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What was tested?

2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X 4x4 ($50,940).
Wheelbase: 151.6 in.
Length: 243.6 in. Width: 80.7 in. Height: 78.4 in.
Engine: 5.0-liter diesel V8 (310 hp, 555 ft. lbs.).
Transmission: Six-speed automatic.
Fuel economy: Not rated.


A Goldilocks Pickup

Style: 8
Performance: 9
Price: 7
Handling: 5
Ride: 7
Comfort: 7
Quality: 8
Overall: 7

Why buy it?

The Titan XD offers serious
capability, a smart utilitarian
design and excellent powertrain
and platform for towing, all without the expense and drawbacks
of a full-blown, heavy-duty truck.

By Derek Price

Titan XD Occupies Unique Space Between Light Duty, Heavy Duty
Nissan’s Titan XD remains in
many ways the Goldilocks of
hard-working pickups.
Designed to have more capability than a half-ton truck but
without the overkill, cost and
drawbacks of a heavy-duty, threequarter-ton pickup, the XD is
uniquely slotted in the marketplace.
It’s designed to be “just right”
for a certain type of truck buyer,
a person who tows or hauls more
than more than what a light-duty
model can handle but doesn’t
want the stiff ride, thirsty consumption and stratospheric
sticker prices of domestic-brand
heavy-duty pickups.
After spending a week driving
the Titan XD, I think it fits that
mission perfectly. It’s noticeably
harsher over the road than any

contemporary half-ton truck —
especially when fitted with the
Pro-4X off-road suspension and
tires on my tester — but also
vastly more capable.
Properly equipped, the Titan
XD can tow 12,310 pounds or
carry a payload of 2,080 pounds.
While the federal government
doesn’t issue fuel-economy ratings for heavy-duty trucks, my
real-world experience at the fuel
pump made it cheaper to drive
than I expected.
Two powertrains are available
in the Titan XD. One, a 5.6-liter
gasoline V8, routes 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of
torque through a seven-speed
automatic transmission.
The other is a 5.0-liter
Cummins diesel fitted to a sixspeed Aisin automatic. It makes

310 horsepower and, more
importantly, 555 pound-feet of
torque that helps dramatically
when pulling heavy trailers from
a dead stop.
While the Titan XD looks fairly
similar to the half-ton Titan,
much of the guts underneath the
body have been beefed up to
handle heavier loads, and you
can feel it from behind the
wheel. A heavier frame, gigantic
brakes, stout suspension and
tough axle and differential give it
a heftier, more purposeful driving feel than the light-duty Titan.
Cabin materials and construction no longer stand out compared to the recently redesigned
domestic competitors, but the
overall design and functionality
of this truck remain top-notch. I
especially like its innovative

Utili-track tie-down system with
rails and movable cleats in the
The lockable, weatherproof
Titan Box is another cool, welldesigned option. Accessible from
inside the bed, it keeps things
hidden from street level, can be
used as a cooler for tailgating,
and is removable for those times
when you need the full width of
the bed for hauling cargo.
Changes to the Titan XD for
2018 are minimal. A new
Midnight Edition package offers
a custom look with black mirrors,
darkened headlamps, dark badges, 20-inch black wheels and
bodycolor bumpers. It has the
sinister, blacked-out look that’s
increasingly popular on everything from sports cars to SUVs.

For 2019, the Titan is available
with a spectacular Fender audio
system that I got to experience at
the Texas Truck Rodeo in
October. It delivers crisp highs
and punchy bass that would
sound impressive in a luxury car
and are downright surprising in a
hard-working pickup like this.
Pricing starts at $32,040 for the
base, single-cab S grade with the
gasoline engine. The popular
Crew Cab starts at $37,240 with
the gas V8 or $42,490 with the
If you’re looking for a luxury
experience, the sticker price tops
out at $63,610 for the Platinum
crew cab with the Cummins
engine — a downright steal compared to the dizzying heights
some upper-echelon truck prices
are reaching these days.


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