2017 Nissan Titan XD King Cab: Quick Drive/Photo Gallery

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The final piece in Nissan's full-size pickup truck strategy has fallen into place: The half-ton Titan and Titan XD King Cab — known as the extended cab in many other pickups — is now being produced in Canton, Miss.

We recently had our first chance to get behind the wheel of a 2017 Titan XD Pro-4X King Cab equipped with the spunky 5.6-liter V-8 gas engine and found it to be a credible and energetic pickup.

There's plenty to like about the XD King Cab gas version, not the least of which is value: It can potentially save buyers several thousand dollars when compared to the crew-cab or diesel engine XD options. Our gas XD Pro-4X (base priced at $45,440) came with the Pro-4X Utility and Audio ($1,400), Pro-4X Convenience ($3,290) and Pro-4X Luxury ($1,510) packages for a total of $52,835 including destination.

We especially like the Pro-4X trim because it comes equipped with Bilstein shocks, which deliver a controlled ride during empty and loaded driving. They can handle off-road punishment as well.

We found the rear seats of the King Cab relatively comfortable and nicely reconfigurable for cargo, with both lockable under-seat storage and a foldout shelf to allow for a flat rear floor for awkwardly sized cargo or gear. The King Cab doors open a full 180 degrees with the help of a stout set of dual-pivot hinges that create a wide-mouth cab opening.

During our unofficial around-town empty fuel-economy testing, the XD's trip computer hovered around 14 and 15 mpg, depending on how much babying we did. Throttle response, even in this 6,660-pound pickup (we weighed it on a truck scale), was quick and energetic. We never had any trouble weaving through traffic, climbing hills or merging onto freeways. Interestingly, the lighter gas-equipped Titan XD King Cabs have gross vehicle weight ratings that are slightly lower than their diesel counterparts, but they offer much better payload numbers. Our test vehicle had a calculated payload capacity of 2,140 pounds. That alone will make the King Cab a more attractive choice to buyers who don't always need the larger seats a crew cab affords.

Wondering how the XD King Cab compares to the crew-cab version? We can shine some light on that. One of the competitors in our 2017 Monster Factory Off-Road Challenge was a diesel-equipped crew-cab Titan XD Pro-4X. It weighed almost 750 pounds more, had almost 600 pounds less payload capacity and cost almost $8,000 more. That could make the King Cab a better value for some buyers.

Here's a close-up look at the 2017 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X King Cab and a few of its standout features.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

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Comments

This is a good looking truck. Because it is not a Ford, you know it will pull or haul just like the manufacturer says it will do. None of those false promises and marketing like Ford feeds it's sorry fan club.

The Silverado 1500 can be spec'd for just about that much payload, while the F150 meets it and can be spec'd to have much more. The Tundra has been proclaimed to have a very stout rear axle as well. All use semi-floater axles. I would love to see a comparison of R&P, carrier bearings, axle bearings and axle shafts.
Sure, the XD suffers from its own weight (on paper) but for anyone intending to use something less than a 3/4 Ton to haul around loads near the limit, it would be interesting to know what weaknesses (and reserves) exist.

@gms, sorry you cant say anything nice about gm. The only time you mention GM is when you need to defend.

Although, this truck has great power, and payload, still not a fan of the looks...interior is sub par in line with the outdated twins. They need to step up their game to compete, as they will never touch the number 1 Ford F Series. I do like the trailer brake is in the right place. I like the rear doors too. I wish they had all the camera options like the Ford does.

Another nice truck! Not cheap junk like the cheap china made Ford trash!

Based on the forums and other media outlets, the gas version of this truck is the only one worth purchasing. Multiple issues with the 5.0 V8 Cummins, I believe even MotorTrend's long term Titan XD Cummins has made frequent visits to the Nissan dealer for issues with the Cummins.

I do miss the clam shell doors on my old Titan, so much easier to load the rear. I could put my oversized mountain bike in the back. Can't even get the handle bars through the opening on my quad cab.

