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The Nissan Titan XD is a serious, full-size pickup truck designed for work and play. It is available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations as a Single Cab, King Cab or Crew Cab bodystyle.

The Titan XD is powered by either a 390-hp 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine mated to seven-speed automatic transmission, or a 310-hp / 555 lb-ft Cummins 5.0-liter diesel engine and a six-speed automatic for maximum towing capability. Safety features on all trims include six airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring and electronic stability control. As you step up through the trims, other features include trailer sway control, blind spot warning, rear camera, tow hooks, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, front and rear sonar parking sensors and surround view. The available creature comforts rival that of luxury brands including front and rear heated seats, voice activated navigation, Rockford Fosgate audio, Bluetooth, and leather seating.

The Titan XD is unchanged for 2018.

Introduction

The Nissan Titan XD is a semi-heavy-duty pickup, heavier-duty than a 1500-class half-ton truck, but lighter-duty than a 2500 three-quarter-ton.Titan XD shares little of the hardware of the regular Titan, such as the frame or chassis pieces, instead it is built on a heavy-duty boxed and gusseted frame, with cabin isolated from the chassis on hydraulic mounts.

The Titan XD is smoother than the heavy-duty Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500, and Ram 2500, but rides rougher than the light-duty F-150, Silverado 1500 or Ram 1500.It has a stout powertrain, either a 390-horsepower V8, or turbodiesel V8 boasting 555 foot-pounds of torque.

It comes as rear-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive.For 2018, there's a new Midnight Appearance package.

Titan XD is rated to tow 12,000 pounds, give or take a bit depending on engine; we found it can comfortably handle 9,000-pound trailers.The bed is 5 feet 6 inches, whether Single Cab or Crew Cab, and the payload capacity is 2600 pounds, truly heavy duty.The Titan XD can handle a snowplow, although a manual transmission is not available.

Nissan might be a Japanese company, but the Titan XD is basically an American truck: designed in California, engineered in Michigan, tested in Arizona, and built in Mississippi.The V8 engines are built in Tennessee, while the diesels are built in Indiana.

There are two engines available: a 5.6-liter V8 making 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission; or a 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8, with a heavy-duty Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission.The Cummins makes a fairly light 310 horsepower but pulls like a train, 12,310 pounds, using its 555 foot-pounds of torque at 1600 rpm; it's also a costly engine.That's a lot of torque, though it's still less than what's offered by the heavy-duty Ram, Ford and Chevy diesels.

The Cummins is the towing machine, set up for a gooseneck trailer, and for installing the ball and chain anchors very quickly.The standard rearview camera sees the hitch ball, very helpful when hooking up to a trailer.The camera was designed with this task in mind.All XDs also come standard with a trailer-brake controller that makes stopping smoother and more accurate than with an aftermarket setup.

Inside, the cab is comfortable, with supportive seats.The single cabs are work trucks, with a bench seat in the base model, while crew cabs offer luxurious passenger travel with everyday practicality.Each model upgrades the upholstery, from fabric to vinyl to plush leather on the Platinum Reserve.The navigation screen is small, but standard surround-view cameras help in tight places, along with cross-traffic alerts when backing up, and front and rear sensors when parking.

Underway, Titan XD feels tall, but crisp, taut, more agile than other heavy-duty pickups, although that's probably not saying a lot.We might also say it handles like a sub-continent.The suspension is relatively firm and controlled, and the steering is direct.

Titan beds have a tie-down system that makes securing various cargoes easier, and available rails make it even easier.Locking storage boxes are optional.The tail gate is damped and opens smoothly and lowers easily, instead of slamming down or requiring muscle to lower it gently.

Lineup

2018 Titan XD Single Cabs come in S ($31,090) and SV trim ($34,990) with gas or diesel engines.

Crew Cab diesels come in SV ($45,250), Pro-4X ($52,230), SL ($53,510), and Platinum Reserve ($58,880).The Crew Cab lineup is similar with the gas engine, though there is also a base Titan XD Crew Cab S ($36,290) in addition to SL ($48,460) and the other trim levels.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).

Walkaround

The Titan XD is tidy and attractive, with styling that helps make it look smaller than it is.The Titan XD closely resembles the regular Titan.It looks a bit like the Ford F-150, although it's one inch taller.The XD grille is bigger and blunter than that on the regular Titan, while being showy and clunky compared to rivals.

It's nearly 19 feet long, with a wheelbase of 151.6 inches, and a width about the same as rivals.

Lights mounted low in the bed illuminate the contents, even when a bed cover is installed.

Interior

The cabin is nicely designed, with large controls that are user friendly.The navigation screen is small, but the rearview camera is clear, and the surround-view cameras make maneuvering in tight spaces easier.Cubby storage is plentiful, including big console storage.

We haven't tried the bench front seat, which adds another passenger to the seating capacity, but the bucket seats are supportive and comfortable.However climbing into the Titan XD requires more of a lunge than with other heavy-duty pickups, namely the all-American ones: Ford, Chevy and Ram.It's nearly three inches taller than the Ram 1500, which might make a difference on the step-in, for that one.But the XD's height is the same, whether 2WD or 4WD.

Crew Cabs offer full-size, front-hinged rear doors that open wide to reveal roomy, comfortable back seats.Storage is available underneath, and the rear seats fold down to a flat load floor, though that floor is too high for a big dog.

