Consider the most competitive segment in the automotive industry the pickup truck market is rife with exciting models, newsworthy showdowns, and surprising model contenders. First released in 2004, the Nissan Titan muscled through a 12-year span on showroom floors but failed to achieve what it ultimately was designed to accomplish. But now, it’s returned and looks more ready than ever to revisit its lofty ambition to unseat the royal domestic nameplates. The usual crowd: Ford, Chevy, RAM…you know – the essential Rat Pack of the pickup truck realm.
Ultimately, the 2017 Nissan Titan might reign victorious, thanks to an abundance of choices with respect to configurations, powertrains, and two models in particular that have peaked our interest. The question you must first ask yourself as a pickup driver concerns your priorities. What do you value more, off-road prowess or unmatched opulence? Check out these two compelling choices…the Titan PRO-4X and the Titan Platinum Reserve.
The 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X
Ready to crush the off-road terrain near you this summer? This pickup truck option is perfect for your all-terrain ambitions. Equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 engine, able to generate 390 horsepower, the half-ton Titan boasts a towing capacity ranging between 9,040-9,740 pounds, with payload topping out at 1,610 pounds. Automatic grille shutters were designed to enhance the Titan’s fuel efficiency, up by 28% over its predecessor, with numbers rated at 15 city and 21 highway mpg.
Priced to start at $46,215, this off-road ready version of the Titan is equipped with standard 4WD, Bilstein dampers, 18×18-inch aluminum wheels, hill-descent control, locking rear differential, and a steel skid plate. The off-road capabilities and passenger creature comforts can be further enhanced thanks to the available Utility and Town package, Convenience Package, and Luxury Package. On the topic of luxury…
The 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve
For a pickup truck that is still a workhorse, but definitely a thoroughbred, the Platinum Reserve is the ultimate in luxury. Boasting the same fuel efficiency as the PRO-4X, the Platinum Reserve is equipped with the 5.6-liter Endurance V8, generating 390 horsepower, operated by a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Featuring zero gravity seats, with a center console in between, capable of holding a 15-inch laptop or tablet, with ample cargo space that comes from the 79.2-inch bed. The ultra-luxe Platinum Reserve also includes remote start with HVAC, along with heated seats and steering wheel provide premium passenger comfort, while music plays from the high-end Rockford Fosgate sound system, complemented by a five-inch display with 360-degree surround view of the truck.
An abundance of outlets making charging a cinch and Nissan even had its serious-sippers in mind when it added a whopping 16 cupholders to the Platinum Reserve’s interior, which is covered in either black or brown leather. Exterior colors, like Cayenne Red, Deep Blue Pearl, Forged Copper, Java Metallic, Magnetic Black, and Pearl White, make a stunning, stylish statement.
While the starting MSRP of $55,400 might make you lose your breath, you’ve gotta believe the ride in the Platinum Reserve is what’s really breathtaking.