2017 Nissan Titan XD King Cab

2017 Nissan Titan XD
2017 Nissan Titan XD

Pros

  • Strong towing potential with the V8 diesel engine
  • Good balance between price and performance
  • The interior is as functional as it is attractive
  • Rides smoothly for a truck with its capability

Cons

  • The diesel engine feels lazy when trying to pass slower traffic
  • Large turning circle needs a lot of real estate to maneuver
  • Small fuel-tank size limits overall range
Nissan Titan XD years
2017


Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5
The 2017 Nissan Titan XD fills the gap between typical light-duty and heavy-duty trucks in terms of price and capabilities. With a variety of trim levels and a strong diesel engine option, it's a unique truck that offers something its competitors don't.

2017 Nissan Titan XD configurations

Sitting squarely between the light-duty and heavy-duty versions of its competitors, all versions of the 2017 Nissan Titan XD are available with a crew-cab matched with a 6.5-foot bed. The work-oriented S and SV trims are also available with a single cab and an 8-foot bed. In all cases, shoppers can choose between a 5.6-liter V8 gasoline engine (390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque) or a turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 diesel (310 hp and 555 lb-ft). Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive available as an option (it's standard on the Pro-4X model). The gasoline engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, and the diesel uses a six-speed automatic.

The Titan XD seats up to five or six passengers and comes in five trim levels: S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. Feature highlights for the entry-level S work truck include a lockable tailgate, power windows, air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, a bench front seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, cloth and vinyl upholstery, and a 5-inch display for audio and mobile apps control.

The SV trim adds chrome exterior trim, an overhead console, upgraded instrumentation, carpeted floors, cloth upholstery, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free and NissanConnect mobile-app integration.

The off-road-focused Pro-4X model steps up with standard four-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, a two-speed transfer case, Bilstein shocks, a lockable rear differential, skid plates, hill descent control, LED headlights, a spray-in bedliner, a receiver hitch with a 4/7-pin wiring harness connector, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, unique cloth upholstery, dual front captain's chairs, storage space under the rear seats, a rearview camera, a 7-inch display with navigation and blind-spot monitoring.

The SL trim goes without the Pro-4X's off-road gear, building on the SV trim's feature list with 20-inch alloy wheels, running boards, a cargo-management rail system in the bed, a power-sliding rear window, parking sensors, remote ignition, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a premium audio system with expanded entertainment apps and NissanConnect emergency telematics.

At the top of the Titan XD lineup is the Platinum Reserve trim that goes all-in with a wealth of chrome trim, a trailer brake controller, premium leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a surround-view camera system.

Some features are available on supporting trims as options. The Platinum Reserve is eligible for a dual-screen rear entertainment system with two wireless headphones. The new Chrome and Texas Titan packages add a variety of cosmetic enhancements.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our test of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Crew Cab Pickup (5.0L V8 turbodiesel; 4x4; 6-speed automatic; 6.5-ft bed).

Driving

4.0
When equipped with the diesel V8, the Titan XD feels like a hearty draft horse. It's not particularly fast or nimble, but it can handle some serious heavy lifting. It doesn't translate into a stiff ride, however, as the Titan XD remains compliant enough to drive everyday.

Acceleration

3.0
The diesel V8 has plenty of torque for towing and hauling, but it's not very quick. We measured a 0-to-60 mph time of 9.6 seconds, which is slower than most gas-powered V8 trucks. Passing slower traffic requires patience and planning.

Braking

4.0
The brakes are well up to the task of stopping this big, heavy truck. The pedal stroke is a little long, but that's typical for trucks. As powerful as the brakes are, they're easy to modulate. During panic stops at our test track, the Titan remained straight and controllable with minimal nosedive.

Steering

3.0
Other than the wide turning radius, we like the steering for its solid overall feel. It can be heavy at times, but it's always responsive and predictable. When off-roading, vibrations and kickback are kept in check.

Handling

4.0
For a truck with its level of towing and hauling capacity, the Titan XD has a very agreeable ride. Unlike many heavy-duty trucks that feel high-strung when empty, the XD remains compliant over bumpy roads and rarely transmits sharp impacts.

Drivability

3.5
Throttle response is gradual and predictable, and the six-speed automatic transmission keeps power on tap with smooth shifts, which is especially helpful when towing and hauling up steep inclines.

Off-road

4.5
The Pro-4X Titan is the only full-size off-road truck available with a diesel option. The low-end torque makes it easy to crawl over boulders and up steep hills, two things the Pro-4X can do well thanks to its low-range gearing and all-terrain tires. Its physical size is its biggest limitation.

Comfort

3.5
The Titan XD is quiet and has a smooth ride and comfortable seats, giving it an edge over true heavy-duty trucks. To maintain that ride quality, we recommend that shoppers stick with the 18-inch wheels rather than the optional 20-inch wheels and tires.

