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A brown 2022 Nissan Titan Pro-4x is shown from the front off-roading.

The New Titan XD PRO 4X: Balancing Towing & Off-Roading

Truck sizes and differences can get confusing rather quickly, and thanks to Ford, compact trucks are back on the market now that the Maverick has arrived. We’ve also got midsize trucks like the Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, and Chevy Colorado. But wait—there’s more! We’ve also got full-size 1500-level trucks such as the Nissan Titan, Chevy Silverado 1500, the Ram 1500, and Ford F-150, plus those heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 monsters. There are a lot of trucks out there to choose from. Each of these truck classes offers its own perks, but the spec gap between classes is a bit longer than it should be—this is where the 2022 Nissan Titan XD comes in.

What makes this truck most unique is that it tows much more than a midsize truck but a bit less than most competing full-size trucks. You can look at the 2022 Nissan Titan XD as the “middle ground” for folks who fall between the 7,000 to 8,000 and 14,000 to 17,000-pound tow capacity needs. Even better? The new Titan XD is available in an off-road-specific trim, the PRO-4X. Out of all the Titan XD trims, the PRO-4X is most impressive, as it can handle average towing needs while still tearing up the trails. (Well, maybe not at the exact same time, but you know what we mean).

While it’s not a great idea to take your camper mudding, you can certainly enjoy the benefits of this model’s capability and power. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading out to go mudding or you’re taking the family to the campground; this truck nicely balances towing and off-roading. Let’s take a look at some reasons why you’ll want the new Titan XD PRO-4X to be your next investment.

Channel the Strength of a Titan

Make no mistake, despite not being the strongest truck of all, the Titan XD offers impressive standard power ratings when compared to its competition. In fact, the new Titan XD has more standard hp and a higher standard payload rating than any other competing truck. You can pay extra to upgrade the Silverado 1500 or Ram 1500’s power, but for a base price, you’re getting more out of the Titan XD. It has a 400 hp rating and a 2,430-pound payload capacity. By comparison, the base F-150 only pumps out 290 hp, and the base Silverado 1500 maxes out at 310 hp, creating a large gap between standard ratings.

This model tows up to 11,060 lbs, making it ideal for towing most average campers, plus equipment, mowers, and even small livestock trailers. Thanks to its horsepower and torque ratings, the 2022 Nissan Titan XD can tow what’s within its capacity more efficiently than competing models can. Since this is the standard for the Titan XD, this means that the PRO-4X can also meet these horsepower and towing expectations – plus much more.

The bed of a white 2022 Nissan Titan XD is shown with the tailgate down.

An Off-Road-Worthy Ally

The PRO-4X trim comes with all the fun perks that the standard Titan XD offers, plus plenty of off-roading goodies. Of course, you’ll be getting heavy-duty skid plates and all-terrain tires to both protect you from and keep you on the beaten path. You’ll also get off-road-specific gauges that display your pitch, roll, your 4×4 engagement, plus differential lock controls. Oh yeah, you get electronic rear locking differentials, too! When you need more power than 4LO can provide you, switch on your rear locking differentials to better increase your grip and power.

That’s not all. The 2022 Titan XD PRO-4X also comes with Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Hill Start Assist makes it easy to park your truck on an incline. It will hold you in place, even when you release the brake, to keep you from rolling backward. Hill Descent Control is great for off-roading. It can hold the truck back when you’re on a decline, preventing wear on brakes and increasing safety by helping you maintain a healthy downhill speed.

Worried about slippage when you’re off-roading? Standard 4-Wheel ABLS can detect wheel slippage, automatically braking the wheel and deterring power to whichever wheel or wheels are most stable. To top it all off, the PRO-4X includes custom-made shocks that are exclusive to the PRO-4X, meaning you can’t find them on any other truck make or model. These shocks are made to perfectly balance on-road comfort and off-road capability.

When it’s all said and done, the 2022 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X model has a 9-inch ground clearance with a 21.1-degree approach angle and a 27.9-degree departure angle. This means that you’ve got plenty of space to ride over rocks and logs while maintaining the power to ramp onto and hop off of steep areas.

The black interior of a 2022 Nissan Titan King Cab is shown from the side with the doors open.

Work Hard Safely, Adventure With Care

It doesn’t matter if you’re towing a trailer or slinging mud on the weekends; you want to do it safely. Most trucks do not include many standard safety features, if any. Even when you pay for additional features, trucks don’t include as many driver-assist technologies as cars or SUVs. The 2022 Nissan Titan XD changes this, including a standard safety suite across all 2022 Titan XD models. This standard safety suite includes six different features, including the following:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection – Can automatically stop the vehicle if an accident is likely. This feature works on cars and people alike.
  • Rear Automatic Braking – Tired of backing into trash cans and mailboxes? Rear Automatic Braking will stop your truck when you get too close to a rear object.
  • High Beam Assist – Bright lighting is a thing of the past, thanks to High Beam Assist. This driver assistance feature keeps your headlights bright until oncoming traffic shows up. It will automatically dim your brights when detecting another vehicle’s headlights.
  • Lane Departure Warning – When you start to unintentionally drift into another lane or off the road’s edge, this system will send alerts to notify and warn you.
  • Blind Spot Warning – When you’re driving in multi-lane traffic, Blind Spot Warning monitors the left and right lanes for other vehicles. It will alert you when it is not safe to switch lanes.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert – A favorite in parking lots, Rear Cross Traffic Alert lets you know when a vehicle is approaching from the left or right when you’re in reverse.

Since these technology features are standard across trims, this means that the off-roading PRO-4X trim includes all the aforementioned safety features as well. Since most off-roading vehicles come with minimal to no driver assistance technologies, this gives the PRO-4X an edge over its competition. For example, at a standard level, the Ford F-150 includes only two of these safety features, while the Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 include none of them.

Be Proud to Rep Your PRO-4X!

The bottom line here is that it’s difficult to find a truck that can nicely balance both tow capacity and off-road capability. Usually, you’re sacrificing one strength for another to some extent, but the 2022 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X gives you the best of both worlds. Whether you’re ready for labor, hitting the trails, or both, this truck has your back. If you already own this new model, be proud. If you don’t, now’s a good time to latch onto the hype.

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