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Nissan recently introduced the all-new Titan XD for 2016 and is now following up with an all-new Titan. Don’t let the names fool you. These are two entirely different trucks, not merely different trims of the same model. This year’s Titan comes with a new design, new features, and a new, more powerful engine.
Let’s start be differentiating between the two trucks since it’s confusing with names that are nearly the same. The Titan XD is technically a half-ton truck but it edges very close to three-quarter-ton territory. The Titan is a straight-up half-ton, sort of like the XD’s younger brother.
The Titan has the same rugged styling of the Titan XD with a focus on aerodynamics for improved fuel efficiency and a smoother ride. This includes a front spoiler, roof and tailgate spoilers, front tow hook hole cover, underbody covers, rear tire wind deflectors, and a seal between the cab and the bed. There’s also an active grille shutter that closes off the grille opening behind the radiator when the airflow isn’t required.
A truck needs to be ready for work and the Titan has the features you need to make your work day easier. It has a 5.5-foot bed with Nissan’s Util-track bed channel system. This unique system features four heavy-duty aluminum alloy cleats that sit along the wall and can slide and lock wherever you need them to secure any load. Floor and header tracks provide even more options for keeping cargo in place.
The bed of the Titan has a spray-on bedliner to keep it free of damage along with flush-mounted LED bedrail lights. There are also cargo and tailgate lamps so you’ll be able to finish the job safely and see clearly even if the sun goes down. Another great feature is a damped tailgate that won’t slam down when opened and is effortless to close.
Oftentimes, you need to carry smaller cargo, which is where the lockable Titan Storage Boxes come into play. These can’t be seen at street level as they rest inside of the bed with room to hold smaller equipment like tools or bags. No need to remove a camper top or tonneau cover to access the boxes. They are also watertight, drainable, and removable for when you need extra bed capacity.
The Titan is powered by a new 5.6-liter V8 engine with 390-horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s an extra 73 horsepower and 9 lb.-ft. of torque over the previous Titan. It also features direct injection which significantly improves performance and fuel economy. It’s all paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission tuned for the Titan.
The numbers say it should perform better, but it’s how it feels when you’re behind the wheel that matters. We had the opportunity to spend time on the road driving through winding California canyons, and the Titan handled it easily. Steep inclines never left it feeling strained and acceleration from a stop was strong.
There were also rougher roads in the mix, which are something that can make a truck feel like a buggy ride if the suspension isn’t up to the task. The Titan did a good job of smoothing out the rough patches with solid steering and handling and never felt out of control.
We also had the chance to drive the off-road focused Titan Pro-4X on a dirt course designed to show off its skills. This included steep climbs and descents, sharply graded corners, and uneven pavement that put the truck’s articulation to the test. The Pro-4X, with features including hill descent control, hill start assist, brake limited-slip differential, and electronic locking rear differential, made short work of it all. If you’re looking for off-road fun on the weekends, then the Titan Pro-4X is a truck worth your time.
The Pro-4X is offered only in a four-wheel-drive configuration, but all other models give you the choice of either two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive. Maximum towing capacity is 9,390 pounds while maximum payload comes in at 1,610 pounds.
The Titan features a rearview monitor with trailer guides to make hooking up a load that much easier. There’s also Nissan’s AroundView monitor, which shows a bird’s-eye view around the truck. This is a fantastic feature if you plan to head off the beaten path or have to navigate tight spots where it’s easy to miss low-lying obstacles.
Inside, the Titan is an appealing space with lots of storage cubbies along with six cup holders and eight bottle holders. The center console is particularly large and has enough room to handle a 15-inch laptop. Control switches are logically placed and within easy reach of the driver; even the glove compartment handle is moved to the left.
Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats make the ride more comfortable than what you’ll find in many competitive trucks and offer fabric or leather and both heating and cooling. There’s also a standard 5-inch color display and available NissanConnectSM with navigation and a 7-inch color monitor. Siri Eyes Free, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert are also available.
There are five different trim levels to choose from starting with the base S and leading all the way up to the luxurious Platinum trim. As you move through the lineup, you’ll find an increasing level of luxury, with the Pro-4X falling in the middle with its off-road mindset.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but Nissan has announced an impressive warranty for their latest truck. The 2017 Titan will come with a 5-year/100,000-mile, bumper-to-bumper warranty. This bests what other automakers offer and adds huge value.
The 2017 Nissan Titan offers up a modern design with a comfortable, fully-featured cabin. It also delivers the capability truck buyers demand along with an impressive warranty. Nissan’s latest truck is ready to give the old standards a run for their money.