Seat comfort

3.0
The seats are spacious and well-shaped and offer plenty of adjustment. Side bolstering is minimal, but that makes for easy entry and exit. Rear passengers get a surprising amount of room and a reasonably comfortable bench seat.

Ride comfort

3.5
The ride is firm but not nearly as harsh as in other heavy-duty trucks. The Pro-4X model rides better than the high-end SL and Platinum Reserve trims because its 18-inch tires and shocks do a better job of filtering out the small stuff than the 20-inch wheel and tire package.

Noise & vibration

3.5
It has some of the typical diesel engine clatter, but it's kept in check as well or better than just about every other full-size diesel truck on the market. Even with the off-road tires found on the Pro-4X, the Titan is very civilized on the highway.

Climate control

4.5
Operating the dual-zone climate control is easy thanks to large knobs and buttons. The system itself does a good job of maintaining the set temperature even when the driver and front passenger dial up very different temperatures. Rear vents are a plus for passengers in back.

Interior

3.5
Rival trucks offer more interior space on paper, but the Nissan Titan XD doesn't feel any smaller. In addition to its roominess, the cabin is thoughtfully designed and features good materials for the class.

Ease of use

3.5
The smooth-acting column shifter opens up space for a simple cabin layout with large cupholders and plenty of storage space. Some switches and buttons feel small in this large cabin, as does the outdated infotainment system.

Getting in/getting out

3.5
The seats are rather high, which is no surprise considering the XD is among the tallest trucks in the class. And there's no difference between the 4x2 and 4x4 models. Front doors open wider than the rear ones, and all doors have chunky grab handles.

Driving position

3.5
An abundance of seat adjustments and a telescoping steering column make it easy to find your preferred driving position. The Pro-4X has standard eight-way power seats, and the optional Convenience package adds power telescoping and a driver-position memory function.

Roominess

3.5
Headroom is plentiful, and there's plenty of legroom up front. There's enough legroom for adults in the backseat, although some competitors do offer a bit more room. On paper the cabin is slightly narrower than the competition, but it doesn't feel that way when you're inside.

Visibility

3.0
The well-defined hood shows where the front end stops, and the view to the sides and back are reasonable. The backup camera is optional on SV models and standard on higher trims. Outside mirrors are a bit small, and the windshield header masks some overhead traffic signals, too.

Quality

4.5
Fit-and-finish is top notch, and Nissan has managed to make the Titan XD look strong without resorting to a cartoonishly overdone tough-truck theme. Exterior paint and trim are handsome on the Pro-4X and even better on the Platinum Reserve.

Utility

3.5
As long as you don't need outlandish towing and hauling ratings, the Titan XD is capable of handling the utility needs of most average truck owners. Plenty of interior storage, along with innovative exterior bed storage options, give the Titan XD a unique position in the market.

Small-item storage

Flip-up rear seat cushions provide in-cab storage that is similar to that of Ram trucks. The huge center console bin with a big cubby up front also holds an adjustable cupholder insert. The glovebox and door pockets are on the small side, though.

Cargo space

4.5
The five-rail cargo tie-down system (optional on SV and Pro-4X; standard on SL and Platinum Reserve) is easily the best available, and it comes with a spray-in bedliner, 400-watt in-bed power outlet and LED under-rail bed lighting. Optional lockable bed boxes are also available.

Child safety seat accommodation

3.0
The LATCH anchors for outboard rear seats are easily accessed, as are the top tether anchors behind the rear seatbacks, but it's still tricky to secure a front-facing seat. A bigger issue is the height of the cab itself; it's a reach.

Towing

3.5
Diesel versions can tow between 10,600 and 12,300 pounds, depending on trim level. By design, this is midway between light-duty trucks and heavy-duty trucks. A brake controller, extendable mirrors and a gooseneck hitch are available as factory options.

Technology

3.5
The Titan XD uses a lot of carryover elements from the aging Nissan parts bin, making it feel older than it is. That's especially true of the infotainment system and its screen. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available, but more advanced safety features are not.

Audio & navigation

3.5
The audio system sounds good and is fairly easy to operate. The touchscreen, however, is small and feels a generation behind due to its lower-resolution graphics and lack of detail in the navigation maps.

Smartphone integration

3.5
There's only one USB port and it takes awhile to initially index your music, but it's easy to search for tunes after that. NissanConnect supports some smartphone apps (Pandora, iHeart, etc.), but it's not as plug-and-play as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which aren't offered.

Driver aids

3.5
The Titan XD doesn't offer some of the more advanced features such as adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available, which are very welcome on such a big truck.

Voice control

4.5
Response times are quick, with audible prompts and on-screen menus to guide you, but the system had some difficulty recognizing some street names. Holding down the voice button activates the Siri voice interface via a paired iPhone and is standard on higher trims.

