The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is an all-new model in the Japanese automaker’s full-size pickup lineup. In our Real MPG testing, the new Titan XD with the available Cummins turbodiesel engine returned 20.8 mpg (11.3 L/100km) combined driving. With a gross vehicle weight rating (GVRW) up to 8,500 pounds (3,856 kg), the Titan XD earns an exempt status from the EPA for fuel economy ratings. With that said, these numbers should give owners an idea of what kind of mpg numbers they can expect.
The Titan XD has max payload and towing figures of “2,000 and 12,000-plus pounds (907 and 5,443-plus kg),” respectively, making it a heavy half-ton or a light heavy-duty. In testing the Titan XD Cummins returned 15.8/20.8/17.7 mpg (14.9/11.3/13.3 L/100km) city/highway/combined. The new Titan XD is intended to take a piece of the pickup truck pie between the half-ton full-size pickups (Ford F-150, GM/Ram 1500) and heavy-duty three-quarter ton pickups (Ford F-250 SD, GM/Ram 2500 HD).
Although the Nissan Titan XD has no direct competitor, we can compare its Real MPG numbers to those of the half-ton Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and one-ton Ram 3500HD Cummins. The Titan XD’s 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8 is rated 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. The Ram 1500 pickup’s available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbodiesel V-6 (240 hp, 420 lb-ft) achieved 18.6/25.8/21.2 mpg (12.6/9.1/11.1 L/100km) with four-wheel drive and a Crew Cab body, while a two-wheel-drive pickup achieved 18.3/27.2/21.6 mpg (12.9/8.6/10.9 L/100km). In comparison a four-wheel-drive 2014 Ram 3500HD Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab with the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel I-6 (385 hp, 850 lb-ft) achieved 14.1/17.6/15.5 mpg (16.7/13.4/15.2 L/100km).
Real MPG hasn’t tested a Ford F-Series Super Duty with the Powerstroke or a GM Heavy Duty pickup with the Duramax turbodiesel engines.