Nissan Titan Road Test
The redesigned 2017 Titan comes with a gas 5.6-liter V8 that gained more horsepower. It is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission instead of the previous five-speed. A V6 engine will follow later. A suite of safety and driver-assistance features will be offered, including Nissan's surround-view camera system, blind-spot warning, and moving-object detection. The Titan XD (Extra Duty), already on sale, is positioned to offer features and capabilities usually associated with the larger heavy-duty pickups, but without getting hardcore with a stiff ride. It is available with a new V8 Cummins diesel engine. When properly equipped, the Titan XD tows 12,000 pounds. The outgoing Titan is relatively agile, but the ride suffers from a rubbery jiggle. The V8 provides strong acceleration and is mated to a very smooth five-speed automatic transmission, but engine drone can become tiresome and fuel economy is a dismal 14-mpg overall.
All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.
Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.