2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve: All Shiny and New

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 6:40 PM

2017nissantitan475After a year off, the 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve returns with a whole new look inside and out. From its aggressive front grille to its comfortable interior, the Titan has been recreated into a better version of itself.

It’s a big vehicle, high off the ground, long and wide, especially for a person of smaller stature like me. The backup, forward facing camera, blind spot warning and lane departure warning made it easy to drive and maneuver. I was pleasantly surprised because I was a bit intimidated by its size.

Available in five trims: S, SV, SL, Platinum Reserve, and Pro-4X, the Titan is a full-sized pickup. This review will focus on the Platinum Reserve trim level.

2017 Nissan TITAN Crew CabThe Platinum Reserve is fully loaded with among others, power-adjustable heated mirrors, a carpeted floor, cloth and vinyl upholstery, a driver information display, satellite radio and Nissan’s Trailer Sway Control. Also included are power-folding mirrors with puddle lamps, running boards, a power-sliding rear window, LED cargo box lighting, a Utili-Track bed rail system with four movable tie-down cleats, remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a Rockford Fosgate 12-speaker audio system, a 120-volt outlet located inside the bed and the NissanConnect Services emergency telematics features suite.

In addition to the above equipment the Platinum Reserve adds unique wheels, dark chrome exterior trim, a 360-degree parking camera, upgraded leather upholstery, chrome and wood interior accents, a heated steering wheel with wood inserts, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

A throaty 5.6-liter V8 powers the Titan, producing 380 horses and 394 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission brings it all together. My model was equipped with the optional four-wheel drive. Expect to get 15/city, 21/highway, and 18/combined mpg.

If you need to tow stuff, the Nissan Titan will tow up to 9,230 pounds in 4WD and 9,390 pounds in RWD. The maximum amount that can be towed is 1,590 pounds in RWD and 1,610 pounds for 4WD models.

There’s plenty of room in the Titan’s cab with comfortable seating front and back. The instrument layout is setup for maximum functionality as apposed to making a fashion statement. In the rear seating area is a lockable bin that extends the width of the cab.

I found the bed of the truck a bit short. I had to transport an antique vitrine that is not terribly tall and it was too long for the bed of the truck. I had to transport it with the tail gate open which made me nervous. But we got to our destination safe and sound and that’s something.

Because of the powerful engine, driving the Titan is easy. It has good acceleration off the dime and steering is steady. This is a big vehicle, but because of the technology it is easy to drive.

Need a truck to haul your stuff? Test the 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve.