Nissan has revitalized its full-size truck lineup with its new 2017 Titan. Last year, the Titan XD debuted, a truck that bridges the gap between traditional "half-ton" trucks and heavy-duty pickups. The regular 2017 Nissan Titan isn't quite as rugged but is still up to the task for all sorts of utility work or just being a comfortable truck to drive every day.
Externally, there's little difference between the two trucks. The Titan's nose is slightly smaller than that of the XD, which needs the extra space to house an optional Cummins turbodiesel. Cab size and feature availability are almost identical between the two. The regular Titan is offered with either a four-door crew cab and a 5-foot-6-inch bed or a single-row regular cab with an 8-foot-long bed. An extended-cab model with a 6.5-foot bed is coming next year, as is a V6 engine.
For now, a 5.6-liter V8 engine is the only choice. It delivers a strong 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, and comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Like most full-size pickups, the Titan offers rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. The EPA rates most 2WD and 4WD Titans at 18 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway).
Depending on configuration, the Titan has a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,610 pounds and can tow up to 9,390 pounds when properly equipped. Those ratings trail the Titan's V8-powered competitors slightly. But the Titan offers several helpful features, including a built-in trailer-brake controller and a trailer-brake light-test function. Pressing the right sequence of buttons on the key fob cycles through turn signals, brake lights and parking lights, allowing trailer lights to be checked without an assistant in the cab.
The Titan's crew cab feels spacious, with plenty of room for five. There are lots of good storage options in the backseat, including a lockable bin that runs the width of the cab. The dash design isn't particularly pleasing to the eye, but it's functional and logical. You might find the touchscreen for the infotainment system to be a little small.
The 2017 Nissan Titan is available in S, SV, SL, Platinum Reserve and Pro-4X trims. The S is a basic commercial-oriented work truck with a cabin that is functional and comfortable, while SV and SL are aimed more at mainstream buyers who use their pickups as daily drivers. The Platinum Reserve offers the type of high-end features we expect from a luxury SUV, while the Pro-4X combines the creature comforts of the SL with off-road-specific hardware. Use Edmunds to help find the perfect 2017 Nissan Titan for you.
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