2017 Nissan Titan XD
First launched in 2004, the Nissan Titan offered drivers something unique, compared to the rest of the competitive pickup truck segment. Slotting in between a light duty and heavy duty pickup truck, the Titan XD could arguably be dubbed the “Goldilocks” of pickup truck models. And it has – by many in the industry. Cornering a niche market, the Titan XD confidently sits between half-ton and ¾-ton pickup truck options – ideal for those looking to access some middle ground.
For the 2017 model year, Nissan’s Titan XD finally boasts some new features, but continues to stand firm on that middle ground and is, as Edmunds’ describes, “Designed to hit the sweet spot between light-duty and heavy-duty pickups.” All just part of keeping in line with Nissan’s mission to manufacture “Innovation that excites.” New this year is a regular cab version of the Titan XD, featuring an 8-foot bed, while the popular crew cab model and accompanying 6.5-foot bed now includes two new available packages: the Texas Edition and Chrome.
Backed by the best truck warranty in its class, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD affords you extra peace of mind, courtesy of its bumper-to-bumper 5-years/100,000-miles assurance. Plenty of consumers will want to celebrate the fact that the Nissan Titan XD is both designed and built in the United States, as is its optional Cummins diesel engine.
Still awaiting official results of federal crash testing, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD is equipped with Advanced available safety features like rear cross traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring enhance a comfortable, roomy ride. Visibility is good, thanks to the high position of the seats – a given considering that the 2017 Nissan Titan XD is one of the segment’s tallest pickup trucks.
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In addition to occupying a niche position in the pickup truck segment, the new Nissan Titan XD also sets itself apart, with respect to affordability and capability, compared to its arguably more popular, or at least, long-standing competitors. MotorTrend magazine was quick to point out that the new Titan XD when compared to other base models, comes out on top as far as price and power. The numbers don’t lie. Pitted against other base model pickup trucks, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD ($31,090) proved more affordable than the 2017 Ram 2500 ($32,145), as well as the 2017 Ford F250 ($32,535), and the 2017 Ram 3500 ($33,245).
Horsepower returns also prove that the Titan is a seriously compelling consideration in this class. Generating 390 horsepower from its entry-level S model, the Titan offered more bang for the buck, compared to Ford’s F250 and Ford’s F350 with their matching 385 horsepower, not to mention the Ram 2500’s stable of 383.
Able to accommodate between 5-6 occupants, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD is available in five trim levels: the entry work truck S, the SV, the off-roading enthusiast Pro-4X, the SL, and the absolutely top-tier Platinum Reserve. These five trim levels are distinguished by the following few feature:
- S: The entry workhorse includes power windows, bench seat up front, a combination of cloth and vinyl materials throughout interior, Bluetooth, A/C, cruise control, 60/40-split folding seats in back, 5-inch infotainment screen, and a locking tailgate.
- SV: enhanced instruments, cloth interior complemented by carpet, chrome trim details along the exterior, satellite radio, an overhead console, Siri Eyes Free, along with NissanConnect mobile app accessibility.
- Pro-4X: The off-roader of the Titan XD siblings, the Pro-4X affords drivers and passengers more luxury, convenience, and off-road capability, courtesy of features like: four-wheel drive, Bilstein shocks, all terrain tires wrapped around 18-inch alloy wheels, skid plates, two-speed transfer case, lockable rear differential, LED headlights, off-hill descent control, a spray-in bed liner, dual front captain’s chairs to better access dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring and 7-inch infotainment screen.
- SL: Drop the off-road equipment, but revisit the SV’s features and the SL adds: running boards, power-sliding rear window, heated front seats, remote ignition, leather interior, cargo-management in-bed rail system, 20-inch alloy wheels, and top-tier, 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system enhanced with NissanConnect emergency services.
- Platinum Reserve: This Titan trim level puts the T in top-tier. Expect features like high-end leather interior, cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, heated back seats, chrome trim galore, surround-view camera, and trailer brake controller. The only bells and whistles missing on the Platinum Reserve trim are heated mirrors and a DVD entertainment system. But, of course, those are available in various optional packages.
Despite competitors boasting more generous interior specs, concerning passenger and cargo room, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD feels roomier than its numbers reveal, providing plenty of headroom and legroom for both front and back seat passengers. A simple layout is complemented by an abundance of storage spaces and Nissan is commended for its exception fit and finish. The back seats offer flip-up seat cushions which allow extra opportunities to store items out of view.
The five-rail cargo system (standard or available on all trims, with the exception of the entry-level S), includes a spray-in bed liner, LED under-rail illumination, and a 400-watt in-bed electrical outlet. Locking bed boxes are also optional.
Satisfying the needs of consumers who want more utility than what’s afforded by a light-duty pickup, but not as much as a heavy-duty variant, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD fits the bill – with options. Standard operation comes from a 5.6-liter V8 Endurance gasoline engine, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. So equipped, this year’s Titan XD generates 390 horsepower and 394 pounds-feet of torque.
Nissan bests the competition in the full-size pickup truck segment by being the only brand to offer a diesel variant. An available turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 Cummins diesel engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 310 horsepower and 555 pounds-feet of torque.
Both engine options feature rear-wheel drive as standard operation, while all-wheel drive is available for those who need it. Payload ranges between 1,554 – 2,918 pounds, while towing capacity starts at 9,800 pounds, topping out at 12,640 pounds. The Nissan Titan XD is available with factory enhancements like extendable mirrors, a brake controller and gooseneck hitch for optimal towing capabilities. Expect a corresponding curb weight for the 2017 Nissan Titan XD in the neighborhood of 5,862 – 7,396 pounds, depending on powertrain and trim level configuration. As with the bulk of pickup truck possibilities, the Titan XD is what it is with respect to fuel efficiency, with numbers estimated by the EPA at 11 city and 16 highway mpg.
Though still awaiting official federal crash testing, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD offers drivers and passengers plenty of safety features, like traction and stability control, along with electronic brake force distribution, braking assist, and a suite of airbags, including side curtain airbags, passenger and driver front airbags, and front seat torso airbags. Available safety enhancements exist in the availability of a multi-camera parking system, supported by blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors.