I take a brand-new 2021 Nissan Titan PRO-4X into the mountains to see how the 4WD system and the General Grabber tires handle the snowy and icy roads. The PRO-4X is the most off-road worthy version of the Titan pickup truck that is currently available. The package includes unique suspension with Bilstein shocks and 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires. These tires have a M+S “mud and snow” rating, but it is not a dedicated winter tire. The Titan PRO-4X comes with these tires from the deaalership.
2021 Nissan Titan
The Titan is currently available with one powertrain choice. It is the 5.6-liter gas V8 that is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. When using premium fuel, this great-sounding engine is rated at 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. It’s equipped with a 4×4 system with a low-range (4LO) transfer case. Unlike some other premium new pickup trucks, this transfer case does not offer a 4WD-Auto mode. Side note: this automated mode generally works similarly to an all-wheel-drive system. The truck is propelled by the rear wheels until slip is detected and the power is shifted to the front axle.
I drive the truck on snow-packed and icy mountain roads in Colorado. I find that the traction control system does a good job at keeping the truck straight under acceleration. I try several accelerations with and without traction control, but the results are fairly similar since this truck has a LOT of power and the traction is only as good as the tires provide. I never get stuck, although there is a moment when the 4×4 system needs to work hard to find traction.
On the way down the mountain, the stopping distances are relatively long. This is a relatively heavy truck at approximately 6,000 lbs of curb weight. The weight helps with traction to accelerate, but it does not help under braking. The ABS does a great job at keeping the truck straight while braking, but these tires do not offer great grip under these conditions. I know that these tires are not specialized for these conditions, but the truck is still manageable in the snow.
Check out the video for all the details. This is part 1 of 3. I also test a new GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 and a Ford Raptor on the same snowy roads.