2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton: First Impressions

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By Aaron Bragman

When we first saw the 2016 Nissan Titan XD during its introduction at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we were a little confused. It's not quite a heavy-duty pickup truck and definitely not a light-duty truck. It was billed as an "extra-duty" rig — something for people who want to tow more than a typical light-duty truck can, but who don't want to pay for a heavy-duty truck with capabilities they'll never use, not to mention the ride quality trade-offs.

Now a year after that introduction, the second component of Nissan's full-size pickup strategy — the new 2017 Titan half-ton — has made its debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. It's a light-duty pickup meant to compete head-to-head with the segment's best.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the new light-duty Titan, hereafter referred to as the Titan half-ton, looks pretty much like the Titan XD — because it does. The only visual differences — beyond the shorter wheelbase and lower ride height — are slightly shorter front fenders, a different lower bumper and smaller mirrors. Those items aside, the Titan half-ton and Titan XD are visually identical: same headlights, same grille, same hood, and exactly the same cab and interior.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially when it comes to the interior. The Platinum Reserve trim level on display in New York was filled with leather and luxury goodies, and feels every bit as premium as competitors' luxury models. Eventually we'll see the new Titan half-ton with standard and extended cabs, three bed lengths and a standard V-6 engine, but all of that will arrive well after the launch this summer of the V-8 crew-cab model.

Nissan is aiming this latest Titan squarely at the Detroit Three half-ton pickups, and unlike the last model, which languished for a decade without much of an update, this new truck should be a viable alternative. We still need to see some key numbers, such as fuel economy from the big V-8 engine along with towing and payload capacities, before we can say that it's going to match up effectively, however.

Nissan also announced pricing for the 2016 Titan XD's gas-engine version in New York, and it looks quite reasonable and competitive — now we need to see how Nissan prices the half-ton. All of that information should be available later this summer in advance of the truck's arrival in showrooms nationwide.

Cars.com photos by Angela Conners


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That spare is an alloy just like the rest?

That's nice but seems pricey for the manufacturer.

And what is the chain hanging down?


I don't know about the new Titans, but the past Titans I've owned all came with spare wheels that were identical to the others. When I first noticed that I also immediately thought, "Dang, that's gotta be expensive for Nissan."

Nice truck for sure, love the round wheel wells!

Clint, I think it is the same wheel, only mounted with the outside of the wheel - to the underside of the bed...just a guess

Its a good looking truck on paper good looking specs. Cant really hate on it from just a paper work and pictures view. That tailgate look awful like a Ford though if im not mistaken.

Nissan has their work cut out for them. They didn't hit the XD out of the park. We'll see what happens with their half ton effort.

Chevy GMC and the Titan will have the premium market to themselves.

RAM, Toyota and most of the F150s will fight over the rest.

You are delusional, Jim.

Looks like a nice truck for a 1/2 Ton. Time will only tell how it does sale wise.

Will be interesting to see how the 7 speed and new 5.6L stacks up.

Yawn....10 years later. Only 10 HP and 1 transmission gear more than the Tundra.

Yawn....10 years later. Only 10 HP and 1 transmission gear more than the Tundra.

Also having a hard time figuring out which truck is the half ton? The XD or this? They are both half tons as far as I can tell.
Still waiting for payload specs for the gas engine XD. Hopefully they are around 2500 pounds?

Chevy GMC and the Titan will have the premium market to themselves.

RAM, Toyota and most of the F150s will fight over the rest.

Posted by: papajim | Mar 24, 2016 2:09:33 PM

Great comment and true. Only wish I had said it. LOL

Great comment and true. Only wish I had said it. LOL

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 24, 2016 5:37:41 PM

It happens. When GM doesn't tell you what to say or do, you are a loss for words. Pretty typical of the ill-informed

Still like it...except, rather a little paint on the front instead of the acres of plastichrome.

"Pretty typical of the ill-informed"
Posted by: LMAO or the new.............. | Mar 24, 2016 6:15:09 PM

Speaking about I'll informed I came home one day to find my wife of 17 years packing her bags. "Where are you going?" I asked.

"To Las Vegas! I found out that there are men that will pay me $500 cash to do what I do for you for free!"

I thought for a moment, and then began packing my bags. "What do you think you are doing?" she screamed.

So I said, "I'm going to Las Vegas with you... I want to see how you're going to live on $1,000 a year!"

Hey LAMO : I was only kidding with the " got you beat on all accounts" comment. I don't know about your financial status but my trailer was paid for years ago. LOL

I don't know about your financial status but my trailer was paid for years ago
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 24, 2016 6:48:00 PM

Speaking about not knowing about your financial status, A policeman on a motorcycle pulls me over the other day. ‘What’s up?’ I said... ‘Your wife fell out the passenger door three miles back,’ says the policeman. ‘Thank goodness for that,’ I said. ‘I thought I’d gone deaf!’

