The first generation of the Nissan Titan lingered for over a decade, but Nissan’s full-size truck has finally been given a long-overdue redesign for the 2017 model year. The 2017 Titan is a step above the previous generation, and it provides expanded powertrain and cab choices.
The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck that’s been fully redesigned for 2017. Nissan offers the Titan in five trims: S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. The Nissan Titan XD is also offered and covered separately. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Titan models. All trims, except the four-wheel drive Titan Pro-4X, offer standard rear-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive.
The all-new Titan retains the girth of the previous model while bringing a fresh design that is at once bold and masculine. Up front, its massive grille is bordered by oversized headlamps and boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights. The lower portion of the grille is offset by huge pockets holding the fog lamps. Chrome elements on the grille, the grille surround and front fascia are present at the SL level.
Along the profile, the Titan features unique badging where some vehicles have vent ports. The badging identifies the model and engine type. Profile features vary by trim or accessory and include amenities such as fixed step rails. The truck’s wheels range from 18-inch steel wheels to 20-inch aluminum alloys.
From the rear, the drop-down tailgate is hemmed in by a pair of oversized vertical combination lights. A center bumper step provides ease of access to the truck bed, and an available bed channel system features heavy-duty aluminum alloy cleats. Two in-box lockable and watertight storage boxes are also available. The boxes are drainable and can be removed when additional room is needed.
Spacious cabins are synonymous with full-size crew cab models, and the 2017 Titan Crew Cab lives up to those expectations. This model provides two rows of seating for five or six.
A 40/20/40 split-folding front bench seat with a flip-down center armrest is standard with the base trim, and bucket seats or captain’s chairs are available. The second-row seat provides a 60/40 split-folding configuration. Cloth seats with stain-resistant bolsters are standard, while leather seats are included in the Titan SL and Platinum Reserve.
The Titan’s cabin features soft-touch materials across the dashboard and on the doors along with metallic trim and standard vinyl flooring. Carpeted flooring is added at the SV trim. Heated front seats are included with the SL, while Platinum Reserve models add ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel with wood-tone inserts.
The Titan offers commanding sight lines with all driver controls within easy reach. For example, the transmission shifter is attached to the steering column, and the drivetrain control switch is found immediately below the ignition button. Further, the storage compartment situated between the front seats is wide and deep. It’s also large enough to hold a laptop. All models come with eight cup holders, four drink holders and multiple storage pockets.
The center stack features a color touch screen at the top, followed by knobs, switches and buttons for managing audio and climate control. Standard equipment includes keyless entry with push-button start, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and cruise control. Trim level or package upgrades add rear air conditioning vents, dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic dimming rear mirror and a power-sliding rear window with defroster.
At launch, the redesigned 2017 Titan debuted with a 5.6-liter V8 engine making 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. A V6 engine joins the lineup with late availability. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard across the model line.
All rear-wheel drive and most four-wheel drive models make an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway with the V8 engine. The PRO-4X model is rated at 15/20 mpg city/highway.
The V8 engine is wholly suited to this truck. Upgraded in time for the new Titan’s release, the “Endurance” engine reflects roughly a 20 percent boost in horsepower and a slight increase in torque over the previous engine. Moving off a dead stop, the V8 moves this near 5,700-pound truck with ease. Press hard on the accelerator and generous amounts of power are released.
Taken off the road, the four-wheel drive Titan benefits from a new transfer case design enabling torque distribution front and back. For off-road enthusiasts, the Pro-4X model is king with its Bilstein off-road shocks.
Technology features include a standard 5-inch color display on S and SV models and a 7-inch touch-screen display elsewhere.
A standard six-speaker audio system is upgraded to a Rockford Fosgate 12-speaker audio system in the SL edition, and this stereo offers excellent sound clarity and distribution. All models come with a USB port, an auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth and hands-free text messaging. Buyers should know that the 2017 Titan is not yet compatible with Apple Car Play or Android Auto.
Satellite radio is not offered with the base trim, but is included elsewhere. A navigation system is standard for the Pro-4X level and higher trims. Platinum Reserve models can be upgraded with a rear-seat entertainment system.
You’ll find the expected safety features on the 2017 Titan, including a full complement of air bags, traction and stability control and hill-start assist. Pro-4X models bring in hill descent control. A rearview camera is available.
Blind spot warning is included with the PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve models, as is rear cross-traffic alert. Both are optional on the SV trim.
The 2017 Titan S Crew Cab is priced from $34,780 and the SV starts at $37,670. In the middle of the pack is the Pro-4X, beginning at $45,020. The SL edition follows at $46,380 with the range-topping Platinum Reserve costing $52,310. Add just over $3,000 for four-wheel drive and $1,195 for the destination charge.
If you are an off-road enthusiast, the Titan Pro-4X offers the capability you’ll want. If you need to tow and prefer many of the high-end convenience items offered on the higher trims, you can upgrade this model with Utility and Towing ($1,820) and Convenience ($3,520) packages.
Otherwise, an SV edition with the four-wheel drive option and the Comfort and Convenience package ($2,040) should satisfy most needs. The total price for this configuration is about $44,000.
All is forgiven in the 2017 Titan, which is head and shoulders above the aged first-generation truck it replaces. Nissan took its time developing the second-generation Titan and the wait was well worth it.
The 2017 Nissan Titan offers a much more satisfying assortment of choices than the outgoing model. If you were considering a Toyota Tundra, Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado or Ram 1500, the Titan is worth a look. The high-end Platinum Reserve trim also provides a worthy alternative to the GMC Sierra Denali.