To some of you, 2016 may have been the year you had your first child. Perhaps it was when you decided to start your own business. Maybe it was the year you finally paid off your student loans or became a homeowner.
To Nissan, 2016 was such a special year that the automaker gave it a title: the “Year of the Truck.” According to a press release, it was when the automaker launched “a range of new or refreshed Nissan trucks, SUVs and CUVs, including Pathfinder, Rogue, Armada and TITAN.”
The not-quite-heavy-duty, not-quite-light-duty Titan XD roared into dealerships with the power of an optional Cummins diesel in late 2015, but the pure half-ton, gas-only version of the second-generation Titan came to market in 2016. It’s smaller than the beefy XD, but it’s still a big deal to Nissan. It now has a new half-ton competitor for the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 twins, and Toyota Tundra in the hot full-size truck segment.
The 2017 Nissan Titan is available in multiple cab configurations and with two- or four-wheel drive. The five trim lines range from the entry-level S to the summit-reaching PRO-4X to the luxurious Platinum Reserve.
We drove a lot of different vehicles in 2016, so it wasn’t the “Year of the Truck” for us. However, we did have a “Week of the Titan” – a four-door and four-wheel-drive Platinum Reserve, to be exact. We also had a notepad, a pen, and a lot of positive things to write about the truck.
2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4X4 Exterior
If our Deep Blue Pearl test vehicle looks familiar, there’s a reason for that. Nissan decided to not try to “fix” something that wasn’t broken in the first place. They kept the bold, handsome styling that its designers came up with for the Titan XD intact for the Titan. There’s a definite family resemblance between the two trucks. Our test rig came equipped with eye-catching, automatic LED headlights. All of the brightwork, from the macho front grille to the 20-inch wheels to the ingot-like door handles to the trim plate on the tailgate, was coated in a dark chrome finish. Full-length running boards allowed access into both the crew cab and the 5.5-foot cargo box, which was fitted with LED bed lighting and a soft-drop tailgate to make hard work a little easier.
2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4X4 Interior
When we were in the cabin of our test vehicle, we were not only sitting on a seat. We were at the top of the line. The Platinum Reserve version of the Titan comes with two-tone leather seats inspired by quilted hunting jackets, wood tone trim with a modern open-pore finish, and more dark chrome accents.
The seven-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard gave us access to a user-friendly navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and an array of NissanConnect Mobile Apps. Those informed us of things such as local traffic conditions, weather forecasts, and news stories.
All four seats were heated, but what we appreciated the most was the fact that the front row was ventilated as well – especially since we were driving the Titan around in a Texas fall that felt more like summer.
We were also grateful that the Titan’s ride quality was well composed. It didn’t punish us with stomach-turning shakes the split second after we drove over a patch of rough pavement, as some trucks do. However, we did feel connected to any road surface we traversed thanks to the Titan’s communicative steering, an unexpected free feature.
2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4X4 Performance
Like its gas-powered Titan XD cousin, the Titan comes with a 5.6-liter V8 under its hood. According to Nissan, “The Endurance V8 also features Direct Injection Gas (DIG™) technology, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system).” It produces 390 horsepower 394 lbft of torque. A heavy-duty seven-speed automatic translates those numbers into forward (or reverse, of course) motion. It enables the Endurance engine to get an EPA-estimated 15 city and 21 highway mpg**.
When it’s time for hard work or serious play, the Titan is ready. Our media loaner was rated capable of carrying a maximum payload of 1,610 pounds in its bed and pulling 9,230 pounds of trailer and building materials…or trailer and good-times boat. You can use the Titan to work on your house or your sun tan. The choice is up to you. Just remember to lift with your knees…or wear a life jacket.
2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4X4 Safety
Nissan engineers stuffed the Titan’s interior with driver and front passenger, front and rear curtain, and front side-impact airbags. We didn’t have to worry about bumping into anyone or anything because our Titan had Nissan’s helpful Around View Monitor, which showed us what was nearby. We loved it, especially when we were in parking lots, where we weren’t always the only people backing out of a spot.
Just in case we didn’t happen to glance at the screen, the front and rear parking sensors were there to let us know we were getting too close to a wall or other boundary by letting out audible warnings. We would rather hear those than the sound of a crunching bumper, if you know what we mean – and we’re sure you do.
2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4X4 Overall
Whether 2016 was a great year for you or one you’d rather forget, it’s over now. So is Nissan’s “Year of the Truck,” which marked the debut of the new light-duty Titan. The good news is that the reborn gas-powered truck is not going anywhere any time soon. Prices for it start at $29,580*. The handsome, well-equipped, and capable Platinum Reserve model has a base price of $52,310*. You can get a 2017 Titan of your own at an AutoNation Nissan dealer right now and make this year one to remember.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.