You guys need to know GM trucks are the only trucks worth driving. I have owned a GM trucks for a total of 64 years now. GM trucks are the most beautiful and manly trucks out there. In fact GM means Giant Meat. Or Man meat. So in essence you are inside a giant piece of man meat whenever you drive a GM truck. I like GMC the best though. Giant Meaty Cockkkk. That is exactly what I am. A meaty cockkkkk.


Want a manual transmission option. C'mon, Nissan: Make my day!

Advantages of Manuals (all else equal):
1) More robust, durable, and longer-lasting;
2) Less expensive to buy;
3) Superior driver involvement**;
4) Owner-doable oil change, which is also less frequent and less expensive;
5) Requires no separate cooling system with its own radiator;
6) Wear item = easily replaceable clutch (not the whole tranny!);
7) Superior traction in slippery snow, by “feathering” the clutch;
8) Almost air-tight theft protection.
9) Less Opportunity for Distracted Driving >> Safer

** A car with an automatic offers typically 40% less opportunity for driver involvement than those with manuals.
1) Number of Driving inputs with typical Manual = 5 (steering, gas, brake, clutch, shift);
2) Number of Driving inputs with typical Auto = 3 (steering, gas, brake)
Deficit = 2. Therefore, percent that Auto Trans is less involving = 2/5 = 40%.


Where is the bed? put an ice chest in the bed and its full. That's why I bought my first brand new dodge because I got four doors and a 6 foot 4 inch bed to haul my quads. Never looked back now got my AEV Prospector with class leading power and class exclusive five link coil rear. love the way it tows my 10,000lb toy hauler. There is no place I cant go.

Giant Meaty Cockkkk.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 24, 2016 8:48:09 PM

Speaking about Meaty Cockkk, my wife keeps telling me I shouldn’t pee in the bath – or if I really have to I should at least wait till she gets out.

Really sucks the way this site lets these childish comments ruin every article.

So sick of looking at all new 1/2 ton trucks with a front end a mile long and a rear standard crew cab bed 5.5 foot long. How hard is it to reduce the engine compartment front end 8 inches and add that to the bed? A MORE CAB FORWARD DESIGN. ARE YOU LISTENING DETROIT? I don't want a mid sizer, and I don't want a king cab with 6.5 foot bed. I want a full size pickup with crew cab and 6' 4" bed that fits in a standard garage and so is more easy to park and manuever in the city.

GMC wins again https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=N62ZPZLzqHE GM guy going to love it rest are going to hate.

I checked, 2 of my closest Nissan Dealers only have 2015 Titan's on stock, NO 2016 XD !
No sale price, no discounts on the 2015's
You got to be really stupid to pay full price for a 2015 when you can get a 2016 XD for around the same price.

Looks like Toyota will go from selling 75000 pickups a year to 17000 now. Even the morons who buy the junktrunda can see they are out classed by every truck manufacturer now.

That pricing is not aggressive at all. Niche market again. Truck is on pair with big 3, which is good for competition. I am not a big fan of rear ford . Interior is RAM., which I like.
Big plus is V8. No multilink rear coil suspension is disappointing.
Let's do some testing PUTC already.

Man GMSRGREAT, you cannot stay on topic can you. First you have to bring Ford into every review and now taking about what GMC means to you? I knew you were all kinds of crazy but WOW!

Now back to the truck. I have always liked this new design. Don't think the diesel version is all that it is all hyped up about but the gasser will be pretty decent. The power of the 5.6L is more than good and will move this truck just fine. All this FE stuff I think is over rated for a pickup truck. I just do not care about FE. The dash definitely has F150 hints in it. Which I like. I do like the color of the interior but i still like black or grey instead of browns and tans. I think they made a great effort in this redesign and look forward to some reviews on it.

The dash layout and interior quality seems to the best out there.

Nissan will certainly have more sales with their new line up.
V8 v6 gas and v8 Turbo diesel
51/2 , 61/2, 8 foot beds reg , king cab and crew cab
It should outsell the last titan 2 to 1 minimum.
Price will determine just how well it does.
Toyota ram and Ford will more than likely bare the brunt of losses to the titan.
GM has no worries

I suspect the v6 gas engine will be their new v6 a 3.0 liter mill that can churn out 300 hp 299 tq and 400 hp 411 tq in Turbo mode .Most likely the non turbo will be their choice.

heyyouguys Good video, now you know why Ford needs a Craptor truck. The stock f150's just can't keep up with GM and Ram. LMBO!

IF Nissan uses the new v6 in the Titan and Frontier
the 3.0 liter v6 with 300 hp and 295 TQ in normally aspirated mode. they will clean up . If they try to get one last hoorah out of the VQ in the new Frontier they will continue on the slide downward in Truck sales .

@david you might be right about the V6 but the VQ platform makes perfect sense for an entry level engine.

