We’ve been behind the wheel of the Platinum Reserve versions of the 2017 Nissan Titan and the 2016 Titan XD. Being there, we could picture ourselves as construction workers who need a strong gas V8 to help them haul heavy loads of brick or ranchers whose way of life requires a diesel engine to pull horse trailers and hay bales. We felt a connection to them and to truck lovers who want a handsome rig with the convenience of Bluetooth phone connectivity and the comfort of heated/ventilated seats.
You know who we related to when we evaluated the 2017 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve 4X4? It wasn’t a tailgating football fan or an avid dirt biker. Believe it or not, it was the singer Dinah Washington because we discovered what a difference a day makes.
Nissan loaned us the Titan XD for a week. We put hundreds of miles on its odometer driving it from the Dallas Auto Show to Austin, Texas and from there to Houston so we could see and sit in the Lamborghini Aventador S, then making the return trip. However, it was our camping trip in Austin’s Emma Long Park that stood out the most to us.
2017 Nissan Titan XD Exterior
Platinum Reserve is the top trim line for the Titan XD. That means our test truck came with features such as tow hooks and automatic LED headlights up front, power heated and extendable tow mirrors and 20-inch wheels on both sides of its crew cab body, 4X4-only oil pan and fuel tank skid plates underneath, and dark chrome exterior trim all around. The optional Platinum Reserve Bed Utility Package added a pair of in-bed TITAN Boxes, an electronic tailgate lock, and a rear bumper assist step.
We made a special request for a particular exterior add-on: an optional $260 tent that fits in the bed. Nissan sent it down to us – in a bag. Before we could remove it and set it up, we had to remove the TITAN boxes using a 10-mm socket wrench and a T30 star bit. Then it was time to hit the camp site. We made the mistake of pitching the tent at night, but the Titan’s high-mounted cargo bed light and under-rail LED lights made seeing the instructions much easier, although the direct beam of our flashlights certainly helped a lot, too. A few straps and poles later, our tent was up. We didn’t even need the utility hookup at our camp site. We just flipped up the cover for the 110-volt outlet in the Titan’s cargo box, plugged in the built-in pump for our air mattress, and waited for it to inflate. Once it did, we wasted no time sliding it into the tent and laying down on it. We stared at the gray fabric ceiling up above, thinking about the new and special connection we had made with the Titan.
What a difference that day made. Before then, we had used trucks to carry appliances and as a means of getting to destinations. The Titan XD was the first truck that was our destination, a place of fond memories we’ll never forget.
2017 Nissan Titan XD Interior
We enjoyed our time in the Titan’s cabin, too. It was hard not to. Quilted leather seats that were heated and ventilated up front and heated in the back, Bluetooth, navigation, and having our text messages spoken to us while we were on the move – we were set. Our review vehicle was more than 20 feet long, so the Around View Monitor came in handy when we had to park between two vehicles.
The back seat proved more than large enough to hold our camp chair, sleeping bag, compact pillows, toiletries, flashlights, snacks, and camera gear. We didn’t even need to use the handy under-seat storage bins or fold out their lids to form a flat load floor. When the back row wasn’t loaded with stuff, it offered plenty of legroom and head room for us.
2017 Nissan Titan XD Performance
We would’ve liked to have gone RV camping with the Titan XD, too. That way we could’ve given the 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8 more of a challenge than some campers and their supplies. It routes its 310 horsepower and 555 lbft of torque through “a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin A466ND automatic transmission developed and tuned exclusively for the TITAN XD,” according to Nissan. Along with the fully boxed, full-length ladder frame underneath, that Cummins power plant made the four-wheel-drive Titan XD we had capable of hauling 2,000 pounds in its 78.7-inch-long bed, traditionally towing 12,030 pounds, and gooseneck towing 11,330 pounds.
The EPA doesn’t calculate fuel economy ratings for the Nissan Titan XD, but we made sure to keep an eye on the numbers that that Cummins generated. After traveling more than 800 miles, we got 15.7 mpg.
2017 Nissan Titan XD Safety
In addition to that helpful Around View Monitor, our test rig had front, side-impact, and curtain airbags, as well as Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Vehicle Dynamic Control was there to cut engine power and put on specific brakes when it detected understeer or oversteer.
Luckily, we didn’t have to slam on the brakes during our week with the Titan XD, but if we had needed to, Brake Assist would’ve helped apply maximum braking force to keep a sudden stop from turning into an immediate fender bender. The Titan XD’s Traction Control System was always ready to reduce throttle if a wheel ended up spinning to help the rubber regain its grip.
2017 Nissan Titan XD Overall
The 2017 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve 4X4 took us to a new place – in more ways than one. Prices for the Titan XD start at $31,090.* We were fortunate to evaluate one with an as-tested price of $63,905. If you would like to get a Titan XD just like it, make yourself a tasty breakfast, visit an AutoNation Nissan dealership, sign the paperwork, and drive your new truck home. Like us, you’ll discover what a difference a day makes.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.