2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab 4×4

When Nissan introduced the 2020 Titans last Fall, they proclaimed them to be ‘no compromise’ trucks offering the most standard power, safety and tech in their class.  We liked what we saw, but as always, proof of the claim would be in the drive.

Recently, Nissan provided Texas automotive media opportunity to experience the redesigned 2020 Nissan Titan trucks at the TexPlex Park – a motorsports challenge venue – near Dallas, Texas.  Featured vehicles were the off-road Titan PRO-4X 4×4 and luxury Titan XD Crew Cab Platinum Reserve 4×4.

Following a full day behind the wheel, they have met our expectations.  The 2020 Titans are really good trucks.    

Following is our report on the 2020 Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab 4×4 from that drive.

 

PRO-4X Crew Cab

Quick summary: the refreshed PRO-4X offers improved styling with increased power, more safety and tech features plus performance for 2020.

Exterior

For 2020, Nissan incorporated what they called a ‘Powerful Warrior’ theme in the exterior refresh of the Titan. The results are subtle, yet refreshing as they reflect the character of each model.  Refreshed features include uniquely designed grilles with interlocking frame and surrounds by model.

For the PRO-4X – a bold Black on Black grille and surround with Lava Red Nissan Badge suggests bold adventure.

In addition, it features a Lower Radiator Skid Plate with Satin Chrome Finisher and PRO-4X logo while the rear sports a Black Tailgate Finisher with PRO-4X logo.

Highlighting the styling are large LED headlights, ‘double boomerang’ LED daytime running lights and LED Fog Lights upfront with bold LED taillights at the rear.   

 

The PRO-4X is further distinguished by its raised height with ground clearance of 10.6-inches front and 9.8-inches rear.  The bold look is accented by distinctively styled 18-inch aluminum alloy machined-over- painted finish wheels mounted with General 275/70R18 All-Terrain tires.

Interior

Inside, the PRO-4X interior offers bold first-class accommodations for an off-road truck.  Included are the awesome front and rear Nissan ‘Zero Gravity’ seating – buckets with integrated console up front and split-bench in the rear.

Lots of room, comfort and amenities like 10 cupholders and 4 bottle holders, seven overhead assist grips, USB connectivity, 12V and 110V power points make the PRO-4X a pleasure to both drive and ride.

Endurance 5.6L V8 Power and Drivetrain

Under the hood, every 2020 Titan is powered by the enhanced Nissan 5.6-liter Endurance V8 Direct Injection gas engine.  More powerful than before – it is rated at 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque making it best in class for both torque and horsepower.

A new 9-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous 7-speed.   The expanded gear ratios deliver smoother shifting, faster acceleration and improved towing and off-road performance from the enhanced power plant.

In challenging terrain circumstances, the PRO-4X is equipped with part-time 4×4 transfer case and Electronic Locking Rear Differential to enable directed traction to axle/wheel combination as needed.

For added performance control, the PRO-4X comes with Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Control and – for helping others who get into trouble – Tow Hooks.  

Underneath, it features double-wishbone front and multi-leaf solid axle rear – both with Bilstein shocks.  and features vented disc brakes and Rack-and-pinion variable speed steering and all-wheel vented disc brakes contribute to the PRO-4X running really smooth on the  highway and ruggedly capable in the outback.

Putting it to the test, on the highway, we ran the Titan PRO-4X from full stop to 75mph – pedal to the floor – with nary a ‘blip’ in the acceleration as it moved up the gear ladder.

We then checked its acceleration response when cruising the highway.  Again, hitting the throttle at full pedal, the PRO-4X instantly leaped forward from 60 to 75 without hesitation.

Off-road – traversing the trails of the back-country section at the TexPlex Park motorsports challenge venue near Dallas – the PRO-4X power/drive train handled the hills climb and descents, muddy and sandy trails, rock obstacles and waterfilled potholes with ease.

