2017 Nissan Titan Review
Nissan Titan Overview
It takes a lot of guts to show up in a champion’s backyard and challenge them to a high stakes game of one-on-one. Those so inclined had best come correct, or they will find themselves having had their glutes handed to them. Just ask Nissan, whose Titan has been an also ran every year since it was introduced back in 2004. When it comes to full-size pickup trucks, F-150 and Silverado won’t be taken down easily.
To beat them, you have to—
Well actually, we’re still waiting to see what it takes. So far, nobody has.
Undaunted, Nissan’s back again for another spin and this time they brought backup. For the 2017 model year, the Nissan Titan is being offered in two versions. We were introduced to Titan XD for the 2016 model year when it became the first Japanese pickup to offer a Cummins diesel V8. For 2017, Nissan is also offering a slightly smaller half-ton version of the Titan. Like us though, you’ll likely have trouble discerning them from one another visually because the new Titan shares its four-door crew cab with Titan XD and is only 14.6 inches shorter in overall length. Titan’s ride height is also a bit lower—at 2.8-inches.
For now, power comes from a revised Nissan Endurance 5.6-liter V8, which is also offered with Titan XD. Output is 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. This is up 73 horsepower and nine lb-ft of torque over the previous version of the Endurance. A seven-speed automatic transmission routes power to the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is optional. With rear drive, fuel economy is rated at 15-city/21-highway/18-combined. Go 4WD, you’ll see those number drop by one point across the board. Towing maxes out at 9,390 pounds, while payloads of up to 1,610 pounds are doable. A V6 engine is promised to arrive later in the year.
As expected, interior accommodations vary according to the trim package you choose. However, they all share a well-conceived dash configuration and instrument layout. Basic models can be had with vinyl flooring and stain resistant cloth seats for working applications. At the other end of the spectrum, the Platinum version is kitted out to near Infiniti standards. This includes a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, plush leather upholstery and open pore wood trim with chrome accented vent knobs and cupholder trim. Nissan’s around view camera system with moving object detection is standard, along with telescoping tow mirrors.
Many of these features are also available as options on the in-between trim packages. Numbered among Titan’s available tech are blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, Nissan’s Intelligent Key, dual-zone automatic climate control, smart wipers, NissanConnect with navigation and mobile apps, Siri Eyes Free and a seven-inch color touchscreen. Hill descent control, a trailer brake controller and front and rear 110-volt outlets are also present and accounted for.
Particular attention was paid to making the Titan ride quietly and more smoothly. The body structure is hydraulically mounted to the frame; additional insulation quiets the objectionable aspects of the engine’s sound, while laminated side glass in the front doors reduce wind and road noise. After a couple of hours on the road, we can confirm the Titan’s roadability is quite impressive for a pickup truck. Yes, you do know you’re piloting a large vehicle but its agility is quite remarkable.
For off-road fans, Nissan is offering a specifically equipped version of the Titan for duty on dirt. Labeled PRO-4X, its standard equipment roster includes hill descent control, hill start assist, a brake limited-slip differential and an electronic locking rear differential. The PRO-4X also has an off-road gauge informed by accelerometer data to calculate its pitch and roll angles. Bilstein monotube off road shocks provide damping.
Overall, the 2017 Nissan Titan half-ton pickup is a pretty impressive piece. Is it enough to get Nissan a spot in the all-star game? Well, the Titan’s definitely got what it takes. But as we all know, it’s really going come down to the voting of the fans. Pricing starts at $37,780.