You may not realize it, but pickup trucks are everywhere. In fact, in 2016 there were almost 2.7-million sold nationwide – that’s a big number. So big in fact that Nissan is betting that its new 2017 Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab will be a serious contender in taking some of those sales away from the likes of Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. The PRO-4X is a ½-ton bomber that’s been given a few extra goodies for when the pavement stops, along with a great interior and a host of new gadgetry to keep technology lovers happy.
For the full 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X review, specs, pricing and data, read on…
2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Exterior:
It used to be that if you wanted a ½-ton truck you bought American. However, times have changed- and with trucks like the Nissan Titan on the market, buyers are now seeking to explore outside normal avenues. A 2016 redesign gave the Titan a bold look that is both handsome and burly at the same time. Surprisingly the body lines are quite soft and flow nicely from front to back. Our two-tone Cayenne Red PRO-4X came to us wearing 18”x8” dark finished aluminum alloy wheels with beefy 275/70-series tires, skid plates for the oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and lower radiator, integrated fog lamps and tow hooks in the lower front bumper.
Now, does the Titan take some styling queues from the Ford F-Series? Well, yes, but as the F-Series has been the best selling truck in America for the last 40 years, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Aside from its good looks, Nissan has incorporated other niceties into the Titan as well. There is a small drop down step off the rear bumper for easier access into the 5’5” bed, built-in bed tie downs and LED cab-mounted lights for when the sun goes down.
2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Interior:
Double-stitched heated and vented leather seats, chrome accents and a killer sound system are just a few of the interior features offered in the 2017 Nissan Titan. As with the exterior, we expected something a little more rough and tumble, but instead we were treated to a cabin that was plush and comfortable. With items like NissanConnect with voice recognition for audio and navigation, power adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split fold-up rear bench seat (extremely handy) and a heated leather wrapped steering wheel, Nissan has done a fine job of equipping the cabin for the modern ½-ton truck buyer.
Interior color choices are limited to either special black PRO-4X cloth or leather seating surfaces, but even so, all the materials used are of high quality. There’s a column shifter with manual shift mode that lets one select a gear on the fly (especially handy when towing), multiple power ports for auxiliary devices (traditional, USB, and 120-volt AC and 12-volt DC power), intuitive HVAC and audio controls along with plenty of center console and rear seat storage.
Situated below the push button start is the 4×4 selector switch that allows the driver to go from 2WD to 4H to 4LO. Rear locker controls, hill decent control, and a bed mounted cargo lamp are positioned to the left of the steering wheel. Hill start assist is also utilized. A power rear window lives dead center above the rear seats to increase airflow when opened. Overall the cabin is quiet when underway and provides hours of comfortable driving both on and off road.
2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Performance:
The new 5.6L Endurance V8 is rated at 390-hp and 394 lb-ft of torque with power being fed through a 7-speed automatic transmission. While shifting overall was decent, there were times when the transmission seemed to be hunting for the correct gear. Mileage is EPA rated at 15-city, 20-highway and 17-mpg* in combined driving. Acceleration is quite good with the power delivery being linear all the way up to the 6,500-rpm redline.
Max payload for the PRO-4X is rated at 1,490-pounds with a maximum towing capacity of 9,110-lbs. For those who want to venture off-road, the Titan offers a maximum ground clearance of 10.6-inches (9.8-inches at the rear differential). Once underway you’ll notice that the Titan rides quite softly- maybe a bit too soft, in fact- as we found that dips and recesses in the road were quite pronounced. Braking, thanks to large 13.78-inch front-vented discs, was very good. Handling is on par with other ½-ton trucks in the class. A great feature of note is the Around View Monitoring system that allows a 360-degree view of the truck from inside the cabin. It’s not only handy when parking, but quite useful when towing as well.
2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Safety:
Safety features include the Nissan Airbag System, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS), Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, and Trailer Sway Control along with a host of other features that can be seen here.
2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Overall:
The 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X comes to buyers as a nice cohesive package that packs in plenty of grunt, a great interior and off-road performance that most enthusiasts will appreciate. With a “base price” of $45,020.00 and an “as tested” price of $52,305.00** it’s also right in line with other ½-ton trucks in the class. Drop by your local AutoNation Nissan dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $52,305.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.