Safety isn't the Nissan Titan's strongest selling point. While trucks from Toyota and Ford get high ratings from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Titan doesn't fare as well.
It's unrated by the NHTSA, though the Titan earned four- and five-star grades from the federal agency under its previous scoring regimen, which was changed in 2011.
The Titan runs into trouble once it gets past the IIHS' front-impact tests, where it receives a "good" score. The IIHS calls it "acceptable" for roof-crush protection, but gives it only a "marginal" score for side-impact protection--despite the fact that side airbags are standard.
All Titans now come with dual front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes and stability control. However, there are no provisions for features such as blind-spot monitors.