I saw this truck last week in black with a chrome package. It was SHARP! Pictures don't do this truck justice. You have to see it in person. The daylight LED's coming at you from the road are a great touch. I would have loved to test drive this truck before I bought my new Sierra. Not saying I would have bought it but it would have been nice to have driven it.

never been fan of super-cab because crew cabs are way to go, but the suicide doors opening up all the way is impressive. Nice touch

It is a nice looking truck. I have seen a few of these recently. I hope that the sales increase and that the Titan is not discontinued. Nissan has always made a solid truck.

I hope that the sales increase and that the Titan is not discontinued. Nissan has always made a solid truck.

@Jeff S

Agree.

However, unlike the Ridgeline, Nissan's Titan has a plant in Mississippi dedicated to its production. Unlikely they would shutter that plant over a temporary issue re sales totals

Anyone know if Nissan will offer the king cab with an 8' long bed in either the Titan or Titan XD? That is my ideal combination for my next work truck.

Actually the Ridgeline is made in the same plant as the Pilot and Odyssey. Honda can always make more Pilots and Odyssey even if the Ridgeline were either discontinued or if Honda just wanted to stop production of it to adjust for too much inventory. Many Japanese companies such as Toyota and Nissan have set up their plants in a similar matter so that even if a certain product line is a slow seller they can keep the plant operating by producing the product lines that are selling. This is something that Ford, GM, and FCA has been doing. Much better than have too many plants and having to shut one down because of slow sales. Not every plant makes multiple product lines but the flexibility of have multiple product lines made in the same plant to allow for adjustment in sales and inventory. Titan sales will need to increase to keep a designated plant operating, but then again Nissan could add the Frontier production to the Titan plant or vice versa if sales did not justify a designated plants. I will be looking forward to seeing the new Frontier.

BD,

No,they will not offer the king cab with an 8 foot bed. I had to op for the single cab, it's predictably tight on interior cargo/grocery space.

This is a good looking truck. Because it is not a Ford, you know it will pull or haul just like the manufacturer says it will do. None of those false promises and marketing like Ford feeds it's sorry fan club.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 13, 2017 7:14:41 AM

This is what happens when a loser has no life to live.

@Jeff S

Your ENTIRE reply to my comment completely missed the point. Nissan's plant down south is a dedicated resource for body/frame trucks. They aren't going to shutter than billion dollar investment in response to a hiccup in supply/demand. Trust me.

@Jeff S- I think that is what papajim was getting at- since the Ridgeline runs on the same line, with lots of shared parts, as the Pilot, the economics of producing lower volumes are better. However, the Nissan NV is also built in Canton and shares the XD's chassis. That's what even made the heavy half/light 3/4 XD possible in the first place. The next Frontier will be built there, as well. The plant has averaged about 200k units a year since it opened, which is less than half capacity.

@papajim. As usual you are wrong. While the Titan is built on a body on frame only line, the Titan is not the only vehicle built on that line. So it's not a Titan dedicated plant as you say but is exactly the same scenario as the Honda plant that produces the RL and Pilot on the same line. Know your facts before you post.

This is what happens when a loser has no life to live.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 13, 2017 11:17:12 AM

Ahh, Frank is beginning to open up. Listen man, don't ever give up. There is always an opportunity to improve ones self. Dig deep and hang in there.

This is what happens when a loser has no life to live.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 13, 2017 11:17:12 AM

Ahh, Frank is beginning to open up. Listen man, don't ever give up. There is always an opportunity to improve ones self. Dig deep and hang in there.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 13, 2017 11:42:50 AM

You're in the first phases of mental retardation, first phase begins with denial and deflections.

Bless your soul.

@PUTC: An article on Nissan's sales/release strategy would be helpful. Can you do that?

That 2007 chevy interior looks great!

So it's not a Titan dedicated plant as you say but is exactly the same scenario as the Honda plant that produces the RL and Pilot on the same line. Know your facts before you post. Posted by: Smokin' a 6 inch | Sep 13, 2017

@smokin'

the Nissan F Alpha is produced at the plant. Trucks and body/frame SUVs. Better?