Revving 300 hp out of a normally aspirated 3.0 gas engine is great for something like a Z or one of the Infiniti sedans but for the base model pickup it seems like it's out of place, not to mention a pricey component.

Those wanting the extra power should opt for the V8, right?

@Lou_DC you should try to think like a businessman. Until the dealers actually have a selection of new Titans in stock there is little incentive for them to discount their existing stock very much.

I'm thinking a buyer ready to pay cash can get a deal on a 2015 Titan.

GMC wins again https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=N62ZPZLzqHE GM guy going to love it rest are going to hate.

Posted by: heyyouguys | Mar 25, 2016 12:01:33 AM

And all the Ford fangirls keep saying GM should launch a truck to compete with the raptor. What they don't understand is, with GM it is standard equipment. LOL. Craptor is just another chrome delete, black wheeled, decal clad Ford "nothingspecial" edition anyway.

papa jim
I am looking to buy a new truck since I am paying $3000/year on repairs of my current truck I could apply that $3000 as a truck payment.
The new Titan XD is the only unknown truck cause I don't want any other brand.
If a dealer would have one on stock I could at least test drive and if I love it I wouldn't have a problem paying full price.
Everything that PUTC has been telling us about the new Titan has me impressed.
I did test drive the 2015 Titan, I love the power and quick acceleration (like a race car performance) but it falls short in reliability, warranty, payload and gas mileage.
Chevy has the best bargain on a 2016 Silverado LT 4x4 ext cab with the all star package for $32K but I want something better and I don't know yet what truck is the best.
I have to test drive all the new trucks to satisfy me to know I am buying the best.
I am tired of buying a new truck every 2 or 3 years and I want a truck that can keep me happy and own for 6 to 10 years, I want to buy it once and buy the best but I don't know what is the best. I am willing to spend $20K MORE knowing I have the best!
If you spend $35K for a truck that only lasts 3 years and $55K for a truck that lasts 6 years what is the better bargain?

@Lou it sounds like you have your heart set on a new truck. Can't help you there.

Regarding the durability and economics it's simple. Find a clean 10 year old pickup. My favorite from that 2004-2006 era is the Ford. Both HD and half ton.

Upgrade the paint and interior to your liking. Put a sprayed bed liner in it. Polish the headlight lenses.

Be sure to have a professional confirm the condition of the key mechanical components (drivetrain, tires, brakes, cooling system, AC), then drive it like a rented mule.

It will surprise you how durable the typical half ton or HD pickup is. Even a refurbed truck. It is not way cheaper than new to do this--there is no free lunch, but it is cheaper.

In case no one got my first message, this goes to all the Ford fangirls. GM is where it's at. Giant Meat. GMC is the king of trucks. Giant Meaty Cockkkkkk. Remember that Ford fangirls. If you want to be a man and have a Giant Man Cockkkk, drive a GMC.

@papa jim
You are very bad man to give him advise like that.

@RAM my personal favorite approach is to shop the best CPO you can find at a dealership less than 30 miles from home. Where I live that narrows it down to Ford and GM.

The other brands either have lousy CPO terms or they don't have enough selection on their lots.

You can save an easy 15K over buying new using that approach. Within 3 years it is a wash, compared to buying new.

I spoke to my Brother who is a big wig at Nissan
HE says the new v8 engine will amaze people, as well as the automatic transmission has rev matching
acceleration will be astounding.
HE still is not sure about which v6 they will use but thinks it will be the 4.0 liter
My personal opinion is that Nissan is cutting corners using the same parts as the XD model .
And if they want to be a major Truck seller in North America
they had best stop that nonsense.
Other than this they seem to be on track for more sales

papa jim
I agree with you, the way I beat up a truck I would be better off with a 10 year old used truck and to add with that I am not as passionate or care what my truck looks like compared to other truck owners.
I HATE all the power options!
My Sync system in my new F-150 always goes out and I can't even listen to the AM radio, at least the simple old fashioned radios worked!

Gm best truck line up
Ford best trucks worst engines
Ram is the cummins option
Nissan and Toyota are bit players only.
If you want stout trucks buy GM
if you want a stout 1/2 ton buy the /Nissan XD

So it's basically a full size that's built to be a mid-size truck?

Honestly, the big 3 offer something in some form or another for just about every truck buyer. That being said, unless these Titans have some "miracle like" features, performance or pricing, why take a chance with an unknown commodity? As a current 2010 Titan owner (I bought new), I have the same issues as every other Titan owner. Good and Bad. Good? Love the engine power. Bad? All the roofs, hoods and front fenders on all the Titans we have seen need to be repainted. Defective paint, application or both. So, as an owner and I see this, would it not make sense that the folks responsible for building these would know it too? So, if they know there is a problem which they are not detecting at build time, doesn't it make good sense to correct the problem instead of keep on building them with defective paint? So, my feeling is the same folks are building this that built mine in the same plant. What new problems are they going to know about yet still do nothing to correct? I have very little confidence in the product now. See my point?

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