2017 Nissan Titan Review


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2017 Nissan Titan Overview

Talk about a resurgence: Nissan’s Titan pickup is not only back for 2017, but offers more trims, a choice of underpinnings, and a new gas powerplant. The redesigned Titan Crew Cab joins the new Titan Single Cab and Titan XD Single Cab for the upcoming model year. The Single Cab trims are the first 3-passenger Titan regular cab offerings ever and represent the second installment of Nissan’s forward-thinking master plan to make a serious dent in the U.S. full-size truck market. The third phase involves a return of the Titan King Cab sometime in the near future.

The various editions of the Titan XD boast a heftier ladder chassis than the non-XD trims and are slated to bridge the gap between the traditional half-ton pickup and full-size trucks designed for heavier lifting.

The Titan Crew Cab model comes in 5 trim levels: the S, SV, Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum, while Single Cab variations are offered in the S and SV trim levels only. The 2017 Titan Single Cab, Crew Cab, and XD Single Cab will roll on a 139.8-inch (11.65-foot) wheelbase, while the XD Crew Cab is built on a 151.6-inch wheelbase. The 2017 Titan Single Cab and Crew Cab trims measure 228.1 inches (19 feet) in overall length, the XD Single Cab stretches to 231.0 inches (19.25 feet) in length, and the XD Crew Cab measures 242.8 inches (20.23 feet) overall. Look for an 8-foot bed on each Single Cab trim, a 5.5-foot bed on the Crew Cab, and a 6.5-foot bed on the XD Crew Cab.

The 2017 Titan and Titan XD configurations will pack a new 5.6-liter V8 engine putting out 390 hp, a hefty 73 more ponies than the 2015 version, with torque weighing in at 394 lb-ft. All that power, now right up there with half-ton trucks from Ford, GM, and Ram, will be managed by a 7-speed automatic transmission with Active Shift Control and downshift rev matching. Towing numbers are expected to max out at 9,730 pounds for Single Cab trims and 9,390 pounds for Crew Cab variants. Titan XD Single Cab trims are slated to offer a towing capacity of 11,590, and the XD Crew Cab editions should be capable of pulling 11,270 pounds.

Available only on the 2017 Titan XD lineup is a 310-hp 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8 powerplant that’s expected to produce a whopping 555 lb-ft of torque. An Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission manages all that grunt for a max towing capability of 12,640 pounds in the Single Cab trims and 12,270 pounds with the Crew Cab.

Payload capacities run to 1,930 pounds for Titan Single Cab trims and 1,610 pounds for Crew Cab trims. The XD Single Cab with the diesel engine has a 2,420-pound payload capacity, or 2,901 pounds on the XD Single Cab with the gas V8. The 2017 Titan XD Crew Cab variants with the gas and diesel engines can haul 2,590 pounds and 2,091 pounds in payload, respectively.

Most Titan versions come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), while the Pro-4X features an off-road-capable 4-wheel drivetrain (4WD) that comes optional on the other trims. The 4WD setup features low-range gearing and a locking rear differential. Nissan has announced a V6 engine will be available on the Titan Single Cab later in the upcoming model year but has not indicated whether or not it will have the option of 4WD.

While the 2017 Titan will boast a slew of appearance, comfort, and convenience features, highlights include remote keyless entry and push-button start, a dampened opening tailgate with closing assist, and NissanConnect infotainment with smartphone apps. Look as well for an upgraded Advanced Driver Assist Display with a 4.3-inch screen for navigation info, text messages, service warnings and alerts, cloth upholstery, and trailer sway control. Higher trim levels are expected to boast remote engine start, upgraded 20-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, upgraded NissanConnect services, a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, an integrated trailer brake controller, and a unique trailer light-check function.

If you’re serious about going off road, Crew Cab Pro-4X trims will be available in both standard and XD editions and will pack all-terrain tires, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, an electronic locking rear differential, and hill descent control, along with Pro-4X badges and appliques. Additionally, leather seats can be tossed into the 2017 Pro-4X trim level as an option.

Additional options throughout the 2017 Titan lineup include a spray-in bedliner, an ultra-bright bed light, removable bed-mounted storage boxes, and Nissan’s Utilitrack Channel Lockdown system, also mounted in the bed. Trim-specific options include rear-seat DVD entertainment, an electronic tailgate lock, illuminated step running boards, and a monotone paint package.

An around-view camera system, fog/driving lights, and a rear-view camera come standard aboard higher trim levels and optional on lower trims.

Nissan has high hopes for its 2017 Titan and Titan XD stable of half-ton trucks. But whether the model can seriously challenge such competitors as the Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500, and, especially, the continually bestselling Ford F-150, remains to be seen.


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