The totals have been tallied, the votes counted, and ultimately, there can be only one. For 2017, it’s the 2017 Nissan Titan. The All-New Ground-Up Design, First-Class Amenities, and Incredible Feature Set Lead Nissan Titan to Top the Field of Eight contenders.
TRUCK TREND’s Pickup Truck of the Year award program is an invitation-only shootout that is only open to all-new or significantly revised pickup trucks for the upcoming model year. For 2017, the field of vehicles included eight entries from six companies and consisted of one variant from each company’s eligible product line.
“With the launch of the 2017 Titan, Nissan has set out to redefine itself as a force in the pickup market,” says TRUCK TREND Editor Jason Gonderman. “By combining a richly appointed interior and deep feature set with a stout drivetrain and respectable capabilities, Nissan has reemerged as a player in the ½-ton pickup market. Combined with an industry-best 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty and low cost of entry compared to the competition, Nissan looks to have found the winning combination with the all-new Titan.”
The Nissan Titan won TRUCK TREND’s 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year award only after completing a demanding weeklong test comprised of more than 1,200 miles of performance testing, hauling, towing, fuel economy calculation, and off-roading—all important disciplines in which truck owners expect their vehicle to be competent.
Over the course of the 1,200-mile test, the experts had ample time with each vehicle to form qualified opinions regarding important factors such as interior ergonomics, seat comfort, technology usability, build quality, and features and benefits of each truck, while also logging fuel usage to gauge real-world economy throughout the diverse evaluation.
With testing completed, the staff at TRUCK TREND crunched the data and found the Nissan Titan led in two out of seven scoring categories: Highway (15%) and Empirical (20%), while placing solidly in the remaining categories of Interior (10%), Exterior (10%), Off-Road (15%), Towing and Hauling (15%), and Functionality (15%). Ultimately, it was the Nissan Titan, tested in the Platinum Reserve trim, which scored the highest number of points and earned the nod from TRUCK TREND’s jurors.
“TRUCK TREND’s Pickup Truck of the Year award is not determined around a conference room table,” says Sean P. Holman, content director for TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s Truck and Off-Road Group. “This is a real-world evaluation of pickups as seen through the eyes of truck experts and enthusiasts. Anchored in data, the test is conducted across many disciplines by staffers who drive and evaluate trucks every day with a goal of determining which vehicle offers the best pickup truck experience for the money. TRUCK TREND prides itself as being the credible, go-to authority for light-truck reviews and information for the industry.”
The strong power and throaty sound of the 390-hp 5.6L Endurance V-8 won unanimous praise from the judges, giving the Titan ample power delivered through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 engine note was there when you wanted it, and quiet when you were cruising, never intruding on the comfortable, well-equipped cabin. Top it off with AMERICA’S BEST TRUCK WARRANTY – 5 YEARS/100,000MILES BUMPER TO BUMPER! 5 Year/100,000 Mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty that surpasses all competitors you can be sure that your TITAN will always be ready for the job.
What propelled Nissan’s new full-size to the top was its combination of capability, comfort, value, and all-around practicality as a daily driver. In our eyes it represented the best overall truck experience for the money. For those reasons, we’re proud to name the Nissan Titan as Truck Trend’s 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year.