When looking to buy a new truck, most consumers chose a model from the Big 3, like the Ford F-150 or the Chevy Silverado. Because of the popularity of these other cars, Nissan pickups are often overlooked by potential buyers. Although its sales have increased somewhat since its redesign in 2017, the Nissan Titan is still one of the most unpopular pickups on the market.
A regular Nissan Titan costs around $30,000 and the most expensive trim, the Platinum Reserve, costs $65,000. Is it really worth it to pay this much for a truck that doesn’t have a big reputation? Doug DeMuro gave us a tour of this high-end pickup, and here are the highlights.
New diesel engine
The standard Titan comes with a V8 5.6-liter engine capable of 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. This gives drivers a good amount of power for daily driving and a light towing job. It also has four-wheel drive for the best off-roading experience.
To reach its full towing potential, the Platinum Reserve has the same engine as the Titan XD, a turbodiesel V8 capable of 410 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. This makes it one of the most powerful light-duty trucks on the market.
Towing and cargo capacity
With its more powerful engine, the Platinum Reserve can tow up to 9,320 pounds and its maximum payload is 1,690 pounds. The XD can tow about 3,000 pounds more, but other heavy-duty trucks still perform much better in this respect. Given that the Titan isn’t as popular as other trucks, Nissan probably doesn’t see the point of releasing a heavy-duty truck that will cost more money to manufacture and won’t be in high demand.
It has a spacious 8-foot long truck bed, complete with LED lights on the back of the cab to give drivers better visibility. It also has a few side-mounted cargo boxes and moveable tie-down racks, which makes it easier to secure any kind of load.
What really makes the Platinum Reserve stand out from the regular Titan is the upgraded interior. The cabin comes with stylish leather seats, which can also be heated for even more comfort while driving. Even the gear lever is wrapped in premium leather and there are wood-grain accents along the dashboard. To keep the floors clean, there’s a heavy-duty rubber mat below the front seats, embossed with the Nissan logo that is proudly displayed on many other areas of the truck.
One noticeable drawback of the Platinum Reserve is the small infotainment screen. Other similarly-priced trucks have much larger screens, but they may not have all the interesting features of the Platinum Reserve. It has a wide array of time zone settings, a Points of Interest locator, and a setting where you can adjust your travel speed for a more accurate ETA on the navigation system. It also has a 360-degree camera system, but this feature would be much better on a bigger infotainment screen.
A good ride
Thanks to its upscale interior, the Platinum Reserve is unbelievably comfortable to drive. It has the roomiest cab and high driving placement, which improves visibility with blind spots. It doesn’t drive as smoothly as other rivals, but it still handles well and has powerful torque. Like many other trucks, its acceleration is fairly weak.
While you’ll probably get more towing power from a heavy-duty truck, you definitely won’t get an interior with the same level of coziness and luxury as this one. If its towing capacity suits your needs and you like more advanced tech features, this truck may be the best option.