This is what happens when a loser has no life to live.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 13, 2017 11:17:12 AM

Ahh, Frank is beginning to open up. Listen man, don't ever give up. There is always an opportunity to improve ones self. Dig deep and hang in there.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 13, 2017 11:42:50 AM

You're in the first phases of mental retardation, first phase begins with denial and deflections.

Bless your soul.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 13, 2017 11:56:24 AM

Mental retardation is a condition that many people are born with. So sadly, you're in the final stages of your condition, which brings us back to your earlier comment of self reflection and coming to terms with your own reality. Keep your brain active and challenge what ever Ford marketing tells you.

This is a good looking truck, way better than the building block with wheels Shakey Chevy. Because it is not a Chevy, you know it will pull or haul just like the manufacturer says it will do, plus you will spend more time on the road and less on the service lift. None of those false promises and marketing like GM feeds it's sorry fan club.

RE Mr Knotinwall

Nissan TITAN, Nissan TITAN XD, Nissan NV Cargo, Nissan NV Passenger, Nissan Frontier and Nissan Murano are all manufactured at Canton assembly. Nissan Altima was manufactured there for a time.
Canton is capacity constrained. They were making 300K vehicles in 2014 before they added Murano. They have exceeded 400K. Nissan's goal was to make 500K vehicles by 2017 at Canton and they will miss the goal this year.
My point is that there room for a small increase in Titan production, though not much.

Just thought I would add a little 2017 Titan owner perspective to the conversation.

Since the new 2017 Titan 1/2 ton was launched late last year, of which I had been following this truck closely studying everything I could find about it.

I have a small business fleet of trucks about 45 total trucks with a few cars and SUVs in the mix all are spread out over 4 mid west states that we operate in.

I purchased 3 2017 Titan regular cabs and 4 2017 Titan Crew cabs last spring all 2wd 5 are SV trim, and 2 are S trim models.

We now have between 3000-12000 miles on the new Titan's. So far 0 problems, and our loaded and working real world fuel mileage has been ranging in the 15-18mpg range, basically the exact same as the F150s and Silverado's these trucks replaced only with Titans there is a noticeable increase in power over the 5.0 Fords and the 5.3GMs .

Employee reports have all been positive regarding the new trucks. Lots of compliments to the seat comfort over the out going trucks. I personally drove all of them prior to putting them into service. I drove them each anywhere from 50-500 mile before placing them into service around the company. I just wanted to double check everything was meeting my company needs and my expectations.

I was really impressed with the trucks performance and comfort in particular the seats are very comfortable, more so then any of the other brands we have in service, and we currently have all 5 full size truck brands in service around the company today. I really don't have any particular brand bias. I always do a lot of research and try to pic the best truck to fit our needs for each application. It is not always just price or a particular brand name for me.

Since I am really liking what I am seeing from these Titans so far. I just bought two more S model Regular Cabs this week. These two new Titans are replacing a 2015 Ram 1500 and a 2014 F150.

The 5yr 100K bumper to bumper warranty meant a lot to me to try some of these trucks. I recently had several costly AC system repairs made to some of the out going 2014 and 15 GM trucks all well under 100k miles on them with $1500.00 Ac repair bills coming in one after another, and with Ford we had been typically having electrical issues with sub 100K trucks and some mechanical issues Trans and rear ends with F150s 125k-150K miles. Over the past few years, the Ram's have been proving to have the lowest repair cost for us. The 2015 Ram I am trading on the Titan has 108k miles on it and has had 0 repair bills only regular maintenance items in it's 108k mile history.

If the Nissan's should experience any issues sub 100k I am out only the down time, nothing more for the repairs, it is all covered. After some of the healthy GM and Ford bills I have seen this past year or two, I really like having the Nissan 5yr 100k bumper to bumper warranty.

We soon will have a total of 9, 2017 Titans in service and we have 2 2017 Armada's and 1 2017 Qx80 all running basically the same powertrain. So far no major issues or failures on any of them.

