Our last report period with the ’17 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve has brought a new set of challenges to our pickup: city living, rushhour commutes, and longhaul road trips. None of these are ideal situations for full size trucks, but after three months with the thing, this editor is sad to see it go.
Keen to end on a good note, we’re going to get the complaints out of the way right now. While the color scheme and overall first impressions of the interior are nice, living with it on a daily basis reveals a few missteps in Nissan’s design. First, the infotainment screen’s shiny plastic surround does a poor imitation of dark metal, and it casts a frustrating glare into the driver’s eyes when the sun is high.
Furthermore, there’s a swath of attractive faux wood trim that runs the width of the dashboard—except for directly next to the starter button, one of the only spots the driver might actually touch. Once you see the trimless gap, you’ll never unsee it. The same can be said of the patch of brown softtouch trim in front of the passenger. The corresponding interior bits in front of the driver are hard black plastic, spoiling the interior’s symmetry. Our proverbial OCD went nuts every time we noticed it.
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January - February 2019