comfort. There's a large set of storage bins in the center console, and the rear seats fold to provide ample secure cargo space inside the cab. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available, making the Titan a comfortable place for those who spend a lot of time in their trucks.
Nissan includes an 8-inch touchscreen display as standard equipment, and a 9-inch screen on the top PRO-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve trims. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both supported, and there's an in-car wi-fi system that can use your phone's data or a separate data plan for the truck.
The 2020 Titan also raises its game with safety and advanced driver assistance features. Nissan now includes their Safety Shield 360 suite of features as standard equipment. This provides automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and high beam assist. The Titan is the only pickup in its class to offer standard rear automatic braking. If you want more, you can option the Titan up with all the latest tech.
On the road, the Titan isn't as smooth-riding as some other trucks, but it's a solid driver. The 5.6-liter V8 and 9-speed transmission offers plenty of power at all speeds, and the Titan steers smoothly. If you like trucks, the Titan is one you'll love to drive.
Nissan has not yet announced pricing on the 2020 Titan, but you can expect it to be comparable to other brands' V8-powered trucks. Some competing brands appear to come a little cheaper than the Titan, but bear in mind that the base price usually includes a fairly lackluster V6. To make a fair comparison, you have to upgrade those trucks to a V8.
The bottom line is this: Nissan has refreshed the 2020 Titan in a smart way, focusing on the things that matter. If you're shopping for a new truck this year, you should definitely put the 2020 Nissan Titan on your test-drive list.
2020 Nissan Titan SV King Cab
Base price: $TBD
Price as tested: $TBD
Type: Full-size pickup
Engine: 5.6-liter V8 (400 hp, 413 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 15/21
Overall length: 228.2 inches
Curb weight: 5,604 pounds
Final assembly: Canton, Mississippi
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