2017 Nissan Titan Review Feb 24, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The all-new 2017 Nissan Titan earned plenty of credibility right away by picking up the 2017 TruckTrend Pickup Truck of the Year, a well-deserved honor in our opinion. This pickup may not be as unique as the category-defying Titan XD, but it still has plenty of features to make it stand out and prove its capabilities. Whether or not it will be your truck of the year depends on the right match of styling, interior, and capability.
Right away drivers will have to decide if they are willing to look at a Nissan for their next truck. Nissan has not had a lot of success in increasing their market share in the United States. The company hopes that the latest Titan will be more tempting to new buyers with a handsome fascia that improves on the previous generation with a chrome grille and larger headlights. The profile is muscular without looking bulky, especially with a crew cab and the spacious windows. Drivers that are still reluctant to buy a Nissan might be attracted by the 5-Year/100,000-Mile Warranty and the reasonable MSRP.
Enjoying the Interior
The 2017 Titan has an interior where you can truly get comfortable. We are impressed by the range of materials and features available. Leather upholstery and the latest technology can create an upscale feel no matter where you go. The Advanced Drive-Assist Display found in new Nissans makes an appearance, showing you the information that you want most at a glance. NissanConnect keeps you integrated on the move and makes it easy to find your destination. The choice of a split and folding front bench seat or captain’s chairs offers a choice for everyone. In our opinion, you can’t go wrong with the captain’s chairs and center console, as this configuration lets you enjoy 8-way power-adjustment along with power lumbar. While the high-end trims have leather seating, the stain-resistant cloth on other trims is still a practical choice.
Using the Truck Bed
The innovative truck bed is useful for most drivers. The Utili-track Channel system includes five channels and sturdy aluminum-alloy cleats that you can move wherever you want, including the floor and wall, to secure almost any item. Thanks to the bed lighting, you do not have to set up a separate flashlight or floodlight to find your gear. You can also add a Titan Box, which is perfect for storing valuables or creating a removable cooler.
Taking Advantage of its Capabilities
The Titan uses a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine that has Nissan Direct Injection, four valves per cylinder, and Variable Valve Event and Lift to maximize performance with an efficiency that you would not expect from a half-ton pickup. This engine has 394 pound-feet of torque and 390 horsepower linked to a new seven-speed automatic transmission, Combine that with the sturdy construction, adjustable Brake Controller, and Tow/Haul mode, and you will take advantage of the 9,730-pound towing capacity all the time. People who are more interested in off-road capabilities will still be impressed by the Titan. The list of off-road features on the PRO-4X trim is impressive enough to convince us it is ready to hit the trail. This trim includes an electronic locking rear differential, skid plates on the transfer case and the lower radiator, Bilstein off-road performance shocks, and of course, all-terrain off-road tires.
If you like (or can overlook) the badging, the 2017 Nissan Titan offers a solid combination of features at a reasonable price that doesn’t sacrifice a useful truck bed.