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MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Nissan Titan XD. Regular duty pickup trucks are incredibly capable when it comes to hauling and towing. For those who need a bit more, but would rather not step up to the heavy duty class, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD fills that gap perfectly. Like other trucks, it's offered in a basic work version, all the way up to the luxurious platinum reserve trim. You'll also get to choose between a gasoline powered V8 or our preference, the turbo diesel option that can tow more than 12,000 pounds. Sadly, either choice will have you stopping for fuel quite often, courtesy of the thirsty engines combined with a small gas tank. The Titan XD's bed gets high marks for its available tie down system, spray in bed liner, integrated power outlet, and lockable and removable storage boxes. Depending on whether you go for the regular, king, or crew cab, you can choose between a 6 and 1/2 foot bed or an 8 footer. The crew cab is the obvious choice if you need to haul passengers, and those rear seats are certainly suitable for adults, though other trucks are roomier. The rest of the cabin is pretty nice as far as pickups go, too. The Titan gets good grades for ride comfort, even when it's not loaded with cargo. The 2017 Nissan Titan XD's bottom line extends well past its impressive capabilities. It's easy to drive for such a big truck, and it's comfortable for long highway stretches. We'd certainly recommend it alongside the well-established Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, and Ford F250 Super Duty. If you'd like to see more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, hit Subscribe.

2017 Nissan Titan XD Expert Rundown Review

Looking for a full-size truck with a powerful V8, an aggressive look and generous bumper-to-bumper warranty? The 2017 Nissan Titan XD might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$33,560
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 6
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
390 hp @ 5800 rpm
MSRP
$50,490
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
310 hp @ 3200 rpm
MSRP
$46,540
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
310 hp @ 3200 rpm
MSRP
$37,960
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 6
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
390 hp @ 5800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Titan XD safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring
The blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts are most helpful on a truck this big.
Around-View Camera System
It gives you a bird's-eye view of your surroundings, making it easier to maneuver in tight spaces.
Emergency Telematics
The NissanConnect system has automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and roadside assistance at the touch of a button.

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More about the 2017 Nissan Titan XD

Traditionally, full-size trucks are broken into two classes: half-ton trucks and heavy-duty trucks. Nissan's Titan XD splits the difference, offering towing and hauling capabilities at the top end of the half-ton class without the harsh ride quality of a heavy-duty pickup.

Another thing that sets the Titan apart from half-ton pickups is its optional Cummins diesel engine, a 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 310 horsepower and a whopping 555 pound-feet of torque. Nissan is not required to publish EPA fuel economy estimates owing to the Titan XD's weight class, but our long-term diesel-powered 2016 Nissan Titan XD has been averaging 14.8 mpg. The diesel is a lugger, not a runner. Though it can tow up to 12,300 pounds (when properly configured), its 0-60 mph time is a lengthy 9.6 seconds, and passing on a two-lane road requires planning and patience. Nissan also offers a 5.6-liter gasoline V8 that puts out 390 hp and 394 lb-ft. As with most pickup trucks, the Titan XD offers either rear-wheel drive or a part-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case.

It's a long climb up to the Titan XD's cabin — this is one of the tallest trucks in this segment — but once there you'll find comfortable seats with plenty of stretch-out room, and the same goes for the rear seat in crew-cab models. Interior fit and finish is excellent, and we like the control layout, though the stereo seems dated and some of the switches and buttons feel a bit on the small side, especially considering how much real estate is available on the dashboard.

Out on the open road, the Titan XD feels pretty tidy considering its capabilities. The ride is firm, but it's not nearly as harsh as with a typical 3/4-ton truck, and we like the braking and steering response. The Pro-4X, which features 18-inch wheels and an off-road-tuned suspension, has a softer and more compliant ride. It's also the only full-size off-road pickup with a diesel option, and the Cummins' low-end torque is a boon, helping the Pro-4X pick its way over boulders and scramble up steep grades.

Nissan currently offers the Titan XD with either a crew cab and a 6.5-foot bed or a single-row cab with an 8-foot bed. Five trim levels are on offer, starting with the S, a bare-bones work truck with a bench seat and easy-to-clean vinyl floors. Civilian customers will probably consider the SV to be the bare minimum in terms of comfort and convenience features, but they'd do well to consider the Pro-4X, not just for its off-road ability but for its more compliant ride. The SL does without the off-road gear but offers more comfort and convenience features, while the top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve rivals the high-end trucks from other manufacturers. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Nissan Titan XD for you.

2017 Nissan Titan XD King Cab Overview

The 2017 Nissan Titan XD King Cab is offered in the following styles: S 4dr King Cab SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A), PRO-4X 4dr King Cab 4WD SB (5.0L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), SV 4dr King Cab 4WD SB (5.0L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), SV 4dr King Cab SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A), SV w/Prod. End 06/17 4dr King Cab SB (5.0L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), SV 4dr King Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A), S 4dr King Cab 4WD SB (5.0L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), PRO-4X 4dr King Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A), S 4dr King Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 7A), and S w/Prod. End 06/17 4dr King Cab SB (5.0L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A).

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