Car And Driver (C&D) got their hands on a 2017 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Crew Cab for testing and they found plenty of positive features about it.
Pickup sales have been booming this year, especially the first nine months when one of every eight new vehicles sold was a pickup. Every manufacturer wanted their slice of the pickup pie and so did Nissan, thatís where the Titan comes in.
Nissanís top of the line Titan XD came first, followed by a half-ton crew-cab variant with a 5.6-liter gasoline V-8 under the hood. The normal Titan comes in five different trims including an off-road-oriented variant with a price tag of $46,215. Thatís the one C&D test drive and it was equipped with a $1820 Utility and Tow package, $3520 Convenience package, and a $750 Luxury package.
They didnít perform a thorough off-road test as all they had access to was a stretch of grass, but they did take it to the test track.
Earning itself a B+, the Titan completed the quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds and went up to 60mph in 6.4 seconds. Going from 70 mph to a complete stop requires 186 feet of tarmac which is 13 feet less than a Ram 1500 Rebel and 17 feet less than a GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X. With a hefty curb weight of 5932-pounds, the pickupís 0.74-g cornering grip and moderate understeer was praiseworthy.
No pickup review is complete without a towing test and the guys at C&D hitched a 6000-pound trailer to the rear.
Getting up to highway speeds was no problem even with the additional weight, but the trade-off was the 13-mpg average fuel economy compared to the 14 to 16 mpg they found in other full-sized trucks. Other than that one shortfall, the Titanís Bilstein gas-pressure shocks provided exceptional roll and pitch damping and it even has a towing-mode button on the shifter.
Besides their gripes about the Titanís fuel economy, high cargo bed, and exterior design, C&D seems to think the Nissan Titan will be able to make its mark in the urbane pickup truck segment.