I would say it is one of the best values on the market. It's not #1 really in any category but it is pretty darn good for anything we are needing our trucks to be able to do.
Which is haul our products from point A-B without a lot of issues or expense, keep our driver safe and comfortable on while on the road.etc etc.

So far it seems Nissan is building pretty decent truck for the money.

Sorry for the lengthy post, just thought I would share my experience so far with the new 2017 Titan 1500s.

@Fleetguy, wow you just did a better job of this truck and a great review of it than PUTC! Good info, bout time we hear from actual owners instead of the rubbish from the GM pretender boys who always defend their brands and have nothing god to say about them. You wrote this well, and some good info. thanks!

@Mr. Knowital--That was my point that the Ridgeline is produced in the same plant as the Pilot and Odyssey which would not require as many units of the Ridgeline to be produced and allow Honda to be flexible and adjust the production between Ridgeline, Pilot, and Odyssey. I though I made that clear in my prior comment. Yes I know the Titan is produced in a plant with a dedicated body on frame. I don't understand how papa jim could interpret this as an argument it isn't an argument unless it is in his head. Maybe I did not include the Nissan NV or any other body on frame vehicle that they make in Canton but I did not mean it as a debate. I did not entirely miss papa's point but if it makes him happy to think so then let him think that. If he wants to think that he won an argument then I am alright with that. I just won't bother to respond back to him, much too difficult. Very trivial argument not worth any further comment.

Mental retardation is a condition that many people are born with.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 13, 2017 1:37:18 PM

Exactly, so carry on with yourself. Bless your soul.

@Jeff S

Facts, Jeff. Not personal.

When I'm commenting about Nissan trucks and you go ballistic on Hondas (again?) it strikes a sour note. Not a big deal.

Please don't go off on another tear about Jeff the victim of mean old crazy-quilt Papajim and his diapers and his electric wheelchair.

@papa jim--You are the one making an issue out of this. I just stated that the Ridgeline is made in the same plant as the Pilot and Odyssey which is a fact. I am glad to see Nissan Titan and hope that it does well. You are getting your wish this will be my last posting. You won!

Luvin my new 2016 Co. NV 1500

@papajim. You brought up the Ridgeline not Jeff S. You are losing it man. Cannot even admit when you are wrong. Must be hard being you!

It is a nice looking truck, only thing they need to do is fix the headlights maybe have them more Half T shaped and a little less bulbus.

papajim. You brought up the Ridgeline not Jeff S. Posted by: Smokin' a 6.2 | Sep 13, 2017

@Smokin

Jeff's been on this site for years. How did he ever get along without you?

Another nice truck! Not cheap junk like the cheap china made GM trash!

The front end styling has grown on me, nice truck.

I rented the crew cab version w/V8 from Alamo last month (after renting F150 w/V6 & RAM 1500 w/5.7).

All in all, I had no major complaints & interior was nice. Only complaints was it felt heavier, ride was a bit harder & not as easy to maneuver than the other two.
The RAM seemed the most sporty/fun and mostly due to nice V8 sound & HEMI power delivery.
The F150 obviously lacked power (unfortunately they don't rent out 5.L or 3.5 Ecoboost) so I left it in sporty mode all the time. In the end, my family enjoyed the F150 the most mainly because of the outward view, comfort w/humongous roomy back seats....

Nissan desperately needs to green light the Titan Warrior concept for production. The Warrior concept truck stole the show when it was revealed and had people's attention. The Titan has been so quiet in the news lately it's easy to forget. The Pro-4X isn't much of an off-road package either.

The other annoying thing about the Titan is just how restricted the options are. You're stuck with the 2.93 axle ratio. The 7-speed has a crazy 4.886 1st gear to compensate, but I'd prefer an option axle ratio closer to a 3.23 since I live in the hills.

I was intent on giving the Titan a shot a few years ago, but they took to long to begin offering the extended cab. The Titan Warrior would be the only thing that might get me back on the dealer lot now.

