Genesis is reborn with more amped-up luxury features; Titan delivers power and practicality
We have been huge fans of the Genesis even before it became a stand-alone brand of Hyundai. And the recently tested 2017 Genesis G80 AWD unit proved that we love this luxury sedan for many reasons, but its outstanding performance for the price is high on that list.
The silky 3.8-L DOHC GDI 24-valve V-6 engine on our tester (there is also a 3.3-L twin turbo) was paired with an amazingly smooth eight-speed electronic automatic transmission with a Shiftronic manual shift mode. While rear wheel drive is standard on the G80, our tester was equipped with the HTRAC AWD system. There are four Intelligent Drive Modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow) that provide drivers with virtually every driving desire or road condition. Simply said, the powertrain on the G80 is exceptional and overall fuel economy is 19 MPG (16/city and 25/highway).
The interior offers an abundance of comfort and convenience features that include 12-way driver and passenger heated seats with lumbar control, ski pass-through opening, leather seating surfaces, wood grain and metal grain accents, eight-inch touchscreen with navigation (we had an optional 9.2-inch screen), heated steering wheel (AWD only), an electroluminescent gauge cluster, spacious seating for the driver and all passengers, LED lighting (inside door handle, front map, rear reading, overhead console, glove compartment, and cargo area), Smart Cruise Control, and much more, including a plethora of tech and connectivity features.
On the exterior, we loved the Bi-Xenon HID headlamps and the power folding/heated side mirrors with turn indicators.
Our tester had options that included LED fog lamps, power/tilt sunroof, an exceptional Lexicon 17-speaker audio system, front and rear parking sensors, premium leather and ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, manual rear side window sunshades, a rearview camera with parking guidelines, power trunk lid, and more.
With its spacious interior, reactive powertrain, and exquisite electric power steering with Variable Gear Ratio, the Genesis rides on its solid chassis and 18-inch all-season tires like a luxury sedan should. Overall handling is superb.
With everything from blind spot monitoring to lane departure warning, Driver Attention Alert to Vehicle Stability management, the Genesis has plentiful standard safety equipment. Even with more than $8,900 in option packages, it is priced below other large luxury sedans. Our G80 AWD unit had an MSRP of just $43,900.
It’s an ‘Every Duty Truck’
Our recent test of the re-designed Titan 5.6-L Endurance SV 4WD Crew Cab pickup was another pleasant driving experience. This truck was both rugged and luxurious in its own way, hence the Nissan moniker, “Every Duty Truck.”
When it comes to power, our Titan did not lack much with the Endurance 32-valve V-8 engine that produces 390 HP and 394 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated with a seven-speed automatic transmission, a two-speed transfer case, and Shift-on-the-Fly 4WD system, this beast is performance oriented, but it has great fuel ratings for a pickup of 15 MPG/city and 21/highway for an overall 18 MPG (we experienced 18.9 overall with lots of road driving).
While our Titan SV had abundant standard features inside and out, pickups often are loaded with option packages and this tester was no exception.
Standards on the exterior (139.8-inch wheelbase) we liked included chrome front and rear bumpers, door handles, and grille; removable tailgate; front tow hooks; power/heated outside mirrors; and LED tail lamps.
On the interior of the Titan we liked the NissanConnect app system (we also had the optional NissanConnect with navigation), Advanced Drive Assist display, 60/40 split rear seats, two dash-mounted 12-voilt outlets, and trailer sway control (towing capacity is up to 9,290 pounds).
Now, add to those likable features four Titan SV packages that included more than three dozen option items. Of those we were vey pleased with the front heated captain’s seats, eight-way power/lumbar driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot warning system, Class IV integrated receiver hitch, tow package, tailgate area illumination, running boards, splash guards, and power slide rear window.
The front suspension on the Titan is an independent double-wishbone design, while the rear is a multi-leaf with a solid axle, both with stabilizer bars. The steering is comprised of an engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted re-circulating ball type, and we found the steering and overall handling very acceptable on the Titan.
Overall, we liked the full-size Titan SV 4WD Crew Cab. It was comfortable in sit in and handled well in-city and on the road, plus provided us lots of space in the 5.6-foot bed to haul cargo. Our unit had a base price of $40,700, and with options it was $45,625.
Photo cap: The 2017 Nissan Titan SV 4WD Crew Cab is a great roader, but has the comfort and fuel economy for in-city or on the road driving.