Technology and Infotainment

The Titan PRO-4X include a 7-inch programmable driver information display in the instrument cluster. The center stack is fitted with a 9-inch WXGA touchscreen featuring Nissan Connect w/Navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, Bluetooth Hands-free and Streaming Audio and more.  

Features of note include Nissan’s next-generation connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an internal Wi-Fi Router that allows up to six devices to be connected to the internet with (up to) 45Mbps speed.

Plus, for outback adventuring, PRO-4X comes with a menu driven Advanced Drive-Assist Display with Off-Road Indicator.

Titan PRO-4X We Tested

Our test (pre-production) Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab 4×4 came in a Baja Sand exterior with Charcoal Leather interior. It was loaded up with – what appeared to be – every option/package available including the optional Panoramic Dual-Panel Moonroof with, overhead hand grips. Not just one or two, but seven!

The Utility and Convenience Packages added PRO-4X leather-appointed embroidered seats with contrast stitching, Heated and Ventilated Front Seating, Heated Outboard Rear Seats, Side Mirrors with Puddle Lights, Remote Engine Start, Intelligent Climate Control, Power Sliding Rear Window w/Defroster, Approach Proximity Activation (LED signature headlights, cargo lights, LED bed-mounted lights), Front and Rear Sonar and an Intelligent Around View Monitor.

Also included was the awesome Fender Premium 485-watt Audio System w/12 speakers, including center speaker and subwoofer.

To facilitate towing and cargo hauling:  Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Check, Utili-track Channel System with four tie-down cleats, Bed-mounted 120-volt AC Power Outlet, LED Under-rail Bed Lighting, LED Tailgate Area Illumination, Electronic Tailgate Lock and Rear Bumper Assist.   

Convenience and Safety

Titan PRO-4X also comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of six advanced driver-assist systems. They include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and class- exclusive Rear Automatic Braking.

Standard also are Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Around View Monitor and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning.  Other systems include Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Traffic Sign Recognition and – a segment exclusive – the Nissan Rear Door Alert.

How Much?

Pre-production models do not come with pricing detail, so we estimated a delivered price using the consumer website ‘Build It’ feature.

Equipped as shown above, we figured the price of this 2020 Nissan Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X to be $58,455.  

A lot of money, yes – but for a whole lot of truck like this one?  You bet!

Warranty 

And, on top of all of that, the 2020 Titan is covered by Nissan’s “America’s Best Truck Warranty” – featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first.

2020 Titan Lineup

The 2020 Nissan Titan comes in five trim levels – S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve.  Both King and Crew Cab configurations are available.  All are powered by the 5.6L Endurance V8 and equipped with the 9-speed automatic transmission.  Both 4×2 and 4×4 drive trains are available with exception of the PRO-4X which is 4×4 only.

Learn more about the complete line of 2020 Titan pickup trucks here:  https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/trucks/titan.html

About TexPlex Park

TexPlex Park is an innovative 1,000-acre development that focuses on enhancing off-road experiences and product engagement just south of the DFW Metroplex. 

It features 72-miles of adventurous off-road driving and racing challenges for all manner of powersports activities. The complex includes courses, trails and tracks for ATV’s, UTV’s, SXS’s, MX Motorcross, SX Supercross and 4×4 Off-road vehicles.

For more information go to:  https://www.texplexpark.com/

KEY DATA:   2020 Nissan Titan Crew PRO-4X   

  • Model:                              Titan 
  • Trim                                  PRO-4X
  • Class:                                Full-size pickup truck 
  • Seating:                             Five
  • MSRP:                               $49,790          
  • As Tested:                         $58,455 (estimated)
  • Engine:                              5.6L V8
  • Horsepower:                     400
  • Torque:                             413 lb.-ft.
  • Transmission:                   9-Speed Automatic
  • Drive System:                    4×4
  • Wheel size                        20-inch
  • Max Tow                           9,210 pounds
  • Fuel Economy                   15/21/18 mpg    city/highway/combined