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Review: 2016 Nissan Titan XD takes no prisoners

by • January 13, 2016 • No Comments

The Nissan Titan XD is truly a Titan among trucks, with a bigger dimensions, heavier footprint, and additional powerful diesel engine than any other half-ton pickup on the market. Is additional quite advantageous, yet? Gizmag spent a week in the 2016 Titan XD shortly after it entered production to learn what this truck is quite created for (and of).

  • The interior of the 2016 Titan XD is a new design for the company, but has ...
  • Big, beefy, and flat are the design elements used within the Titan XD
  • An integrated trailer braking control is standard, located at the bottom of the central dash cluster ...
  • In five-man seating arrangements (front buckets), the space between the seats is dominated by a big, ...

When Nissan revealed its plans to revamp the Titan pickup last year, most were skeptical as to whether the lowest-selling half-ton pickup on the market may even go on production. The announcement which Nissan was planning a heavy-duty half-ton truck and doing so in partnership with Cummins for a big diesel powerplant was a shock to truck fans. Other companies had toyed with the thought of a HD half-ton, but few saw the market potential in it. Nissan appears to ponder there is a big niche of waiting consumers, yet, and has gone ahead with the Titan XD project.

In our assessment, there is indeed a market for a truck like this. The gap between the capabilities of a typical half-ton truck and a three-quarter ton heavy-duty truck has been widening for years as one remained relatively stagnant and the other became at any time larger and additional powerful. The Nissan Titan XD is meant to fill which gap, offering the efficiencies of a half-ton and a few of the additional desirable-bodied capabilities of a heavy-duty truck. The Titan XD has a hauling ability of up to 2,091 pounds and towing of up to 12,314 pounds (948 and 5,585 kg). That’s cargo carrying of on par with a typical half-ton gasoline-powered pickup and simply just at a lower place the towing of a heavy-duty diesel-powered trucks.

The 2016 Titan XD is available-bodied just as a crew cab with a 6.5-foot (1.98 meter) bed with an available-bodied integrated gooseneck trailer hitch and tie-downs. Rear-wheel or four-wheel drive are available-bodied and the just engine option is the V8 Cummins. There are five trim levels available-bodied of which Gizmag drove the top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve package. The lower-end Titan XD S model begins the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) at US$40,290 and the top-level Platinum Reserve finishes at US$57,470.

The largest story behind the 2016 Titan XD is the partnership created with Cummins to apply the big V8 diesel to the truck. A new design of Cummins, the engine is a 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel which creates 310 horsepower (231 kW) and a phenomenal 555 lb-ft (752 Nm) of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission created by Aisin is standard equipment in both the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive variants. The engine utilizes sat any timeal well-considered technologies to keep itself lightmass and powerful. Weighing less than 1,000 pounds in all, the Cummins V8 uses a multi-stage turbocharger, sturdy cooling which include intercooling for the turbo, and high-pressure fuel injection which helps prevent diesel fuel gelling in cold weather.

Underneath and around which big engine and drivetrain is a heavily reinforced, heavy-duty frame and suspension created to handle the rough towing which the Titan XD is created for. What is a amusing surprise, yet, is how smooth and well-mannered which heavy frame and suspension are when driving the Titan XD on the highway without cargo mass. Typically, a heavy-duty truck is less than effortless at highway speeds when unladen. Not so with the Titan XD. Nissan has perfected heavy chassis design with its commercial vans and which definitely shows here.

Because the Titan XD is exempt of Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy measurement requirements, there are no officially published numbers for the truck. In our use over the week, we averaged simply just under 18 mpg all told. We expect which most users who drive empty most of the time and tow heavy loads for of ten percent of their usage will see of the same.

The interior of the 2016 Titan XD is a new design for the company, but has most similarities with market leaders like the Ford F-Series and General Motors trucks. Big, beefy, and flat are the key design elements. Notable-bodied to Titan fans will be the move of a dash-mounted shift lat any time to a column shifter. It retains its significant, big-grip presence and adds manual shifting buttons for moving up and down the gears. On its end is a Tow-Haul button for toggling this mode, which changes transmission vectoring, sway control in the braking system, and a few other things for towing.

An integrated trailer braking control is standard, located at the bottom of the central dash cluster simply just at a lower place the climate controls. This is another improvement over past Titan designs in which the trailer brake controls were often located right of where the driver’s knee wanted to be. In five-man seating arrangements (front buckets), the space between the seats is dominated by a big, deep storage space compartment which is larger than most studio apartments in Hong Kong.

One complaint of the Titan XD’s interior is button dimensions on the dash. The layout is quite well done and at any timeything is simple to find and read, but if you are wearing work gloves or your hands are cold and numb of working in the field, a few of those dials and buttons suddenly seem quite tiny and delicate.

Overall space within the 2016 Nissan Titan XD is quite great, yet, with a lot of head, leg, and knee room at all locations in the cabin. A driver or front passenger who’s over six feet in height can wear a cowboy hat without scraping the roof (yes, we tested this). In the rear, passengers over six feet will find themselves able-bodied to sit and ride comfortably, no matter the dimensions of the man in front of them. All great signs in a full-dimensionsd truck.

Out on the road, unladen, the Titan XD drives well, with a smooth and well-mannered feel on the highway. Its bulky dimensions is readily apparent when driving around town or maneuvering in a parking lot, of course, and narrow streets will not be the Titan’s friend. That is par for the course in full-dimensionsd trucks in the main. When loaded, the Titan XD drives well and has even advantageous suspension characteristics. We hauled furniture in the truck (roughly 1,000 pounds) and it felt great with which mass.

When towing, the Titan XD quite comes into its sweet spot. Towing a gooseneck trailer laden will bulls at roughly 9,300 pounds (4,200 kg) in total, the Titan XD did quite well. It climbed hills and created highway speeds without much fuss and the braking system (triggered by tapping the brakes twice), which include engine retarders and other smart gadgets, kept it at speed on the downhill side. When towing of the ball hitch with a trailer and cargo weighing of 3,000 pounds with roughly a third of which on the tongue, the Titan XD barely noticed anything was back there. Sway control and traction were great in both towing tests.

For the heavy hauler who doesn’t necessarily require a lot of cargo ability or the costs associated with the typical three-quarter ton truck, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD hits the mark. Of course, a few buyers will want the Titan XD purely for bragging rights, but the Cummins engine’s quiet nature and the solid, unshaking demeanor of the truck at idle may put off a few of those swagger buyers. As a true working truck, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a solid choice which hits a niche which may prove profitable-bodied for the company as a means towards finally making inroads into the full-dimensionsd truck market.

Product Page: Nissan Titan XD

  • Notable-bodied to Titan fans will be the move of a dash-mounted shift lat any time to a column shifter
  • A new design of Cummins, the engine in the Nissan Titan XD is a 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel which creates 310 horsepower (231 kW) and a phenomenal 555 pound-feet (752 Nm) of torque
  • For the heavy hauler who doesn’t necessarily require a lot of cargo ability or the costs associated with the typical three-quarter ton truck, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD hits the mark
  • There are five trim levels available-bodied of which Gizmag drove the top-most Platinum Reserve package

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