2016 Nissan Titan XD

Starting MSRP: $40,290 - $60,520

2016 Nissan Titan XD Review

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is an all-new model that offers a little extra capability when compared with half-ton pickup trucks. Strong towing capacity, a powerful turbodiesel engine and a refined cabin make the Titan XD a great fit for buyers who want a truck with plenty of utility, but don’t need the extra towing and hauling abilities of a full-fledged, heavy-duty truck.

By Jim Sharifi
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The Titan XD is a new full-size pickup that strikes a balance between half-ton and heavy-duty trucks. It can tow and haul a bit more than conventional half-ton pickups, including the related Nissan Titan. Sold exclusively as a crew cab model with a 6-foot-6-inch bed, the 2016 Titan XD is offered in S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve trim levels. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional across the model lineup.

Exterior

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The Titan XD’s purposeful stance goes a long way toward accentuating its capabilities. Available only as a crew cab model, the Titan XD features a broad, upright grille that’s flanked by a pair of oversized headlight assemblies. Our Pro-4X model offered a rugged profile with large all-terrain tires and a Pro-4X decal, while a Cummins badge alludes to the turbodiesel power that lies underneath the hood.

An optional Utili-track bed rail system provides mounting points around the bed and in the bed floor, with moveable aluminum cleats that can be positioned to secure cargo. A lockable in-bed “Titan Box” is also available, providing a storage space to secure items outside of the cab.

The base Titan XD comes with 17-inch painted wheels. Pro-4X models include 18-inch alloy wheels, while SL and Platinum Reserve models come with 20-inch alloy wheels. Available exterior upgrades include a spray-on bedliner, bedrail lighting with flush-mounted LEDs, a 120-volt power outlet and cargo and tailgate lamps.

Interior

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The Titan XD’s cabin features a mix of materials that likely makes sense for the vast majority of truck buyers. There are durable, hard plastics in areas that are more likely to show wear, but our test truck also featured attractive, soft-touch padding on the dash and other touchpoints, such as the armrests and center console lid.

The fact that the Titan XD is only available as a crew cab pays dividends when it comes to passenger space. It seats six in lower trims, which come standard with a front bench seat. Bucket seats are optional on SV models and standard on Pro-4X and higher grades.

Passenger space is ample in both rows, and the front seats of our Pro-4X featured attractive leather upholstery with contrast stitching. Manually adjustable seats and cloth upholstery are standard on the base model, and our Titan Pro-4X’s power-adjustable front seats made it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The rear seats offer a split-folding configuration for a little extra cargo-carrying utility inside the cabin.

Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available, as are dual-zone automatic climate control and a power-sliding rear window.

Performance

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Only one engine is offered with the 2016 Nissan Titan XD: a Cummins turbodiesel 5.0-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is paired with rear-wheel drive, or an available four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case.

The base, rear-wheel drive Titan XD S offers the best towing capacity in the lineup at 12,314 pounds.

Since it’s a heavy duty truck, the Titan XD’s fuel economy is not rated by the EPA. We averaged about 15 mpg during a week’s worth of mixed city and highway driving. Our best fuel economy occurred during a 30 minute highway drive over flat roads, where we averaged about 22 mpg.

The Titan XD’s turbodiesel V8 doesn’t exactly rocket it off the line, but it does provide smooth, consistent power with plenty of torque for highway passing and merging. I was concerned that the Titan XD might seem unwieldy, especially considering its long bed. However, with the exception of tight parking spaces it felt fairly easy to maneuver. The steering, while not sports-car quick, was fairly accurate, making it easy to keep the Titan XD moving along its intended path.

The ride was impressively comfortable, too, which was a welcome surprise considering our Pro-4X model’s all-terrain tires and off-road shocks. The Pro-4X includes some additional equipment to enhance its off-road abilities, including hill descent control, a skid plate for the lower part of the radiator and an electronic locking rear differential.

Technology

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The 2016 Titan XD comes standard with a six-speaker audio system with USB connectivity, Bluetooth and a 5-inch display. Upgrades include a Rockford Fosgate audio system, satellite radio, navigation and a 7-inch touch-screen display.

Our test truck featured the navigation system, along with the Rockford Fosgate audio system and the 7-inch touch screen. Nissan’s infotainment system is fairly easy to use, with buttons that surround the touch screen providing quick access to primary audio and navigation functions. The large volume and tuning knobs can be a bit of a stretch to reach from the driver’s seat, but steering wheel-mounted controls are present to minimize distraction while driving.

Safety

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The 2016 Nissan Titan XD has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Anti-lock brakes, a suite of air bags and stability and traction control are standard, while features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert are available.

Also optional is Nissan’s Around View Monitor system, which uses a series of cameras around the Titan XD to provide a bird’s-eye view during parking and low-speed maneuvers. I found this system to be a boon while parking, especially when you consider the Titan XD’s size. A “Camera” button next to the touch screen allows you to turn Around View on at low speeds, which is particularly helpful when you’re pulling forward into a tight spot.

Cost-Effectiveness

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Nissan Titan XD prices range from $40,290 for the base model, to $60,520 for a four-wheel drive Titan XD Platinum Reserve.

Our test Pro-4X came standard with four-wheel drive and starts at $50,970 (plus a $1,195 destination charge). Three option packages added almost $6,000 to the bottom line, and brought in features like front and rear parking sensors, the Rockford Fosgate audio system, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, navigation, heated and ventilated front seats and the Around View Monitor system. Add in floor mats and the destination charge, and our 2016 Titan XD carried an MSRP of $58,285.

Nissan’s new Titan XD occupies an interesting niche in the market, with a base price that’s higher than what you’ll find on competing half-ton and heavy-duty trucks alike. Keep in mind, however, that the Titan XD is far from a basic work truck. Its price of entry includes a spacious crew cab body style, and considering its powerful turbodiesel V8, the Titan XD stacks up well against its closest competitor: the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. If you’re comparing base models with four-wheel drive, you can expect to pay about $2,800 more if you make the jump to the Titan XD.

Overall

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The 2016 Nissan Titan XD offers more than most competing half-ton trucks, including impressive towing and hauling abilities, a powerful turbodiesel V8 and a spacious, high-quality cabin. A lone cab configuration and a simple pricing structure streamline the choices for potential buyers. Still, with a starting price of $40,290, we’d suggest checking out some of Titan XD’s competitors, including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Toyota Tundra. If those models lack the towing and hauling abilities you need, heavy-duty trucks from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC and Ram are also worth your consideration.