Nissan has muscled its way into the conversation about full-sized trucks with its new Titan pickup. No longer an also-ran when it comes to pickups, Nissan now has to be considered a major player.

With the new Titan and its larger Titan XD sibling, Nissan gives buyers serious and solid choices in the full-size truck segment.

The 2017 Titan comes with a 5.6-liter V8 that develops 390 horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2017 Titan offers an available maximum towing capacity of 9,740 pounds and a payload of 1,950 pounds when properly equipped. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic.

When Hurricane Harvey inundated southeast Texas last week, I had a friend near Beaumont whose home flooded. Nissan offered to let me use a Titan Platinum Reserve to deliver supplies to my buddy in Texas, and the truck was exactly what I needed.

Comfortable on the road and capable off the pavement, the 4x4 test Titan carried cases of water, tools, cleaning supplies, food and other items. Driving through Nome, Texas, outside of Beaumont, the Titan also had no trouble crossing through two feet of water on U.S. 90.

The new half-ton model is projected to be the highest volume Titan truck, according to Nissan. The Titan is built on a different chassis and is more than 14 inches shorter than the Titan XD. The half-ton and the XD share the same cabs, but the XD has created its own segment; it’s not a heavy duty but it’s more than a regular full-size truck.

The new Titan half-ton will be offered in a Crew Cab body in 4x4 and 4x2 configurations and in five trims: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. A King Cab, along with a V6 engine, will also be offered. And for drivers who don’t need a back seat, the Titan will for the first time be available in a Single Cab.

Nissan has also announced that the 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups will be covered by a 5-year, 100,000-mile bumper-to- bumper warranty. Vehicles covered by the new warranty – which includes basic and powertrain coverage – include all Titan V8 gasoline-powered models and diesel and V8 gasoline-powered 2017 Titan XD models, including 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations, in Crew Cab and the recently revealed Single Cab models.

Equipped with active grille shutters, LED lights and Nissan’s signature 360-degree Around View Monitor camera system, the new Titan half-ton Crew Cab will start at $35,230. Our test truck for the week, the top-of-the-line 4WD Platinum Reserve, started at $55,400.

No extras were included, and none were needed in this luxury truck. The full-size truck segment demands that its trucks have the goods inside the cabin as well as under the hood. And the Titan’s Platinum Reserve cabin certainly meets that test. The quilted leather seats with contrast stitching are heated and cooled in the front and heated in the back, the wood trim is first class and the technology is sophisticated and intuitive.

Connectivity is via NissanConnectSM with Navigation with a 7-inch color touch-screen display. Included are SiriusXM Traffic and Sirius Travel LinkTM, Siri Eyes Free, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a rearview monitor. There are two 12v outlets and a USB port in the dash. There is also a 120v outlet for rear seat passengers.

The Titan half-ton also gets Nissan’s available Around-View camera system, which is the best available on the market today. In fact, lots of other manufacturers have moved to similar camera backup systems.

The Titan has Nissan’s Utili-Trak bed channel system that features four moveable and lockable cleats. The tailgate is light to lift and damped when it drops. Factory spray on bed liners are available, as is flush-mounted LED lighting in the bed.

2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4WD

Engine:

5.6-liter Endurance V8

Horsepower/Torque:

390 / 394 lb.-ft.

Transmission:

7-speed automatic

EPA mileage estimates:

15 mpg city/21 mpg highway/18 mpg combined

Price:

$55,400 (plus $1,195 freight)

Estimated highway range:

546 miles