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PROject-4X Third Report: Canyons, Cameras, and Comments

Posted in Features on March 12, 2018
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They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that would explain why the past couple months with PROject-4X has flown by. We’ve been having a ball with the 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X.

We’re currently in the stock testing phase with the Titan. From the start we wanted to spend a few months with the truck in factory form before we start modifying it. This is for a couple of reasons. First, aside from 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year testing we have had little drive time in this new-for-2017 truck. Our goal is to thoroughly test the truck and report our findings. Second, we wanted to use this stock testing time to help determine what mods could help the truck do its job even better and what components should be left alone. We’re not going to indiscriminately modify the truck just to modify the truck.

As of March 6, 2018, we’ve logged approximately 5,128 miles on the Titan since Nissan handed us the keys. During this time the truck has spent a notable amount of time off-road on trails of various difficulty levels. We live near a vast tract of forested land that’s open for wheeling so we hit the trail almost every weekend. Recently we pointed the Titan down a trail we hadn’t explored before. It started out easy, but soon became a canyon with tall dirt walls on each side, and from the walls protruded a gauntlet of large tree roots. It was clear that this was a trail frequented by much narrower 4x4s. Additionally, the trail surface was a hodgepodge of deep, undulating crevasses, which tipped the truck toward said tree roots. Due to the narrow width of the canyon our passenger couldn’t exit the truck to spot us through. And this is where we applaud technology. We simply activated the Around View Monitor, part of the PRO-4X Luxury Package, which displays the area around the truck on the 7-inch color dash-mounted display. It gives a full 360-degree view using four cameras (one on the grille, one on each outside rearview mirror, and one on the tailgate). With this system engaged we could see areas around the truck that were not visible otherwise and we avoided any body damage as we drove the truck through the obstacles.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also mention that we use the Around View Monitor regularly, especially in parking lots. The ability to see the painted lines and the proximity to other vehicles is a huge help. We would’ve scoffed at this type of technology a few years ago, but it works extremely well and is simply an amazing system.

Returning to the topic of off-road travel, we’ve logged scores of hours since our last report and we’re happy to say that all is well. We still love the excellent location and function of the 4WD control switch (to the right of the driver). Activating the Magna TX91A two-speed T-case is simple and quick. Same goes for the rear electric differential locker, which engages and disengages flawlessly.

Inside the truck we’ve found the Titan’s built-in storage areas to be most helpful. We never claimed to travel light—our posse of gear includes a toolkit, air compressor, tire repair kit, recovery strap, recovery kit, gloves, and towels, among other things. With that said, the under and behind rear seat storage, the storage areas in the doors, and the center console storage have provided enough room for our stuff. When we need to haul larger items like our video and camera gear we flip the rear seats up (they lock in place) and we extend the fold-out flat floor to give us ample storage on the same plane.

Another item we’re impressed with is the 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio System that’s included with the PRO-4X Utility and Tow Package. If you appreciate a good sound system in a truck, you’ll be happy with this one. The placement of speakers bathes the interior in sound, the highs are crisp and you can feel the lows. Of course the Titan has the usual inputs for auxiliary electronics if you get tired of listening to SiriusXM satellite radio.

Titan testing continues, but we’re getting close to moving to the next phase of PROject-4X, which will find modifications on the docket. You can follow PROject-4X at its Instagram page @project4xtitan, its Facebook page PROject4x, and on Twitter @PROject4XTitan. On these pages we’re posting updates on the fly. And be sure to check out the large gallery of PROject-4X photos and the video included with this update!

Testing Data

Current mileage: 14,251
Best tank mpg this report: 18.0
Worst tank mpg this report: 15.3
Average mpg this report: 16.6
Best overall tank mpg: 18.6
Worst overall tank mpg: 14.1
Average overall mpg: 16.6
Maintenance: None

Specifications (as tested)

Vehicle/model: 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X
Base price: $45,470
Price as tested: $52,855
Options as tested: PRO-4X Utility and Tow Package ($1,820), PRO-4X Convenience Package ($3,520), PRO-4X Luxury Package ($750), Destination Charge ($1,295)

Engine
Type: 32-valve V-8
Displacement (ci/liter): 339/5.6
Bore x stroke (in): 3.86 x 3.62
Compression ratio (:1): 11.2
Intake/FI: Naturally aspirated/sequential multiport electronic
Mfg.’s power rating @ rpm (hp): 390 @ 5,800
Mfg.’s torque rating @ rpm (lb-ft): 394 @ 4,000
Mfg.’s suggested fuel type: Unleaded regular

Drivetrain
Transmission: JATCO 7-spd automatic
Ratios (:1):
First: 4.89
Second: 3.17
Third: 2.03
Fourth: 1.41
Fifth: 1.00
Sixth: 0.86
Reverse: 4.04
Axle ratio (:1): 3.92
Transfer case: Magna TX91A 2-spd
Low-range ratio (:1): 2.72
Crawl ratio (:1): 39.0

Frame/Body
Frame: Steel, ladder-type
Body: Steel

Suspension/Axles
Front: Double-wishbone, Bilstein shocks, stabilizer bar/AAM 8.25-in
Rear: Multileaf, Bilstein shocks, stabilizer bar/AAM 9.5-in

Steering
Type: Power rack-and-pinion
Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.9
Ratio (:1): 16.1

Brakes
Front: 13.8x1.2-in vented disc, dual-piston caliper
Rear: 13.6x0.8-in vented disc, single-piston caliper
ABS: Four-wheel

Wheels/Tires
Wheels (in): 18x8
Tires: P275/70R18 General Grabber APT

Fuel Economy
EPA city/highway: 15/20

Dimensions/Capacities
Weight (lb): 5,684
Wheelbase (in): 139.8
Overall length (in): 228.5
Overall width (in): 80.7
Height (in): 77.2
Track f/r (in): 68.6/68.0
Minimum ground clearance (in): 9.8
Turning diameter, curb-to-curb (ft): 48.0
Approach/departure angles (deg): 22.8/23.0
Breakover angle (deg): 21.7
GVWR (lb): 7,300
Payload (lb): 1,610
Maximum towing capacity (lb): 9,230
Seating: 5
Fuel capacity (gal): 26

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