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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 8.7
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2017 Nissan Titan Review

The 2017 Nissan Titan has an upscale interior, a smooth ride, and strong engine options. Still, there are several rivals that offer all of these benefits – and more.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable interior
  • Strong V8 engines
  • Dated infotainment system

2017 Nissan Titan Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan Titan a Good Used Truck?

The redesigned 2017 Nissan Titan is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used full-size truck. The Titan’s comfy seats and pleasant handling make it easy to drive day to day. The Titan also packs strong engine performance, and it rates well for crash safety. It’s the details that trip up this Nissan. Most competitors are similarly spacious and comfortable to drive, but they offer newer features like Apple CarPlay, more advanced driver assists, and a longer list of standard equipment. Top rivals like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also rate higher for predicted reliability. All in all, it’s best to shop around before considering the Titan.

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How Much Is the 2017 Nissan Titan?

You can expect to pay between $25,000 and $44,800 for a used 2017 Titan. These figures are based on 1,400 listings for the 2017 Nissan Titan on our site. The average price is $33,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan Titan Cost to Own?

The Titan’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,700 – or about $5,750 per year. That’s average for the full-size pickup truck class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Titan?

The 2018 Nissan Titan starts at around $30,000. You can save money by shopping for a used 2017 Titan, especially if you want a base model with few options. You won’t miss much by sticking with a used model, either; the Titan saw no major updates for the 2018 model year.

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For a less expensive new truck, consider the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, which starts at $25,400. The compact Tacoma can’t haul or tow as much as the larger Titan, but its solid predicted reliability rating, strong off-road ability, user-friendly infotainment system, and many standard safety features make it a great value. You’ll probably want to avoid the 2018 Nissan Frontier. It’s the cheapest truck on sale in the U.S. – just $18,990 – but that’s for good reason. Its low-quality interior leaves a lot to be desired, and it’s startlingly short on modern features and amenities.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Titan Is Best?

Nissan launched the second-generation Titan pickup for the 2017 model year. The Titan saw no changes between 2017 and 2018, so you can save money with a used model while still finding comparable features, fuel economy, and performance. You can save even more money by shopping for a first-generation Titan (2004 to 2015). Just note that these trucks have different exterior styling, fewer tech and safety features, and lower tow ratings.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan Titan?

The 2017 Titan has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is average for the industry.

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2017 Nissan Titan Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall for the 2017 Titan. A rear seat belt assembly of Titan and Titan XD Crew Cab models could harm passengers in an accident. Before buying a used Nissan Titan, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Used Nissan Titan Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Nissan Titan is available in two configurations (Titan and Titan XD) and five trim levels (S, SV, PRO-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve). The differences between the standard Titan and the XD model are mostly under the skin. The Nissan Titan XD has a stronger frame and higher towing and payload capacities, and it’s available with either a gas or diesel V8 engine. The standard Titan gets the gas V8 only. Otherwise, both trucks share the same cab styles, trim levels, and equipment.

The base model Titan S comes standard with a 5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a CD player, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and cloth seats. The Nissan Titan SV trim adds satellite radio, skid plates, and alloy wheels. The PRO-4X trim (four-wheel drive only) adds a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, Bilstein off-road shocks, a locking rear differential, hill start assist, hill descent control, rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, and a spray-in bed liner.

The Nissan Titan SL drops some of this off-road gear and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, remote start, parking sensors, and movable cargo tie-downs. Lastly, the Platinum Reserve trim adds a surround-view camera, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

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Certified Pre-Owned Nissan Titan Warranty

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully. Despite this lengthy coverage, rivals like Chevrolet and Toyota have more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs.

