So I park this Nissan Titan that I’ve been test driving for a week and a guy comes over and says  “Good lookin’ truck… ya’ like it?”   Then he points a few parking spaces away and says  “I’ve  got an ’06 with 350,000 miles on it.”

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I was surprised.    Not that he had 350K on it.   A good truck well taken care of can do that these days….and sometimes even more.


No….I was surprised that he was using a big, beefy vehicle like this as a commuter vehicle.   35K a year is a lotta’ miles….and a lot more gas than you’re going to use in something like an Altima, for example.


But hey….he was a pretty big guy….and Nissan’s new Titan is a Big Guy’s vehicle.


As for the “new” part, Nissan found their Titan….introduced as an ’04 Model a bit over a decade ago….slipping in sales….never quite able to enjoy the success that Ford, Chevy, Ram and the Tundra have enjoyed.


So for ’16 they re-engineered the Titan from top to bottom, and did something rather novel.  Their first model out of the gate was something new in the conservative world of trucking…. an aptly-named “HD”….which pretty much split the difference between the other guys’ 150’s and 250’s…..or 1500’s and 2500’s..


And it worked.   Sales of the new Titan are up roughly 40% this year.


And they’re proud of what they make, as they back their new Titan up with an industry-leading 5-year / 50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.


Since the initial launch of the HD, Nissan has now expanded the lineup to include a more basic Titan….altho’ there’s nothing really basic ( or wimpy ) about the Titan that we tested for a week.


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With a list price of just over 50K, our ’17 Titan SL 4WD CC was just about a high as you can climb on the Nissan tree….topped only by their 6K more pricey Platinum Reserve version.


The SL comes standard with a 390 HP, 5.6 liter V8 and a 7-speed automatic, shift-on-the-fly 4WD, 2-speed Hi and Lo transfer case, 20’ alloys, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, heated 8-way power leather captains chairs, 60 / 40 rear bench with under-seat storage and fold-flat floor, remote engine start, Rockford Fosgate Premium audio, Nissan Connect with voice activation and nav, power sliding rear window, running boards, Class IV integrated trailer hitch, spray-on bedliner, and for those nighttime jobs, under-rail bed lighting and tailgate illumination.


Mileage is rated at 15 city and 21 highway.   We managed right at 20 in our usual mixed commute.


Oh….and in case you’re wondering what you might get on that pricier Platinum version, special dark alloys, two-tone leather, all-around view monitor with moving object detection, and a trailer brake controller.


Whether in SL or Platinum Reserve dress, Nissan’s ’17 Titan is a Big Boy’s truck that’ll do most any job you throw at it…..and then go pick up your lady in her little black dress after a quick run through the car wash.

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