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Exterior view of the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

Full-size pickups might be the workhorses of the automotive industry, but that doesn't mean these trucks can't have a little fun on the weekends. There's a growing segment of trucks designed with an extra dose of off-road ruggedness, and for Nissan, that's the 2021 Titan Pro-4X. Equipped with a beefed-up suspension, added skid plates, and more aggressive styling, the Titan Pro-4X is aimed at off-road enthusiasts who don't want to give up the utility of a pickup truck. Keep in mind that this review is of the half-ton Titan pickup, and not the heavier-duty Titan XD.


2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Exterior

Exterior view of the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

The second-generation Nissan Titan was introduced back in 2016, but last year's facelifted design added a little more style to Nissan's full-size truck. Full LED exterior lighting, including stylish C-shaped daytime running lights that come standard on the Pro-4X, which is only available on the Crew Cab 4x4 models with a 6.5-foot cargo bed.

Compared to the base Titan, the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X has a bolder style. First, there's a  blacked-out grille, black tailgate trim, and two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 32-inch General Grabber tires. The Pro-4X also gets lava red accents on the Nissan badges, tow hooks, and the optional ($1,050) metal side steps. My tester was painted in Baja Storm, and it added options such as $285 mud flaps, $890 factory-installed cargo bed sport bars and the $2,190 Pro-4X Utility Package. This package bundles cargo bed features such as Nissan's Ultili-Track bed management system, under rail LEDs, a 110-volt outlet, an electric locking tailgate, and a retractable bumper-mounted step.

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2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Interior

Interior view of the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

Along with its new exterior design, the updated Nissan Titan received improvements to the interior. These improvements include a larger seven-inch digital gauge cluster and a cleaner, more modern center stack. Here that stack housed an upgraded nine-inch touchscreen display, which comes standard on the Pro-4X. Although not as upscale as the range-topping Platinum Reserve trim level, this optioned-up Pro-4X added plenty of luxury-minded content as part of the Pro-4X Convenience Package. This $3,390 package includes black leather seats with embroidered Pro-4X logo and contrast stitching, heated front and rear (outboard) seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and a remote engine starter. The optional ($1,490) dual-pane panoramic sunroof is a nice luxury touch for this rugged off-roader, and the $2,100 Utility Package included a 12-speaker Fender-branded premium audio system, a power sliding back window with defroster, and a trailer brake controller.

Whether you choose the work-ready Titan XD S, the fully loaded Titan XD Platinum Reserve or the go-anywhere Pro-4X, this Crew Cab body has no problem accommodating passengers and their gear. Lower trim levels of the Titan have a front bench seat for a total of six passengers, while the Pro-4X and higher come standard with a five-passenger layout, thanks to front bucket seats. The cabin materials are excellent, and all of the buttons and controls are within easy reach. They're also simple to operate even if you're wearing gloves. When it comes to interior cargo space, the center console offers up plenty of room, and there's a secure, lockable storage space found under the rear seats. But if bulkier items need to be hauled, the seats can fold out of the way to open up a flat-load floor.

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2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Performance

View of the engine block of the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

All 2021 Nissan Titan models are powered by a 5.6-liter Endurance V-8. Last year, that mill received a boost in power which increased output from 390 hp and 394 lb-ft to 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Also new is a nine-speed automatic transmission, which gives the full-size truck a more refined feel, and slightly better fuel economy. Not surprisingly, the Pro-4X has the lowest fuel economy of the 2021 Titan lineup, as the EPA estimates 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Despite the added power, towing capacity is down slightly, though the Pro-4X Crew Cab 4x4 can still haul a very respectable 9,210 pounds.

The Pro-4X package is more than just rugged-looking appearance bits. With Bilstein shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, added skid plates, and all-terrain off-road tires, it also makes the Titan more trail ready. Without a doubt, the Pro-4X would be an even better off-road vehicle with meatier mud terrain tires, but the tires on this package provided plenty of off-road grip without excessive road noise. It's a compromise, certainly, but a good one for a truck that will likely spend most of its time on the pavement.

Oddly, the Pro-4X doesn't even have the best off-road dimensions in Nissan's lineup. That distinction goes to the SL and Platinum Reserve trims, which have additional ground clearance, and better approach angles. That said, this rig had no problems going challenging terrain.

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2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Safety

View of the safety features of the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

The 2021 Nissan Titan has a four-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which includes a five-star side-impact rating.

All trim levels come with Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. As part of the Pro-4X Utility Package, my tester included front and rear parking sensors, an Intelligent Around View Monitor, and Trailer Light Function Check.

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2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Overall

Exterior view of the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

Currently, Ford, GM and Ram have a lock on the full-size truck segment. But the 2021 Nissan Titan shows it can play with the big boys, especially when equipped with the off-road-ready Pro-4X package.

While the Nissan might not sway diehard, brand-faithful truck guys and gals into its camp, the Titan Pro-4X is a fun truck that will appeal to loads of off-road truck enthusiasts. Now, if you're looking at trucks like the Ford Tremor, GMC AT4 or Toyota TRD Pro, there's a price to pay for added off-road capability, and the Titan Pro-4X is no different. You can get a base 2021 Titan starting at $36,650*, but if you want the Pro-4X, you're looking at a price of just over $50,000.

With the abundance of luxury and utility options, the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X described in this review had an as-tested price of $60,640*. Contact your local AutoNation Nissan dealer to arrange a test drive today!

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Jeffrey N. Ross | Apr 15, 2021

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2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Specs

Layout

4-door, 5-passenger, 4x4

Engine/Transmission

5.6L V8, 400 hp, 413 lb-ft
Nine-speed automatic

Mileage

15/20 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

★ ★ ★ ★  


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**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.