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How Safe Is the Titan?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Nissan Titan a Good safety score in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Titan a perfect five-star rating for side impact safety, as well as four stars for overall, front, and rollover crash safety. The 2017 Titan is available with a rearview camera, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2017 Nissan Titan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Titan or 2017 Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 offers class-leading payload ratings, a comfortable ride quality, and a wide lineup of powerful engine options – some that can even return up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The F-150 also offers features you can't get in the Titan, including Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning. If you’re venturing off-road, you won’t find a more capable pickup than the 2017 F-150 Raptor. The Nissan is a good truck, but this Ford is better.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Titan or 2017 Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 impresses with its user-friendly infotainment system, quality interior, and great turbodiesel V6 fuel economy (up to 20/27 mpg). A unique coil spring rear suspension provides the Ram with arguably the best driving dynamics in this class. It feels light and agile, but it still rides smoothly on rough roads. On the other hand, this suspension limits the Ram’s max towing and payload abilities.  For brawnier hauling ability, consider the Nissan. Otherwise, the Ram 1500 is the more refined truck.

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2017 Titan Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan Titan Drive?

The Nissan Titan has two engine options. The standard Titan features a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 390 horsepower, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available. The Titan XD model shares this configuration, but it’s also offered with a 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8 with 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. This diesel is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both engines hustle the Titan up to speed briskly and provide ample muscle for hauling and towing heavy loads. The diesel engine just doesn’t feel as responsive at higher speeds, which can make passing slower-moving vehicles tricky.

Both models earn praise for their smooth ride quality, even on rough pavement. Bumps and dips are soaked up nicely. The Titan’s steering is quick as well. Still, there’s no masking the truck’s bulk. Like most of its rivals, the Titan’s size and wide turning radius can make it cumbersome to park and navigate tight city streets. Look to the Titan PRO-4X model if you plan to go off-road. The PRO-4X has additional ground clearance, skid plates, a locking rear differential, and heavy-duty Bilstein shock absorbers. These enhancements make the Titan more capable in the dirt, though the shocks yield a stiffer and bouncier ride on road.

Does the 2017 Nissan Titan Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Titan’s gas V8 returns an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which is decent by class standards. The EPA has not rated the diesel engine’s fuel economy.

2017 Nissan Titan Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Titan has a maximum towing capacity of 9,740 pounds and a max payload of 1,950 pounds. The larger Titan XD can tow up to 12,760 pounds and haul up to 2,910 pounds. This should be more than sufficient for most hauling and towing duties, though some light-duty pickups – such as the Ford F-150 – have higher payload ratings.

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2017 Titan Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Titan Seat?

The Nissan Titan seats three in Single Cab models and up to six in the four-door King and Crew Cab models. The Titan’s front seats are well-cushioned, and the driving position is comfortable – even after hours behind the wheel. The King Cab’s rear seats have sufficient head- and legroom for kids and teens to sit comfortably. If you plan to seat adults in the back, they’ll be much happier with the Crew Cab model and its additional 13 inches of rear legroom. Overall, the Titan’s cabin looks great, boasting soft-touch plastics and a padded dashboard in the top trim levels. That said, lower trim levels have some cheaper plastics mixed in.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Nissan Titan?

The Titan has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The IIHS gave this LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use. The upper tether anchors are hard to find, and the lower anchors require too much force to attach a car seat.

2017 Nissan Titan Features

The 2017 Titan comes standard with a 5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a CD player, and smartphone app integration through NissanConnect. Available features include a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free connectivity, satellite radio, and rear-seat DVD screens. Most of the truck’s audio and climate control functions are managed with simple buttons and knobs on the dashboard. It is easy to adjust these functions on the go. The available touch screen isn’t as user-friendly as rivals’ systems, however. It looks and feels rather dated, and it doesn’t support the popular Apple CarPlay or Android Auto systems.

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2017 Nissan Titan Dimensions

Nissan Titan Cargo Space

The Titan is available with a 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, or 8-foot bed. A number of features are available that make this bed more usable as well, including movable cargo tie-down cleats (Nissan’s Utili-track system) and removable in-bed storage boxes (Titan Boxes).

2017 Titan Length and Weight

The Nissan Titan’s overall length and weight vary depending on the cab, bed, and drivetrain. The standard Titan is 19 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 5,170 to 5,781 pounds. The Titan XD is between 19.2 and 20.2 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 5,681 to 7,396 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Nissan Titan Built?

The 2017 Nissan Titan was built in Mississippi.

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