Driving Impression

The Titan XD uses a much heavier frame and chassis bits than the Titan.It might be seen as semi-heavy duty, but for all practical purposes, it will do everything a three-quarter-ton truck in the F-250 class can do.We found the Titan XD quite capable hauling a heavy load, or pulling a 10,000-pound gooseneck trailer.If you need more towing capability than what the XD can handle, you'll need a truck in the F-350 class.

Both engines are strong and extremely capable, although the 5.6-liter gas V8 is a bit aged.It makes 390 hp and can tow 11,270 pounds.It's pretty quiet, although the 7-speed automatic transmission can be slow to kick down when acceleration is needed.

The 5.0-liter diesel starts easily, even in cold weather, by inserting the key then pressing a start button.It rumbles pleasantly at idle.From outside, the traditional diesel clatter can barely be heard.This Cummins sounds confident, not loud and clattery like the 5.9-liter inline-6 used in earlier Rams.

Underway, the diesel is smooth and delivers strong pulling power.The two-stage turbo is tuned well to provide easy cruising over the flatlands or strong acceleration.

It comes with a heavy-duty Aisin 6-speed automatic controlled by a column shifter, with a rotary dial for two- or four-wheel drive.

The XD uses a double-wishbone suspension in front, and leaf suspension in the rear, the bits beefed-up over the regular Titan's.The rear uses twin-tube shocks and an American Axle differential with an available electronic locker.The ride is smooth, but not creamy as rivals like the Ram, with optional air suspension.It feels somewhere between Chevy Silverado 1500 and Silverado 2500.

It steers well, while basically handling like the 19-foot-long, 5,000-pound behemoth it is.

Titan XD is set up for a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch; it's very easy to pop the plugs in the bed, and plug in a ball hitch.Then, back up to a gooseneck trailer using the cameras to locate, lower the trailer onto the ball, hook the chains through, and off you go to the races.But before you drive off, stand behind the trailer, press a couple of buttons on the key fob, and a test sequence will initiate allowing you to observe all the brake lights and turn signals are working.It's a fantastic feature.

The trailer mirrors are effective, if on the small side, with a convex mirror below the flat mirror.They can be extended manually, by standing outside the truck and pushing on them, not as convenient as the power-extendable mirrors on the F-250.The mirrors tilt down when the truck is in reverse, a feature we seldom appreciate.

Summary

The Nissan Titan XD is an excellent choice as a heavy-duty hauler, or tow truck for trailers weighing less than 9,000 pounds.It's more agile than trucks in the 2500 class, and rides a bit better, so it's a good fit between a half-ton and three-quarter-ton truck.There are no bad choices among the heavy-duty pickups.

Mitch McCullough is editor-in-chief of New Car Test Drive.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeFixed
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Angle of Approach15.6 degrees
Angle of Departure27.3 degrees
Bed Length Measurement1,978 mm
Front Head Room1,040 mm
Front Hip Room1,543 mm
Front Leg Room1,062 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,609 mm
Front track1,738 mm
Overall height1,982 mm
Overall Length6,166 mm
Overall Width2,020 mm
Rear Head Room1,026 mm
Rear Hip Room1,531 mm
Rear Leg Room978 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,615 mm
Rear track1,737 mm
Wheelbase3,850 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Drivetrain
4WD TypePart-time
Axle ratio3.36
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Locking HubsAuto
Transfer CaseElectronic
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.20 : 1
Cylinders8
Displacement339 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power390 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM5,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size5.6 L
Torque535 Nm
Total Valves32
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsFederal
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack
Header
Bed Length1,978 mm
Doors4
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Engine Size5.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersV-8
Trans Speeds - VA7
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentManual
Passenger mirror adjustmentManual
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold-up cushion
TypeSplit-bench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeSplit-bench
seating capacity6
Total Seating Capacity6
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
SizeFull-size
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeDouble wishbone
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeLeaf
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeLeaf
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixLT
Profile75
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width245 mm
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds7
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary engine coolerRegular duty
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Bed linerBed liner
BumpersBlack
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance160,000 km
basic months60 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Curb weight2,847 kg
EPA interior volume3,390 L
Fuel Capacity98 L
Gross vehicle weight3,992 kg
Ground clearance208 mm
Payload1,143 kg
Towing Capacity4,985 kg
Turning radius8 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Rim TypeSilver styled steel
Wheel CoversHub
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bedliner
Rear step bumper
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Low tire pressure warning
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Limited slip differential
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Single rear wheels
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$6,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
$3,247 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Titan XD
0% 0% 0.9% 1.5% 1.9% 2.9% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Titan XD
0% 0% 0.9% 1.5% 1.9% 2.9% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Bonus Finance Rates
All Trucks
N/A N/A N/A N/A 5.49% 5.49% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Titan XD
0% 0% 0.9% 1.5% 1.9% 2.9% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Rates
All Trucks
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Titan XD
0% 0% 0.9% 1.5% 1.9% 2.9% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Titan XD
0% 0% 0.9% 1.5% 1.9% 2.9% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Titan XD
0% 0% 0.9% 1.5% 1.9% 2.9% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Nissan CA Standard Lease Rates
All Trucks
5.69% 5.69% 5.69% 5.69% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Titan XD
1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
49% 43% 35% 28% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
49% 43% 35% 28% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Titan XD
1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Titan XD
1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Titan XD
1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Titan XD
1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Titan XD
1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
49% 43% 35% 28% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
49% 43% 35% 28% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
49% 43% 35% 28% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Titan XD Crew Cab S Gas
49% 43% 35% 28% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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