Man the Fordtards are mad, they had to make up a new name and repost me and GMSR comments on it. Guess that's what years of buy Fords and being in second place does to you HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Man the GMtards are mad. J Dipwad who is GMSUCKS got busted as he/she/shim are the same person. Forensics of sentence structure, grammar and general blithering clearly demonstrate that. Guess that's what years of buying GM foreign made junk and being in second place and far worse by brand does to you HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

@Fleetguy
Thanks so much for the awesome real world review and info.
If you want to know a truck - put it to real work in the real world.
I was shocking myself reading this Titan story and starting to wonder if I could ever own one and then your review came up and now I'm in it a lot more. I've owned Ford trucks for years, and just purchased a 2017 XLT Sport and love everything but the seats. But after your story I may have to drive a Titan next test drive.

NOW THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT NOT LIKE THE GARBAGE MOTORS COMPANY TRUCKS . TAKE THAT GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLYS START CRYING. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

2018 SHELBY RAPTOR PRICED AT $117,460Only 500 off-road beasts offered in the U.S.

Need a better Ford F-150 Raptor with more horsepower and torque? The 2018 Shelby Raptor package from Shelby American adds an additional 75 horses and 100 lb-ft of torque—bringing the pickup’s output to 525 hp and 610 lb-ft.

Not bad considering the stock 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 makes 450 hp and 510 lb-ft. The EcoBoost engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Only 500 2018 Shelby Raptors will be available, according to the company, and one of these Baja-ready prerunners will set you back $117,460 a pop versus $68,165 for a stock Raptor from Ford. If you’re on a budget and already have a 2017 Raptor on hand, you can get a conversion for $49,295.

“During the past two years, we’ve added several new vehicles to our lineup in direct response to customer demand, including a trio of purpose-built trucks,” said Joe Conway, Shelby American CEO, in a statement. “The Shelby Raptor builds on our rich heritage with trucks, giving enthusiasts even more ways to have high horsepower fun.”

In addition to the extra power, Shelby upgraded the Raptor’s suspension with adjustable two-stage shocks, adding to a set of kit that includes all-wheel drive, a locking center differential, and an auto-shift to rear-drive.

“The Shelby Raptor is harder edged, with more grunt and handling capability. We added adjustable shocks so the driver can even tailor their ride. This truck was designed and tested for those who seek maximum adventure both on and off the road,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby President.

The truck also gets a new two-stage shock system, bigger wheels and tires, light bars, and an upgraded interior with fancy red trim. We think it could use a few more light bars to really make it shine, but hey, it’s your truck.

“Over the past year, we worked with key partners, including Ford Motor Company, to develop a Shelby version of the truck,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby VP. “After rigorous testing and development, we built a handful of 2017 versions that quietly hit dealer showrooms. Now we’re ready to offer the truck for the 2018 model year.”

The 2018 Shelby Raptor is now in production and available for order.

"The 2018 Shelby Raptor is now in production and ready for repair."
Posted by: Chingon | Sep 14, 2017 12:33:12 AM

Thanks for the update Lionel.

@grizz- I get what you're saying about limited powertrain choices. Toyota and Nissan simply don't do the volume for options like that. For me, I would have liked to see the XD gasser with gears that give it the same trailer rating as the diesel. that probably would have hurt fuel economy a little (unloaded) and at least the TFL test has shown that to be quite respectable.

This might be a bit off topic. I recently thought I won a Titan Pro 4 x at a CFL FOOTBALL game in Winnipeg MB. Nissan and the team had a gorgeous truck on the field which all 5 contestants thought they had a chance to win. Leather seats, navigation all the bells and whistles. I go to pick up my new 2017 only to find out it's a bare bones SV. Still I very nice truck. Not the one they said I was winning though. Thanks for something Nissan.

Its nice enough and competent. The price is finally making sense if competing to take away half ton drivers looking for more but the payload seems light for that.

Blake did you forget the old phrase "never look a gift horse in the mouth"?

At Vincen I'm not Lionel you stupid GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLY . I don't even know that guy . I'm from Bakersfield CA to be exact. Only stupid people like the ones who are fans of the GARBAGE MOTORS COMPANY think that way. I'm not like Jenny thong posting in different names. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

The front end styling has grown on me, nice truck.



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